Celebration of Fathers and Families

On June 22rd, the Syracuse Housing Authority celebrated the role of fathers and families with the first annual “Fathers and Family Celebration” at the field across the street from the Central Village Youth Center.  While a rainy morning and early afternoon threatened to impact the activities, the weather cleared just before the event began.  The celebration included a live musical performance by “The Brown Skin Band,” free books for youth and adults provided by the City School District’s Pump Bus, and a community service fair with over 20 local organizations participating.  The Syracuse Fire Department had vehicles on hand for kids to view and the Syracuse Police Department conducted “Operation Safe Child” providing free ID kits for parents.  Local resident Robert Mike performed to the lively audience and keynote speaker Kenneth Braswell spoke to the group on the importance of fathers in the family and the community.  

The event was planned and organized for several months with representatives from the Syracuse Housing Authority, Greater Syracuse Works, the Pioneer Homes Tennant Association, the Children’s Consortium, and the Westcott Community Center. Feedback on the event has been tremendous, with many citing how inspirational Mr. Braswell’s comments were.  All children in attendance were enjoying the face painting, activities, balloons, free books and hamburgers and hotdogs at the event. Fathers and parents came away with information on many services in the community. The Syracuse Housing Authority hopes to make this an annual event and improve on it for next year. We welcome resident feedback and ideas for the future.  If you have ideas or feedback, or if you would like to participate in the planning process for next year, contact Michelle at 470-4206.