Fulton County 2018 Business Partner of the Year

Melissa Geier, Community Programs Director/Staff Trainer; 
Catherine Lopresti, Affirmative Business Program Director; 
and Scott Stevens, Chairman FMS Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Handy Ups N’ Downs, Johnstown

Congratulations to Handy Ups N’ Downs, Fulton Montgomery Schoharie Workforce Solutions Center, 2018 Fulton County Business Partner of the Year.

Handy Ups N’ Downs is a thrift store operated by the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, and funded in part by the Office of Mental Health. Catherine Lopresti is director of the store that opened in 1999 and is located at 111 S. Comrie Avenue in Johnstown.  There is also a second location at 101 Guy Park Avenue in Amsterdam.

All items sold in the stores are donated by community members, and the stores also support other local providers such as the Domestic Violence Shelter and the Red Cross, for individuals in crisis. Each is consumer run and provides employment and training to help individuals with mental illness re-enter the work force in a peer-supported atmosphere.  This allows them to become self-sufficient and feel confident about themselves.

Handy Ups N’ Downs has been utilizing the Workforce Career Center’s services for several years. They place youth at their facility each summer through the Workforce Career Center’s summer and year-round Youth Program.  Lopresti and her staff provide a great opportunity for the youth to gain future valuable work skills and develop a professional reference for future use.  Workforce Solutions officials said, “We look forward to a continued partnership working the Catherine and Handy Ups N’ Downs.”

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