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United Helpers, a not-for-profit organization that provides services to the elderly and disabled, will on Wednesday unveil its newest facility, the Mosaic Complex, located in the mall area of downtown Ogdensburg.

The expansion was completed with the help of National Grid, according United Helpers officials.

United Helpers invested more than $760,000 in the project with support from National Grid through a $25,000 Main Street Revitalization incentive to help offset construction and renovation costs.

Construction of the Mosaic Complex was completed in two phases and will allow United Helpers to retain and add jobs, make business processes more efficient and expand services, according to officials.

Construction also included the addition of a fully accessible, therapeutic gymnasium for residents and meeting rooms for public use.

The dedication of the expanded facility will take place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 100 Ford St.

The event will be attended by Joseph Russo, program manager, economic development and corporate citizenship, National Grid; Addie J. Russell, New York State assemblywoman, Assembly District 116

John Pinkerton, city manager, Ogdensburg Michele Montroy, Mosaic administrator, United Helpers, and other local officials.

In a press release Monday, United Helpers said the expansion is aimed at providing not only continuing help to those in need, but as a way to help maintain a robust economy in downtown Ogdensburg.

“As one of the largest employers in the region and one of the North Country’s key economic drivers, United Helpers is not only helping to grow its operations with the new Mosaic Complex, but it is also contributing to the economic development of the city,” the release said. “By turning a formerly vacant and decaying building in the prominent mall section of Ogdensburg into revitalized, usable space, United Helpers is helping to attract more people to this section of Ogdensburg.”

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