It’s been almost three months since our last newsletter, and quite a lot has transpired here since then. Residents and staff have been kept busy with the change in the season from spring to summer: gardens have been planted, lawns and grounds are being maintained, firewood for next winter is being cut and brought in from the woods. The Oswego County Health Department agreed to conduct a TB screening for our residents in early April, and offered as well vaccinations for hepatitis, pneumonia, and tetanus. One or two major maintenance projects have been proposed and agreed for implementation during the next several weeks and months. We hope to be able to write about these in greater detail in an up–coming letter.
Two and a half months ago we celebrated Unity Acres’ now 42–year history of welcome and hospitality offered to homeless men. Close to 250 guests filled the Empire Room at the State Fairgrounds, for an evening to benefit the Acres, and to acknowledge this year’s honorees: Pat Waelder and her late husband Bill Waelder. And so we’d like to thank all involved in this year’s celebration: our Fund–Raiser Committee, Carol Berrigan, Elaine Crough, Sr. Monica Nortz, Dan McCann and Kris Waelder; our hosts at the Empire Room, Billy Jackson and Catering with a Flair; this years guest speaker, the Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner; the Hospice of Central New York; Dave Pasinski and Paul Frazier for selling T–Shirts, Mary Maples and Marie Cullen for organizing a wonderful silent auction, Bob Belge for his beautiful handmade clock which was raffled off that evening, Cindy for driving a delegation of residents and staff from the Acres to the Fairgrounds on the big yellow Sandy Creek school bus, and finally, thanks to all who attended the dinner (especially those who had to travel some distance to do so!), and to all who supported the event in whatever way.