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Fall Gala
National Network
Home Visiting

Backpack Project Kicks Off!

ANDRUS is again kicking off our annual Backpack Project to provide many of the 2,500 children we serve with all their back-to-school needs. We will be collecting brand-new, fully stocked backpacks through August. If you are unable to collect backpacks but would like to help out with this project in other ways such as supplies or donations, let us know!

If your group or business would like to contribute to our drive, contact Genna Woods at 914.965.3700 or
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October 24, 2014
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Orchard School Graduates
Orchard School Principal, Dr. Effinger congratulates the Valedictorian along with ANDRUS President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran.

On June 20,  46 students graduated from the  8th grade at The Orchard School with an eye towards the future and better equipped to handle the world.


Every year, Graduation Day at ANDRUS is a special day. The whole campus beams with pride. This year, graduating students received a glimpse of their future possibilities when Jay Rosenthal, an ANDRUS Orchard School alumnus, gave the commencement speech. Newly graduated from Adelphi University last month with a Bachelor's in Psychology, Jay will head on to graduate school soon and believes that he owes much of his success to his parents and to his years spent at ANDRUS. He was in ANDRUS's residential program for 3 � years and attended the Orchard School. He has gone on to become a bright and productive member of society, sitting on various Boards, engaged in the community and always coming back to visit ANDRUS and give the agency credit.  


Click here to read press coverage in the Yonkers Daily Voice.  


Click here to read press coverage in the Rivertowns Enterprise. 


Click here or below to watch the commencement speech.  

2014 ANDRUS Orchard School Commencement Speech
Jay Rosenthal  delivers ANDRUS Orchard School commencement speech.  



 Learn more about the Orchard School... 

ANDRUS Selected as a Member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network


ANDRUS was recently named a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families.   


This past month, ANDRUS President and CEO, Mimi Clarke Corcoran, and Chief Strategy Officer, Lorelei Vargas, attended a panel in Aspen, focused on early childhood and health. "We were thrilled to be invited to this thought-provoking conversation with national leaders in our field. ANDRUS is excited to move forward with two generation approaches and eager to learn from the network," said Mimi Clarke Corcoran.  


Click here to read the Storify recap of the three day panel.   


As part of the network, ANDRUS received a $50,000 grant to, over the course of one year, develop a tool that uses predictive analytics to help assess a child's risk for exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), including abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. This tool has the potential to enable ANDRUS - and other service providers - to undertake early involvement, engagement, and intervention with both children and their parents. 



Sheep Shearer, Andy Rice, Visits ANDRUS


Andrew Rice, known up and down the east coast as the 'sheep whisperer', traveled from Halifax Vermont to shear the three sheep on ANDRUS's residential campus in Yonkers and educate students from its Orchard School, a special education school serving grades K to 9. Rice has been shearing sheep for over 30 years and is best known for his gentle and compassionate approach that succeeds in keeping the animal calm and relaxed. Three of ANDRUS's students assisted him and were eager to learn about the gentle way he works with animals and how he performs the shearing.





A family support worker is a home visitor that shares information on child development, promotes parent-child interaction, and provides support to the entire family.

Our employees in the Healthy Families New York program go into homes and educate families on various topics--not an easy task by far. They bring activities and topics that are developmentally appropriate for the target child, while also encouraging the parents during the visits. They are there as a support and resource for the families during a crisis to listen and provide guidance. They empower the family to take the next step and research referrals for them to do so.  


Perhaps most importantly, our support workers celebrate and congratulate the parents and children on their accomplishments-both big and small - helping to bolster confidence, provide encouragement and create momentum. When asked about a "Day In the Life of a Family Support Worker" here are some words that they used to describe their own work:  


Flexible                                      Support 

Empower                                    Relationship 

Share                                         Learn 

Obstacles                                  Pain

Emotionally Draining                    Frustrating

Respect                                     Change

Rewarding                                  Humbling

Success                                    Stressful