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March 29, 2010

OCV Architects is a proud "Hall of Fame" sponsor for The Fordham Bedford Little League

OCV Architects is a proud "Hall of Fame" sponsor for The Fordham Bedford Little League for the Spring Season of 2010. OCV has been sponsoring baseball for Bronx kids through Fordham Bedford since 2005.

Established in 1999, The Fordham Bedford Little League serves the neighborhoods and communities of the Northwest Bronx. The League is a member of Little League Baseball and the Babe Ruth League. It currently has 25 teams: age 5 to 6 — T-Ball; age 7 to 8  —  Rookies; age 9 to 10 — Minors; age 11 to 12 — Majors; age 13 to 14 — Juniors; and age 15 to 16 — Seniors.</p>

Evelyn Colon of the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation founded the League as a part of its children's services program. The FBHC is a pioneer and major player in The Bronx Renaissance that is now taking place and was formed in 1979 to fight housing deterioration and abandonment in the Bronx, and to bring new private and public resources into the housing stock. Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation developed Fordham Bedford Children's Services based on the belief that providing quality low-income housing, in combination with supportive social services, would preserve families and nurture the healthy development of children.

"Our goal is to develop baseball skills, promote sportsmanship, and furnish wholesome recreation. Our objectives are achieved by providing a supervised baseball program, keeping in mind that winning the game is secondary and the molding of future men and women is of prime importance."

— Evelyn Colon, President,

Fordham Bedford Little League.

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November 15, 2009

Bronx Institution Moves Into New Home, Celebrating A Facelift for Itself and the Bronx

The Citizens Advice Bureau holds ribbon cutting ceremony, unveiling new office as well as new name: BronxWorks

New York, NY, November 13, 2009 – On November 13, 2009, BronxWorks, formerly The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), celebrated the unveiling of its new name, new logo and new administrative offices located at 60 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. While the organization presented a comprehensive image overhaul, it promised to maintain the same level of commitment to the borough and its residents that it has had for the 37 years.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bronxworks administrative offices. Attendees from left to right are: Jack Coogan, Principal at OCV Architects; Andrzej Palac General Contractor from Alda Contracting; Sara Arnold Principal at OCV Architects; Carolyn McLaughlin, Executive Director of Bronxworks; Congressman Jose Serrano; Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene; NY State Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibbs; and

Carolyn McLaughlin, Executive Director of BronxWorks and Sean Delany, Board of Director Chairperson, unveiling the organization’s new name, logo, and updated mission statement.

A spirited mood filled the store-front gathering space as jokes ranging from Washington and health care reform, to the secrecy surrounding the re-branding were enjoyed by all. One thing everyone seemed to agree on is the vast improvement that’s taken place in the Bronx, thanks in no small part to organizations such as BronxWorks.Carolyn McLaughlin and Sean Delany introducing Congressman Jose Serrano, who praised the efforts of BronxWorks and institutions like it.

Designed by OCV Architects and built on time and on budget by Alda Contracting, the new building breathes life into an abandoned funeral parlor. The site was transformed from an eyesore to a place where Bronx and NYC residents can turn for support and assistance — a very apropos rebirth for an organization whose mission it is to help individuals and families improve their own economic and social well-being. BronxWorks will administer many of its programs – direct, hands-on help, community outreach, education, and advocacy – from the new location.Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, discussed the value and importance of BronxWorks as a community outreach organization.
Among the honored guests were US Representative for New York's 16th District, Democrat José E. Serrano, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Linda Gibbs, Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, and New York State Assemblywoman, Vanessa Gibson. East Tremont Avenue, the new address for a Bronx institution: views of street front and rear yard

Interior of the new administrative offices of BronxWorks

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October 30, 2009

SHNNY Honors the YWCA Binghamton As “Residence of the Year”

At the annual Supportive Housing Network of New York Awards Gala, the YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County and OCV Architects are recognized.Supportive Housing Award for OCV Architects

Carole Coppens with Rebecca Quinn, Project Manager, and Richard Vitto, Project Architect of OCV Architects.

New York, NY, October 28, 2009 – At last night’s Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) Gala, the historic YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County (YWCA Binghamton) received praise as “Outstanding Residence of the Year.” Deborah Damm-O’Brien of Catholic Charities Housing Office, presented the award to Carole Coppens, Executive Director of the YWCA, hailing it as a testament to the idea that “…places as well as people can be reborn.”

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