Bosco authorized for 16-21 age men

The state Office of Children & Family Services has certified John Bosco House as an authorized transitional independent living program. It can now offer residential services for young men ages 16 to 21.

Until now, the Utica-based program has been open only to homeless young men ages 18 to 21. The new status allows the facility to serve males ages 16 and 17 as well.

John Bosco House, 425 Lafayette St., opened its doors in February 2011. It is located in the former rectory of St. George’s Church, which closed in 2007.

St. John Bosco is the patron saint of young people. He dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents and other disadvantaged youth.