Updated 10/09/2012 05:59 PM
KEES provides education to homeless
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A local program is guiding the homeless to a more self-sustaining future.
The Keys to Employment and Economic Stability program helps people in poverty stricken conditions. It’s operated out of Syracuse Behavioral Health Care. People who come in are able to begin building a career.
The KEES program offers a housing unit for homeless members to stay. It also has a computer lab for learning math, reading and technology training.
"What they need are basic skills sometimes, not just a place to sleep. And so that's what the KEES program attempts to provide, helping them access those resources and then partnering with them, just to put them kind of in their tool kits, so they have them for a lifetime," said Syracuse Behavioral Health Care President and CEO Jeremy Klemanski.
"I chose the KEES lab, because it was like the foundation that I thought I needed to go to the next level with what I wanted to do with my life," said Erica Brown, a KEES program graduate.
Members of the KEES program are able to work with Syracuse University. People can earn a certificate of completion as a first step moving forward.