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The latest Astor news and happenings.


Adopt-A-Family Program Seeks Donors

October 17, 2018

Donations Brighten the Holidays for Astor’s Deserving Children in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx

Astor Services for Children & Families is helping to brighten the holidays for children and their parents through its annual Adopt-A-Family program. The program, which runs until December 9th, matches families in-need with new gifts bought by volunteer donors. Together, Astor and community members gave away gifts to more than 1,400 children in the organization’s programs and their families during the 2017 holiday season.

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Look for signs of depression and help save a life

09/05/18

The suicides of successful celebrities earlier this year has been a stark reminder that more support and understanding are needed for all people that struggle with depression and mental illness — celebrities, every day folks, disadvantaged adults or children and anyone else. Locally, too, many families continue to grieve for family members who take their own lives. Too often, suicides in the recent involved adolescents.

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TFA’s Genn Moves into Expanded Position

June 12, 2018

Tompkins Financial Advisors (TFA) has announced an expanded role for Senior Trust Officer and Vice President, John P. Genn III.

In his new position, Genn handles not only the administration of new trust and estate accounts under his purview, but also those of existing trust and estate accounts with TFA in the Hudson Valley and southern Pennsylvania.

Genn serves on the Board of Directors for Astor Services for Children & Families.

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Astor Services Accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal

May 29, 2018

Astor Services has been accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. Astor has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974.

Astor Services has been accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. Astor has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974.

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Cardinal Dolan Visits Astor

May 10, 2018

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, came to Rhinebeck on Wednesday to tour the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and School at Astor Services for Children & Families, which provides treatment, counseling and support to families and children struggling with behavioral and emotional health problems.

The Cardinal was first greeted by eight Astor employees who have 30 or more years of service at the agency. “What happened, did you come here right after your First Communion?” joked the Archbishop of New York.

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Notre Dame Club and Community Members Revitalize Gardens at Astor Services

May 4, 2018

The Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley will participate in a volunteer effort to revitalize garden areas on the campus of Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck.

As part of the 2018 Hesburgh Service Initiative, the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley participated in a volunteer effort to revitalize garden areas on the campus of Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck on May 5.

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Billie’s Medical Adventures helps teach pre-schoolers about common health screenings

April 30, 2018

Thank you to Catskill Hudson AHEC who created Billie’s Medical Adventures. The program, recently utilized at Astor’s Head Start in Beacon, uses puppets to familiarize students with a nurse prior to their required health screenings. It was a success! The puppets put the students at ease.

Billie’s Medical Adventures was created by Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in an effort to familiarize preschool and elementary age children with common health screenings to take the stigma out of a potential scary first-time medical experience for these young students.

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Astor Services Offers Clinical Suicide Training Workshop with Expert M. David Rudd, Ph.D

April 11, 2018

Astor Services is offering a five-credit Continuing Education qualified training session on suicide prevention and intervention for community clinicians that work with at-risk children. The April 25 event, “Hope as a Skill: The Assessment, Clinical Management and Treatment of Suicidality”, will be presented by M. David Rudd, Ph.D. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A skills-based workshop, the program will center on suicide risk assessment, clinical management and brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicidal behavior, including a review of applicable empirical work, clinical examples and targeted role playing that address interventions demonstrated to reduce risk. Ethical issues and recommendations for documentation will also be reviewed.

Rudd is president of the University of Memphis. A Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, he also continues funded research, along with his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, as co-founder and scientific director. He has conducted research, written and presented extensively on suicide prevention and treatment of children and adolescents.

Cost for the workshop is $150, including continental breakfast, lunch, hotel parking and five Continuing Education hours for licensed social workers, mental health counselors, creative arts therapists and marriage and family therapists.

The registration deadline is April 18.

To register or for more information, contact Raven Maldonado-Brown; rmaldonadobrown@astorservices.org or (718) 231-3400, ext. 12245.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Continue Mission at Astor Services

March 23, 2018

Noted actors and Rhinebeck residents, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have again teamed up with Astor Services for Children & Families in the renovation of the children’s units in the non-profit’s residential treatment center (RTC) in Rhinebeck.

Last year Morgan and Burton worked with dozens of volunteers to provide critical hands-on assistance in the project’s first phase. That work included the mini- renovation of 10 of RTC’s 44 beds and other areas, with the couple developing finish selections and designs, securing pro-bono contractors, and coordinating donated goods. Now the famed duo is back to continue that work on another wing of the RTC, including another 10 beds plus the wing’s kitchen common areas, with the project slated for this spring.

Funding for the second phase of the project was raised during Astor’s Ghost Stories event, which was headlined by Morgan and Dean and held late in 2017. The event raised enough to cover renovation costs for the RTC’s remaining three wings.
Hilarie Burton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and new baby
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“Children living in Astor’s residential treatment center are benefitting tremendously from the support of Hilarie, Jeffrey and our community’s truly generous volunteers, donors and pro-bono workers,” said James McGuirk, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO. “Their wonderful contributions not only make a tangible difference in the kids’ everyday lives, but also lets them know their community appreciates how much they matter.”

“Once these four existing wings are renovated, our endgame is to raise enough money to build an entirely new wing,” said Burton. “I’m proud that out of all of New York state, our community is where the Astor organization decided to bring these important kids.”

Astor provides behavioral and educational services for children and their families in the Hudson Valley and Bronx.

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Astor Services for Children & Families Advocates for New York’s Most Vulnerable Families

March 13, 2018

Astor Services for Children & Families was among the dozens of providers that shared concerns related to New York’s vulnerable children and families, social service providers, and program funding needs during recent Lobby Day events in Albany.

Astor Services for Children & Families, which provides behavioral and educational services for children and their families in the Hudson Valley and Bronx, was among the dozens of providers that shared concerns related to New York’s vulnerable children and families, social service providers, and program funding needs during recent Lobby Day events in Albany.

 

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Reno Announcement 2018

February 28, 2018

Actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Return for Second Phase of Renovation Project at Astor Services for Children & Families

Noted actors and Rhinebeck residents, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have again teamed up with Astor Services for Children & Families in the renovation of the children’s units in the non-profit’s residential treatment center (RTC) in Rhinebeck. 

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Cabaret 2018

February 14, 2018

Cabaret Raises Funds to Support Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Childhood Development

Jim, Magee, StacyA fundraising tribute to Cole Porter helped Astor Services for Children and Families raise more than $18,000 on Feb. 3. The funds will benefit children and families at the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Early Child Development which helps provides mental health services to young children with emotional and cognitive challenges, according to a press release.

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Astor Family Magazine Fall Issue 2017 Out Now

Fall 2017

This Fall issue will explore tele-psychiatry as a therapy tool, the club Blaqlist in the Bronx, a wave of Brooklynites opening hotels and inns in the Catskills, and much more.

The Bronx Blaqlist has set an ambitious agenda.

“We hope to eventually become a cultural institution on par with
the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, or even the New York Public Library,”

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Astor Family Magazine Spring 2017 Issue Is Out

Spring 2017

Read about Bronx Borough President, Mental Health Awareness Month, Hudson Valley Restaurant Rojo, and so much more.

This is important to remember since the majority of youth experiencing mental health symptoms go undiagnosed
and without proper treatment.

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Astor Family Magazine Fall 2016 Issue Is Out

October 7, 2016

Everything from an interview with Pixar animator Peter Sohn to the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Fest, and Morgans Cat Cafe in Red Hook is covered in this issue of Astor Family Magazine Fall 2016.

In our Astor Family Magazine Fall 2016 local fiber artist & felter Mickey O’Neill explains: “people like to know where things come from. They like to follow the full circle from washing it to making it into yarn and selling it here or at farmers’ markets.”

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