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NOVEMBER 2013

In This Issue:
Coats for Kids
Nursing Program
VP Attends Think Tank
Animal Therapy


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Fulfill a
Holiday Wish!


During the winter months, ANDRUS seeks to provide every child we serve with a gift to open during the holidays. Nothing is better than seeing a child's face light up when they receive the gift they have dreamt of!
 
If you or your business would like to fulfill one of our wish lists, contact Genna Woods at gwoods@jdam.org or 914.965.3700 x1200.


Giving Thanks!  
At this time of year, we'd like to give thanks to all those who help ANDRUS serve 2500 children and families throughout Westchester County. The support of our Board, staff, donors, partners and friends enables us to continue to nurture hope in young lives.  
 
The children we serve inspire us each and every day; they forge through challenges, achieve success and look towards brighter futures. Thank you for understanding how valuable our work is and continuing to join in our efforts.  
ANDRUS Friends Collect
Over 450 Coats for Kids!

This fall, ANDRUS once again collected brand new warm winter coats for the children we serve. Thanks to our friends at the Children's Hope Chest, we were able to provide 470 coats to our families in need. The Children's Hope Chest and their junior volunteers collected, sorted and labeled this generous donation. We are so grateful to these wonderful friends.  Children in our mental health clinics and home visiting programs will greatly benefit from the gift of warmth this winter! 
THANK YOU! 
 
ANDRUS and Mercy College Team Up for Nursing Program

Mercy College and Andrus have just completed a collaboration where our campus, mental health and community divisions were all utilized as clinical sites for the students' Community Nursing rotation.  The RN to BSN program students have worked with the Director of Mental Health Division,  Rosa Bautista at all three clinics, including School's 9 and 13, our school-based mental health programs in Yonkers . The students also worked with the Director of Community Services, Corine Lurry in our home visiting program.

The chief nurse on our residential campus, Bernadette Santos-Glanzman worked with the group to further expand their nursing knowledge and skills. "To have the participation of RN to BSN students in our programs has been so valuable to ANDRUS. We were happy to give them hands-on experience, while their support helped us immensely" said Santos-Glanzman.   

The students had to fulfill an 80 hour commitment which culminated in a final project that focused on ways to enhance health care and help with disease prevention.  This is the very first class to complete the program and we are proud of this partnership! 
ANDRUS VP Invited to 'Think Tank' Symposium in Washington, DC 
 

Kerron Norman, Vice President for Community Based Programs, was invited by The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to participate in a think tank symposium, Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action in Washington, DC this month to share her expertise on developing racial equity in organizations. 


The meeting convened race equity experts from around the country and key social work stakeholders to enable NASW to advance its profession from a 'cultural competence' framework to a 'racial equity' framework. The symposium focused on defining racism, establishing a framework for race competencies for the social work profession, and collecting and developing best practices to enable social workers and institutions in which they work to reduce, and eventually eliminate racial inequality and racial disproportionality.

"The national think tank symposium on racial equity was an invaluable opportunity to build a strong network that is working towards a common goal. I was very honored to be asked to join." said Norman. "This type of 'meeting of the minds' is important to our field because it starts a framework that we can all bring back to our organizations.  At ANDRUS, my hope is to advance our thinking and understanding of racial equity, creating a truly culturally diverse and inclusive organization."   

Animal Therapy Working
in Organizations Using
the Sanctuary Model

 

This article was featured in the Office of Children and Families (OCFS) monthly newsletter. It highlights two programs where our co-located faculty Katherine Bailey and Norm Pure have worked to implement the Sanctuary Model. These are just two of the over 300 organizations worldwide that practice the Sanctuary Model. Kudos!  

 

"A key element of the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed treatment used in OCFS juvenile justice facilities is the safety plan. Residents wear small cards around their necks containing personalized suggestions of ways to manage their emotions. The safety plans are personal strategies that each youth develops to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

 

The staff at Industry Residential Center is now letting students in the Education and Vocational Program use farm animals in their safety plans. A "time-out with animals" is often a good way for some residents to find peace and calm when they are feeling angry, vulnerable, or unfocused. Additionally, some residents who have had trouble sitting through classes can now be rewarded with one-on-one time with the animals if they attend classes and participate during the school day.

 

The youth at Industry interact with chickens and piglets, and over time, develop relationships and trust with the animals. Many residents say they look forward to spending time with the animals, and even volunteer to do the dirty jobs, like cleaning up the pens and chicken coop. Staff members say that long-term goals of this system are to inspire the youth to actively participate in class, and to teach residents how to care and provide for animals, which carries over into their relationships with other youth and adults.

 

Youth at Taberg are also able to choose to spend time with an animal as part of their safety plans. The facility recently adopted Gizmo, a one-year-old Rat Terrier, from a local animal shelter. Petting Gizmo is a popular safety plan item, often at the top of residents' lists. Like the youth, Gizmo wears his own safety plan around his neck. It contains a picture of a bone."


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.