Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Donated $100,000 to the Little Falls Youth & Family Center!

Little Falls Check Presentation Donation

Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family recently contributed a generous donation of $100,000 to the Little Falls Youth & Family Center for their Community Services Capital Campaign.

The campaign plans to modernize three program facilities serving over 100,000 individuals annually through eighty educational, instructional, and community service programs. The Little Falls Youth & Family Center has served Little Falls and the surrounding Mohawk Valley communities, including Herkimer, Dolgeville, Salisbury, Stratford, and St. Johnsville, for more than 140 years. Today, the Center is the preeminent resource in the Mohawk Valley for the homeless and low-income families in need of food, clothing, shelter, and reliable childcare.

Anthony DeLuca, Executive Director of the Little Falls Youth & Family Center explained, “We are immensely grateful for the support of Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family for their generous contribution to our Community Services Capital Campaign and their continued support of the Center’s mission. This important gift will put us over our 80% milestone, moving the campaign closer to achieving our $2.5 million goal. The support of organizations like Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family enrich our communities in immeasurable ways.”

According to DeLuca, the three Little Falls facilities being upgraded include the Center’s primary location (the former YMCA building) for emergency housing, aquatics, and health/fitness programs at 15 Jackson Street, the senior Center and transitional housing at 524 E. Main Street, and the childcare services, food pantry, and thrift store at 45 Furnace Street.

“We are proud to support our Shops’ communities. We recognize the need for more childcare and family services in Little Falls, and this project will provide more access to these much-needed programs,” stated Susan Dake, President of Stewart’s Shops Foundation.

The initial construction phase has begun at the Main Street Senior Center and the Center’s primary facility at 15 Jackson Street, with the childcare services expansion at 45 Furnace Street to follow in late Fall 2023.

To learn more about Little Falls Youth & Family Center locations, visit .

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Stewart’s Shops gives $9 million annually to over 6,000 non-profit organizations. $6 million of it comes from Dake Family Foundations and does not impact our Partners ESOP/Profit sharing.