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New family center to help homeless opens in Albany

September 24, 2019 04:09 PM

ALBANY - Once a convent and school, St. Casimir's on Sheridan Avenue is now a space for the homeless, hungry and poor. The ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon culminated a $10 million project from Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, IPH.

"This is more embedded in a neighborhood," said Carrie Hoffman, whose family name is now on the side of the building at 315 Sheridan Ave. Her family's car wash and oil change business helped lead the fundraising with a "practice kindness" mantra. "There's going to be more access for people and just an opportunity for more organizations to even come in and help the population, help, really the whole neighborhood."

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Among those on hand for the ribbon cutting were donors and elected officials including Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assem. John McDonald and Michael Hein, commissioner of the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance.

"Not just to the community but to individuals whose lives are going to be altered because of the work of the people here," Hein said.

The building will now have a rebuilt cafe, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, the Sister Maureen Joyce Food Pantry run by Catholic Charities, and a clothing pantry. There are also five furnished classroom-converted apartments on the top floor.

"They were actually in fair condition and structurally they were really sound and we decided that it was a really good thing to keep these buildings because they're part of Albany history," said architect Jack Alvarez of Landmark Consulting. "This was the first Polish parish of Albany."

"Five individuals who have been chronically homeless with a disability will be able to call this home soon," said Erin Coufal of IPH.

The heart and soul of @IPH_albany Healthy Connections Madeline Cafiero nurse practitioner, Tami McDonald Coordinator, Barb Ochampaugh @POVERELLOcentr, Helen Murphy Nurse & Elba Pacheco Admin. Asst. on Sheridan Ave. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/fYsMjtFt1y

— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) September 24, 2019

This morning during dedication of Hoffman Family Center Sheridan Ave. #ArborHill Rev. John J. Bradley @IPH_albany @CC_Albany. With @nysotda @johnmcdonald108 @MayorSheehan @capregchamber @MVPHealthCare @WNYT pic.twitter.com/QM6bpUDfq5

— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) September 24, 2019

The official #RibbonCutting @capregchamber for @IPH_albany Hoffman Family Center Sheridan Ave. #ArborHill. @nysotda @johnmcdonald108 @MayorSheehan @MVPHealthCare @WNYT pic.twitter.com/sXBYP6tBAp

— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) September 24, 2019

Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube “practice kindness” effort for @IPH_albany new Family Center on Sheridan Ave.
“Their work to shelter, feed and help this population stabilize their lives is important to us as a family and business,” said Carrie Hoffman. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/ED1L9UByWJ

— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) September 24, 2019

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