Auburn non-profit renovates to better serve community

AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Cayuga Centers is a state funded non-profit working with so many people, they were running out of room, but luckily a few donations are going a long way. 

Myquis Savage and Eric Fritz have been schooling each other in basketball for a while but now, they've got more room to show off their skills. 

"It's a lot more roomier and you know, it's a lot of things we didn't used to have in the old space," said Myquis.

The two became friends at the Cayuga Centers weekday respite program. That was before the space nearly doubled to accommodate the roughly 30 participants at the center on Osborne Street in Auburn. 

"We tried to have it varied as much as we have here but now we have the square footage so that people aren't scrunched up," explained Central New York program coordinator Ann Sheedy. 

Eric's mom Kristine Wilkinson watches as Eric plays in a more spacious area than ever. She knows he is comfortable there, and so are his friends. 

"This new space is just great and he loves it," Wilkinson said. "They feel open, they feel clean, they feel safe, and that's perfect."

While she loved the program before, the added space gives her even more peace of mind. 

Cayuga Centers is a non-profit so the money for the renovations came from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation and the Auburn Kiwanis Club. The labor was provided by the Center's maintenance staff. 

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