The Village of Colonie Outreach Center staff is able to provide information on community services, resources and government programs that provide assistance to individuals and families in need. The outreach center staff can help you understand the services that are available and make referrals to appropriate programs. In addition, the outreach center staff works closely with our local school district for those families that have questions regarding their child’s education and with our village senior center to assist with their needs and safety.
Meet the Outreach Center Staff
Sue Bredice has worked for the Village of Colonie since June 2011 as am Outreach Worker. She has done extensive community outreach by providing information, referrals and support to our local residents. Prior to working in the village, Sue was a parent partner and prevention worker through Families Together in Albany County; helping families navigate the complex service systems of children’s mental health, child welfare, developmental disabilities, special education and juvenile probation. Sue and her husband Barry are the parents of 8 children and former foster parents of many more. She is active in the South Colonie PTA, is a Special Education Committee Parent Member, and enjoys cheering at her daughter’s sports events. Sue has won numerous awards for her volunteer work in our community.
Joan Rueckert has worked for the Village of Colonie since June 2011 as an Outreach Worker. Joan is a graduate of Russell Sage College with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Psychology. She previously taught special education for Albany BOCES. Joan also worked for Families Together as a Parent Partner assisting families that have children with a mental health diagnosis. Joan continues to assist individuals and families by providing information and referrals to community services, resources and government agencies. She also works with the local school district assisting families with questions regarding their child’s education. Joan is the mother of two grown children and has extensive experience caring for elderly family members.