Ararat Center News
Find out what we've been up to since we purchased this magnificent facility in 2004.


Greenville, NY – Another Ararat Center season has come to an end and the success is owed to numerous loyal clients, volunteers, friends and supporters.

St. Vartan Camp (six weeks), AUENA’s Camp Arevelk (one week), NAMI-NYS (three weekends of programming), the Capital Region Embroiderer's Guild (two visits to the Center), the Sacred Music Council's Junior Choir Development Program (one week), St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, St. Vartan Avaks, the Namah Vedanta Center, and the Armenian Young Professionals Fall Foliage group were those that utilized the many amenities of the facility this past season.

“The atmosphere makes it nice for our group to be away from the city to reflect and relax,” shared Dn. Sebuh Oscherichian, who assists Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Vartan Cathedral, in annual Avak trips up to the Center. Dn. Oscherichian continued, “Our group is treated well by the staff and enjoys the area in general,” explaining how they conduct Bible studies, go apple picking and shopping in the local area, have onsite movie nights, and more.

Likewise, Ara Jingirian, who organizes an Armenian Young Professionals Fall Foliage getaway weekend said of the Ararat Center, “Once you go there, it will be your home away from home.”

In addition to the clients who have discovered this upstate New York facility, a core of dedicated and hard working volunteers continue to make site improvements to the grounds and buildings, further enhancing the many benefits of the Ararat Center.

But even though the mortgage has been paid, more people are discovering this beautiful location, and site improvements continue… the work goes on as noted by Ararat Center Board Chairman, Thomas Ashbahian.

“There is no doubt that we have made great progress in the nearly six years that the Diocese has owned this impressive facility. That said, it still takes a dedicated team and Diocesan-wide efforts to improve upon and sustain our operations while maintaining the level of service we have reached,” said Mr. Ashbahian, explaining that the Board is working to bring in even more clients for the 2010 season, planning onsite projects, and have established an endowment fund to help make the facility more self-sufficient.