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A space to think about and discuss issues that impact the members of our community who are most vulnerable and in greatest need.

 

Jun 24th, 2019

Pre-k classes represent an important experience for kids. Many of our students come from neighborhoods with high rates of poverty. They face challenges to success that their more affluent peers do not. Some come from refugee families for whom pre-k is an introduction to American school customs...

 

Jun 3rd, 2019

On May 22, 2019, over 570 guests attended the House of Providence Dinner at the Oncenter, presented by J. W. Burns & Company Investment Counsel. We presented awards to four outstanding community members: Fr. John Manno received the Bishop's Award, Dennis Gleason received the President's...

 

May 10th, 2019

Food is very much on Shewa Shwani’s mind. Not just because she recently pursued Food Studies as an undergrad, or because she works in our Homeless Services (where food scarcity is an issue for many clients), but also because she is part of a small team organizing a dinner for 700 people next...

 

Apr 16th, 2019

Proper school preparation is vital for a child’s success later in life. Entering kindergarten with an understanding of the basics, like how to interact with a picture book, helps kids get the most out of their education. A sad reality of poverty is that many children born into low income...

 

Mar 11th, 2019

On the Westside of Syracuse, where our House of Providence headquarters is located, many people live in poverty. This is a fact that many of our staff are familiar with; a lot of our clients live here. After staff member Taylor Haesaert researched the full breadth of that poverty as part of her...

 

Feb 26th, 2019

Two years ago, Andrew Sunderhaft joined Emmaus Ministry to serve dinner to people struggling with homelessness. The visit was part of his Confirmation classes. Andrew, now a high school freshman in Baldwinsville, said the visit left a lasting impression. He was especially struck by one question...

 

Feb 25th, 2019

For weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, Sacred Heart Parish has a special drive for our Men's Shelter. They put out notes about what items the shelter is in need of (laundry detergent, blankets, etc.) and parishoners take the notes and return the items. This drive is curently in its tenth year...

 

Feb 18th, 2019

by Mike Melara, Executive Director

During a recent trip to Washington, DC for a conference, I found myself enjoying the 60-degree weather as I walked from the conference center to the Lincoln Memorial. It is a ritual for me. Every time I’m in DC, I make a point of visiting the Memorial....

 

Feb 14th, 2019

Valentine's Day at one of our Pre-K classes on the Near Westside include craft time, special treats, playtime with the class pet (a hermit crab) and a visit from Ms. Becky. Ms. Becky is a librarian at Mundy Branch Library, and the kids were excited to share Valentine's with her. 

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