VANDERHEYDEN Newsletter
 In the News....
March 2018

 
OUR TALENT SHOW A SUCCESS! 
 THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN! 
 
 
Vanderheyden held a very successful Talent Show at the end of March at our Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center. 

The Sanctuary-themed Shared Governance night, which showcased a number of our individuals, was filled with singing, dancing and cheerleading. 
 
             
 
Thank you, Vanderheyden community for making this happen! 

 
   THANK YOU MARK FOR ALL YOU DO         

     
 
 
Mark B. said he learned so much in the last six years while here at Vanderheyden.
 
Last year, Mark graduated from our Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center at our Wynantskill campus.  In June, he will be moving to an adult home near his family.

The 21-year-old from the Oneonta area is also part of our Facilities Team, where he landscapes, mows the lawn, paints, and plants flowers.

"All the guys taught me a lot, and how to fix anything," Mark said. "And, how to drive a tractor."

Besides using the tractor to mow, Mark also likes to use the Kubota for snow removal, and said this experience will help him in life.

"This will help me get a job with maintenance," he said. "It helps me to get a job in the future."

John Burt is one of the Facilities Team Members Mark looks up to, and is one of his favorites that he will miss.

"He takes me out to lunch and gives me good advice," Mark said.

Mark and his mentor John Burt.


A couple of his other favorite Team Members include twin brothers House Manager Kervin Bruno, and Administrator on Duty Kevin Bruno. Kervin has taken Mark under his wing since he arrived on campus.

"He's familiar with me. He helps me if I'm upset," Mark said. "He's good with kids and I'm very proud of him."

Mark said he will also miss Kevin, "because he's Kervin's brother."  

While living at Vanderheyden, Mark said he has changed in a positive way.

"Sometimes I have a crisis, sometimes I don't," he said. "I'm able to control my emotions better."

Some of Mark's favorite outdoor hobbies are hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, go karts, and driving a tractor. He also loves to eat Chinese food.

Mark has five sisters and three brothers, and some of them live in the family home which was once his Grandmother's house.

He also has great advice for individuals who are in the Vanderheyden program.

"Do what you have to do, and go home," Mark said. "I'm doing good, and I'm going to an adult home."

Thank you, Mark, for all of your help to make our campus a nice place for our individuals. You will be missed!
 
 
OUR BASKETBALL TEAM IN ACTION!
GO ROYALS, GO!   

      
 
The Vanderheyden Royals Basketball Team and the Royals Dance Team hit the court full-force for the 2018 season !

Thank you to all our coaches and volunteers for another successful and fun season! 
 
 
            

              
                       
                                                                                
 
WE SO APPRECIATE
OUR VANDERHEYDEN CLINICIANS!



      
 
Vanderheyden celebrated National Professional Social Work Month with a luncheon for our Clinical Team Members.   Thank you for all you do! 
                               
 
  DEDICATED TO SUCCESS 


 

Carolyn Paschal, our Assistant Director of Administration, has brought so much to the Vanderheyden community in the 25-plus years she has been here.

Paschal said there are many reasons why she will soon be celebrating her 26th year here.

"I enjoy working with the youth we service, and the staff members," she said. "I've had great supervisors who have guided me to where I am today."

"I also like encouraging positive outcomes with both youth and staff," Paschal said.

The Alabama native moved to Albany with her family when she was five years old, and now calls Rensselaer County her home.

Before Vanderheyden, Paschal worked as a Nursing Assistant for various nursing home in the Albany area, after receiving her degree at the Albany Occupational Center for Practical Nurses.

In 1992, she applied for a Direct Care Worker position at our Wynantskill campus, after her brother, a former House Manager, suggested the idea.

From there, Paschal moved into other positions such as a Team Leader, in Community Services as a coordinator for group homes and independent living, in the former respite program, and as a scheduling technician.

As part of her duties as Assistant Director of Administration, Paschal oversees a few of the residential cottages on campus, along with the overnight shift. She keeps tabs on things such as fire drills, environmental checklists, and makes sure safety procedures are in place.

Behavior management and the development and creation of a behavior management system are also part of her duties that have left a lasting effect on our individuals.

"We've had some great success with youth that have left here," Paschal said. "I see kids that became successful. They've talked about their successes, their families, their beautiful children, and it brings tears to my eyes to see that they achieved so much."

Paschal also has seen success with former individuals who are still on our campus.

"What I really enjoy is watching when residents who were placed here become very successful in their position within Vanderheyden," she said.

In her years here, Paschal has seen positive changes, including in the living facilities.

"I've seen the cottages go from small, little buildings, to where the kids have some single rooms," she said.

"I love Vanderheyden so much, I've had my family work here, too," Paschal said. "My mother, my son and my brother."

Her son Denzel is a Safety Team member at Vanderheyden's Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center.  Katrina Knox, a young lady that Paschal likes to call her adopted daughter, is also a House Manager on campus.

In her spare time, Paschal likes to spend time with her mother and other family members who live in the Capital Region, and playing with her nine-month old grandson.

She also likes to crochet, and watch nostalgia television shows such as Bonanza and Gunsmoke.

Thank you, Carolyn, for being an instrumental part in the success stories at Vanderheyden!
 
 
WISH AND TOSS A COIN
FOR VANDERHEYDEN
 
 
Thank you to Colonie Center for the donation of all coins tossed into the fountain at Center Court for the month of March!  
 
THE BUNNY ARRIVAL AT COLONIE CENTER
 
 
Our Vanderheyden Team Members were on hand to greet and provide entertainment and fun activities before the Easter Bunny's arrival at Colonie Center!

Our Vanderheyden Chorus did an excellent job on stage in Center Court, while our face painters and Sparkles The Tall Juggler made many children happy!

       
 
      
 
VANDERHEYDEN'S OWN PAINT AND SIP


      
 
Lots of our painters had tons of fun at Vanderheyden's Paint and Sip class at the Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center!

While creating their wonderful masterpieces, our individuals sipped on apple juice.  


         
                       
 
WEARING THE GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY


      
 
Our lucky shamrock individuals and Team Members were in the St. Patrick's Day spirit by wearing green at our Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center.
                               
 
VANDERHEYDEN'S 185TH ANNIVERSARY!
Stay tuned to our social media sites to find out about upcoming celebrations for our 185th year!

                       
This year, Vanderheyden will commemorate 185 years of providing services to thousands of youth, individuals and families.   
 
Vanderheyden is searching for Alumni and descendants with ties to the agency's long history, to relate their memories and inspirational stories of healing and growth.  We are also looking for pictures, or any related items from Vanderheyden, the Troy Orphan Asylum and the Fairview Home for Friendless Children.  Please reach out and leave a message at (518) 874-4964 or email us at: 185anniversary@vanderheyden.org
 
We are also inviting 185 individuals to kick-off our celebration by becoming a member of the "1833 Society" with a donation of $1,833, to honor the year our organization was formed.
 
Our hope is that you will join in as someone that makes a future impact in the Vanderheyden legacy to change lives to save lives.  
 
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller .
 
For more information contact Cathy Yudzevich at cyudzevich@vanderheyden.org , or call (518) 874-4901.  

 
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2018 - Vanderheyden's 185th Anniversary!  Celebrations throughout the year!   
 
  More details to come.... Keep following us on Facebook!

                                             As always, thank you for your support!
 

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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