Yesterday, New York State Senator Lea Webb (SD-52) visited JM Murray in Cortlandville to announce her office has secured $45,000 in state funding which will go to support the work of two organizations. Those two organizations are JM Murray, and the Seven Valleys Health Coalition; the funding will go towards supporting transportation and accessibility programs.
“I’m really excited to be here and starting off this new year with bringing some really important resources to two outstanding organizations that provide a lot of great services for some of our most vulnerable residents here in the Southern Tier.” Senator Webb said in her opening remarks during the press conference.
In total, $25,000 dollars was awarded to the Seven Valleys Health Coalition and $20,000 to JM Murray.
For Seven Valleys, the funding will go to supporting the organization’s Support of Health Transportation program. The program provides transportation to eligible residents to destinations and services that are considered essential to their health and are not Medicaid eligible.
“We’re a small non-profit community based organization; we’re all grant funded. The services that we provide to the community are usually at no cost to the community members. Any help that we can get is immensely appreciated.” Jack Leaf, Executive Director of Seven Valleys Health Coalition said.
The funding for JM Murray will go towards the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible van. President and CEO of JM Murray, Ernest Dodge, said the new van will continue to strengthen JM Murray’s Without Walls Day Habilitation service, which he noted is highly praised by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.