United Helpers generates $60 million a year to North Country economy, report shows
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 2:13 pm

OGDENSBURG – A new report shows that United Helpers contributes $59.7 million to the region annually.

United Helpers, a not-for-profit providing an array of community services throughout St. Lawrence County for the past 114 years, is one of the largest employers in the region and one of the North Country region’s largest economic drivers.

The report, “IMPACT: Services for the Elderly and Disabled – An Economic Powerhouse,” by LeadingAge New York, tallies the economic impact of long term care providers of skilled nursing, assisted living and other care and services at the state level and examines the field’s impact within each of the 10 state-designated economic regions with spotlights on 18 providers across the state, including United Helpers.

On the whole, the economic impact of senior living and services providers statewide is a staggering $29 billion annually.

“This report really showcases the locally owned and operated businesses of the North Country and the significant contributions that are made to our unique economic structure,” said Stephen Knight, chief executive officer for United Helpers. "The mission of United Helpers, ‘to serve the community and help those in need,’ is at the foundation of everything that we do. I am very proud to represent an organization that contributes so much to our community; our quality of life and our economy’s vitality."

United helpers offers services ranging from independent retirement communities to complete long term care, including assisted living, subacute rehabilitation, home care, skilled nursing, senior housing, respite and outpatient therapy services.

United Helpers also provides homes and services for people with development disabilities and for those with mental illness.

Directly and indirectly, United Helpers supports more than 950 local jobs.

In the North Country alone, the economic impact of long term care providers is more than $322 million annually, according to the report.

The report details the number of jobs sustained by nursing homes alone – just one sector of the long term care field -- statewide as well as within each of the economic regions. In the North Country, health care campuses support 3,677 jobs, and each worker pays taxes, buys food, clothing, household goods and services that encompass anything from haircuts to oil changes, child care to family dinners at a local diner.