Cayuga Centers Receives Grant to Renovate Kitchens
Cayuga Centers is the recipient of a $3,500 grant from the Cayuga Community Fund to assist with kitchen renovations at the agency’s Residential Treatment Center in Auburn. Serving youth placed by the family court system, the 4 cottages which house 48 youth at any given time are always full. These youth have been victims of trauma, neglect, maltreatment and chemical dependence. The agency’s evidence-informed treatment yields proven results and the treatment is delivered in a method that allows for shorter stays and quicker reunification with families or other caregivers. The goal is to develop strategies that help troubled youth gain emotional insight, improve life skills, and move forward in positive directions.
Because of non-profit budget constraints, some of these residential cottages have not been updated in many years. The resources given by government contracts are increasingly tight and as the agency makes strategic decisions, these funds are focused directly on treatment. One of Cayuga Centers’ greatest needs right now is to raise funds to renovate these residences.
The cottage kitchen renovations will allow for modern updates and a safer, more accessible setting for youth to learn and practice life skills in a home-like environment. The kitchens, where youth create menus, prepare meals and snacks, and learn about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, will be outfitted with modern appliances, non-porous surfaces, greater work space and non-slip flooring. Knocking out an existing wall and creating an open floor plan will allow better sight lines for supervision and safety purposes. All renovations will comply with code requirements. Renovation plans were completed with input from residential youth, families, staff, volunteers, and contractors.
This project allows greater youth participation in daily living skills such as nutritional knowledge, menu planning, teamwork, shopping and budgeting, healthy lifestyles, and housekeeping skills. It also allows youth a sense of ownership and inclusivity.
At Cayuga Centers, value is placed on each youth’s life and experiences and the agency strives to give them opportunities that other programs don’t offer. Cayuga Centers is strongly committed to helping youth and their families turn their lives around. This is done through developing positive partnerships, providing strong therapy, teaching interpersonal skills, extending honest feedback, and setting this all in a pleasant, well-maintained environment. Youth attend classes at the on-grounds school run in partnership with the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Cayuga Centers is pleased to receive support for this renovation project from the Cayuga Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, which recently awarded $32,343 to twelve nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.