In the News....
November 2017 


Vanderheyden celebrated the opening of its Sanctuary Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at our Wynantskill campus.

The Sanctuary Trail was made possible thanks to more than $14,000 in donations from the 2017 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, and the hard work of more than 100 volunteers from the Capital Region.

Joining Vanderheyden President and CEO Karen Carpenter Palumbo to cut the ribbon were CDPHP CEO Dr. John Bennett, and Mark Warner, who represented the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club.

The Sanctuary Trail is located on 80 wooded acres of land, and will provide a quiet place for users to take a meditative walk, and to enjoy numerous activities such as hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and more.

Thank you to the donors at the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge for making this happen!!


Donald F. has been a part of the Vanderheyden community since he was 14 years old, and has made leaps and bounds every step of the way!
So many leaps and bounds that Donald is engaged to be married in September 2018!
Donald, from Troy, became a member of our community when he lived at our Wynantskill campus. He moved to a couple of our group homes in Troy, and is now in our Community Support Individualized Residential Alternative (CSIRA) program with an apartment of his own.
The support Vanderheyden gives is why Donald stays with our agency.
"They help me with medicines. I'm able to go to the doctor, and they are here when I need to go to checkups for the dentist," he said.
Donald said his Team Members are very nice, and said the role they take in a person's life is what the person needs.
"The staff members know the residents instead of background," he said. "They help me with my goals."
Donald said his goals for 2018 are to lose weight, exercise, go to the gym, and eat healthier.
"I really like the structure for the residents, and how the Team Members help the residents to achieve their goals," he said.
An upcoming major goal for Donald is getting married.
Donald said he met his lovely fiancé Jennifer at Walmart. They started talking and became friends, and fell in love.
Last May, Donald proposed to Jennifer at Vanderheyden's Royal Gala.
Donald has also worked part time at Riverside Enterprises in Lansingburgh for the past eight years. There, he works with metal, and creates wire frames for wreaths, political sign holders, frames for baskets, flower pots, hooks, greenhouse and holiday items, and a whole lot more.
In his spare time, Donald said he is an expert gamer.
He loves video games, and has a nice collection, including his favorite game, Hearthstone. Since Donald love music, Guitar Hero and Rock Band are also his favorite games, where Donald gets to play oldies to new music on the guitar, and any kind of song from Johnny Cash to Metallica.
Donald also likes to build model cars and kits.
His newest project is to build a desktop computer, which will be used for gaming.
The best of luck to you and your fiancé Jennifer, Donald! Thanks for being a part of our Vanderheyden community!

Vanderheyden's 34th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner!
Thank you to the Iwaneczko Family for organizing the event, John Piombino and his staff, and our many volunteers from our Vanderheyden community and Grace Fellowship Church in East Greenbush for making this a success!
Thank you to our donors! Hannaford, Yonder Farms, Dzembo Dairy, Bella Napoli, D. Brickman Produce, Sysco Albany, and Zema's Nursery!!
Stay tuned to our social media sites to find out about upcoming celebrations for our 185th year!

In 2018, Vanderheyden will commemorate 185 years of providing services to thousands of youth, individuals and families.   
Our primary mission is: to empower youth, adults, and families to build brighter futures.
Most of the individuals have had more challenges and trauma in their lives than you can imagine.  Everyone deserves a second chance to overcome adversity and become an          independent, contributing member of society.  
To commemorate our 185 years and reflect on Vanderheyden's rich history beginning with the success of the Troy Orphan Asylum in Troy, New York, we are 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 . You can also call (518) 874-4901.  


Vanderheyden's 36th Annual Turkey Trot 2017 took place on Cooper Hill Road in Wynantskill.
Thank you to all our many volunteers and participants from our entire Vanderheyden community for making this happen!
Thank you also to North Greenbush Police, Southpaw from the TriCity Valley Cats, Sleasman Insurance Agency, and our neighbors, who cheered us on!

Thank you KPMG Albany for putting the finishing touches on our Sanctuary Trail before our ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Great job! 


Mr. Shannon brings so much to the table to enhance the lives of the individuals and Team Members here at Vanderheyden.
William A. Shannon is the Director of Residential Services, where he oversees the cottages and campus life of our many individuals at our Wynantskill location.
Shannon, from Waterbury, Connecticut, said he aspired to be a newscaster, and received a bachelor's degree in Communications/Radio and Television, with a minor in English, from Wilburforce University in Ohio.
After graduation, his first job in human services was at a halfway house in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he held the title of assistant director, before moving up to the director position.
Because of this experience, Shannon said he decided to switch gears.
"With the rate of recidivism, I thought maybe I can be a teacher," he said.
Shannon said he started a new career path as a substitute teacher, to see if he would like it.
He worked at the Kolburne School in New Marlborough, Massachusetts, a residential treatment center for youths and young adults, where he was a child care worker, and eventually became Administrator on Duty.  
"I came up (from Connecticut) and never left the field. I stayed there for 11 years," Shannon said.
During his tenure at the Kolburne School, Shannon said he moved to Columbia County and opened up an antique store, while commuting to Western Massachusetts.
His antique offerings included an eclectic array of items such as oil lamps, small unique furniture items in various shapes and sizes, and so much more.
Last year for the holiday season, the second floor of Vanderheyden's Administration building was adorned with old fashioned teddy bears, which he donated to the children. And this year, thanks to Shannon, an array of beautifully decorated antique sleds graced our campus.
The antique store turned out to be the catalyst for another career change for Shannon.
One day, a customer came in to the store, and they started to talk about his career, he said.
You need to apply," Shannon said. "She was the CEO of Berkshire Farms. Please apply."
Shannon spent 14 years at Berkshire Farms as a House Manager, in the Quality Assurance department, and with the Independent Living Program as a director and assistant director.
For the last four years, Shannon has been a member of the Vanderheyden community, which he said has a family feel.
"There is a lot of trials and tribulations, but at the end of the day, the Vanderheyden staff look out for you," he said. "They really try to instill a sense of family and comradery."  
Shannon said it's the successes of the children that keeps him here.
"I appreciate seeing the children every day," he said. "Hugs, high fives, handshakes, morning acknowledgements, afternoon acknowledgements."
"It's a good feeling if I miss a day, and they (the individuals) ask 'where were you?'" he said.
Shannon said he was most impressed with the ongoing Holiday Program, where last year, Vanderheyden was able to fill over 430 gift requests, and provide holiday dinners to the individuals and families we serve.
In his spare time, Shannon loves taking care of his five dogs and two cats, and loves to go antiquing for "old treasures."
One of his favorite collectibles are globes, and has many of all shapes, sizes and materials, proudly displayed in his office on campus.  
"If I can't travel the world, at least I can look at it," Shannon said.
He also likes gardening, and "growing and giving away vegetables."
Shannon also likes to read book from the twists and turns of Stephen King to Harry Potter, and enjoys movies and comedies.  
"We need to laugh more," he said.
Thank you, Mr. Shannon, for caring, enriching our lives, and for being such a positive role model for our individuals and Team Members.
Thank you to Regeneron in Rensselaer for all your help with our Sanctuary Trail at our Wynantskill campus.  
We truly appreciate all your help!  
     Team work at its finest!  Thank you! 

2018 - Vanderheyden's 185th Anniversary!  Celebrations throughout the year!   
Spring 2018 - Vanderheyden's 2nd Annual Wine and Dine Event!

  More details to come.... Keep following us on Facebook!

                                             As always, thank you for your support!


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