St. Lawrence County C.D.P. operates six Neighborhood Centers throughout the county. The centers are each staffed by a director and provide services to low-income families with the assistance of community volunteers; the services may be directly offered at the centers, or families may be referred to other agencies and resources as needed. Centers have food pantries and provide emergency aid if required with food, fuel, utilities or shelter. Thrift stores with donated clothing and household items are available at the Canton and Gouverneur Neighborhood Centers.
Center directors work with families in the area of family development, budgeting, education and job obtainment. Staff and dedicated, loyal volunteers assist the centers with various operational tasks. They truly are the heart of the centers.
The mission of Neighborhood Centers is to help people in their communities move toward self-sufficiency. Obtaining available aid is often a difficult task for individuals and families, yet within the communities lie resources and assistance for those who need them. Centers operate with funds from the county, United Way, Northern NY Community Foundation, and generous contributions from individuals, businesses and faith-based groups. Donations of food, personal items and money are most welcome.
Neighbors helping Neighbors
For further information about services, eligibility or volunteering opportunities, please call your local Neighborhood Center.
The Neighborhood Centers are located in:
Click on a location for more information
5 West Street,
Open Monday – Friday 8am-3pm
Director: Mia Benjamin
Director: Sandra Huckle
Call (315) 244-0069 for times and locations
15 Rock Island St,
Open Monday – Friday 9am-3pm
Director: Erica Kirkpatrick
61 Beach Street,
Open Monday – Friday 9am-2pm
Director: Sarah Huto
230 Caroline Street
Open Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm
Director: Tina Kellar
2 Park Street,
Open Monday – Friday 8am-3pm
Director: Kristal Hayes
The Food$en$e program provided by the Food Bank of Central New York is a monthly food-buying co-op with no qualifications, subscriptions or requirements to participate: anyone within the eleven counties served can utilize the service. Through the program, one has access to a monthly box of 12-15 staple grocery items at a discounted price.
The Potsdam Neighborhood Center is a host site from which the grocery boxes can be ordered as indicated on the Food Bank website, however orders can also be made and received from Canton, Gouverneur and Parishville Neighborhood Centers. Please refer to the section above for contact information. Each monthly package costs $20.50 with no limit to the number of packages to be purchased. The items in them vary from month to month but the following is always included:
Please see the package and specials flyer below for the month’s items: