UTICA – The gym inside the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center in Utica has been renovated and is now ready to be used.
The floor boards have been cleaned and the rotten wood has been replaced, and the gym also has a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system, making the gym usable year-round.
The renovations were done by students in the Youth Build program, which is made up of 18- to 24-year-olds who are gaining construction skills as they work on earning their GEDs.
Officials with the center say all of the costs of the project were donated by the community, and any money raised from the gym fees goes right back to the center.
“All of the proceeds from the gym rentals go directly to the agency,” said Kari Johnson, a case manager at the Veterans Outreach Center. “It's either to maintain spaces like this or we have general funds for our veterans, so for example if somebody needed help paying a utility bill, things like that, we’re able to help them out based on just the funding from our different programs like the gym. So, it's really helpful for us.”
The windows still need to be replaced, which is expected to be completed sometime in November.