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 located in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York but serves all of Saratoga County. We have been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in our area since 1983. 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.” Annually, our programs and services affect more than 12,000 people.
We strive to make a difference by welcoming people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion or color, and improve their quality of life with the services we provide. We believe in an inclusive approach, where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. 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. Our goal is to serve and promote awareness of the under-resourced by providing a hand-up, developing positive youth, and bridging the needs gap in our community.
We rely heavily upon community donations, fundraisers, and corporate sponsorships to supplement our annual budget and pride ourselves on creating sustainable relationships. Our goal is to help others while improving 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.
The programs and services we provide include, but are not limited to:
- Advocacy and referral information
- Free Store distribution center for clothing and household goods
- Food Pantry
- Furniture match and distribution
- Project Lift, an after school prevention program
- Student Services, which includes camp scholarships for Project Lift students, Holiday Assistance, Halloween costumes and school supplies
- Safe and affordable housing (17 efficiency apartments for single, low-income individuals, plus two larger apartments over our distribution center)
Franklin Community Center is an equal opportunity provider and offers guidance and advocacy, while providing a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere.