Hope for the Homebound

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In 2014, Schoharie Area Long Term, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services and AmeriCorps VISTA spearheaded a project to make Emergency Ready Kits for 200 “homebound” residents of Schoharie County.

A “homebound” resident could be someone who is suffering from a physical ailment or a medical condition, they could be isolated from their neighbors or have no family to check on them, or it could be a single parent who relies on public transportation. The objective of this pilot program was to ensure that not only did these residents learn how to be prepared, but more importantly that they be given the opportunity to be prepared.

Over 30 organizations participated in this pilot program by hosting a drop-box location, donating money, or donating one or more of the items being collected. Over 4,000  items and $3,000 in cash were collected, which allowed us to assemble all 200 Emergency Ready Kits with the help of the Schoharie County ARC. The kits were dispersed among the Cobleskill-Richmondville School District, HEAD Start, and the Office for the Aging.


Schoharie County Office for the Aging Director Nancy Dingee and SALT VISTA Robyn Sedgwick with Emergency Ready Kits

Many thanks to the following organizations for supporting this effort:

  • Schoharie County Department of Public Health
  • Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services
  • Zion Lutheran Church
  • Construction Services
  • SUNY Cobleskill Office of Engagement
  • Scotia United Methodist Church
  • Ace Hardware
  • Cobleskill Rotary
  • St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
  • Gallupville Gospel Church
  • Schoharie Free Library
  • Middleburgh American Legion Post 248
  • Stewart’s Shops
  • Fidelis Cares
  • Super 8
  • Days Inn
  • Christ the Shepard Lutheran Church
  • Alplaus United Methodist Church
  • Helderberg Hudson Grotto of the National Speleological Society
  • Princetown Evangelical Presbyterian Church
  • Deacon’s and Women’s Group
  • Carlisle Presbyterian Church
  • Susquehanna Trail Post 1764
  • American Legion Post Auxiliary Unit 248
  • Sharon Springs Free Library
  • Cobleskill Community Library
  • Middleburgh Library
  • Schoharie Hardware
  • Middleburgh Hardware
  • National Bank of Coxsackie
  • My Shopper
  • NBT Bank
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
  • Calvary Assembly of God
  • Schoharie Valley Masonic Lodge #491
  • A Taste of Europe