Pictured are Society of the United Helpers Emeritus Members: Edward A. Norris, Becky Van de Water, and Janet A. Stitt

United Helpers Honors Van de Water

Ogdensburg – Becky Van de Water, member of the Society of the United Helpers was recently recognized at the 112th Annual Meeting of the Society of the United Helpers. Van De Water earned Emeritus status and was presented with the Jackie Hodges Award.
The Society of the United Helpers Emeritus group has just thirteen members, all of whom are noted for their outstanding commitment to the mission and vision of the United Helpers organization. Van de Water joins Joan C. Carlisle, Dr. Robert M. Fraser, Liane Haley, Constance Hanson, Jacqueline B. Hodges, Edward A. Norris, J. Frank Schwartz, Dorothy V. Simms, Marjorie M. Smith (deceased), Janet A. Stitt, Jean Tennant, Iva Ramsdell (deceased), and Harry King (deceased).
The Jacquelyn Hodges award is named for long-term Society Member, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Hodges who served the Society of the United Helpers from 1963 to 1998; 35 years, 8 years as president.
During Hodges’ tenure United Helpers suffered a fire at its original nursing home, the Board and community planned and constructed a new facility on Riverside Drive in Ogdensburg, the United Helpers Adult Home was constructed. United Helpers took over receivership of the Cedars and Moongate homes. The United Helpers Care facilities for developmentally disabled and traumatic brain injured were constructed, Partridge Knoll was built and the United Helpers Management Company was formed.
In 1995 Jackie was given special recognition for her constant, dedicated service to the Society of the United Helpers and the Jackie Hodges award was initiated. This award was not to be given at any specific time but it was to be a special recognition, emulating Jackie Hodges’ many contributions to the Society.
Becky Van de Water joined the Society of the United Helpers in 1990, serving on the unit membership of the United Helpers Residence until 1997; her last year serving as Vice President. From 1996 to 1997, Van de Water served the United Helpers Nursing Home Membership and from 1998 to 2001 she joined the United Helpers Independent Living Corp (Partridge Knoll) Membership. In 2002 she joined the United Helpers Canton Membership and has since served on the Society Board of Directors as well as various committees, including the Fund Development and Leadership Committee for the Maplewood Campus.
During her years of service, Van de Water was an extremely active member of the Society of the United Helpers. She served on several committees and dedicated herself to fund raising efforts for Partridge Knoll, the Ogdensburg Nursing Home and ultimately Maplewood campus. Perhaps her most dedicated service to the Society has been her support of the Development office for the Society.
“Jackie Hodges refers to Becky as, ‘the backbone of the community, a quiet person of exemplary character,’” said Janet A. Stitt, fellow Society Emeritus Member, at the Annual Meeting. “I was delighted to serve with Becky on the United Helpers Residence membership and to work with Becky; particularly with fund-raising for the Ogdensburg campus. Becky was faithful in her attendance at these numerous meetings but more importantly she offered insight and support at every opportunity.”
The Society of the United Helpers was formed by twelve women in 1898. Each woman donated $100 to build a home for the county’s indigent and less fortunate children. In 1907, United Helpers began to provide services for older adults. Today, the United Helpers organization is the largest health care provider in St. Lawrence County; providing homes and services for older adults, as well as for people with developmental disabilities, people living with mental illness, and the community at large. United Helpers employs nearly 950 people and serves hundreds of people each day.
To learn more about the United Helpers organization, visit online at www.unitedhelpers.org or call the United Helpers Management Company at 393-3074.

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