AKWESASNE — A $25,000 grant from Arconic will help complete four tiny homes to provide temporary housing for Mohawk men and women on their path towards regaining their personal and cultural identity after being released from incarceration.
AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY — The Strong Roots Charitable Foundation
announced it has raised $107,400 during their 6th Annual Charity Cup Golf Tournament. Held on
August 27th at the Malone Golf Club, the fundraising event will help support the Foundation’s
efforts to enrichen the health, safety and well-being of Akwesasne youth and elders.
“This year’s Annual Charity Cup was a tremendous success, due in part to the companies who
benefit from doing business in Akwesasne. This is by far the most successful charity golf
tournament we’ve held so far, which is an indication of the strong commitment and desire of
businesses to help give back to our community,” said Strong Roots Charitable Foundation
Administrator Chessie Thomas.
AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY — The Strong Roots Charitable Foundation and The Welcome Home Project are pleased to announce a new community initiative that will directly support the transition of returning community members from incarceration by providing resources which include safe housing and strength based peer support. The collaborative forces of these two community organizations is rooted in creating an Akwesasne community led, trauma informed response to those returning home. The partnership will help individuals released from incarceration have access to affordable, single-person living units, along with community support, resources and encouragement to acclimate their way back to their families and society.
“The Welcome Home Project believes in the power of transformation and having access to resources that contribute to one’s personal growth, so that they may enter the sacred circle of their families,” stated Jonel Beauvais, one of four (4) community members who are providing a path for formerly incarcerated community members to succeed. Beauvais added, “The vision is to build strong relationships with self, family, and community in order to effectively contribute to the wellness of our nation and our people.”
Through the 501c3 non-profit donation mechanisms of the Strong Roots Charitable Foundation, The Welcome Home Project will raise funds needed to complete four (4) tiny homes; along with a septic system, vegetable garden, children’s play area, and other furnishings needed to help Mohawk men and women on their path towards regaining their personal and cultural identity. The partnership will help fill a gap that exists in Akwesasne; as not having a healthy, supportive environment often leads to parole violations and an individual’s return to incarceration.
“The passion, strength, and determination of these community members to address a much-needed demographic of our community is what brought Strong Roots on board,” stated Dianna Tarbell, Strong Roots Charitable Foundation Treasurer. Tarbell further shared, “These homes will provide a safe space for personal growth; as well as for children’s visitation and growing a garden. It is our hope that a modest fee collected from temporary residents will help make it self-sustaining and provide for the village’s upkeep and future expansion.”
Welcome Home Project group member Pray Lazore has generously provided land for the project, which currently includes one (1) living unit that, in the past two (2) years, has assisted five (5) community members on their successful return to their families and the community. For each of the formerly incarcerated community members, they note that their successful integration back into the sacred circle of the Akwesasne community was having the support and space to do so.
To make a tax-deductible donation that will support this community initiative, please contact Strong Roots Charitable Foundation Administrator Chessie Thomas by calling (315) 296-3920 or The Welcome Home Project Representative Jonel Beauvais at (315) 705-5277. Donations can also be made online at www.strongroot.org, notate Welcome Home Project.
Strong Roots Charitable Foundation Donates 700 Lacrosse Sticks to
Iroquois Nationals Development Program
AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY — The Strong Roots Charitable Foundation is proud to announce it is helping build a strong foundation and future for a new initiative of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Program. Seven hundred (700) lacrosse sticks were donated to support the Iroquois National’s efforts to share and grow the love for lacrosse through youth development clinics that will be hosted in Haudenosaunee communities. [Read more…] about Donated 700 Lacrosse Sticks to Iroquois Nationals Development Program
Christopher P. Thompson
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our good friend and board member Christopher Thompson. Chris was one of the most passionate and community driven people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He could light up a room and would change the tone of a board meeting in an instant with his infectious spirit. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, his fiancee Lesley, and his newborn son Angus. Knowing Chris helped make us all better people and our hearts are broken over his passing. The community has lost a great leader and visionary but his legacy will remain. [Read more…] about In Memory of Christopher Thompson
Board Member Lewis Mitchell, CAA General Manager Bill Black, Economic Development Director Christopher Thompson, Greenhouse Coordinator Carla Cree, Board Member Dianna Tarbell, Consultant Bruce Bonesteel, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Ron Lafrance, Greenhouse Coordinator Zach Bonaparte, Greenhouse Worker, Steven Leroux, Greenhouse Worker John Bonaparte
Strong Roots Greenhouse Holds Ribbon Cutting for 2017 Season
AKWESASNE — It’s official, the Spring growing season is here and the Strong Roots Charitable Foundation kicked it off with a ribbon cutting ceremony today, marking the opening of the Strong Roots Greenhouse.
The Strong Roots Greenhouse is a unique non-profit effort established last year by Carey Terrance of CAA Management. The actual opening day of Strong Roots Greenhouse is Tuesday, May 9th—just in time for Mother’s Day. [Read more…] about Ribbon Cutting for 2017 Season