NORWICH – The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chenango County program in Norwich announced last week that it is closing its doors for good, bringing to an end the longstanding youth mentor program that has influenced thousands of people for decades.
Facing a lack of funding and not enough participation to meet the expanding requirements of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, BBBS of Chenango County, sponsored by The Christian Neighborhood Center of Norwich (The Place), simply doesn’t have the resources to keep it running, explained Executive Director of The Place Courtney Crisler. The Place board made the decision to close the program earlier this year.
But there is a silver lining to look at, said Crisler. In light of what would otherwise be devastating to local youth, a new mentor program similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters is taking shape thanks to the collaborative efforts of The Place and the Liberty Partnership Program at Morrisville State College in Norwich.