Andrus    ANDRUS

September 2011

 Light Up the Night!

   September 23rd


Save the date


Join us for 'a moveable feast' of hearty cocktail fare from Westchester caterer Peter Herrero and Caperberry Events, a visit to our amazing Hope Space of greenhouses, organic gardens and contemplative labyrinth, a signature "Andrus Apple Dessert" from famed chef Peter Kelly of X20, and the terrific music of Back to the Garden, the County's premier "Woodstock-era" band!



CEO Nancy Ment and Peter Kelly of X20

A perfect early autumn evening!

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Remember 9/11
- This Friday!

Serve and Learn


ANDRUS is participating in a unique event to give back to our community and connect with volunteers. We hope you will be interested in attending with colleagues, family members and friends.


Serve & Learn: Westchester Remembers 9/11 Join us Fri. Sept. 9 from 2pm to 7pm at the County Center in White Plains. ANDRUS will be one of more than 100 nonprofit agencies recruiting volunteers. Honor the local victims and heroes of 9/11 as well as our men and women in uniform through your pledge of service to the community. Admission and parking is free. The experience of volunteering is priceless.











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We are very pleased to announce the launch of the new ANDRUS website- We hope you'll find it a useful source for the information you need about ANDRUS and our work serving 2,500 children throughout Westchester.

Check it out!

      New features include:   

             'What's New' stories and videos

             Staff Spotlights

             Purchase tickets to our upcoming events

             Employment opportunities

             Ways to support our work

              ......... and more!                            


ANDRUS COO Brian Farragher interviewed on BronxNet television

Hear our COO speak about the services ANDRUS provides including our special education school, mental health clinics and the Sanctuary Institute.  Farragher is also the co-author, with Dr. Sandra Bloom, of a recently published book, Destroying Sanctuary, an in-depth look into human services. To learn more about his book, read the article on our website.

Hope Space Expands


Hope Space is a two acre project on the ANDRUS campus in Yonkers devoted to environmental programming. In the past few months the program has expanded rapidly and the renovation of our two historic greenhouses is near completion.

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Hope Space includes organic vegetable, fruit and flower gardens, a contemplative labyrinth, the two historic greenhouses and a horticulture and earth science classroom which  is part of the Orchard School for special education. 


 "Hope Space is dedicated to engendering hope for the future in the hearts of the children and families we serve," said Nancy Ment, President and CEO. "We know that the cycles of nature, growth and renewal in Hope Space help heal and support the children in our care who have suffered trauma and loss."


What's growing in the gardens? Vegetables, plants, pumpkins, watermelons and more. The children enjoy learning and observing how things grow. Along with being educational, working in the garden has been therapuetic for many of the children on campus and provides a feeling of accomplishment for them.  


chickens One of our residential cottages is even raising a coop full of chickens! The children and staff are awaiting fresh eggs to use in cooking activities and meals. Along with providing fresh eggs, the chickens will contribute to the therapuetic environment of Hope Space. "It has been shown that therapeutic work with animals can assist in decreasing aggression and negative self image while increasing cooperative behavior, empathy and social relatedness" says Frances Clayton, a social worker at Andrus.  


The Thursday Club, a philanthropic group based in the Rivertowns, held its 88th Annual Benefit dinner dance and auction in April and raised $80,000 for the Hope Space project at ANDRUS. 


Each year the Club chooses a Westchester-based organization to support with the event's proceeds. Ms. Ment spoke at the dinner, warmly praising the way "this collaboration brings together two premier organizationsThursday Club that, for more than 80 years, have been committed to the communities of Westchester County, and families and children who live here."  Thursday Club President Lynn Sobel agreed, noting that "Andrus is a wonderful partner for the Club in serving and healing local children. We are so pleased to support your outstanding work."


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 and social service provider and resource for Westchester.