History & Mission

Our History

Founded in 1977, the Moreau Community Center, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization located in South Glens Falls, New York, has served as one of the major human service agencies in northern Saratoga County. Recognizing the unique needs of the communities of northern Saratoga County, as well as the neighboring communities in Washington and Warren Counties, the Center is a hub for youth, seniors, and general community activities. We strive to fight food insecurity, to build strong, interconnected communities, and to meet the social determinants of health and wellness head on so that all of our neighbors can live their lives to the fullest.

 

The work we do is made possible through a small army of volunteers, all of whom play an integral part in the day-to-day functioning of the Center; as well as through community connection and collaboration with the Town of Moreau and several area for-and-non-profit organizations.

Our Mission

The mission of the Moreau Community Center is to meet the multi-generational needs of the community in a compassionate and inclusive environment.

Our Vision and Core Values

  1. Create and provide quality programs, services, support, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities.
  2. Be a leader in establishing collaborative partnerships with community resources, organizations, municipalities, and individuals to identify solutions to community problems and needs.
  3. Create a space of respect, inclusion, participation, and dignity for all individuals as they pass through various life stages from preschool to the golden years of retirement.

Why we do what we do … 

“In the 1970’s Harvey Milk famously told LGBTQ Americans and their allies that it was up to them to give queer youth hope. That’s a message that resonates with me, and one that I think is universal. Working at the Center gives me the chance to give hope to our clients and members that they’ll never be alone, they’ll always have better days to look forward to, and that any storm can be weathered.”Zac Perry-LaPoint, Community Engagement Coordinator

“I enjoy working with preschool aged children and have connected with many families in the community over the years. Some days are challenging but the rewards of seeing the progress that the children make throughout the school year are priceless. I have many wonderful memories of the children and their families. Teaching at the Moreau Community Preschool over the years has been a very rewarding experience for me and I feel very fortunate for this teaching position.” –Jennifer Smith, Preschool teacher

“I enjoy working at the Moreau Community Center because of the great staff and the very welcoming environment. I love working with the children and find it very rewarding watching them learn and grow throughout the year.” -Lisa Lindstrand, Assistant preschool teacher

“There are so many services that people don’t know about, so it’s nice to help them become more aware of what they might be eligible for. So many of our clients come to us upset and not sure what steps to take next. Just to be able to guide them and watch them go in the right direction is very rewarding.

The Center is much more than what people realize and see – there is so much that goes on in staff offices. It’s great to see Seniors having lunch, playing BINGO and painting, but it’s also great to see someone leaving an office having gotten food, information, and other assets to help them and their families. For me, this is the part that keeps me here.” -Rosemary White, Resource Manager, Client Services

“For me it came down to this: I needed to work someplace that saw the bigger picture when it came to helping meet the needs of our community’s youth. The Center has always been, and continues to be that place.” -Jennifer Rich, Youth Programs Director

“I work at the Center because I enjoy being around people! If I can help bring joy to our community’s seniors, or help them with confusing financial or medical needs, it makes me feel fulfilled.”
-Jeanne Gutheil, Senior Programs Director

“I work at the Center because it serves a higher purpose, and allows me to use my skills and feed my passions, while supporting an organization that does an immense amount of good in the surrounding community. As someone who was still relatively new to the area when I started at the Center, I am still amazed that my presence here has allowed me to build lasting friendships and a family in the area.”
-Sarah Spitzer, Accounting Specialist