Believe in Syracuse Spotlight: Deborah Hundley of Providence Services of Syracuse
Bottom Left: The new van for The Shuttle To Work Program of Providence Services of Syracuse. Far right: Deborah Hundley. Top Left: Some of Providence's Riders.
Q&A with Deborah Hundley, President of Providence Services of Syracuse Inc
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: I have 4 Children and have lived in the Syracuse area over 25years. In 2014 I retired as a Financial Advisor and founded a nonprofit to help people to get jobs as a give back to the City.
Q: What is your organization and what does it do?
A: Providence Services of Syracuse is a nonprofit that helps low-income City residents get jobs by helping them overcome the transportation barriers that block them from most jobs. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to get a job and lack of transportation should not keep them from being self-sufficient. We offer a Shuttle To Work program that can provide affordable, reliable transportation to work. If a Company has difficulty getting employees it probably is due Transportation. A Company can sponsor a Shuttle for their employees or if there are 5-7 employees needing transportation we can begin a Shuttle.
Q: Why did you go into this line of work?
A: Early in one of our first Board meetings, a Director told us there were plenty of jobs but no transportation to get people there. After we researched this, we learned this is a primary reason for poverty across the world. We decided we would focus on the barriers to overcoming poverty.
Q: Why do you believe in Syracuse?
A: Across the Country, employers cannot get enough employees. Syracuse has a large untapped pool of job seekers. If 4000 people can get jobs because they have transportation, it would stimulate the economy with $80-$120 million by the spending their salaries. It will also attract new employers who will expand jobs and development.
Everything will improve.
Q: What do you love about living in Syracuse?
A: Summer and Fall are wonderful. The parks, Arts, Colleges and low cost of Housing are pluses. We are close to big Metros and Canada so a lot to see and do.
Q: What makes Syracuse a great place for your business or organization?
A: People in Syracuse really care about diversity and helping people in need.
Q: How can readers learn more about your organization and how can folks work with you?