Agency continues its mission to help residents facing hard times
Mohawk Opportunities, Inc. recently moved to a new location in Schenectady, but its mission to help Schenectady County residents challenged by life circumstances hasn't diminished over 40 years.
The not-for-profit agency celebrated the opening of its new location on 201 Nott Terrace in Schenectady with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County in early June. Previously, Mohawk Opportunities leased three office suites on Franklin Street in the city, but purchasing the new building will allow the agency save money and become more efficient. County residents receiving services from the agency include individuals living with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Joe Gallagher, executive director for Mohawk Opportunities, said that at any given time, the agency serves around 225 individuals.
With the new location, we consolidated our programs and administrative offices into one location, said Gallagher. "That allowed us to more effectively link our various services, as well as add efficiency to our business operations."
In 1968, Dr. Joseph Libbon, with the help of the Junior League of Schenectady, started the agency when the Dominion House was opened to offer the first community residence program for individuals living with mental illness in the state. It later expanded services to more individuals with a focus on housing and community integration. Services offered today include supported housing options, symptom management, medication management, daily living and self care tasks, community and home-based clinical treatment, along with socialization opportunities. It also assists in advocacy and helps attain benefits and other services.
Promoting growth and recovery is the main goal behind Mohawk Opportunities' services.
"We have tried to expand our services so that we are best positioned to respond to the needs of the community and the individuals that we service," said Gallagher. "We also added the ACT program. We were able to provide outreach to those clients who are not benefiting from traditional forms of treatment."