Honoring Tracy Neitzel for 22 years of distinguished service to Joseph's House and Shelter

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  • 03 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Tracy Neitzel for 22 years of distin-
guished service to Joseph's House and Shelter

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Tracy Neitzel for 22 years of distinguished service to Joseph's House
and Shelter, to be celebrated on May 30, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Tracy Neitzel has been the executive director of Joseph's
House and Shelter Inc. in Troy, New York, since 1990; for the last 22
years she constantly juggled multiple sources to expand services for
Rensselaer County's homeless; and
WHEREAS, Tracy Neitzel has been successful in not only presenting
consecutive balanced budgets, but working with other agencies to supple-
ment a continuum of care for the community's homeless population; and
WHEREAS, Prior to working at Joseph's House, Tracy Neitzel worked as
the Rensselaer County Youth Bureau Director and as the Program and Oper-
ations Director at the Troy-Cohoes YWCA; before moving to Rensselaer
County in 1983, she lived in Key West, Florida where she acquired a
wealth of relevant and authentic life experience working in many fields;
WHEREAS, Tracy Neitzel earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from
Pratt Institute; since coming to Joseph's House she has overseen the
transformation and growth of agency services from 19 beds of overnight
shelter provision into an agency dedicated to serving people who have
experienced homelessness in their lives across a continuum of need;
Joseph's House remains the only provider of emergency shelter in Troy,
but has naturally evolved into a provider of outreach, supported housing
and comprehensive case management services specifically targeting people
who are homeless, formerly homeless, or at high risk of becoming home-
less again; and
WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Tracy Neitzel's distinguished record
merits the recognition and respectful tribute of this Legislative Body;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Tracy Neitzel for 22 years of distinguished service to Joseph's
House and Shelter; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tracy Neitzel.


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