Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb. 25 forum on prevention

An "Ounce of Prevention:” A Dialogue with Albany County officials, Thursday, February 25, 2010, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

When seniors fall in their homes, children are prey to abuse and families are forced to live in remote motels for months at a time, the social fabric that binds our neighborhood together is torn. The livable communities we treasure are threatened in these difficult times, and the services we depend on are no longer guaranteed.

“An Ounce of Prevention,” a forum on Feb. 25 sponsored by Albany County Executive Michael Breslin and Westminster Presbyterian Church, will look at the impacts of the recession from the perspective of the elderly, children at risk and homeless families. This will be an opportunity to dialogue with public officials and not-for-profit service providers about how to prevent everyday tragedies in every neighborhood in Albany.

The event takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St. in Albany from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.. There is ample parking at the church, which is located between Dove and Swan streets. Speakers will include the commissioners or deputy commissioners of the Albany County Departments of Social Services, Aging and Children, Youth and Families. Other speakers from the community will address prevention issues in the community in the three topic areas. There will also be time for discussion about next steps.

People wishing to speak may call Westminster at 436-8544. No registration is required to attend and participate.

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