Dr. Anthony J. Bacchi joined Cardinal Dolan at the dedication of ArchCare's new training center

Cardinal Dolan dedicates ArchCare's new training center in town of Ulster

June 17, 2019

TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday dedicated a recently completed health care career training center and blessed the Archdiocese of New York's home care ministry and staff, saying they are following the Lord's example by bringing care to those who need it.

"If you ask who were the favorites of Jesus, the answer is easy: the sick," said Dolan, the archbishop of New York. "He was always with the sick, and what's interesting, is he went out to them, some came to him."

ArchCare, the health care system of the Archdiocese of New York, has followed that example by recently taking over operations and sponsorship of Always There Home Care, now known as ArchCare at Home, and opening a center that will offer free training and guaranteed job placement for those pursuing careers in home health care.

ArchCare was awarded a multimillion workforce investment training grant from the state for the program in 2018, said Chelsea Brock, the workforce investment organization's director. ArchCare already is offering training programs in Long Island and New York City.

Classes at the newly renovated 5,100-square-foot facility, at 918 Ulster Ave. in the town of Ulster, will start June 26 with an ongoing educational program for those already working in the health care industry. Home health care training classes will begin July 8, Brock said.

The Ulster Avenue building contains classrooms, clinical space and a computer lab. Classes will be offered both at the facility and online, Brock said.

Interspersing his comments with his trademark humor, Dolan spoke about home health care workers who aided his family.

A few years ago, he said, doctors recommended his elderly mother have a home health care worker come in daily to check on her well-being.

When an aide — like those who will be trained at ArchCare's new Ulster center — came to his mother's home, the elderly woman peppered her with questions about the care she would receive, Dolan said.

The aide assured Dolan's mother she would check the elderly woman's blood pressure and make sure she took her daily medications. She even promised to fix the woman a cup of coffee, but she drew the line at taking her out for an evening in Manhattan, Dolan said.

"The people want to stay home as long as they can," the cardinal said. "And if we can help them do that, darn it, we're responding to not only their physical needs but to their heart and soul."