Employee of the Month for February is Erin Hess!

Employee of the Month for February is Erin Hess!

Erin Hess has been a lead teacher at our Head Start site in Lafayette since September 2021. She was chosen for this month’s award because of the dedication to excellence that she consistently demonstrates as a child development professional, and for always being positive and helpful toward her co-workers.

Congratulations to Erin Hess, our Employee of the Month for February!

Photo: Employee of the Month Erin Hess, with Lafayette Head Start Site Supervisor Kelly Tucciarone and Executive Director Carolyn Brown.

September 2023 – Employee of the Month: Seana Davis

September 2023 – Employee of the Month: Seana Davis

Seana Davis has been working with preschoolers in our Head Start program since 2001. She was previously honored as Employee of the Month in December 2009, and is currently a lead teacher at our Liverpool location. Here are some of the comments that were included in her nomination to receive this award again:

“It is clear from the moment you step into her classroom that Seana is dedicated to her profession.”

“She not only treats every child with compassion and understanding, but also consistently shows patience and kindness to any individual who enters her classroom.”

“Seana is always willing to try any suggestions or ideas she is given, often thinking outside the box. This way of thinking has helped her persevere, no matter what challenge is thrown her way.”

Thank you, Seana, for everything you do, and congratulations on being named again as our Employee of the Month!

Photo: Employee of the Month Seana Davis (center), with Executive Director Carolyn Brown (L) and Liverpool Site Supervisor Kelly Jensen (R).

PEACE, Inc. celebrates the Grand Opening of its new Energy and Housing Services Building

PEACE, Inc. celebrates the Grand Opening of its new Energy and Housing Services Building

September 15 marked a wonderful day for PEACE, Inc., as the agency celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Energy and Housing Services Building on Erie Blvd West. Current and past agency administrators, Board of Directors Members, and staff -as well members of the community at large- celebrated the new facility, toured its offices, and saw a insulation demonstration. Weatherizing more than 9000 housing units in the last 10 years alone, the agency is proud of Director Sally Ward, her team, and the program’s legacy of energy and cost-savings for Central New Yorkers. Congratulations to all involved! #PEACEIncSyr #Weatherization

To learn more about the program and if you and your home might be eligible for the program’s services, visit our website at https://www.peace-caa.org/programs/energyhousing/.

The program also continues to offer a first-come, first serve aging-in-place, Senior Home Modification Service as well. For more info, visit https://www.peace-caa.org/press-release-peace-inc-receives-100000-grant-for-aging-in-place-senior-home-modification-program/.

FACES of PEACE, Inc.: Ralph Lyke

FACES of PEACE, Inc.: Ralph Lyke

Ralph Lyke is the Tax Specialist for the Free Tax Prep program; he started as a volunteer/Intern and has been with PEACE, Inc. for almost a decade.

After spending years working in what he described as the “Blue Collar Industry,” Ralph retired. Soon, however, he decided that he wasn’t ready to stop working. He decided to take accounting classes at Onondaga Community College because he was looking for a job in demand.

At OCC, Ralph interned with PEACE, Inc. When the previous tax program manager himself left, he offered Ralph a paid position. Ralph has been here ever since!

Working at the Free Tax Prep Program provides opportunities for Ralph to assist people with their taxes and give back to the community; Ralph says, “It makes me feel better about helping people.”

Ralph enjoys working at the agency because the people are friendly, and he likes being a part of a team with them. He shared how he doesn’t feel too much stress about his work. He thinks of his position as his first day at work; according to him, there is “no pressure” to work. Ralph explained how “I like to keep my mind active;” working at the free tax center keeps him on his toes daily.

The Tax Center is open year-round, and Ralph finds it a pleasure assisting our community and ensuring people receive quality tax services. He is proud to be able to work for PEACE, Inc., “I’ll never be able to pay the agency for what they have done for me.”

We are a FREE* year-round tax service program assisting with the current year, prior years, amendments, and general tax questions.

To learn more about our Free Tax Program, visit our website https://www.peace-caa.org/programs/taxes/

Our Senior Nutrition Staff prepares healthy meals for seniors

Our Senior Nutrition Staff prepares healthy meals for seniors

Our Senior Nutrition Staff prepares healthy meals for seniors using nutritious, local, and fresh ingredients.

PEACE, Inc. – The Senior Nutrition Program offers healthy meals in-group settings such as community centers, faith-based locations, and senior centers. In addition, each center has several activities planned daily, including card games, arts and crafts, dancing, picnics, outings, and information on programs for health, nutrition, and senior services.
All programs target adults aged 60 and older who have the greatest social and economic needs.

The Senior Congregate Dining Program is funded by Administration on Aging, New York State Office for Aging and Onondaga County Office for Aging.

For more information, locations and menu, visit: www.peace-caa.org/senior-nutrition

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