About Franklin Community Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Basic Necessities and Services to Less Fortunate Individuals and Families in Saratoga
Our mission is to work collaboratively with individuals and other agencies to provide services that will improve the quality of life and foster a sense of neighborhood, community and family for all people.
Franklin Community Center is a non-profit human service agency, located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs, New York, that has been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in our area for 30 years. Serving more than 6,000 people annually, we provide efficient and effective services to promote healthy lifestyles and positive changes, always holding on to our philosophy: “send people out the door with whatever they came in looking for.”
Despite the glamorous and affluent reputation Saratoga Springs has in the minds of many, as in most cities, there are also those people who struggle to make ends meet every day. The unique and comprehensive approach of Franklin Community Center fosters a sense of family for those in need, without the discomfort of bureaucratic paperwork and prying questions. We offer guidance and advocacy, while providing a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Because we rely heavily upon community donations, fundraisers and corporate sponsorships to supplement our annual budget, we pride ourselves on creating sustainable relationships, leaving our donors reassured by our positive reputation and fiscally conservative approach and our consumers touched by our empathy, care and concern.
There are no fancy desks or office equipment, or hefty admin costs; every dollar that comes in goes directly back into the operation of our programs. It is this “what you see is what you get” approach that allows us to stand behind our original and most important mission of meeting the needs of the community. The support from others is what keeps us going every single day, thriving in an environment where neighbors helping neighbors is the driving force.
The programs and services we provide include, but are not limited to: safe and affordable housing (17 efficiency apartments for single, low-income individuals, plus two larger apartments over our distribution center); a food pantry; free clothing and furniture distribution; advocacy and referral information; holiday assistance; teenage pregnant and parenting information (M.O.M.) and an after school youth prevention program called Project Lift.
With a small staff of only eight full-time and four part-time employees, duties often overlap as we collectively strive to make a difference by helping others improve their quality of life with the services we provide. If we cannot directly meet the needs of those who turn to us through our programs, we will carefully refer them to the appropriate external resource. We work closely with other agencies, groups and churches in the area to create a user-friendly and effective referral system.
With continued support from the community, our goal is to continue raising awareness of the social and economic problems faced by Saratoga area residents.