Ministries and Faith Partners


City Mission of Schenectady, founded in 1906, is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Our ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community.

Our goal is to provide not only HELP for today, but HOPE for tomorrow. We want to help people who are in need right now by meeting basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. Providing these life essentials are at the core of who we are.

In addition, our hope is that we can do more than just meet basic needs… we want to transform lives. Together, we can help people begin to dream again and think about what they want their future story to look like.

We help those future stories come true by providing spiritual guidance, counseling, training, classes, life and job skills training and so much more!

Operation 5 Star is City Mission’s continuous improvement initiative that aims to display excellence in all we do. The value of this excellence is demonstrated with dignity and respect when the Core Values – 5 L’s – are executed and integrated in all that we do.

Love: We will be guided by our desire to love others self-sacrificially, extending the compassion of Christ by sharing their burdens.

Learn: We will seek to gain a better understanding of those we serve and allow this information to change our perspectives.

Listen: We will demonstrate our belief in the value of those we serve by intentionally seeking out their feedback and truly hearing their suggestions.

Lead: We will continuously improve our ministries based upon the information we gain from those we serve and other sources.

Lift: We will encourage and equip those we serve to participate in the leadership of our ministry and in society as a whole.



One family helping many families thrive. Founded where the Mohawk and Hudson meet, like the rivers that shaped our region, Northern Rivers Family of Services empowers children, adults, and families to change their lives and build stronger communities.

Comprised of parent company Northern Rivers and member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society, Parsons Child & Family Center, and Unlimited Potential, we are a family of human services agencies providing help and hope to those who struggle with abuse, neglect, trauma, mental health challenges, educational difficulties, career training and employment, and service navigation through an innovative continuum of home-, clinic-, school-, and community-based, vocational rehabilitative, supported employment, and senior-supporting programs that provide person-centered, trauma-informed innovative solutions to ensure clients live their best lives.

Our quality of care, dedication to best practices, vast knowledge and experience, and passion for our work make us a leading human services provider, nurturing innovation, focusing on outcomes, and constantly rethinking and refining our philosophy, services, and operations to better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Informed by our 190-year heritage, our 1,400-strong workforce provides life-changing care for 18,000 children, adults, and families throughout 41 counties in New York state. 

Our Mission

Empowering children, adults, and families to change their lives and build stronger communities.

Our Vision

Northern Rivers leads the way in providing coordinated, innovative, comprehensive, and responsible delivery of human services.

Our Values

Northern Rivers is guided by a set of universally accepted principles that guide the actions of every member of our family. We organize these values through the acronym HOPE:

  • Honor: To help others is the highest calling; we strive to do what is right for those in our care
  • Optimism: We believe things can get better if we work together, aim higher, and set meaningful goals
  • Progress: Every day provides an opportunity to improve, and we promise to continue striving
  • Excellence: We hold ourselves to the highest standards, because our communities deserve the best from us

Our Core Principles

Every member of the Northern Rivers family is guided by a set of five core principles that guide the way we treat our clients and each other: cultural competence, family- and youth-driven, strengths-based, safety, and trauma-informed. 


Paige Elementary Community School

Where we cultivate love and genius everyday!

Our What/Vision:

1. Collaborative Teams and Data-Driven Instruction

2. Culturally Responsive Student-centered Learning and Engagement

3. Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Our Why:  Empower students to be life-long learners so that become productive, contributing members of a global community. 

Our How/Values:

Caring, Kindness, Celebrate, Equity & Joy


Faith Partners