Region 4 supports Clear Path For Veterans program
By KATE MOSTACCIO
PEF members serve their communities on the job every day but many take their service to the community even further, donating to worthy causes around New York State.
Members of PEF Region 4 recently raised $556 for the Clear Path For Veterans organization in Chittenango, Madison County.
Clear Path, a 12,000-square-foot retreat-like center on 78 rural acres, is a non-clinical veterans’ service organization that provides programming and services to veterans, their families, and active military, according to the organization’s outreach coordinator, Lynn Fox.
Fox accepted the PEF donation on behalf of Clear Path, accompanied by veteran AJ and his trained service dog, Riley.
“We’re extremely grateful,” Fox said. “Clear Path wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the community support.”
Veterans like AJ credit Clear Path with saving their lives.
“When AJ goes out and speaks, he always says he would not be here today if it wasn’t for Clear Path For Veterans and the dog, Riley,” Fox said.
Clear Path is making a difference in the lives of veterans through its holistic services, which range from art programs, to K-9 mingle dog training, to peer/wingman programs, and many more activities. They host a weekly canteen lunch on Wednesdays, serving 200 meals and facilitating camaraderie and conversations among area veterans.
“We have peer mentors on staff and give veterans a hand up, not a handout,” Fox said. “Veterans are used to giving back, so half end up volunteering here.”
Since Region 4 selected Clear Path, members have stepped up to help.
“We have had an increase in participation in charitable giving since adopting Clear Path For Veterans as our designated donation recipient,” Region 4 Coordinator Bobbi Stafford said.
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