Denise Moore, foster parent for Liberty Resources’ Onondaga Family Foster Care program, was awarded the distinguished NAACP Memorial Award on May 24, 2007 at the annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. This award is given to individuals in the public and private sectors who have substantially improved the quality of life for those in the community who are impoverished, oppressed, abused or disenfranchised.
Denise was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Syracuse in 1989. She worked as the Assistant Manager at Hummel’s Office equipment for five years. In 1994, realizing her passion was working with young people, she began working at the Southwest Community Center, first as a Substance Abuse Educator for eleven years, and then as the Coordinator of the Teens-n-Action youth program and later the Director of the Creative Arts Program. In addition, Denise has coordinated the Juneteenth Fun Zone for the past eight years, the Sisters Empowering Sisters annual youth conference at Syracuse University, and the annual Mary Nelson’s Back to School Day. Denise has also facilitated weekly support groups for women in prison at Jamesville Correctional Facility and the Rescue Mission’s former Lydia Center. Today, Denise is the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Canon Street Community Center where she continues to work with young people and their families to promote a stronger, healthier community.
Denise has been providing foster care for Liberty Resources’ Onondaga Family Foster Care program for the last seven years. During that time, she has opened her home to over fourteen children between the ages of five and sixteen. We are all proud of Denise for her accomplishments and congratulate her on winning this award.