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About The Conkling Center

Formerly The Glens Falls Home

Caring for seniors is not a recent concern. The Glens Falls Home, Inc. was incorporated in 1898 to provide residential services for aging women. For over 100 years the organization operated a home for aged women on Warren Street in the City of Glens Falls.

After a century of providing extraordinary care and comfort in a home-like setting, The Glens Falls Home Board noted the changing needs of the elderly in the community. The decision was made to build a state-of-the-art independent not-for-profit retirement community with an assisted living component for those requiring more care. A partnership was formed with The Eddy, the residential division of Northeast Health, and the Glen at Hiland Meadows was founded in the Town of Queensbury.

The ladies on Warren Street were transferred to lovely new quarters at the Terrace in The Glen complex. In addition to the 42 apartment Terrace, The Glen boasts a campus of 12 cottages and 80 apartments. The Eddy serves as the management company and is overseen by a 10 member Board of Directors composed of 5 members from The Conkling Center Board and 5 members selected by The Eddy. Its success in the community is the crown jewel of the accomplishments of the organization.

In 2014, it was decided to change the name of the corporation since the original Glens Falls Home as a residence no longer existed. Mary Conkling was the woman who contributed her home for the first Glens Falls Home. Appropriately it was decided to rename the corporation The Conkling Center in her honor.

Not for Profit Organization

Since building The Glen at Hiland Meadows, The Conkling Center has expanded its mission of creating opportunities for the older adults in the community.

We have done this through:

  • The very popular On-The-Go Program that provides free transportation for adults 55 and over.
  • Interesting, educational and entertaining programs that are offered throughout the year. Click Here to see upcoming events .
  • Funds that are provided to the Crandall Library for large print books.
  • Our Ice Melt distribution program, which takes place every winter to help prevent falls.
  • Funds provided to the RSVP Program for volunteer mileage reimbursement.
  • The Shining Stars Awards program honoring outstanding senior volunteers, this is co-sponsored with the Post Star.

Board of Directors


  • Rene Clements
  • Rick Cunningham
  • Mike Dezik
  • Mary Farr
  • Kristine Flower
  • Cindy Horgan
  • Toni Homenick
  • Steve Jackoski
  • Lynne Mason
  • Theresa Middleton
  • Kevin O'Brien
  • Rev. Lamont Robinson
  • Barbara Sweet

  • Laura Sipowicz, President
  • Brian Bearor, Vice President
  • Brian Corcoran, Treasurer
  • Carol Merchant, Secretary
Executive Director

  • Joan Tarantino


"The Conkling Center offers a wide range of programs which are educational, beneficial and very informative. I've attended a variety of sessions with topics such as, Medicare Open Enrollment, Self Defense for Older Adults to Nutritional Cooking classes. All have been very well organized and presented. The staff at The Conkling Center are always friendly and greet you with a smile. They are an asset to our community."

Kathy O.

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