Warwick, NY — Nearly 100 New Yorkers joined HRHCare CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon and National Center for Farmworker Health CEO Bobbi Ryder at Warwick Valley Winery earlier this month for the HRHCare Honoring the Hands benefit, recognizing the Warwick Area Migrant Committee and Sisters Pam Wagner and Fran Liston of the Divine Compassion for their support of local agricultural workers. Funds raised at the benefit will support the continuation of a summer camp for children of Orange County agricultural workers, 100 of whom participated in the seven-week 2017 program.
Stash Grajiewski, Director of the Warwick Area Migrant Committee for 35 years and current Director of the HRHCare Alamo Farmworker Community Center in Goshen, also received a special recognition.
“HRHCare is committed to providing quality primary and preventive care to agricultural workers here in the Black Dirt Region,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of HRHCare. “Tonight, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Warwick Area Migrant Committee, and are proud to recognize Sisters Pam and Fran for their life-changing impact on countless agricultural workers and their family members throughout Orange County.
Sisters Pam Wagner and Fran Liston of the Divine Compassion have served the poor throughout the United States, and have been based in the Black Dirt Region since 1990. They have consistently kept their doors open to agricultural worker families in need, with their home becoming the location for the children’s summer program. Although the sisters retired in September of 2016, they remain very connected with the community.
The Warwick Area Migrant Committee was founded in 1959 as the Warwick Council of Churches to assist the agricultural workers of Orange County. In addition to providing for the spiritual needs of the agricultural workers, the Committee quickly expanded to include education and health care support.
HRHCare Community Health is a nonprofit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Founded more than 40 years ago to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, NY, HRHCare is now one of the nation’s largest community health providers. From the Capitol Region to the east end of Long Island, the HRHCare network of 28 health centers provides affordable, accessible care to more than 175,000 patients through 500,000 visits annually. The more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for high-quality and compassionate care for all.
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