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DECEMBER 2012

In This Issue:
Sanctuary Network Conference
Renovated McGee Hall Opens
Westchester's Most Infuential Women
ANDRUS in NYNP

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STORM RELIEF
On December 6, a group of ANDRUS staff filled a truckload of collected items and supplies to deliver to Rockaway Point Fire Department to aid in Hurrican Sandy relief. Staff also collected $1265 for the badly affected area. We are very grateful to be able to help our neighbors in need!

Sanctuary Network Conference Draws 365 Attendees!

 

A record-setting 365 committed practitioners of the Sanctuary Model convened in Philadelphia December 6 and 7 for the seventh annual 2012 Sanctuary Network Days. Travelling from organizations as far flung as Australia, Texas, Georgia and New York, participants thrived on a rich array of three keynote addresses and 20 workshops that captured the creativity and variety in applying Sanctuary in real life settings. From schools to detention programs, homeless shelters to foster care, hospitals to child care centers, Sanctuary is at work bringing safety and hope to those who need it most.  

 

Each keynote captured a unique aspect of Sanctuary that reinforced the power of the model to transform lives and cultures. Dr. Sandra L. Bloom, creator of the Sanctuary Model and Distinguished Fellow of the Sanctuary Institute, established the case for Sanctuary principles as the bedrock essential for an ethical and compassionate society. Dr. John Rich of the Drexel University School of Public Health provided a compelling perspective on the debilitating effects of violence and trauma in economically struggling communities of color. Brian Farragher, Executive Vice President and COO of ANDRUS, constructed a witty and deceptively light-hearted narrative on The Wizard of Oz, with a powerful message: we all have within us what we need if we come together to rise above adversity. Dr. Bloom and Mr. Farragher announced the completion of their sequel to Destroying Sanctuary (2010), Restoring Sanctuary, scheduled for release by Oxford University Press in early 2013.

 

At Friday's luncheon session, the applause resounded for the winners of the 2012 Sanctuary Star Awards. Jamie Micalizzi, caseworker/supervisor of MercyFirst in New York and the NCSTU Girls' Program in Danville, PA were recognized by their peers for outstanding performance.  The Deb Snyder Award, bestowed annually in memory of a much-loved ANDRUS staff member who worked behind the scenes to advance Sanctuary, was given to Diane Pawelek, Purchasing Assistant, of the House of Good Shepherd in New York.

 

Summing up the conference's success, Sanctuary Institute Director Sarah Yanosy said, "How fitting it was to have the City of Brotherly Love host our largest gathering ever! From lectures, workshops, shared meals and informal conversation, there wasn't a lost moment for any of us in finding ever better ways to practice Sanctuary. The second day breakfast session was the perfect time for the Institute to unveil new tools and supports for organizations in the Network. Thanks to an innovative software developer colleague, Sanctuary can now say 'There's an app for that!'" More information on these products is available on the Sanctuary Institute website.

   

 

   
NBA Cares Brings Legend and Fitness Clinic to ANDRUS to Mark Opening of McGee Hall
ANDRUS Marks Opening of Renovated Gym
News12 Coverage of Gym Reopening

Former NBA player Felipe Lopez brought legendary basketball skills and messages of self-discipline and hope to our students December 13 when we marked the grand opening of our newly renovated gym in McGee Hall.  Conducting an NBA Cares Fitness Clinic, Lopez encouraged the students to stay active and push themselves further, not only in sports but in all aspects of life.  Under his expert guidance, students eagerly performed pushups and practiced foul shots.

 

The reopening of McGee Hall will restore full use to our Campus center for indoor sports, graduation, assemblies, meetings, conferences, concerts and other events. Three years of extensive renovations included long-deferred exterior repairs to the 1950 structure. For the 6000 square foot gymnasium, new bleachers, beams and flooring, lighting upgrades and a state of the art heating and air conditioning system will make the space safer and more comfortable for hot season use. Benefactor Dr. Stephen Andrus, grandson of founder John E. Andrus, and his wife B.J made a gift of $170,000 towards the project. When Board Chair John McLaughlin cut the bright red ceremonial ribbon, COO Brian Farragher noted "Without their gift the gymnasium renovations would not have been possible and we would not be able to offer the range of activities our children need to be strong and healthy."

 

While Dr. and Mrs. Andrus were not able to attend the ceremony, Mary McGee Graf, great grand-daughter of our founder and daughter of Ed McGee for whom the building is named, was able to join us with her husband John for this spirited occasion. We were also delighted to welcome good friends from Yonkers: Mayor Michael Spano and, from the City Council, President Chuck Lesnick, Minority Leader John Larkin and Education Chair Michael R. Sabatino; from the Yonkers Office of the Westchester County Department of Social Services, Yonkers Director of Child Welfare Terri Miller and Manager Reina Arias-Yizar.  

   
ANDRUS President & CEO
Nancy Woodruff Ment Honored as Influential Woman

In its December issue, 914INC magazine released its annual list of the Most Influential Women in Westchester County.  We are very proud that ANDRUS' own Nancy Ment was featured among 15 accomplished women "who have ascended to the very top of their chosen professions." To read the article, click here.    

 

Nancy was honored at a special luncheon hosted by the magazine at the Doubletree Hilton in Tarrytown on November 29.  We were pleased to have a large contingent of staff, board members and friends with us as she received this recognition.

 

Agency of the Month

 

We are pleased to be selected as Agency of the Month in the New York Nonprofit Press. The article features our growth through the years, a review of current programs and a description of the Sanctuary Model's reach around the world.

To read the article, click here.  

   

 

About ANDRUS

ANDRUS provides support and treatment for 2,500 children and their families throughout Westchester suffering from emotional illness and trauma. The agency offers prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives.  ANDRUS has grown from its origins as an orphanage into a premier non-profit mental health, social service and special education provider and resource for Westchester.