Syracuse, New York – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor PEACE Inc.’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate this organization’s dedicated efforts to serve our community.
Video of Representative Katko’s can be found here. His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th birthday of PEACE Inc., a non-profit, community-based organization in my district in Onondaga County.
PEACE Inc. was founded on March 26, 1968 with a mission to empower individuals in our community to thrive. Today, this organization plays an integral part in the lives of so many Central New Yorkers.
From children and families, to teenagers, to senior citizens – PEACE Inc. is dedicated to helping all individuals realize their self-worth and become self-sufficient.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Joe O’Hara and its board of directors, PEACE Inc. is Onondaga County’s federally designated Community Action Agency. PEACE Inc. programs such as HeadStart, Senior Nutrition, and EITC Free Tax Prep programs help to bring about positive change in our community, and represent the impact of change that the federal government can make when working in collaboration with our local partners.
Poverty does not just hurt those who live in it. It hurts our entire community.
By focusing on stabilizing families, improving living conditions, and developing partnerships with our regional schools, businesses, and other non-profits, PEACE Inc. has provided thousands of individuals and families in our community with a pathway out of poverty.
After 50 years of outstanding work, PEACE Inc. deserves our recognition and our gratitude. I join many in our community in wishing the many men and women involved in this program congratulations on 50 years!