In 1978, the Human Services Planning Council (HSPC) established the Katherine S. Rozendaal Award to honor a person whose volunteer leadership and activities have had a positive impact on the Schenectady Community. YWCA NorthEastern NY is proud to continue the presentation of this prestigious award and invites the community to recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers.
In order to be eligible for the award, the following criteria must be met:
- the nominee must be currently serving as a volunteer in Schenectady County;
- the nominee should be one whose leadership and activities have had a positive impact on the community and those served as demonstrated through creativity, delegation, management skills, recognition by peers, and interpersonal skills;
- the nominee should be one whose activities are diverse and who has demonstrated commitment over the years; and
- the activities for which the individual is being nominated may not be part of a paying job.
Congratulations to Sister Ann Christi Brink and Sister Linda Neil, the 2019 Katherine S. Rozendaal Awardees. They were presented with their award at YWCA NENY’s Annual Meeting on May 21, 2019.
Sisters Ann Christi Brink and Linda Neil (pictured above along with several volunteers – they are in the front row) were nominated by Shelly Ford and Meredith Osta for their commitment to St. Joseph’s place, which is a place of hospitality, rest, conversation and prayer. Sr. Ann Christi Brink and Sister Linda Neil transitioned from lives of educators to volunteers who, with the late Father Hogan, saw a need to assist the most vulnerable residents residing in the Hamilton Hill area. They transformed an Albany Street storefront into a warm and accepting drop-in center. Srs. Ann Christi and Linda work with numerous volunteers that assist in the day-to-day operations, provide goodies, teach crafts, and occasionally provide educational programs. There is a beautiful chapel on the premises that is open and welcoming to all.
The Sisters’ welcoming environment attracts 30-40 neighbors each day. Volunteers are affirming and loving in their interactions with their guests. Visitors are welcomed with a hot cup of coffee or tea, sweets and a place to sit as they become part of an enriching environment. It is not uncommon to hear a new mom asking for advice on nurturing her baby or an elderly guest asking about senior services. Many of the visiting neighbors are transitioning back into society or are looking for a place to share their stories. Frequently guests at St. Joseph’s Place are looking for spiritual guidance and prayer. The program has been identified as a beacon of light and hope for the most disenfranchised residents living in the area. Guests frequently become volunteers, learn new skills, and are ambassadors for St. Joseph’s Place.
Previous Katherine S. Rozendaal Awardees
|2011||Denise Murphy McGraw|
|2010||H. Jean & John W. Wilkinson|
|2008||Dr. Arnold Ritterband & Dr. Clifford Tepper|
|2007||Edna Scheper, Marsha Mortimore, & Cristine Cioffi|
|2006||Israel “Jake” Jacobs & Carolyn Micklas|
|2005||Margaret Mardy Moore & Helen Quirini|
|2004||Chauncey Williams & Kevin Karpowicz|
|2000||Nancy Lange & Mary D’Ercole Pritchard|
|1994||Anne Phillips & Julia Burgess|
|1993||Rev. Carl Taylor|
|1991||Evelyn Holmblad & Alfred Lowe|
|1985||Kathleen Selfridge Chesbrough|
|1983||Doris Aiken & Benjamin Wollner|
|1980||Peg Lordi & Marie Gorman|