Brian Farragher Op-Ed Piece Published in Journal News

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In This Issue:
ANDRUS Fall Gala
Back to School Success
High Marks for Campus Programs



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Coats for Kids! 
Our drive for brand new, warm winter jackets and coats for the children in our care has already begun! If your business or organization would like to get involved, contact Genna Federico at 914.965.3700 x1200  or

Tickets On Sale for

"Light Up the Night" Fall Gala

Oct 12th at the Ritz-Carlton  




In celebration of leadership and commitment, ANDRUS will hold its Tenth Annual Light Up the Night benefit dinner on Friday, October 12th at 6PM at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.  ANDRUS is pleased to announce that this year's event will honor William P. Harrington, Partner, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP and our very own Nancy Woodruff Ment, ANDRUS' President and CEO.  Dinner Co-Chairs include Marilyn O'Connor Dimling, Jenny Dobell, Jim Foy and Bill Mooney.


Board Chairman Jack McLaughlin said, "The Benefit Dinner is an important tradition for us, and a way to recognize distinguished individuals such as Bill and Nancy who have made a significant contribution to our community and those in need.  We appreciate their willingness to support the vital work we do to nurture hope for the children and families who seek our help."


Light Up the Night's lead sponsors are Bleakley, Platt and Schmidt, LLP, Peg and John Cady, Debbie and Bruce Clark, Phyllis Corsbie Hyacinthe, and Nancy and David Ment.

To attend Light Up the Night please reach out to Judy Wood at 914-965-3700 x 1318 or Tickets are $350 per person.


To view the invitation and sponsorship options or to purchase tickets online, click here.  


Backpack Project Ensures Successful Start  

to School Year! 


When school opened this month, ANDRUS was proud and grateful that so many of the children we serve headed back to the classroom well-prepared thanks to the success of our annual Backpack Project. This year's drive collected a total of 910 backpacks and heaping boxes of supplies! Our generous supporters included the Children's Hope Chest, Toys for Tots, Eileen Fischer, Kiwanis clubs, Eastchester Rotary, EB Brands, All Star Marketing, and ACORDA Therapeutics. Our good friends at ACORDA held a backpack stuffing luncheon for their staff. They invited us to attend, giving us the perfect opportunity to share our gratitude with everyone. They also presented us with a corporate matching check for $1,474. THANKS to all our friends!


Our 2012 drive was featured in the Journal News, Rivertowns Enterprise and local PATCH sites. Press coverage of the drive encouraged individuals to stop by and drop off backpacks. These donors were enthusiastic about how much they enjoyed the experience of shopping for a child, especially when they involved their own children in the project.


This year, a group of our own ANDRUS students had the unique opportunity to not only be a 'receiver' of school supplies but also the 'givers'. Family to Family's Giving Works program, supplied our students with backpacks and books to stuff and personalize. On August 15, they delivered 25 backpacks to Greyston's Child Care Center in downtown Yonkers and read aloud to the children. What a great experience for our children to learn about giving back!

ANDRUS Parents Give Program High Marks

Based on a Satisfaction Survey distributed to the parents of recently discharged students, ANDRUS' campus programs are very effectively meeting the needs of the families we serve.

The survey asked parents to rate both our special education school and our residential treatment program on a wide range of factors, grading each category from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible score.


Based on their responses, parents feel they thoroughly understand the curriculum we present. They also strongly agree that their children have grown academically while attending the Orchard School. They were pleased with the amount of contact they had with their child's clinician and with how they were kept informed about their students' progress. The families felt fully supported by ANDRUS programs, appreciated the role they could play in their child's therapy and their experience of being offered support for their own needs.


Parents of children who live on campus felt the residential program had a comfortable and "home-like" feeling. Almost all of those surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the residential staff is "nurturing, supportive and attentive to my child's needs."


Most importantly, over 97% of our parents responded with a 4 or 5 when asked if their children are able to manage their emotions better than when they started at ANDRUS. The survey also asked parents to rate other factors such as the quality of food we serve, the cleanliness and safety of the campus and the quality of medical care from our Health Center. Parents felt the nursing staff was always available for concerns and questions and have been very helpful in working with them on their child's medical care.


We are pleased that so many of our parents were satisfied with the campus programs and the results of their child's stay at ANDRUS. We take great pride in the progress our children make and are thrilled when parents feel the same way!



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.