The shelter is a vital resource for youth of Oswego County with no permanent housing. It provides youth with a place to turn to when there is nowhere to go. With the loss of Federal funding the “Save Our Shelter” Bowl-A-Fun served as a fundraiser to help OCO continue to operate the shelter until additional funding can be obtained.
“The willingness of Exelon and other businesses and organizations to step forward as event sponsors is a demonstration of community leadership and stewardship for which we are very grateful,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “Exelon’s generous support and commitment to lending a hand to the youth of our community when they need it the most is inspiring. I commend them and offer them my sincerest thanks.”
“We are deeply committed to giving back to the community and supporting the vital programs provided by Oswego County Opportunities,” said Pete Orphanos, site vice president. "The employees at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station value the support we receive from this community and are proud to be able to help our neighbors in need.”
For the past 26 years Oswego County Opportunities’ Homeless Services has been a safe haven for abused and maltreated youth in Oswego County. OCO Homeless Services provides 24-hour emergency services and shelter to youth. Through a supportive, nurturing environment that empowers youth to gain the responsibility and decision making skills to attain their goals and have a successful future. One of the most important aspects of this program is its Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter.
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations. For more information, visit www.oco.org.