Syracuse's Dunbar Center Celebrates 101 Years of Serving Youth, Families, and Seniors

Jul 17, 2019

The Dunbar Center on S. State Street in Syracuse. Treasurer Liz Page says they've been able to reduce their debt from $290,000 in 2013 to about $40,000. The Center closed briefly in late 2013 due to building maintenance issues.
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Dunbar is in her blood.  For Dunbar Association board member and treasurer Liz Page, it all began with nursery school more than 70 years ago.   In high school, she was a volunteer, then served later as a staffer and liaison to the United Way.  

The community-based African American not for profit is celebrat its 101st year Wednesday night with a dinner and awards event.  Page says Dunbar continues to be a place where people can seek assistance for a variety of needs…

"There are a number of activities that we're involved in to help folks as we go through employment changes, housing issues, and route 81...all of which affect our lives."

The Dunbar Center is only about two blocks from the highway.  Page says they provide resources for everything from health care, and home repair for seniors…to job training and career opportunities for youth…

"We try to engage the kids in programs and ideas about careers that they may not normally encounter.  For instance, electricians with IBEW training.  We'll be working with National Grid this summer."

…just as they did last summer.  Page says Dunbar also provides counseling services to help address some of the socio-economic challenges facing neighborhoods, including poverty and violence.

"What are some of the different skills that youth and adults for that matter, need to be able to work through without instantly, as we keep seeing every weekend, youth being shot, cut, or whatever."

Page says they’d like to add more counseling capacity to help families.  The center continues to provide critical after school and summer programs for children ages 5 to 16.