Monday, 13 April 2020 15:34

Victory Transformation, Dedicated Members of Our Community

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Surplus given out at Easter from Victory Transformation Surplus given out at Easter from Victory Transformation Submitted photo

Since 2013, Victory Transformation has been located in the Pontiac Building on West First Street in Oswego.

During normal business operation, Victory is a faith based outreach mission that serves Oswego County. Victory runs two emergency housing units in Oswego for homeless; provides limited, transitional housing, a Drop in Center, and café so that people have a safe place to go and affordable food.

They provide advocacy, help with furniture, employment, security deposits and clothing; whatever is necessary to help people get on their feet, have a higher quality of life, and be productive members of our community. Victory Transformation also has a code blue warming shelter, meaning that Victory opens its doors to homeless people when it is at or below 32 degrees with wind chill. Most of their operation is done with volunteers.

Since the COVID-19 event began, Victory Transformation has temporarily changed its scope of operation. As operators of certified homeless shelters in New York State, they are an essential service. When Oswego Hospital became a testing site, a need developed for Victory to continue operation so that their homeless were taken care of.

Since March 20, 2020, Victory has been open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping our homeless. They have coordinated care with the Department of Social Services and City of Oswego to be available and to screen homeless people for possible infection. They also have brought food weekly, to homeless individuals and families in hotels throughout the county. Through the generosity of people in our churches and community, Victory has prepared food and groceries, made cloth masks for adults and children, and provided hygiene and cleaning products.

Saturday, the day before Easter, they brought Easter baskets and food for the week with Easter meal items. One of their volunteers and her family brought Easter dinner to all of the Oswego homeless, on Easter Sunday. Due to an abundance of food they were able to help eleven additional families!

"So many people to thank – the outpouring in our community and collaboration is amazing and humbling." said Daun Whittaker, executive director and founder. "We are so proud to be a part of the community of Oswego County!"

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