Capacity Building Services

Helping individuals and families achieve their highest level of functioning.

Clinical Services

Counseling is offered to those dealing with depression, family conflicts, troubled relationships, grief and loss, past trauma, and many other challenges. 

Location: 1654 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse and other Catholic Charities and parish facilities.
Information and appointments: Please call Ellen Ketchum at 315-362-7568.

Recovery Programs

Hope Connections is a peer-led recovery center. It is a gateway to wellness for people affected by substance use, addiction, and mental health. Recovery is centered on developing a person’s social and wellness network by connecting him/her to opportunities and resources in the community. Unique peer-to-peer system connects people to a broader community of support.

Location: 1654 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse and other Catholic Charities and parish facilities.
Information: Please call Laurie Best at 315-362-7641.

Pre-K Programs

Catholic Charities partners with the Syracuse City School District to operate Pre-K programs throughout the city for children who are residents of the City of Syracuse. Classes fill up early and there is often a waiting list; parents are encouraged to register early.

Locations: North McBride Street, Hawley Avenue, Seymour Street, Park Street and Grant Boulevard
Information and registration: Please call Julie Madden, Program Manager at 315-481-5083

Parent Education Programs

This suite of programs support children and their parents. They offer resources, education (classes and home visiting support) and peer support groups. Clients are young first-time moms and parents who have difficulty communicating with their children or are concerned about their behavior. The programs are designed to help people find the best ways to parent. To learn more or contact a specific Parent Education Program, visit this page.

Social-Emotional Development Programs

Catholic Charities’ Skill-Building program focuses on developing skills, tailored for each individual, in three core areas: emotional regulation, social competency, and community connections. Youth between the ages of 5 to 18, who reside in Onondaga County are eligible to receive skill-building services typically for a period of three to six months. No mental health diagnosis or income qualifications are necessary for participation, just the willingness of the youth to engage in services. The program is a free community resource. Learn more about the program.

Neighborhood Centers

Neighborhood centers on throughout the city provide programming for youth after-school and throughout the summer.
General Information and registration: Please call 315-474-7428 for more information. 

Neighborhood Center Contact Information:

Northside CYO
527 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13208

Vincent House Neighborhood Center
500 Seymour Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

More community resources can be found at 211 CNY or dial 2-1-1. They are available to assist 24/7.


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