Community Programs

James V. Luvera Memorial Chapel

On site at the Utica office is an interfaith chapel available for public use. This chapel is located on the original site of the former Utica YMCA chapel and was refurbished thanks to help from the community and a grant from the Good News Center. The Chapel is named after an Army Veteran who passed away from ALS and is dedicated to all Veterans that suffer from ailments as result of their service to their country.

Gentleman getting food from food pantry

The Utica Food Pantry

This program offers food to those in need throughout Central New York.  Three years ago Chief Russel Brooks asked the UCD if space was avaliable to house The Food Bank. After working together to convert space at the UCD  they now have a permanent home within the walls of the Utica location.
Bunker Cafe

The Bunker Café

If you enter the front doors of the Utica office, you will find yourself in a beautiful art filled room known as the Bunker Café. The café is open and welcomes the public. At this time the café offers great Green Mountain Coffee and light fare. There are computers for public use and well as free Wi-Fi. The future holds an expanded menu for the café.
Vintage clothes for sale inside a shop

The Parkway Center Thrift Store

When the Parkway Center approached me with an idea of opening a thrift store to both give their clients a place for occupational therapy as well as a profit sharing program with the UCD I was all for it. Now in the storefront of the Utica location there is a second hand store that provides a place for occupational therapy as well as another source of non-government income.
squash racket and ball

Public Use GYM

As being a former YMCA, it has a large gymnasium as well as two racquetball courts. With the building being vacant for so long the facility had fell into disrepair. So we have been working to make them useable again. At this time they are available for rentals and are used for youth programs.
UCD Youth Boxing

Youth Boxing

The Youth Boxing program is open to all youth ages of 8–18 and operates Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm in our boxing gym. This program is intended to assist youth with becoming more physically fit, disciplined, and healthy. A major goal of the Youth Boxing program is combat the ever-increasing rates childhood obesity and street violence. This program addresses both of these issues and is operated by Coach Willie Wilson a former professional boxer and Vietnam Veteran. Coach Wilson has offered a boxing program without outside funding for youth since we took over the building.

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