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ESL Federal Credit Union to offer homebuyer grants for Black, Latino residents (access required)

ESL Federal Credit Union will awards grants for Black and Latino first-time homebuyers, the organization said on Friday. The grant is a 10-to-1 dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10,500 toward down payment and closing costs. Homeownership rates among Black and Latino ...

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Upstate VOA celebrates 125 years of serving children, the impoverished (access required)

In its first 125 years, Volunteers of America Upstate New York has helped more than 1 million people through poverty and homelessness, reentry and children’s services and annually serves 6,000 people in Upstate New York. Founded in New York City ...

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World Relief Western New York works to further local resettlement efforts (access required)

Refuge Rochester LLC has merged with World Relief to become World Relief Western New York, a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization that works to bring sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, including disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression and ...

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Racial disparities in health care, cardiovascular outcomes (access required)

Black and Latinx communities were more likely to be infected by the coronavirus and more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts over the past 18 months, putting long-standing and well-documented racial disparities in health ...

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M Squared Foundation seeks to foster nonviolence (access required)

In July 1993, Michael Nelson Sr., a Desert Storm veteran, was murdered in Rochester in a case of mistaken identity. He had been home from war less than two years. Twenty-one years later, Nelson’s son, Michael Jr., was murdered in ...

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Two Arc chapters merge to serve four counties under one umbrella (access required)

This fall, four Rochester-area counties will be served by a newly merged Arc chapter, Arc GLOW. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee Orleans on Oct. 1 will finalize a merger that has been many months in the making. ...

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Finances change as we age and you need to prepare for it (access required)

One recent morning, I heard a news story about people who are worried about their finances. Multiple studies — National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and others — demonstrate the fact that our ability to process financial information declines by 1 percent a year after age 60. Our confidence in our own financial decision-making abilities does not, however, decline with age. This dichotomy sometimes creates major ...

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Leadership Rochester Spotlight: Willie Lightfoot, vice president of Rochester City Council (access required)

Leadership Rochester inspires, connects and educates a vibrant, diverse network of individuals who can help transform and strengthen our Greater Rochester Region. Founded by Rochester’s top leaders, Leadership Rochester’s programs bring together individuals across industries, geographies and backgrounds. Together they learn about issues facing the ...

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Irondequoit panel on racial equity takes shape (access required)

Nearly nine months after the Irondequoit Town Board passed a resolution establishing the Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity (ICARE), the commission now has 21 members and a chairperson working to make Irondequoit a community where each individual is respected, valued ...

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Community spaces a growing priority in senior living facilities (access required)

As several new senior facilities have come online in the Rochester area in the last year or so, having community spaces that keep residents socially engaged and less isolated are a common priority. “We have a philosophy for seniors that ...

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Senior living facilities face staffing challenge (access required)

Senior living and care facilities in Rochester and across the country faced staffing shortage challenges even before COVID-19 arrived, in large part because geriatrics and senior care isn’t a field many choose to enter. Those challenges increased during the pandemic, when the safety of both residents and staff were at risk. The problem isn’t likely ...

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Eleversity’s Women of Color Summit: ‘We don’t have to be super to be great’ (access required)

Eleversity, a community impact program of Heritage Christian Services, last week concluded its month-long Women of Color Summit. The summit offered women of color and their allies an opportunity to engage with a national audience in discussions addressing systemic barriers, ...

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Two local nonprofits merge to form Catholic Charities Family and Community Services (access required)

When two local human services organizations merge on Jan. 1, it will create one of the region’s largest nonprofits that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, those in recovery and refugees. Catholic Family Center and Catholic Charities Community Services began discussing ...

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