Business Spotlight: July 21, 2021 | Local News
Stewart’s awards $ 25,000 grant to NABA
ALBANY – The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Inc. (NABA) has received a $ 25,000 grant from Stewart’s Shops and The Dake Family to cover the cost of roof repairs at its headquarters in Albany.
“For decades, Stewart’s has stood for quality products, local service and community support,” said Christopher T. Burke, Executive Director of NABA. “From its humble beginnings in Saratoga County to over 300 stores in upstate New York, Stewart’s is part of our landscape – and our lives. Likewise, NABA, shares a deep commitment to our community.We have provided rehabilitation services to the visually impaired in the New York Capital Region and surrounding counties since 1908, adapting to meet new needs as times change.
“In 2020, life has changed dramatically for most of us. When the pandemic seemed to turn life around, the Northeastern Association of the Blind in Albany took a break, took stock of ourselves, and developed protocols and procedures that allowed us to comply with all state regulations. and federal while continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages, ”Burke continued.
“Sadly, just as we were starting to turn the corner and return to a ‘new normal’, our 50 year old roof, which had been leaking for some time, failed. For many years, NABA hired companies. cover to repeatedly locate the source of the leaks and repair the roof. Water infiltration caused damage to the interior finishes which were repaired several times. In addition, the parapet is in poor condition and needs to be repaired. We need a new roof and a new parapet wall, and we need to plan the work immediately so that we can continue to provide uninterrupted services, ”he added.
“This is why we are so grateful to Stewart’s Shops and The Dake Family for this gift of leadership, which allows us to launch our 2021 Raise the Roof campaign. From a GoFundMe page (gofund.me/674bee05) to one-on-one calls, and penny-at-a-time leadership gifts through CLYNK recycling, we ask the community to help us continue to fulfill our mission of helping blind and visually independent and growing people.
“As Helen Keller said, ‘Optimism is the faith that leads to success. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. We are optimistic that our neighbors will come and help us and confident that we will achieve our goals of replacing our roof and providing our life changing services. “