Cornerstone

Balus Center for Community Action
204 North Main St.
Perry, New York 14530
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Community Action for Wyoming County has an important and unique contribution to make in improving the quality of life for all Wyoming County residents through focusing on the meeting the needs of the low income and disadvantaged population, and in promoting the personal and family growth of our constituents as they move toward self-sufficiency.

Our History

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In 1995, through the efforts of Martin D. Mucher, the County Office of Human Services was privatized by incorporating as a 501c(3) called Wyoming County Community Action, Inc.  A building was donated by Mary Oakes for our use in conducting business operations. At that time, we administered three programs; Weatherization, Information & Referral, and Section 8 Rental Assistance.  Our total budget was under $750,000.00 and we employed 9 people.

In 1998 we became a One Stop Business Center and created and Employment and Training Division to provide employment services to area youth, adults, and seniors in Wyoming County.  In the same year, we started operating the Mudpies and Milestones Childcare Center located at the Wyoming County Community Health System.  The Housing Division also purchased 9 transitional homes located throughout the county for families at risk of being homeless.

In 2002 Community Action Angels (Angel Action) volunteer program was gifted for our use by Pat Standish and shortly thereafter we received funding from the Department of State, Division of Community Services to create a Community Action Angels Membership throughout New York State.

In 2003 the “Cornerstone~~Balus Center for Community Action” building was donated by Mark and Kathy Balus and is currently being used for Angel Action outreach.

In 2005 our Housing Division constructed Northridge Homes, an affordable housing project that consists of 24 three and four bedroom units.

In 2007 we built a new facility to house Mudpies & Milestones Childcare, Universal Pre-Kindergarten, and SELECT Summer Day Camp.

Currently we employ 37 full time and 17 part time people.  Our budget is approximately 4.2 million dollars.