Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Message of Gratitude to Our Friends

A huge THANK YOU goes out to TRIP’s many supporters in 2010! Your gift to TRIP helps  improve Troy by rehabilitating blighted buildings, creating and educating new homeowners, preventing foreclosures, making available high quality affordable apartments to families, providing home repairs to seniors, assisting landlords, and supporting neighborhood groups.

Furthermore, donations to TRIP are investments directly into our local economy.  Donations to TRIP have a multiplier effect, enabling us to leverage over $7.7 million additional dollars into Troy’s community through private, federal and state sources. We are very proud of the work we do and the benefits that it brings to Troy.  However, we could not do it without those of you who support us – through the tough times as well as the good times.  You are all extremely valued partners in our success.   Your dedication to the well-being and health of our community is greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t yet joined the list of supporters, it’s not too late!  Click on the link here and you too can become an investor in Troy’s future.

Thanks to all our donors in 2010! 
Betsy Voss, Mike Esposito, Shevy Law Firm, Hon. Roy McDonald, Hon. Ronald Canestrari, John Madden, Jr., Judith A. Barnes, David & Katie Haviland, Sunmark Federal Credit Union, Doug Kallenburg, John Nigro, Linda Mappes, Northeast Health, Chet & Karen Opalka, Jacqueline Witbeck, J.W. Pfeil & Company, SEFCU, Pioneer Bank, Commission on Economic Oppportunity, Kevin & Pat O'Bryan, Hon. Kathleen Jimino, Michael Danforth, Robert Burke, Wally & Jane Altes, Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin, Legal Aid Society, Seton Health, Massry Charitable Foundation, Lynn Kopka, Robert & Janet MacLasco, United Group of Companies, Arthur Ross, Emma Willard School, NeighborWorks America, Hon. Edward Spain, TD Bank, Robert Miller, John Murray, Hannaford, United Way of  Greater Capital Region, Robert Gamble, Omni Housing Development, Don Fane, The Community Preservation Corporation, First Niagara Bank, Garrett Degraff, Joseph Fleming, Architecture+, NBT Bank, Rensselaer County IDA, M & T Bank, Groff Networks, Alane & Paul Hohenberg, Key Bank, William Schroeder & Wendy Pattison, Kim & E. Stewart Jones, Jr., Ken & Dorcas Rose, Lynne Gelzheiser & Wayne Metsch, Capital District Community Loan Fund, Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, Gwen Krause, Charles Freihoffer, Anonymous, Marie Gavazzi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Unity House, Chris & Bridget Ball Shaw, Ken & Sandy Salzmann, Kim Mazor, Hon. Randolph Treece, E.H. Nash, Mark Pattison & Laura Amos, Mozella Irving, Anthony Cardona, O'Connell & Aronowitz, John G. Stewart, Nina Pattison, R. Mihran Mooradian, Warren Fane, Jodi Flood, Barbara Higbee, Bartle, McGrane, Duffy, & Jones, The Community Hospice, John McCann, Anne Patnode, Dreyer Boyajian, Lisa Barone, Jack Casey, John Casey, Hon. Peter Grimm, Sandy Gull, Christine Nealon, Katherine & Calvin Young, Hon. Matthew Turner, Monica Kurzejeski, Carl Erickson, Key Bank, Patrick Madden, Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Bob & Robin Cuddy, Ann F. Ellery, Hilary Lamishaw, Turner Construction Company, O'Bryan Family Foundation, Bank of America, Thomas McGuire, First United Presyterian Church, HSBC, Trustco Bank, Key Foundation, Citizens Bank, and State Farm.

The Value of One

2232 5th Ave
Revitalizing Community
One Piece at a Time

There will be a new look on an old house at 2232 5th Avenue in Troy. TRIP recently purchased this four-unit, architecturally-interesting but long-neglected building. We are in the process of doing a complete rehabilitation of the building with plans for a ribbon-cutting in Spring 2011.

When finished, there will be upgraded, energy efficient units for tenants at affordable prices, a new appealing facade that will improve the street scape for neighbors as well as passersby, and another property will have been returned to the City's tax roll. It sounds simple and on the face of it, it is. The actual project, however, is a huge endeavor requiring lots of staff planning time, securing adequate financing from a variety of sources, coordinating various partners, architectural plans, contractor bids, and ... that's before rehabilitation can even begin!

2232 5th Ave. Rendering by Randy Rumpf
Despite the difficulties of taking a simple idea through its very complex implementation from beginning to end, we know its the right thing to do. We believe in the value of one in community revitalization: that the transformation of one blighted building into a productive, viable property benefits the entire block; that investment in one building can encourage other property owners to invest as well; that a well-cared look of a building can attract renters who likewise want to take care of it.

Through TRIP's HomeOwnership Center, this same philosophy -- the power of one -- underlines our homeownership education and landlord training programs, among others. The addition of one responsible homeowner or landlord adds to the fabric of that community.

TRIP could not help to revitalize Troy's communities without its many partners over the past four decades of our existence. We appreciate the support from so many people, organizations, and companies. And we hope that you will continue this support by making a donation today. Thanks.

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