About Us

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. (SMNF), a non-profit organization was established in 1975. SMNF is the managing entity of the city of Syracuse-owned Syracuse Community Connections located at 401 South Avenue in the city of Syracuse.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. provides a network of human services throughout Onondaga County. The agency has particular experience in service provision to predominately African American, low-income residents. Through special events, outreach efforts, prevention, intervention, employment, and educational services, support, peer, and mentoring groups, and collaborative programs – people throughout the city and county interact with and benefit from agency services.


To work with individuals, families, and communities to promote health and well-being through prevention, intervention, and education.


Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility was established as an initiative of the Model Cities Program which was designed to develop new anti-poverty programs during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration. Government officials and community residents worked collaboratively to envision, design, and implement the completion of Syracuse Community Connections (SCC). 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 providers 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.

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. In 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.

Welcome to Syracuse Community Connections (SCC).