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Clarke Reed – Supervisor Spotlight

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Clarke Reed at Recovery Day

Clarke Reed loves a challenge. Thankfully, he’s able to handle each of the tests his position throws at him. As the agency’s maintenance coordinator, Clarke oversees our team of four maintenance assistants. Together, they help programs and properties throughout Cazenovia Recovery with plumbing, dry walling, heating, air conditioning, and painting, just to name a few of their many responsibilities.

Clarke, who Jessica Teresi (our agency’s property manager) describes as “the backbone of the maintenance team,” has been with Cazenovia Recovery for six years. He has training in cabinet making and carpentry. Clarke also studied building maintenance at National Technical School and spent a few years doing home improvements and remodeling. Since coming to Cazenovia, Clarke has learned to love “changing lives and helping our residents.”

Together, Clarke and the maintenance team address maintenance concerns across Cazenovia Recovery. Doing so in a way that keeps our residents and staff safe is a major goal for Clarke. “We respond to the needs of our programs in a timely fashion,” he said. When asked in what ways his team excels, he said, “We do everything well. We always work together.”

This year, Clarke and our maintenance team have turned their focus to our newly-acquired programs in Niagara County. Throughout the spring and summer, the maintenance team worked to revitalize the exterior of Sundram Manor, our community residence in Niagara Falls for men. This was a definite challenge and required much time, focus, and attention, but the results are fantastic. The building and exterior wall were both painted and the team worked with Sundram residents in landscaping and planting shrubs and flowers. Next up, the team will start a new project at Somerset House. The program’s AA House, where residents hold AA and NA meetings, needs a whole new floor. “It should take us about a week,” Clarke said.

Due to the maintenance team’s diligence, our properties are in great shape. “It’s been a busy summer, as usual,” said Clarke. Throughout the fall, he plans to focus on his ongoing goal to continue providing safe and healthy living environments for our residents.

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