November 14 1995

Moved in

JCTOD Outreach, Inc. (JCTOD) moved into 26 Johnson Park-Cornhill Utica, NY 13501.

May 1 1996

Food Pantry opened

To reach out further and help needy families fight hunger and food insecurity, JCTOD opens a Food Pantry at 26 Johnson Park.

August 1 1996

Outdoor basketball playground opened

JCTOD opens the warm season outdoor neighborhood basketball playground providing a safe place for many neighborhood youth and sponsoring wholesome activities during the summer months with a snack with a in-kind labor, donations, from the community with substantial renovations of 26 Johnson Park & installation of the new Basketball Playground. Oneida County Youth Bureau gave JCTOD its 1st Youth Program Grant.

September 1 1996

City of Utica grant received

JCTOD receives a City of Utica Home grant for the renovation of 1402 West Street.

October 1 1996

Permanent supportive housing grant received

JCTOD is awarded a grant from the New York State Housing and Homeless Assistance Program (HHAP), City of Utica, Enterprise Foundation & Community Foundation to develop Permanent Supportive Housing for low-income homeless women and families with special needs.

December 1 1996

Start-up grant received

Community Foundation gave start-up grant for transitional housing program & Workforce Development/OC DSS community computer program.

June 1 1997

Transitional housing program opened

JCTOD opened a transitional housing program for women with substance abuse/mental health disabilities who desired to be re-united with their children at 1402 West Street.

August 1 1997

City of Utica home grant received

JCTOD received a City of Utica Home Grant for the renovation of 1404 West Street that was used in 1998 as a Home for Children while their mothers were in treatment.

March 1 1998

Two properties acquired

JCTOD also took title of 17 Johnson Park from the City of Utica to be used as a part of the JPA I project, and 1406 West Street which is an overflow play area for the Youth Center.

September 1 1998

Youth Program expanded

JCTOD expanded the Youth Program to a year-round indoor/outdoor Youth Enrichment Center providing recreation, education and life skill training that promoted literacy, learning and school success and also provides the necessary discipline to enable youth to strive and achieve positive life goals. Transportation home and healthy snack-meals were also provided.

January 1 1999

Food Bank of Central NY membership

JCTOD became a member agency of Food Bank of Central NY and we re-located the Food Pantry moved to 1404 West Street. The JCTOD Food Pantry was and is the only facility in the City of Utica open in the evenings.

January 2 2001

Awarded two grants

Community Foundation served as convener to bring the community together to assist in the re-structuring of JCTOD and awarded JCTOD 2 pro-active grants.

April 1 2001

CDBG grant received

JCTOD received its first City of Utica Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for our Youth Program.

April 1 2001

Let’s Grow Community Garden opened

With a lot of help from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, and farmers in the Watertown area, JCTOD opens the Let’s Grow Community Garden at 1409-11 West Street, where children can grow their own fruits and vegetables to take home.

April 1 2001

Leadership Development Training started

JCTOD introduced to the Community at the Johnson Park Christmas in April 2001 the start of its Leadership Development Training for youth ages 9-14. The “Youth Voice Initiative” encourages and trains young people to speak up and be leaders and positive role models. The Youth Voice Initiative encourages other youth not to use tobacco, illegal drugs, or alcohol and to resist crime, not to become members of gangs and youth violence.

November 1 2002

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Grant Award received

JCTOD received through the United Way its 1st Emergency Food & Shelter Program Grant Award.

January 2 2003

Utica’s First Youth Block Association pioneered

Working with the Homeownership Center Weed and Seed Program, JCTOD pioneers Utica’s First Youth Block Association, which empowers youth to be actively involved in the revitalization of their neighborhood. JCTOD is named the Youth Safe Haven for this comprehensive community crime prevention strategy. We also partnered to further develop the JPC Youth Voice Initiative Program.

May 1 2003

Johnson Park Apartments opened

After many years of project development JCTOD opens Johnson Park Apartments (JPA) I at 19 Johnson Park. This former drug house is now home to 6 units of Permanent Supportive Housing.

January 2 2004

Oneida County’s first family shelter opened

JCTOD opens Oneida County’s first family shelter, where traditional and non-traditional low-income families can be referred by the Oneida County Department of Social Services to stay together during a crisis. We accept families of any composition.

January 2 2004

HHAP grant received & another property purchased

JCTOD receives another grant from HHAP, City of Utica, the Enterprise Foundation, Community Foundation to create 3 additional units of permanent supportive housing (JPA II) at 15 Johnson Park. JCTOD also purchased 13 Johnson Park from the City of Utica as part of the development site.

January 2 2005

Six housing units developed

JCTOD receives additional support from the City of Utica, Bank of Utica & Community Foundation to develop 6 more units (JPA III) located 16 Johnson Park – 18 Johnson Park and 201 Square Street.

January 2 2005

Official Youth Feeding Site

JCTOD becomes an official Youth Feeding Site under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the New York State Department of Health, allowing us to server nutritious meals to children each day of our Youth Center.

November 1 2005

Cornerstone Community Church parternship

Cornerstone Community Church (CCC) of New York Mills partnered with JCTOD to reach out to the poor & needy in the Cornhill/Utica with their 1st of many projects with the installation of a kitchen on the 2nd Floor on 1402 West Street for the Emergency Family Shelter.

January 2 2006

Oneida County Workforce Investment Board partnership

In partnership with the Oneida County Workforce Investment Board, JCTOD launches the Second Chance Program, offering ongoing advocacy, mentoring/life coaching, focus and support groups, and pre & post employment opportunities for ex-offenders and Cornhill residents.

January 2 2006

Family transportation services offerred

JCTOD begins offering transportation services for families to help remove barriers to treatment, family reunification, and dealing with the smaller needs of daily life.

January 2 2006

LeapFrog program launched

With funding from the Utica National Foundation, JCTOD launches the “LeapFrog” early literacy and technological training program, with components both at home and at the Youth Center to help Cornhill children prepare for success in school and in life.

January 2 2006

Youth Program grant received

JCTOD received its first grant from the United Way of Greater Utica for our Youth Program.

January 2 2006

Compassion Capital Fund grant received

JCTOD receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Compassion Capital Fund to build Development and Asset Management Capacity in the area of homeless services.

December 1 2006

JPA II opened

JCTOD is pleased to announce the opening of JPA II, located at 15 Johnson Park, with a gala event and ribbon cutting.

January 2 2007

NYS HHAP grant received

JCTOD receives a grant from the NYS HHAP, City of Utica & Enterprise Community Partners to create 8 one-bedroom, and/or efficiency units to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless women without children who have mental health as a primary disability. This program will reach out especially those living in shelters, hotels/motels, recently released out of jail and living on the streets. It will be known as JPA IV.

January 2 2007

Poncell Construction services & Utica National grant received

Poncell Construction, Inc. provided in-kind labor, C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects in-kind architectural services and Utica National Group Foundation a grant award for the extreme makeover of the 26 Johnson Park 3 Front Porches Project.

January 2 2007

DBA of “Johnson Park Center” adopted

JCTOD Outreach, Inc. officially adopts the DBA of “Johnson Park Center” (“JPC” for short) to clarify for a wider audience our mission, values, and service area, as well as to emphasize our separation from the JCTOD Church (The Lord Jesus Christ Tabernacle of David, Inc.)

January 2 2007

Bobby Page Award received

JPC CEO received the Robert Esche Save of the Day Foundation “Bobby Page Award”.

January 2 2007

Family Specialist Development Program started

With support from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the United Way of Greater Utica, JCTOD begins to offer a Family Specialist Development Program, working with the residents of JPA to reach out and strengthen families, build home living skills, and prevent family violence and neglect.

January 2 2007

Second Compassion Capital Fund grant received

JCTOD receives second Compassion Capital Fund grant to build capacity in the area of youth services.

January 1 2008

CCC moved & renovation Grant awarded

The CCC who moved to Oneida Square-Utica provided in-kind labor and The Utica National Foundation awarded the 5 Johnson Park Roofing & Renovation Grant for the Emergency Shelter/ Program Service Bldg for Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency.

February 1 2008

Community Housing Development Organization designation

JPC was designated as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). JPC purchased with a grant from the City of Utica Home Program, 1420 West Street and 210-212 Arthur Street. This was a major victory as, finally the slumlord, drug dealers and gang leaders no longer lived on that corner. Two years earlier there were two young men killed at 1420 West Street. We hope that this corner will now change to be a place of hope.

April 1 2008

Utica Emergency Shelter Grant Program Award received

JPC received its 1st City of Utica Emergency Shelter Grant Program Award.

August 1 2008

JPC Community Service Award received

Ms. Lori D. Dougall, a JPA Two-year Alumni Graduate received the 1st JPC Community Service Award.

October 1 2008

Upstate Supportive Housing Residence of the Year awarded

JPA I, II, III was honored as the “2008 Upstate Supportive Housing Residence of the Year” by the Supportive Housing Network of New York.

April 1 2009

Community Impact Award received

JPC received the “Community Impact Award” from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and was funded with 8 passengers & 15 passengers Van.

August 1 2009

Second Community Service Award received

Ms. Joyce Grenicko, OC Title V Senior Worker & JPC volunteer received the 2nd JPC Community Service Award.

August 1 2009

JPA IV opened

JPC had the Grand Opening of JPA IV located at 1414-16 West Street and 1420 West Street serving chronic homeless single women without children. We also had the Dedication of the Ricky Powell and Brian West Memorial Plaza on the corner of Arthur & West Street. Poncell Construction, Inc. provided in-kind labor, C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects in-kind architectural services and City of Utica grant award.

October 1 2009

ARRA HPRP grant received

JPC received a three-year grant through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Homelessness Prevention Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP)

December 1 2009

Hage & Hage partnership & Green LEED certified

JPC received working in partnership with Hage & Hage, Green Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Consulting Services and C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects a planning grant from the Community Foundation to create & develop the JPC Green Community Project Master Plan that includes Multi-Purpose Childcare & Family Center, the Energy Technology & Maintenance Facility and all JPC properties become Green LEED Certified.

January 1 2010

Construction material grant received

JPC working in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board served as the Oneida County YouthBuild worksite and Utica National Group Foundation gave a grant award for construction materials in order that Cornhill/Utica youth received hands on work experience in the construction trades.

February 1 2010

NYS HHAP grant received for JPA V

JPC received a grant from the NYS HHAP, City of Utica & Enterprise Community Partners to create 8 one-bedroom, and/or efficiency units to provide green LEED Certified permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless women without children who have mental health as a primary disability. This program will reach out especially those living in shelters, hotels/motels, recently released out of jail and living on the streets. It will be known as JPA V.

July 1 2010

HUD CoC program received

JPC received its 1st US Department of Housing (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Supportive Housing Program (SHP) to serve JPA IV Chronically Homeless Single Females without children.

August 1 2010

First wedding at JPC

JPC held its 1st Wedding in Johnson Park with the Bride Ms. Melissa Green a JPA Program Participant walking down the sidewalk to the Fountain to the Groom, Mr. Christopher Prest on Sunday August 1st to become man & wife. Mr. & Mrs. Prest reception was incorporation with the JCTOD Church 15th Anniversary Celebration with Dinner, Meeting and Gospel Concert.

August 1 2010

3rd JPC Community Service Award received

Ms. Nancy E. Wolfe, A Utica School District Teacher, JPC Board Member & JPC volunteer, a JCTOD Elder and the Children Church Leader received the 3rd JPC Community Service Award.

April 1 2011

2nd HUD CoC SHP grant received

JPC received its 2nd HUD CoC SHP to serve JPA V Chronically Homeless Single Females without children.

May 1 2011

Founder spoke at Colgate & received Honorary Degree of Divinity

JPC/JCTOD Church CEO & Founder was the Colgate University, Hamilton NY 2011 Baccalaureate Speaker and she received an Honorary Degree of Divinity.

July 1 2011

JPA V groundbreaking & ribbon-cutting

JPC had the groundbreaking ceremony for JPA V and a ribbon-cutting event for a new home built with donations & kind-in labor from businesses, contractors, organizations and individual supporters from the ground up built by through the leadership & giving of the Robert Esche Save of the Day Foundation for JPC CEO/Founder & JPC COO.

August 1 2011

4th JPC Community Service Award received

Mr. Troy Ensley a JPC volunteer received the 4th JPC Community Service Award.

September 1 2011

Dr. Andy Lopez-Williams on staff

Dr. Andy Lopez-Williams, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and President and Clinical Director of ADAD & Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy (AAPSA) agreed to and is currently on the JPC staff as at the JPC Director of Clinical Operations & NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Director.

October 1 2011

Joseph R. Carucci Community Appreciation Award received

JPC CEO received the Genesis Group, Utica NY “2011 Joseph R. Carucci Community Appreciation Award.”

December 1 2011

Food Pantry grants received

JPC received special Food Pantry grants from the Community Foundation & United Way to feed the hunger and food in-security of the working poor.

March 1 2012

Clients moved into JPA V

Clients moved into JPA V located at 1418 West Street and 210 Arthur Street for chronic homeless single women without children. This is JPC 1st Green LEED Certified Housing Project.

May 1 2012

JPC Express E-newsletter mailed

We began on a regular mailing of The JPC Express E-newsletter focused on keeping our partners & friends informed as well as highlighting all of the positive changes that continues to happen at JPC.

July 1 2012

5th JPC Community Service Award received

Ms. Kim Wilson, JPA Chronically Homeless Women Program Graduate, and a Full-Time Volunteer as JPC Shelter Manager and JPA Development Specialist received the 5th JPC Community Service Award.

July 1 2012

KIND Kickball Tournament

JPC hosted its inaugural Kicking In New Dreams (KIND) Kickball Tournament to teach & with practical hands on application learned discipline to follow rules, teamwork, leadership skills, and be accountable for goal-setting to achieve their positive life goals. JPA women & Staff member on the JPC Relations Team did the coordination, coaching & planning for this tournament and fundraising for the Annual Weeklong Youth Olympics.

July 1 2012

22nd Anniversary Proclamation Award received

JPC and Resource Living of Independent Living (RCiL) received the American with Disabilities (ADA) 22nd Anniversary Proclamation Award from the City of Utica.

July 1 2012

JPA5 opened

JPC had Grand Opening & Ribbon JPA5, the 1st LEED Platinum Certified Residential Safe & Supportive Residential Homes in Upstate New York, the 62st in the state of New York and the 1046 LEED-Platinum Certified Project worldwide.

July 1 2012

2nd Wedding in Johnson Park

JPC & Cornerstone Community Church was honored and privileged to sponsor & officiate at the 2nd Wedding in Johnson Park for JPA Two-year Alumni Graduate Ms. Lori Dougall and Luis Cruz on Fri July 27, 2012. The wedding reception was held on a JPC property on West Street beside the beautiful JPC Community Garden.

October 1 2012

Ms. Antoinette Marie Carter passed away

Ms. Antoinette Marie Carter JPC 1st two year Alumni Graduate (Year 2005) of Johnson Park Apartments (JPA) died October 27, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital at the age of 45 with heart problems and other medical complications. The Funeral Service was held on November 2, 2012 at the Nun & McGrath Funeral Home. JPC hosted the family & friend gathering afterwards at JPC Headquarters- Community Activities & Youth Center to share with a meal & fellowship together and to celebrate the life & memory of Ms. Carter.

October 1 2012

RexO grant received

JPC received a two-year grant award for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RexO) from the Workforce Investment Board to provide job club services to women returning to the community from incarceration.

January 1 2013

Rapid Re-Housing Security Deposit Program administered

JPC administered the City of Utica Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-Housing Security Deposit Program for Utica Homeless individuals & families.

May 1 2013

2013 Treva Wood Community Activist Award received

Rev. Dr. Scates received the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) “2013 Treva Wood Community Activist Award’ at the MVCAA Champions Luncheon on May 9th, 2013.

July 1 2013

3rd Wedding at JPC

This was the third time, the chimes of wedding bells rang in Johnson Park on Friday July 26, 2013 to the matrimonial vows taken by Ms. Laura A. Copperwheat, a JPA Two-year Alumni Graduate and Mr. Timothy Parry a JPC volunteer. As a part of their country-style theme wedding, after saying “I do”: the newly married couple rode on a farming tractor to wedding reception on West Street beside the beautiful JPC Community Garden.

July 1 2013

OASAS Chemical Dependence Operating Certificate received

JPC received the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Chemical Dependence Operating Certificate on July 15, 2013. We had the Dedication Ceremony for Certified JPA Supportive Housing Living Services Program Facility located at 19 Johnson Park on July 25, 2013 at the Mohawk Valley Housing & Homeless Coalition Meeting & JPC Positive Change & Accomplishments at the JPC 18th Year Week of Celebration.

August 1 2013

6th JPC Community Service Award received

Mr. Tyrone Pitts a JPC Second Chance Graduate, JPC Staff member and volunteer serving as the Driver, Outreach, Security & Grounds Worker and Food Pantry Coordinator received the 6th JPC Community Service Award.

December 1 2013

Roann Destito & Anthony Brindisi brought Christmas joy

NYS Office of General Services Commissioner Roann Destito and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi bring Christmas joy to JPC with warm winter coats for the children.

April 1 2014

CNY Business Journal News Network and BizEventz Non Profit Career Achievement Award received

Rev. Dr. Scates received the CNY Business Journal News Network and BizEventz Non Profit Career Achievement Award.

July 1 2014

1st Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor entered

Ms. Dawn Muldoon, BSW/CASAS began working at JPC as our 1st Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor as Clinical Director/Resident Manager.

August 1 2014

2014 Community Service Award received

JPC 2014 Community Service Award was given to Ms. Doreen Ralph, graduate of the 2nd Chance Program and volunteer at the JPC Family Emergency Shelter.

November 1 2014

Utica National Foundation Fund grant received

JPC received a grant from the Utica National Foundation Fund, a donor advised grant through the Community Foundation to develop a Family Enrichment Program as a method to prepare children ages 3-5 years for entry into kindergarten through the use of technology and hands-on learning.

January 1 2015

Head, Hand, & Heart Family Enrichment Program opened

Grand Opening of JPC’s Head, Hand, & Heart (HHH) Family Enrichment Program at 26 Johnson Park 2nd Floor thanks to the Utica National Group Foundation Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.

February 1 2015

Community Advocate honor received

Rev. Dr. Scates was honored as a Community Advocate by the County of Oneida, the City of Utica and the Watson Williams Elementary School Program Committee.

March 1 2015

12th Annual Benefit Dinner Friday hosted

SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Psychology and Sociology Club in conjunction with the West Indian and African Club and the Veteran Club hosted its 12th Annual Benefit Dinner Friday at Daniele’s Banquet in New Hartford in honor of JPC’s constant commitment to positive change for the past 20 years! The total amount raised was $14,000.

April 1 2015

HHH Program commercial aired

Commercial about JPC’s HHH Program aired on local news networks.

May 1 2015

Food Bank of CNY’s Community Impact Award received

JPC received Food Bank of CNY’s Community Impact Award.

May 1 2015

Food Pantry reached 1,000,000 meals served

JPC’s Food Pantry reached 1,000,000 meals served! A special giveaway and event celebrated the milestone.

May 1 2015

Challenge the Process award received

Rev. Dr. Scates was one a honoree at the Leadership Mohawk Valley 25th Anniversary Celebration and received during the “Challenge the Process” award, in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the Johnson Park-Cornhill community over the past 20 years!

August 1 2015

8th JPC Community Service Award received

Ms. Fran Thayer successfully completed the JPA Chronically Homeless Single Women Program, a Recovery Coach Graduate, co-founder of “Women do Recover” NA Group, Chef & Security Coordinator received the 8th JPC Community Service Award.

December 1 2015

JPA VI grant funding received

JPC received grant funding from NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and the City of Utica for JPA VI to create Eight Housing First Green-Platinum LEED Certified apartments for Special Needs Homeless Single Females.

February 1 2016

JPA VI funding meeting

JPC had the official meeting with HHAP to discuss the startup of the JPA VI project. We received grant funding from NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and the City of Utica for JPA VI to create Eight Housing First Green LEED Certified apartments for Special Needs and MRT qualified Homeless Single Women.

April 1 2016

John J. Wilma B. Sinnott Conservation Award received

JPC received the “John J. Wilma B. Sinnott Conservation Award” for its dedication to the Preservation of Earth Natural Resources with JPC Green LEED Initiative.

June 1 2016

Rev. Dr. Scates selected as ember of the NY State-Wide Interagency Council of Homelessness to Guide Policy

Governor Cuomo created and selected Rev. Dr. Scates to be a member of the NY State-Wide Interagency Council of Homelessness to Guide Policy that will arrive at cross-cutting common sense solutions to provide safe, clean shelters, supportive housing and services to the homeless.

August 1 2016

9th year JPC Community Service Award received

Ms. Susan Hendrickson, a Two-Year JPA Chronically Homeless Single Women Alumni Graduate, a Graduate and Coordinator of the 2nd Chance Program, the Events Administrative Coordinator and Statistic Administrator recieved the 9th year JPC Community Service Award.

January 1 2017

Infrastructure Grant awarded

JPC was awarded the Infrastructure Grant with $241,500 to upgrade all CCTV systems and network all properties through a fiber optic ring. An ESSHI award was received for the 8 units – JPA VI.

July 1 2018

1st Boilermaker Road Race participation

The first year that JPC participated in the Charity Bib and 4 runners run the 5k Boilermaker Road Race.

July 1 2019

JPA VI participants moved in

The first participants moved in the newly renovated JPA VI apartments and in a short time all units were occupied.

July 1 2019

JPA VII HHAP award received

The brick and mortar application to HHAP for the JPA VII is being submitted and we received the award notification November 22, that we will receive $4,500,000 for the JPA VII project.

November 1 2019

ESSHI award issued

A conditional ESSHI award was issued for the 31 units to be developed with the JPA VII application.

December 1 2019

HCR funded submitted

The brick and mortar application to HCR has been submitted during the December month for the remaining funds towards the JPA VII project.