By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – In its 25th year servicing individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, Delaware County nonprofit Joshua House is celebrating a rebirth.
Changes include appointment of its new executive director, Delsa McEwan; expanding programming and community outreach; and fostering partnerships with state and local officials.
Testament to that, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R – Bainbridge, joined by Sidney representatives, toured the Division Street day-hab facility Friday to discuss funding possibilities.
Fore on the minds of Joshua House officials as the organization moves forward is finding a larger site for its day-hab program. Twelve individuals are enrolled in the day-hab program and Joshua House’s four area residences have room for 21, with three current vacancies. The organization employs 68.
“We’re going to increase programming and expand our community-hab (while) getting out in the community more and making sure our community knows who we are,” said Sidney resident and 10-year Joshua House employee McEwan. She was named executive director on Aug. 16 last year.
Marge Gatien, agency educator and public relations coordinator, added, “We’ve never done grants or fundraising before … but now we’re focusing on community partnerships and asking what we can do for fundraisers. We’re opening up to all the possibilities.”
Sidney grants administrator John Redente said, given the work Joshua House does in tandem with its significance as a local employer, the village will aid the nonprofit whenever possible.
“It’s needed,” he said. “Joshua House has gone in a direction that’s more proactive and progressive and now they’re looking for a bigger, better facility, but them staying in the village is very important to us.”