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Center of Excellence breaks ground

A BIG STEP — Pictured, hoisting shovels at the ground-breaking are, from left: Board Chairman Linda Potwora, Board Vice Chairman Ross Kenzie, Town of Evans Supervisor Keith Dash and Executive Director Jerry Bartone. Photo submitted by Bartone.
Public officials, board members and administrators joined in the Sept. 11 ground-breaking of Community Concern of Western New York. This entity has been created as a one-stop health and human services center.

The Community Concern is located at 6722 Erie Road in Derby. Members of local area government representatives and Community Concern Board of Directors members manned shovels to turn the ground for the improved facility.

The center will also provide behavioral health services for families and adolescents, through partnerships with area high schools. The renovations include making the facility more accessible and providing office space for service providers.

Board Chairman Linda Potwora served as master of ceremonies. Board Chair Potwora said that there is a “critical demand for senior services” and cited an AARP report which said that there is a growing shortage of caregivers for senior citizens.

The services center will offer services to provide seniors with independence.

The project has been sponsored by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation and the Margaret Wendt Foundation.

For more information, call 947-5025 or visit

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