Community Bank N.A. Donates Office Space to Allow for Expansion of Local Care Coordination Program

Community Bank N.A. has agreed to donate their office space on the first floor of 120 Washington Street, Watertown, to Care Coordination of Northern New York, an affiliate program of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC).

The child and family welfare agency added the much needed space to their recently expanded Care Coordination Program, which until recently, operated solely out of offices located on the first floor of the Marcy Building, 167 Polk Street, Watertown.

“Having outgrown our current Care Coordination space, we were looking for a larger location allowing easy access and public transportation. This space is ideal! Additional space conveniently located in downtown Watertown provides this program with continued opportunities for growth while maintaining accessibility to the community we serve,” said Karen Y. Richmond, CHJC Executive Director. 

In response to the community’s need for coordinated care, over the past year, Care Coordination of Northern New York has experienced rapid growth. Care Coordination is designed to provide holistic management of health care services. The program’s goal is to reduce avoidable in-patient admissions, emergency room visits, and repeated hospitalizations.

CHJC and Community Bank N.A. have enjoyed a long standing business and philanthropic relationship, with the bank supporting several important CHJC initiatives.

Community Bank Wealth Management Vice President and Senior Financial Consultant, Daniel P. Drappo commented “We are pleased to be able to make this space available to CHJC in support of their mission. We hope the meaningful savings this donation of space will provide the Children’s Home will allow them to redirect their resources into expanded quality client services. Community Bank N.A. values our partnerships with the Children’s Home and our North Country service area. Our roots are firmly planted in the North Country and we are continually looking for ways to give back to the communities that have supported us so faithfully over the years.”

Over the past few months Mr. Drappo has been working with Mrs. Richmond to finalize plans for the office space transfer program.

“We are overwhelmed by Community Bank’s generosity and stewardship this donation demonstrates. Time and time again, Community Bank has shown their commitment to the North Country and the area’s children and adults served by our agency. We can’t thank them enough,” said Mrs. Richmond.

“It’s good for the program and good for the continued revitalization of downtown Watertown. It’s certainly a win-win result for everyone” added Mr. Drappo.

Care Coordination services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, self-help and support, education, home care and nursing, financial education, and food and nutrition. Clients are also linked to community-based services. Face-to-face contact with Care Coordinators provide needed guidance and tracking. As a result of these efforts, costly hospitalizations, long term in-patient treatment, and emergency mental health services are either reduced or eliminated. The program helps these individuals live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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