Assemblymember Cahill Announces Grant to the Children’s Home of Kingston

January 7, 2005

The Children’s Home of Kingston will be receiving a much-needed grant to help replace heating units located in the cottages that house the home’s residents, Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster, Dutchess) announced today. The thirty year-old heating systems had fallen into disrepair in recent years and represented a potential safety hazard for the children living in the cottages. The Children’s Home also announced the refurbishing of their cottages to create a large common room to be used for recreational, educational and other group activities.

"The Children’s Home of Kingston has been a staple in the Hudson Valley for well over a century," Mr. Cahill said. "I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with them to help ensure the safety and well-being of the children they serve so tirelessly. This grant will provide $32,000 to make the facility safer, more modern and significantly more efficient."

The Children’s Home of Kingston, established in 1876, is a not-for-profit family service agency and residential treatment center. Originally begun as an orphanage, the home has evolved into a leading residential treatment and therapeutic care center for children throughout the Hudson Valley. The Center also provides special education schooling for area day students and residents who may require a special needs curriculum.

"We are truly grateful to Assemblymember Cahill for this tremendous opportunity to refurbish our cottages," said Gwendolyn McCann, Executive Director of the Children’s Home of Kingston. "The boys will finally be able to enjoy a more comfortable and modern living environment that will allow them to better focus on mastering the skills they will need to succeed in life."

The grant was financed by New York State’s share of Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds recovered in federal court cases to compensate consumers who were unfairly overcharged by major oil companies in the 1980s. In New York, the Power Authority administers the funds that have been earmarked to defray the costs of energy-efficiency programs at schools and other public buildings.