From the “no foolin’!” file, this today: As it’s currently colder than a witch’s teat in the North Country, and has been on and off since the end of last year, the social service agencies that administer the federal...
Canton, NY, Feb 24, 2012 — As local, state and federal governments are looking for ways to do more with less money, demand for aid and services to the poor is increasing.
That's creating some gaps between government-funded organizations' missions and their means.
In St. Lawrence County, volunteer organizations are stepping in to fill some of those gaps-- And as Nora Flaherty reports, they're doing it by being creative--and harnessing local resources. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2008 — One of the North Country's biggest non-profit agencies faces more turmoil this week. ComLinks, based in Malone, provides regional housing, home heating, and food assistance. On Friday, ComLinks fired two of its top administrators. Now the organization's board is considering a plan that would close a subsidized housing project in North Creek. Jacob Resneck has details. Go to full article
ComLinks CEO Nancy Reich (second from right) with Sen. Clinton (Source: Nancie Battaglia)
Dec 17, 2007 — Employees at Com Links, one of the region's leading social service agencies, say the not-for-profit organization is in crisis. Staff-members signed a petition earlier this month calling for removal of the group's long-time CEO, Nancy Reich. They point to deepening financial problems and to a series of personnel disputes, including a controversy surrounding a sexual harassment case. But as independent producer Jacob Resneck reports, the president of ComLinks' board of directors says he still has confidence in Reich's leadership. Go to full article
Apr 18, 2002 — The number of New Yorkers on welfare declined by more than half since 1995. The Pataki administration says that's a sign that welfare reform works. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2002 — There have been a record number of people seeking help at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in New York throughout the winter. At one free breakfast program in downtown Albany, attendance has been growing. It reached an all time record high a few days before Easter. The churches who run the program aren't exactly sure why. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Nov 30, 2001 — On Sunday, the national experiment of welfare reform turns five years old. For 36,000 families and individuals in New York, the anniversary means they've reached their limit receiving federal welfare checks. Now, they'll apply for the state's new "safety net" program to continue getting benefits. Meanwhile, thousands of other families have already gone off welfare. David Sommerstein reports on the transition. Go to full article
Nov 21, 2001 — Food pantries and soup kitchens in New York are seeing more clients as the holidays approach and the days grow colder. At the same time, donations to many charities are down since September 11th. Karen Dewitt visited a soup kitchen recently, as they readied for the Thanksgiving holiday. Go to full article