Thanks to volunteers from CAP COM Federal Credit Union, a newly renovated Vanderheyden Hall is home to nearly 50 adolescents who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
Volunteers with the $960 million credit union in Albany, N.Y. invested $20,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours this summer toward making significant improvements to Vanderheyden Residential Treatment Center’s housing and recreational facilities in Wynantskill, N.Y.
Upgrades at the facility include the purchase of new furniture, electronics and window treatments to replace much-used items and create a welcoming environment. In addition, all six housing units have been repainted and residents were invited to choose bedding that expressed their own unique personalities.
The project also included restoration of the basketball court and the purchase of outdoor recreational equipment and safety gear to encourage physical activity. The improvements were made with help from Sherwin-Williams Paints, Taft Furniture, City Mark Striping and others who provided discounted products and services, the credit union said.
Established in 1833 as the Troy Orphan Asylum, Vanderheyden has evolved to provide services and a safe haven for youth and adults who have experienced family disruption, developmental, emotional or learning problems. A nonprofit human services agency with the mission of empowering children, adults and families to build brighter futures, its residential treatment center provides services and a safe haven for youth who have experienced family disruption, developmental, emotional or learning problems.
"CAP COM supports the life-changing work being done at Vanderheyden. We believe that these improvements will further their efforts by allowing the children to embrace their surroundings while looking forward to a brighter future," said CAP COM President/CEO Paula Stopera.
"We are so appreciative of the collaboration of the business community and these generous contributions in funding, volunteer time and personal interest. CAP COM's leadership in philanthropy and the dedication of its employees to the community are outstanding. This has enabled us to make great strides in renovating our residences and advance our wellness programs to creating a comforting environment to live and grow," said Vanderheyden President/CEO Karen Carpenter-Palumbo.