Local nonprofits receive a boost in their fight to help those in need

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Mayor Rich David announced Fairview Recovery Services was awarded $45,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to support its addiction case management program.

The money will be used to retain their intensive care coordinator, who helps people get back on their feet after or during an addiction, making sure no one falls through the cracks, or gets left behind.

“What I do is, I fill in the gap, and create a bridge to connect and keep clients engaged in some form of treatment while they’re awaiting a higher level of care. So what I do is I go to them, and my favorite part is letting them know that I’m here. That they didn’t just get out of rehab and have no one, because a lot of people don’t have anybody. So they get out of rehab and they know that I’m here,” said Intensive Care Coordinator Tahesha Jefferies.

Born and raised in Binghamton, Jefferies said she’s glad to be doing her part.

“To clean up Binghamton is, you know, I was raised here. I was born here and it’s sad. This is very sad that this opioid epidemic came over and took over Binghamton. I’m glad that I have a big part in trying to help clean it back up.”

The money for Fairview is just a portion of a larger grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, totaling $162,500.

The funding will support the following agencies:

·         $45,000 — Fairview Recovery Services — Addiction Case Management Program

·         $19,500 — Healthy Lifestyles Coalition — Lee Barta Center After School Enrichment

·         $15,000 — Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) — Grow Binghamton Youth Employment Program

·         $14,500 — Action for Older Persons — Senior Health Insurance Counseling

·         $13,000 — Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network — Parents As Leaders Program

·         $12,500 — Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton — Youth Membership

·         $12,500 — Broome County Urban League — Youth Services

·         $10,000 — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County — CitizenU

·         $9,000 — Family Planning of South Central New York — Access To Healthcare Program

·         $7,000 — Broome County Office for Aging — Meals On Wheels

·         $4,500 — Handicapped Children’s Association — Development Screening Program

Dan Conklin

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