Vassar was one of Reach’s 2015 camp locations and we were asked to come back again in 2018. We were previously able to serve and bless 62 out of the 92 applications for a Workcamp and now we are able to return and help many more neighbors in this area.
Vassar has been changing dramatically since 2015, with several new businesses opening up downtown, including three new restaurants and our Theatre reopening! The atmosphere in their community is electric, and many neighbors are optimistic. We believe REACH 2015 contributed significantly to helping the town revitalize since 2015. The community needs are still great. Approximately 65 percent of their students are still on free or reduced lunch programs and many homeowners still need assistance due to economic hardship or health concerns. Neighbors who missed the deadlines for applications last year are patiently waiting for Vassar’s River Fest (which we are using as our kick off) to start getting the applications distributed to our residents for 2018.