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Healing With Mosaic

The stairway is etched with mosaic depicting former and current Astor staff and students.

Healing With Mosaic gives insight into one of our integral programs– mosaic, led by Roberta Anderson and Kathleen Gavin. Children who are interested are encouraged to take part in the process. The art speaks for itself!

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Preventing Blindness, Saving Sight

Jackson at 10 months old.

Astor Services for Children & Families knows – as data has proven – that children need a good start in life. The better the start, the more likely it is that children will be successful in school and be emotionally and physically healthy.

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Suicide Prevention via Facebook

Sad man

Mental health, social media

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Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month

Girl young with books

May is Mental Health Awareness Month In commemoration of Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Day on May 7, 2015, Astor wants to draw attention to reducing the stigma around mental health, especially for children.  For too long, … Read more »

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Making and Enjoying Hudson Valley Fare at Home

Laura Pensiero is the founder, owner and creative force behind Gigi Hudson Valley (Gigi Trattoria and Gigi Catering.)

Laura Pensiero, the founder, owner, and creative force behind Gigi Hudson Valley, is a constant reminder that healthy food does not equate to less tasty food. Read more about Gigi Hudson Valley and their relationship to Astor in our blog and in the upcoming issue of Astor Family Magazine.

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Early Childhood Programs Help Families Blossom

Jeniffer Rivera playing in the sandbox early last summer after attending school.

Jeniffer Rivera is just one child who has had a positive experience with Astor’s Early Childhood Programs. A year and a half ago, Jeniffer was introduced to Astor’s programs through the home-based component of our Early Head Start Program. The … Read more »

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Holiday Message from the Executive Director

Shawn, a student at the Astor Learning Center, hangs out with Santa this holiday season.

While for most of us, the holiday season is filled with lots of joy and wonder, some of our children have never experienced the true joy of having a loving, caring adult in their lives. And most are from families that struggle to put food on the table not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.

My hope is that when our kids look back on their lives, they do not focus on the trauma and the challenges, but the beauty they’ve experienced! … Read more »

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Mugs for Sale

Isaiah and Jaden are using an extruder to form the clay.

Ceramic mugs made by the children in the Residential Programs were featured during the St. Nick’s Holiday Craft Fair. At the end of eight weeks, over 40 mugs were handcrafted.

“The children imagine someone they don’t even know enjoying their coffee or cocoa in it later on, so they put a lot of heart into each one.”… Read more »

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Pet Therapy Incorporated at Astor

Lina and kids

For eight years now, volunteer, Pat Cortese, and her Labrador retriever, Angelina, mostly known as Lina, have worked with the children at the Residence in Rhinebeck. Lina is a therapy dog who provides comfort and a sense of safety, and helps keep the children keep calm.

“It is such a rewarding experience. This is such a tiny thing that Lina and I do to help make the children feel good,” Cortese said. Read more »

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Magee Hickey – Continuing a Legacy of Giving

Photo by Joel Weisbrod.

Magee Hickey, the accomplished news reporter with decades of experience at major television networks, including, NBC and CBS, and most recently at PIX 11 and NY1 has chosen to follow in her parent’s footsteps by supporting Astor.

“I was always extremely proud of my parents,” says Hickey, who describes having parents like Larry and Jean as “winning the lottery.” She does not mean in terms of money, but in terms of having great parents who set wonderful examples for her and her siblings… Read more »

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