Living Well celebrates one year of service

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Sandi Perl, Living Well director, center, introduced representatives from the Salvation Army in Geneva: Dom Vedora, chairman of the Advisory Board, left, and Lt. Luis Martinez, Geneva Corps Officer, right. Martinez said, “We’re looking to help Yates County as best we can.”

Supporters of The Living Well gathered Oct. 17 at an open house to celebrate the organization’s one year anniversary.

While much of the organization’s efforts in its first year have centered on recovery from the mid-May flood damage, the Living Well provides a wide variety of services.

A collection of photos on display outlined details of the efforts for the flood relief alone: over 120 volunteers served more than 150 victims and helped restore 57 homes, and $150,000 in total donations were put to good use.

The Living Well is a ministry of the United Methodist Churches of Yates County, offering help to individuals with immediate needs and resources, such as: food, dry goods, utilities, referral services, vouchers for emergency needs, and more.

Director Sandi Perl introduced representatives from the Salvation Army Geneva Corps, who are pledging additional support for programs in Yates County.

She said the Salvation Army spent more than $20,000 during the flood recovery in the Penn Yan area.

She thanked Chet Briggs, Beulah Decker, and Ralph Senese for the work they have done to help homeowners make repairs to flood damaged property. Briggs said more than 142 volunteers have worked on 59 homes and over $93,000 has been spent on homes so far.