Huntington Family Centers celebrates 100 years of service: Victory over Violence

Victory Over Violence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) This year, the Central New York community is celebrating 100 years of hope and humanity exemplified by Huntington Family Centers.

Huntington is located on Gifford Street on the Near Westside of Syracuse.  It is a neighborhood-based, multi-service agency responding to a wide range of social and neighborhood problems, serving residents throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Staff and volunteers work with everyone from young children to teens to families and seniors dealing with social and economic adversity. The agency was founded in May of 1919 as a settlement house to help young women who moved to the city during World War I to do factory work while their husbands and family members served in the war.

“The settlement house movement was a building located in a community struggling with poverty, food, housing, affordable childcare and Huntington Family Center was born,” said Mary Lou Sayles, Executive Director of Huntington.

The agency provides free services like universal pre-k, teen summer camp and senior citizen support services.  There are supervised visitation rooms and a fully stocked food pantry.  All of these services addressing issues related to development, poverty, mental health and success.

The agency depends on public and private dollars to fund its services to the community. To learn more or how you can help, click here. http://www.huntingtonfamilycenters.org

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