NEW HARTFORD — The Presbyterian Homes Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for the renovation of the Presbyterian Home lobby and corridors.
The renovation is part of the organization’s five-year master building repair and renovation plan, to include eventual upgrades of major portions of the home in order to better serve their residents.
“We know that first impressions are important, both to the confidence and the quality of life of our residents and their families,” said Lenora D’Apice, executive director of advancement for the Presbyterian Homes Foundation, in a news releae. “We’ve been working hard to upgrade major areas of the home, to improve their experience and provide better services as well.”
The entire lobby, originally built in 1967, will be renovated, along with both corridors leading to the Presbyterian Home resident areas. The lobby will be furnished with a donor recognition wall to recognize all donors to the Presbyterian Homes and Services family of services, along with special recognition to the Community Foundation as the major benefactor. The lobby and donor area will also be named after the Community Foundation.
“This area is considered a family room and common area where many of our residents and families gather to chat around the fireplace,” said D’Apice. “It also opens onto a view of our courtyard which boasts beautiful ponds with ducks and many bird feeders. It’s the central hub where the majority of activity takes place on our campus, and many residents enjoy sitting in this area to greet residents and visitors coming through the main doors. For us, our environment is more than just a building; it is a home and an experience that should be warm, bright and inviting.”
The Presbyterian Home has already renovated the main parking lot, the Presbyterian Home dining room, and facility sprinkler system in the Presbyterian Home.
The main lobby and corridor renovations will complete this first round of upgrades to the organization’s main building areas.
“We hope our partnership with The Presbyterian Home for Central New York serves as a model for how local organizations can help build Central New York,” said Peggy O’Shea, of the Community Foundation, in the release. “This is our home, and we want to improve the quality of life for all who live here.”