History

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility was established as an initiative of the Model Cities Program which was designed to develop new antipoverty programs during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration.  Government officials and community residents worked collaboratively to envision, design and implement the completion of the Syracuse Community Connections.  Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility was created under the leadership of the late Reverend Larry Briggs to manage its operations and secure tenancy of area human service provider at the community center.


SCC, in the tradition of settlement houses, provides services and activities designed to identify and reinforce the strengths of individuals, families and communities.  Learn more about the history of the settlement house by following this link: http://alliance1.org/ce/history-settlement-house-movement


In 1987, Jesse Dowdell became the agency’s Executive Director.  Over the next 25 years the agency’s service to the Syracuse community grew with the addition of SMNF directed services and Family Planning Services of Onondaga County (FPS) to expand the organization’s services in the field of reproductive health for women, men and teens.  May, 2013 Sharon F. Owens became the third Director in the agency’s history and envisions expanded services that infuse human service provision with community revitalization initiatives to further serve an increasingly needing community. Lawrence Williams is now the 4th CEO to lead Syracuse Community Connections in its 45-year history. He brings with him a plethora of community experience, a born resident of Syracuse with 25 years of educational leadership, as a former administrator, teacher, youth development and programming and community advocacy. Mr. Williams was the Director of Community Initiatives for Syracuse Community Connections for 4 years prior to being appointed to CEO.


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