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Advisory Board
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ANDRUS will be hosting its 10th annual Golf Fore Kids outing on May 19, 2014 at Ardsley Country Club.
To pre-register,
click here.

For more details, contact Judy Wood at 914.965.3700 x1318

ANDRUS Appoints Director of Institutional Advancement

Alessandra Rose has been named Director of Institutional Advancement at ANDRUS. In her new role, Alessandra will be responsible for the philanthropic and community relations efforts of this multi-faceted provider of programs and services for children and families, headquartered in Yonkers, New York. She began on January 6, 2014.


"We are very pleased to welcome Alessandra to ANDRUS," said President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran. "She is a knowledgeable fundraiser and brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy, public relations and community relations. Her previous experience in the nonprofit field will enrich our development efforts greatly."


Since 2012, Alessandra has been the Development Director of Hour Children, Inc., overseeing fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts of the organizations, while seeking grants and funding and cultivating relationships with prospective donors.


Prior to Hour Children Inc, Alessandra spent nine years in various roles at The Children's Center- Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, ultimately overseeing their $1 million program and their fundraising efforts.


ANDRUS Announces
Sanctuary Advisory Board


ANDRUS has announced the formation of a six-member Advisory Board, charged with helping the agency develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for the Sanctuary Model that will highlight its impact on organizations and outcomes.


This newly-created Advisory Board is funded by a generous grant of $339,000 awarded to ANDRUS in 2013 from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.   The grant's resources will be focused on ways to grow and understand the impact of the Sanctuary approach on organizations and the people they serve, in order to identify ways to lead and create global change in the care of children and families.  


Since its inception in 2005, the ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute has worked with close to 300 organizations in 23 states and 7 countries to create trauma-informed organizational cultures, training them in the values and core concepts of the Sanctuary Model.   


The Advisory Board consists of national thought leaders in the field of trauma, social work, behavioral healthcare and nonprofit management. 

The advisory board includes:

  • Sandra L. Bloom
  • Lynn Videka, BSN, AM, PhD
  • Bryan Samuels
  • David Osher, PhD
  • Susan N. Dreyfus
  • Julian D. Ford

To read more about the board, click here. 

Looking for Pre-School Programs?

Come tour the ANDRUS Early Learning Center, an amazing childcare center located in Tuckahoe, NY with full and half day options for children as young as six weeks. Your child will thrive in this creative and engaging environment. Our program includes reading readiness, developmental activities, an art studio and children's theater, Suzuki violin lessons, a cafe with homemade meals each day and plenty of spaces to play and imagine!

For more information, take a virtual tour here.
Or contact Vidia Cordero at (914)337-3392

Sanctuary Five Day Training

ANDRUS will be hosting a Five Day Sanctuary Training the week of February 24-28 on its campus in Yonkers, open to any interested participants. The Sanctuary Institute has trained agencies nationally and internationally in the Sanctuary Model, helping to create trauma-informed organizational cultures, and promote safety and recovery from adversity. The Institute has built a solid foundation for changing the face of care for children and families that have experienced trauma.

At this training, participants will learn specific implementation steps and concrete tools for bringing the Sanctuary Model to their organizations and a series of activities and facilitated discussions will help participants explore the specific challenges and advantages that the agency may have in implementing the Model.

The Model has
been adopted by children's treatment programs, juvenile justice facilities, domestic and homeless shelters, schools and residential facilities worldwide to treat the effects of adverse childhood experiences on later health and behavioral outcomes. If you or your organization is looking for a more in-depth training in the Sanctuary Model, check it out!


Training will be held at:


1156 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701 


The training times are as follows:

Mon: 2pm-6:30pm  

Tue-Thur: 9am-4:30pm

Fri: 9am - 2pm


Social work CEU's will be offered for this training. 

Interested parties should contact Jessica Virtuoso at ext 1294 or  


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.