GOSHEN - Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County (CCCSOC), is pleased to announce that long-time Catholic Charities’ employee Dawn Wilkin was the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Newburgh Youth Empowerment Center. The award was presented at the organization’s one-year community celebration.
Dawn, who has been part of the Catholic Charities’ team since 2008, fills a dual role at Catholic Charities serving as Coordinator of Prevention Services at the Gateway Center, a program housed on the campus of Newburgh Free Academy, and Project Coordinator for TEAM Newburgh, a community collaboration initiative with more than 100 community partners. Catholic Charities is the lead agency for TEAM Newburgh.
"On behalf of everyone at Catholic Charities, I’m pleased to extend congratulations to our friend and colleague Dawn on this well-deserved recognition," said Scher. "She is truly committed to helping the young people in our community, especially the City of Newburgh, see that they have positive options for a bright future, free of drugs, crime, and violence. It is thanks to Dawn’s dynamic and enthusiastic personality that TEAM Newburgh has been so successful in developing the collaborative and recruiting partners," added Scher.
Dawn began working in the human service field in 2000. She is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) and Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) and is trained in a variety of youth-oriented life skills programs including Too Good for Violence and Too Good for Drugs, both of which are available through Catholic Charities.
"I’m honored to receive this recognition from Newburgh’s Youth Empowerment Center," said Dawn. "I consider myself fortunate that I was able to overcome the challenges I faced as a young adult – that’s one of the reasons that I am so committed to giving back to the community, empowering young people, and helping them recognize their potential. Through organizations like TEAM Newburgh and the Youth Empowerment Center we can make a difference in the lives of our youth. Working together as partners allows us to stretch our resources just a little bit further. I’m proud to be part of the Center’s first anniversary celebration," Wilkin continued.
Among her other recognitions, Dawn was named an Orange County Woman of Achievement by Girls Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County and an Orange County Prevention Professional of the Year by the County Department of Mental Health.