JULY 2013

In This Issue:
CEO Begins
$339K Grant for Sanctuary
Return to Singapore
Fall Gala

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Backpack Bonanza!
We have kicked off our annual backpack drive! If you, your group or business would like to help a child prepare for the new school year by providing a brand new backpack or supplies, contact us!

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Drop off your backpacks at Backpack Bonanza!
August 12 & 15









Open Letter from New President and CEO
Mimi Clarke Corcoran


Dear Friends of ANDRUS:


I wanted to thank you all for your warm welcome in my first days as the President and CEO of ANDRUS.  Your cards, emails and calls have been most appreciated.  In this short period of time at ANDRUS I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the spirit and commitment the ANDRUS team brings to our children and families, as so many of you already know and have experienced.  I have been impressed by the shared wisdom and passion that is the ANDRUS community.


I have begun what I call my "listening and learning tour" and over the course of the next weeks and months ahead I look forward to meeting all of you, to learn and explore how we might partner together to prevent and overcome the effects of childhood adversity and secure strong, healthy futures for our children, families and communities that we serve. As you well know, the scale and complexity of the issues faced by our children and families requires our collective work.  So I look forward to our conversations and future opportunities to work together to learn how we might pool our shared resources for greatest impact.


I am excited and honored to be part of the ANDRUS community and look forward to knowing and working with all of you.


Warm regards,


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Awards ANDRUS $339K Grant
We are thrilled to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded ANDRUS a $339,000 grant to develop a comprehensive plan for the evaluation of the Sanctuary Model.  Funding from the Foundation will also provide much needed capacity building of the fast growing Sanctuary Institute.  Andrus President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran said, "We know that using the Sanctuary Model works because we have seen it transform organizations that are working with very challenged populations. The investment from RWJF is a significant step towards developing and documenting a much needed evidence base for the Sanctuary Model."

Since its inception in 2005, the Sanctuary Institute has worked with close to 300 organizations in 27 states and 7 countries to help create trauma-informed organizational cultures.  The investment from RWJF creates an opportunity to significantly enhance the important work of the Institute.
"We're pleased to support ANDRUS' efforts to plan for a fuller evaluation of the Sanctuary Model. We hope it will reveal the key next steps for growing the impact of this groundbreaking model to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma," said Kristin Schubert, director of the Foundation's Vulnerable Populations portfolio. ANDRUS looks forward to this new partnership with the Foundation.

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Sanctuary Goes Back to Singapore


 ANDRUS COO, Brian Farragher and Sanctuary Institute's Senior Faculty, Joe Benamati spent 10 days in Singapore training staff from the Methodist Children and Youth Center (MCYC) as well as staff from the Ministry of Social And Family Development (MSF) on the Sanctuary Model. This is ANDRUS' second trip to Singapore to do Sanctuary work, staff traveled to the country in January. Singapore has taken big steps to improve their services to children in out of home care and the Sanctuary Model is playing a key role in this work. MCYC will be managing the first of six small group homes designed to serve some of Singapore's most vulnerable children. The group home will be the first to employ the Sanctuary Model.


Many of the MCYC staff attended the Five Day Training, and were joined by colleagues from other children's homes interested in the Sanctuary Model including Grace Haven, Marymount and the Haven. Ministry staff, including representatives from the psychology services, child protection and Juvenile Detention, also attended. There are numerous trainings and consultations planned over the coming year to further embed the Sanctuary Model in the country's human service sector.  



Join us on Friday, October 4th as we celebrate our 85th year. Our annual Fall Gala will honor James J. Landy of Hudson Valley Bank and St. Faith's House Foundation.  
 For more information please visit our website  


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.