year in review

2019 A Year in Review! 

Getting ready to ring in a New Year is always exciting, but let's take a few moments to reflect on just a few of the highlights of 2019!


  • United Helpers opens nursing skills labs at the Rehabilitation and Senior Care centers in Ogdensburg and Canton.
  • United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care Ogdensburg's Outpatient Therapy team discharges local Minnesota Twins baseball prospect, Seth Pinkerton back to the big leagues. Seth and his Ogdensburg family, as well as his world-renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews, give props to the UH Rehab team for Seth's speedy recovery.


  • The Society of the United Helpers honored Sitie Parcel, an employee of United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care, Ogdensburg with the first-ever Wayne N. Ladouceur Award. The award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond and gives of themselves unconditionally. 


  • United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills was awarded a three-year Quality Assurances Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership. This prestigious award signifies that UHBHLS embraces person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services.
  • The Employee Activities Committee sponsored a family skating event held at the Richard E. Lockwood Arena, offering free family fun for UH employees and their family members.


  • United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills helped to beat the winter blues with the annual Chili Cookoff. Employees from all over UH entered their culinary masterpieces


  • United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills hosted the annual Art Show featuring the artwork of dozens of people.


  • United Helpers launched its new "Always Caring" brand and renamed many of our facilities to make it easier for the public to understand the many types of services we offer
  • The Employee Activities Committee sponsored the annual Employee Bowling Tournament, once again filling the Ogdensburg Bowling Alley lanes to capacity


  • United Helpers' CEO Stephen E. Knight is awarded Leading Age's most prestigious award. The Lawrence E. Larson Memorial Award of Honor is presented to someone who has "made outstanding contributions to the field and is a recognized leader at the state and national level with a reputation for humanitarian achievement and professional vision.”
  • Sarah (Sally) VandeWater, resident of United Helper's Assisted Living Program in Canton turns 105 yrs! Another testament to good genes and a fantastic care support team.
  • United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills held its first-ever BeFair2DirectCare Rally in support of their nearly 300 Direct Support Professionals. 
  • The Society of the United Helpers awarded three area senior-high students with the Helen S. Randles Scholarship.
  • Jillian Hogle, a CNA in Ogdensburg, Shelby Desormeaux, a CNA in Canton and Sarah Gagnon, a DSP from the Lisbon IRA were honored with the Margaret R. Spies Award in recognition of excellence in customer care.


  • Fran Buckley, a member of United Helpers Independent Senior Living celebrated his 100th birthday! Wow, to be 100 years young and living independently! 
  • United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton said goodbye to Rebecca Brogan, a live-in graduate student from Clarkson studying Occupational Therapy, after a near one-year-long stay. Ms. Brogan worked with the residents, coordinated activities for them, ate meals with them and sometimes, just provided someone to talk to
  • United Helpers' Senior Housing team held Ice Cream Socials in communities throughout St. Lawrence County provide information and outreach to those in need of services


  • The Society of the United Helpers honors donors with a reception held in their honor in Gouverneur
  • The United Helpers Recruitment & Retention Committee, UH Rehabilitation and Senior Care Canton and Ogdensburg, and UH Behavioral Health and Life Skills participated in Camp Med, a two-day event providing area students with experiences that only careers in health care can provide


  • United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills opened the second Behavioral Health Clinic in Canton, NY, providing much-needed services to those in need
  • The United Helpers Sustainability Committee hosted the second annual Fall Festival, bringing many people to the Eleanor Burke Memorial Pavilion and the grounds of United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care and United Helpers Independent Senior Living in Canton


  • The United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills' DSP Apprenticeship program students enter their second year in the program, thanks to the continued support and partnership between United Helpers Behavioral Health & Life Skills, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and the New York State Department of Labor
  • The Employee Activities Committee sponsored a family movie event, featuring "The Addams Family"  along with a Halloween costume contest. Another great family event


  • Beulah Meloche resident of United Helpers Rehabilitation Center and Senior Care in Ogdensburg celebrated her 113th birthday. Beulah holds the distinction as the oldest person in the state of NY and is the seventh oldest person in the US. Her longevity has to be in part of her excellent care team, right?
  • UH celebrated 80 employees reaching their 10, 15, 20, 25 & 30+ year milestones! Did you know that we have 31 employees that have worked for UH for more than 30 years?


  • Secret and not-so-secret Santas we know you are out there! Each year, employees from all of the UH facilities reach out and help to find ways to help to support their neighbors and community efforts targeted at those in need. Whether it's purchasing gifts or offering special kindness to our residents or helping those who are struggling in our communities, helping others is what United Helpers is all about. Just another example that United Helpers' Team is Always Caring!