About Utica Center for Development

Mission Statement

The Utica Center for Development was organized to render quality professional development and assistance to the community in a vast array of fields. To utilize assets given, to improve the quality of life for the residents within our service area. To fulfill any unmet needs with-in the following populations: Low-income families and individuals, the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, Veterans, people suffering from addictions, people living with HIV/AIDS, the terminal ill, and disadvantaged children. To spearhead environmental causes to help ensure a safe and healthy area for residents to live in. To lessen the burdens of government, to reduce neighborhood tensions, work towards the elimination of prejudice and discrimination, to defend human and civil rights secured by law, and to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency. To utilize economic and urban redevelopment to accomplish the agency's goals.

Timeline

June 2007
Work begins to form an agency to provided services to the local veteran population
February 2008
The Utica Center for Development INC. (UCD)/Central New York Veteran's Outreach Center (CNYVOC) is incorporated as a Not for Profit.
September 2008
The UCD/CNYVOC takes control of the former YMCA building at 726 Washington ST. Utica, NY 13502
December 2008
Veterans Services are offered at the new "Central New York Veterans Outreach Center."
April 2009
The UCD/CNYVOC is granted 501.3.c status from the IRS
August 2009
First paid staff are employed to the agency through a grant from the Oneida and Herkimer Counties Community Foundation.
October 2009
Property located at 726 Washington St. in Utica is donated to UCD/CNYVOC and title to the property is transferred to the agency.
November 2009
Official grand opening of the UCD/CNYVOC is held in the newly constructed Bunker Cafe.
December 2009
Renovation continue to take place on the first floor, services are expanded, improvements to the infrastructure are made, construction of the new college access center be
May 2011
Official kick-off for the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD) program. And since it began over 500 individuals have either had their homelessness ended or prevented.
August 2011
Two Major donations from the Polish League of American Veterans (PLAV) are recieved to complete reconstruction of the gym and portion of the roof.
April 2013
Executive Director Mr. Vincent Scalise is reappointed by the Board of Directors after returning from a Deployment to Afghanistan, and picks up where he left off. Agency starts to grow once again.
July 2013
UCD/CNYVOC is awarded the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant to run from 10/01/2013 to 9/30/2014
October 2013
Watertown office begins services.
November 2013
11/11/2013 Grand Re-Opening of Bunker internet cafe and the new Educational Annex.
May 2014
Watertown hosts our 1st annual 5k run
October 2014
Refunded by the VA for another year of SSVF
June 2015
Thank you to a grant from the United Way of the Greater Mohawk Valley the CNY VOC is able to begin the Veterans Assistance Program
October 2015
Refunded for our 3rd SSVF award
June 2016
Awarded 3.2 million dollars to construct 18 units of housing at the Utica facility Refunded for our 3rd SSVF award
October 2016
Awarded our 4th consecutive SSVF grant
April 2017
UCD begins services in the Catskill region

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