VANDERHEYDEN Newsletter
 In the News....
October 2019
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 
                                                                                                      
    
 
VANDERHEYDEN'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM 2019
 
 
SPONSOR AN INDIVIDUAL, A FAMILY, A GROUP HOME OR A COTTAGE BY DECEMBER 13, 2019
 
                                              
As always, thank you for your support!
 
 
RING IN 2019 WITH VANDERHEYDEN
 
 
YOU ARE INVITED TO BE OUR GUEST AT OUR BLACK AND WHITE GALA
 
 
 
 
 
The Black and White Gala.   
Join us for the biggest dazzling event in downtown Albany  
 New Year's Eve, December 31, 2019!   
Sixty State Place, 60 State Street, Albany, New York 12207
Special rate on rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 74 State Street, Albany  
Book your room by November 30th.  
 
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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
 
   
                                                                                                                                                      
 
     
 
   
      
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
To become a sponsor or for ticket information,  
please contact Cathy Yudzevich at (518) 874-4901  
or cyudzevich@vanderheyden.org  
                                              
As always, thank you for your support!
 
 
VOTE FOR VANDERHEYDEN!  





Capital Region Gives: The Big $100,000 Giveaway
 
Vanderheyden is excited to be participating in the giveaway to win a share of a $100,000 advertising grant from the Times Union.  
 
Vanderheyden needs your help to make this happen.  
 
Use this link
to vote once a day and every day up until 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th.   
 
Thank you for helping us change a life to save a life!


 
THANK YOU MVP HEALTH CARE!
 
 
NEW ADDITIONS FOR HEALTH!   
   
                                                                                                      
 
Vanderheyden was the recipient of a grant from MVP Health Care for a walking circle, and a low-challenge ropes course for the individuals we serve.
 
The walking circle is located outside of the living quarters at the Residential Treatment Center on the Wynantskill campus. It provides therapeutic exercise for our individuals in a safe environment. Previously our individuals were walking in the road at the campus.
 
      
 
The low-challenge ropes course provides seven activities that are designed to allow our individuals to solve unique problems together as a group. Used as part of an Adventure Based Counseling program, the activities will also serve to develop skills for the individuals that can be applied to other areas of their lives.
 
Adventure Based Counseling strives to build confidence, self-esteem, and mutual support within the group by using fun activities with catchy names such as "Wild Woozy," "All Aboard," and "Whale Watch." The course will also help develop patience, individual decision making, leadership, and the ability for individuals to communicate thoughts and feelings.
 
      
 
"I am extremely thrilled and appreciative of the generosity of MVP Health Care to bring our longtime vision of a walking circle and ropes course to fruition," Karen Carpenter Palumbo, President and CEO at Vanderheyden said. "The effect that these projects have on healing the body and mind is very valuable for individuals with disabilities and those that have experienced severe trauma."
 
"MVP Health care is so proud to partner with Vanderheyden on this exciting, new, and innovative approach to improving the health and well-being of their residents," Ellen Sax, MVP Health Care's Senior Leader for Community Engagement said. "Adding a walking circle and ropes course to help individuals cope with stress, anxiety, and other emotions during times of uncertainty, will ultimately lead to a healthier community and improved outcomes."
 
WELCOMING A CAREER CENTER
 
 
PROVIDING CAREER READINESS!   
   
 
                                                                                                      
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in October for Vanderheyden's Career Center.  
 
The new addition will provide career readiness skills to the individuals we serve.  
 
Thank you to our generous donors: CAP COM Federal Credit Union, Stewart's Shops and Rose & Kiernan.

 
 
FALL FESTIVAL EQUALS FAMILY FUN!  
 
   
 
Another year of fun and excitement as we welcomed autumn at Vanderheyden's 11th Annual Fall Festival at our Wynantskill campus!
 
Thank you to the Capital Region community for joining the Vanderheyden community for a day of free family fun!
 
See you next year!   


 

     
 
 
 
       OUR SCARECROWS COME ALIVE!
 
                                      
 
        
 
 
Vanderheyden's scarecrows not only graced our Wynantskill campus, but were found at several of our Community Services group homes in Rensselaer County!
 
Historical figures were found at our main campus, while the scarecrows at our Community Services locations fashioned our Team Members.   
 
 
        
 
      
 
Thank you to all our individuals and Team Members for your outstanding efforts! 
 
   
 
 
 
 
A TASTE OF TENNESSEE IN NEW YORK!
 
 
                                                                                                                
 
Vanderheyden's Taste of Tennessee Day! Ribs, Banana Pudding, Fried Pickles, Catfish, Brisket and Collard Greens are just some of the foods featured for lunch today!
 
 
Special thanks to Holly Hughes, Vanderheyden's PBIS Coordinator at the Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center, for helping us learn about The Volunteer State's cuisine! 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU REGENERON! 


   
 

Thank you Regeneron Pharmaceuticals volunteers for helping install new kitchen cabinets in some of our cottages at Vanderheyden's Wynantskill campus!
 
  
 
     

      
 
We so appreciated the time and effort the volunteers and our Maintenance/Facilities Team Members made to beautify our cottages.  
 
   
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HALLOWEEN VANDERHEYDEN STYLE! 


   
 

Vanderheyden's campus and group home individuals had a great time celebrating Halloween 2019!   
 
Individuals dressed up in their favorite characters, while partaking in parties and a Halloween-inspired lunch at the Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center. 
  
 
                 
 
Thank you to the Vanderheyden community for making Halloween 2019 a great one!
 
 
      
 
 
 

   SAVING LIVES IN THE COMMUNITY  
           
     
 
                                                                                                                           
 
Thank you to the Rensselaer County Department of Health for a very well attended training class on heroin and opioid overdose prevention at Vanderheyden's Wynantskill campus.  
 
Thank you to our wonderful Health Services Team who coordinated the event, and all of our Team Members and the community who attended this life-saving class!
 
 
 
 

         A DREAM OF A LIFETIME!      
           
     
 
                                                                                                                           
 
One of Vanderheyden's individuals from our Philo Group Home in Glens Falls lived his dream of a lifetime by visiting Los Angeles, California.
 
Ed, accompanied by one of our DSP's, had a great time as they explored the Pacific Coast, and went to Ed's dream of touring the USS Iowa! 
 
 

         HEALTH HOMES ON THE ROAD!      
           
     
 
                                                                                                                           
 
Vanderheyden in the community!
 
Our Health Home Care Management program was part of the Fall Family Fest at School 14 in Troy with great information.
 
For more details on how your family can participate, please call (518) 283-6500. 
 

 
Vanderheyden's Family Engagement comes as a unified email that families with students in our Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center can access to ask questions, share information and request resources from the school committee.  

 
THANK YOU HANNAFORD!  




Vanderheyden is excited to be participating in the 2019 Hannaford Helps Schools program!  Our participating location is at 40 Main Avenue, Wynantskill.

Help earn money for our school by shopping for participating products. For every 4 qualifying products you buy, our school earns $3! Choose from over 1,500 participating products, ranging from breakfast and lunch items to household supplies.

Get the full list here: http://bit.ly/2MrRBpr and look for shelf tags in the store.

 
185TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY TIDBITS...
 
 
Here's some of Vanderheyden's 185th Anniversary History Facts that we have been sharing
with our Team Members each week:
 
 

In the evening of October 22, 1833, the Troy Association for the Relief of Destitute Children was unanimously adopted.

 

On October 23, 1833, officers were elected, the policy of admitting other than orphans was approved, the women of "The Benevolent Society of Troy" were invited to co-operate, and a Superintendent was employed.

 

On February 4, 1834, the Troy Association for the Relief of Destitute Children obtained a house on Third Street, north of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, "at a rental of $200 per annum."

 

On December 17, 1834, the name of the Troy Association for the Relief of Destitute Children was changed to The Troy Orphan Asylum." (TOA)

 

Our Bessey Group Home was once called the Baby House, and was built and equipped for the care of infants, and the training of nurses. On May 21, 1914, nine nurses were the first graduates to be awarded a diploma of "Children's Nurse."

 

In 1833, breakfast at the TOA consisted of chocolate or milk boiled and poured over bread broken fine or made into milk porridge. In the summer months, the children ate bread and milk, or rice or mush and milk. The breakfast was served at 7:00 a.m. April through November, and at 8:00 a.m. during the winter months.

 

Charles T. Meneely gifted two bells to the TOA's Spring Avenue home in 1893. On August 17th, 1893, the children moved to their new home on Spring Avenue from their Eighth Street quarters, and were greeted by the sound of a large bell ringing in the bell tower of the main building.

 

The children of the TOA were the first to march across the Troy-Menands Bridge in a parade at the bridge's informal Dedication Ceremony on July 12, 1933. The children arrived in several busses from Spring Avenue, that was led by a Troy Police Department motorcycle detail.

 

The estimated cost to build the buildings at the TOA's Spring Avenue location was $140,000 in 1892. TOA already had $62,000 saved for the project, added more cash after selling their Eighth Avenue location, and hoped to raise another $50,000 so the agency would not carry a debt.

 
Troy Mayor Francis N. Mann was responsible for the creation of the Mayor's Fund in 1848, when he donated his annual $200 salary to the TOA. The gift was "to be invested and the income subject to current use." Troy Mayors Stephen W. Dana and Joseph Warren also donated salaries.
   

          
 
                    

BLUE BOX DONATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME!

 
 
Time to clean out your closets for the season!  We will accept any unwanted clothing item!  Bring them to our campus at 614 Cooper Hill Road in Wynantskill, and look for the "Blue Box" at the entrance to our parking lot.  Thank you so much for your help!                         
 
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