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Groundbreaking held for Jack's Place
SCHENECTADY -- It wasn't your usual groundbreaking ceremony. Instead, we'll call this labor of love.
On any given day eight families could have nowhere to go while their loved ones are in the hospital. Lucky for them the answer is right across the street, a future home away from home.
"It was a long time coming, I always knew we would get there, and we are here now," says Jack Falvo Jr.
Jack's Place is right across the street from Ellis and Sunnyview hospitals, it was created to relieve the burden for families who have a loved one dealing with a major medical issue.
"Believe it or not since the foundation became public, we have been approached by so many families saying, 'I know someone that was staying out of state and had no place to go, and oh my gosh we just need this here,' and so that makes it worth it,"' says Kate Falvo.
The community's gain comes from the Falvo family's tragic loss.
Their son, Jack was killed in a watercraft accident in 2005. He was only 21 years old.
"It still feels like it happened yesterday, but again it gives us the personal feeling to say we did something with that tragedy, and to bring this to the community is awesome," says Kate Falvo.
It's taken eight years of fundraising and a lot of love and support to come to Wednesday's ceremony.
Jack's Place was purchased last year, and the first of three phases to rehab the house is finally underway, but the need is far from over.
"We still need support from the community to finish this project and to maintain it in the future as it will be a place for people to stay at no cost to them, and with that comes a lot of maintenance responsibilities that we will have to maintain forever."
Falvo says he hopes to have the doors open by next summer.
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