Renee wanted to help the homeless in the Capital District area and began providing soup and sandwiches to them in late 2016. Since then, their efforts have evolved into the Street Soldiers program. Renee is the heart and soul of this group. Every week on different nights in Albany, Troy, Saratoga Springs, needed essentials--hot and cold food & drink clothing, and outdoor survival needs are offered to those in need, usually up to 80 people per day. Renee is personally dedicated to family members in need: checking up on them, helping them to get places of their own off the street, and providing hotel rooms to those still on the street in brutal weather.
Renee was selected as a 2019 National Jefferson Award recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Awards for Outstanding Public Service Benefitting Local Communities.