YCS 2017 Spring/Summer Newsletter  
Y ou've been in our thoughts - maybe you've come to an event, hosted a party for the children at one of our homes, signed up as a mentor, sponsored a child for summer camp, donated to a special campaign, or referred a family who needed our help. So, we want to share with you the work we've been doing across the agency. We have been able to move forward because of you. We want to say "thank you," and we hope to hear from you soon as we gear up for the last quarter of the year.
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See What We have Accomplished with Your Support
Holley Center dedicates new state
of the art infirmary
With the generous support of the Oritani Bank Foundation, th National Council of Jewish Women-Bergen Center and the Renee Guller Trust, YCS was able to completely renovate the Holley Infirmary. “Every child at the Holley Center has already suffered greatly. This infirmary allows medically fragile and frightened children a place to heal. A place where doctors and nurses they know can take care of them – in their own “home,” said Richard Mingoia, YCS President & CEO .

Photo: Dr. Peter Cardiello, center with Oritani Bank President Kevin Lynch and Oritani Bank Fdn. director, Michele Calise.
F our young adults now have a permanent place to call home
2 new Sawtelle apartments open  in Absecon
In keeping with our mission to provide safe, long term housing for young adults with developmental disabilities, YCS has opened 2 apartments for a total of 4 individuals. Later on this summer and early fall, 2 additional single family Sawtelle homes will open in Greenbrook and Northvale. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from the communities and our state partners to make this a reality for young adults in desperate need for a safe place to live and an opportunity to develop their potential and be part of a larger community.
The Gift of Music brightens up
Campers Evenings
The law firm Britcher Leone LLC donated more than 100 backpacks filled with necessities for children attending YCS Sleep Away Camp. Each backpack was filled with flip flops, swim goggles, and most important to Armand Leone, a personalized name tag, giving each camper a sense of entitlement to the bag.
But possibly, the most important gift for the children was a Karaoke machine and sound system that allowed the campers to enjoy evenings filled with,song and dance. While Britcher Leone spearheaded the effort, donations came from many associates.
Thank You for supporting the Sawtelle Summer Enrichment Program
Because of your thoughtfulness, we were able to expand enrollment in the Sawtelle Summer Enrichment Program for children affected by autism and give 3 participants a chance to work as Counselors-in-Training. Please visit our Facebook page: YCSChildrenandFamilies to see a photo album of camp and family BBQ
 Agency Update
Remembering our Therapeutic Nurseries
For more than 30 years, our Therapeutic Nurseries (formerly known as the Therapeutic Learning Centers), provided more than 2,000 at-risk preschoolers with the clinical services they needed to stabilize their behaviors and move on to mainstream kindergartens. For struggling parents/caregivers in Essex ( and later Bergen and Hudson counties) the nurseries were a life-line to more harmonious family-like.

We regret that state funding will no longer be available for privately run TNs, and with a heavy heart we closed our two nurseries in Essex and Hudson counties this June. However, we are happy to tell you that many families will continue to receive therapy at our infant and preschool Institute.
YCS Schools Consolidate
In the second half of the school year,we restructured our special education division to reflect the needs of our students. The YCS George Washington (GW) School is now serving students in grades K-5 and Fort Lee Education Center (FLEC) serves students grades 6- 12. The YCS May Academy has closed and students and teachers have transitioned either into GW or FLEC depending on their grade level. We are confident that this reorganization will reinforce our mission to provide the best education and behavioral health interventions for every student. 
Up-Coming Events
Fore the Kids Golf Outing
Tuesday, September 19th
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Festival of Flavors: Showcase of Chefs
Monday, November 13th
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  Since 1918, YCS has been dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families through an array of educational, in-home, residential and community-based programs. With an emphasis on compassionate care and respect for of all individuals in our care, YCS is committed to assisting each person reach their full potential and enjoy their place in his/her family and community. As a private, non-profit social services agency, YCS depends on the generosity and thoughtfulness of our supporters to maintain the integrity of our programs and provide the highest quality of care for every individual.. To find out how you become a mentor or make a donation, please visit our website