History of Citizen Advocacy

Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger originated the concept of Citizen Advocacy in 1967.   The first program modeled on his concept began in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1970.  The ideas soon spread across this country, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.   


A group of local residents in the Syracuse area began meeting in 1978 to establish a Citizen Advocacy office within Onondaga County.   With the assistance of the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, a program began in August 1980.  By late 1981, PPCA received it's 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The Board of Directors have consistently included citizens from all sectors of the community.  Historically, Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy has received financial support from a variety of sources, including public grants and individual donations.