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George Timmins named new CYO Program head

George Timmins, new coordinator for CYO Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, offers advice to CYO participant Chucky as they play a game of pool in the CYO game room. The CYO Program offers youth a variety of activities and the opportunity to make new friends.
George Timmins, new coordinator for CYO Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, offers advice to CYO participant Chucky as they play a game of pool in the CYO game room. The CYO Program offers youth a variety of activities and the opportunity to make new friends.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow announced that George Timmins has been named coordinator for the agency’s CYO program.

Timmins, who most recently worked as a senior account clerk with the agency, has worked with youth in many capacities over the years, not only in Central New York but in the inner city of Detroit as well.

He is looking forward to drawing from his vast experience of working with youth and is excited about the opportunity to lead the CYO program.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with youth of any age,” said Timmins.  “From coaching sports and working with Parks and Recreation in Lysander, to being involved with the Jump Start for Education program in Detroit, to raising my son and daughter, I have been involved with youth at many different levels.”

As for taking over the helm of Catholic Charities CYO program, Timmins sees it as a chance to not only continue the tradition of the CYO but also build upon it.

“Jim Smiley and Stacie Roberts did a great job developing the CYO program and making it what it is today,” he said.

“Countless numbers of adults in the community, myself included, have many fond memories of coming to the CYO program when they were younger. Meeting new friends, playing basketball, and participating in the many other activities that CYO offered was an important part of their youth. I want to ensure that today’s youth who visit CYO will enjoy the same memories some day.”

In addition to sports, arts and crafts, and other leisure time activities that CYO provides for area youth, Timmins will be focusing on the aspect of character development.

“I want our youth to know that CYO can be more than just a place to have fun with their friends,” he said. “I want my staff and I to be able to really connect with the youth who visit CYO. We want to do more than offer them quality recreation time in a safe, caring environment.

“My goal is to help them build confidence in themselves, develop a healthy level of self-esteem, and gain a thorough understanding of the team concept — qualities that will serve them well as adults,” added Timmins.

Knowing the positive impact that CYO has on the community, Timmins said that it is important that both CYO members and community members recognize mutual benefits that CYO offers.

“The CYO program instills a sense of pride in its members, and in turn, pride for their community,” he noted. “Moving forward the CYO program will have more interaction with the community.

“We will encourage CYO members to become actively involved with community issues where they can make a difference. Our CYO program has plenty of potential and I am pleased to be able to be part of its future.”

“We are happy to have George as coordinator of our CYO Program,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “His enthusiasm for the program and his willingness to help our youth will serve him well in his new position.”

Catholic Charities moves back to West First Street home

by Andrew Henderson

Four months after vacating its bat-infested home, Catholic Charities of Oswego County is returning back to its 365 W. First St. location.

Since September, Catholic Charities was able to provide its services remotely from the former St. Michael’s Church building at 301 Beech St., Fulton.

Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 20, the agency will start moving its administrative offices and services back home.

“We are excited to be moving back,” said Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow. “The staff did a remarkable job these past few months as we continued to offer services and programs to those in need.”

The director added that through the efforts of Emergency Services Supervisor Helen Hoefer, the agency’s volunteers, and the generosity of the community, Catholic Charities’ food pantry remained accessible throughout the  relocation.

“We were able to provide a record number of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals,” she said. “Our CYO program continued to offer recreational activities for area youth, and thanks to Tracy Doyle, we even had basketball!”

During the move back, Catholic Charities’ food pantry will be closed Dec. 21-27.  The food pantry will re-open Dec. 28.

The Thrift Store will reopen Jan. 3.

The CYO program will also be closed Dec. 24-27 and will reopen Friday, Dec. 28.  All other services and programs will be operating as usual and will be in place at the 365 W. First St. location Dec. 28.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County temporarily vacated its historic building because of an infiltration of a large colony of bats thought to be caused by the start of the $12 million reconstruction project over the nearby Oswego River.

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