ANDRUS is a private, non-profit organization that helps secure strong, promising futures for children, families and communities by promoting stability, increasing resilience, and rebuilding hope. We specialize in teaching children and families the skills to express and cope with strong emotions. We help increase the well of resources available to them to manage the impacts of adversity, particularly severe emotional, behavioral and mental health issues in children. Guided by our Sanctuary Model, we offer a range of preventive and restorative services for children and families across the tri-state area.Read More
The language of a child struggling with complex emotions can be easily misinterpreted. Anger, defiance or isolation can mask true feelings of frustration, sadness, or fear. ANDRUS specializes in working with children who struggle to communicate and process the emotional impacts of their experiences. Some have been injured by the circumstance of neglect, abuse, poverty or violence. Others wrestle with the challenges of living with mental illness and autism. Through our innovative programs, highly personalized services, superior training and research, ANDRUS enables children and families begin to heal, and learn a new language of hope.Read More
Each year, ANDRUS hosts signature events for fundraising, for sharing our work with others, and simply for having fun. We urge you to attend to learn more about the vital services our agency provides and how you can join us.
Thank you for another wonderful summer for my son at the Early Learning Center in Tuckahoe. Your ability to accommodate my need of part time childcare is greatly appreciated. ALL of the staff at the Center are wonderful! My son enjoys going and looks forward to his day. I recommend the Center to all of the parents at my parish. I can’t say enough- the facility is always clean and well maintained, the food is nutritious and all of the staff know my son and greet him in the morning. He prefers to even stay when I get there early!
I have to say a HUGE thank you to this amazing facility. I used to attend school here in the 4th and 5th grade (I am now 35) and without this school, who knows what would have been if I had continued down the path that I was traveling. I am now married with two beautiful little girls. I am an Operations manager for group homes that help support people with mental and physical challenges. I would like to give a very special thanks to Dr Breen (Principal) Mr. Saphone (I still have my pinewood cars we built), Mr. Milea, Mr. Martello, and of course Mrs. Saltzman. I know you probably don’t remember me, but all of you helped me so much, and for that I truly thank you! :-)
My child is whole and successful today because the right people, teachers, therapists, and opportunities were put in our path; and because I refused to succumb to the darkness.
When you see descendants of John E. and Julia D. Andrus, thank them for me for the generosity of their (great-great) grandparents. I came to the Andrus Home on January 18, 1941 from a life of poverty, welfare and under-performing in school. When I left on June 29, 1948 I was an honor student. I went on to an associate professorship at the Rochester Institute of Technology from which I retired in 2001. Had I been sent to another place, I would be a different person. I am forever grateful for the Andrus experience that set the course of my life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the basket of food. It helps our family so much. Bless you all for your generosity during the holidays.
She is willing and able now to apply what she has learned. We are no longer a troubled family and I am happy beyond description. I want to freeze in time these special moments with her, and stay in them for awhile. Our life is beyond our wildest dreams. So much of this began and was nurtured by all of you at Andrus.
I am a former Andrus student (2004-2007) and I can proudly say that I would not be where I am today without the assistance and care the staff provided for me there. I am now a psychology major at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and I couldn’t be happier about that fact. After researching the industry itself, it appears to have become more like a business and less about the care of the children. I feel privileged to be able to call Andrus Children’s Center the model exception to the general rule.
Andrus and its excellent model, Sanctuary, is well worth knowing about. Post traumatic stress in children is served well by this organization with world-wide outreach. To all my friends, this organization has it right regarding mental health. Give generously to their work.
Andrus was so very valuable and I learned so much from all of you. You truly do an outstanding job providing the best possible educational opportunities for your interns.
My memories of Andrus and living there are very fond because I always say that Andrus is where I got to be a child for the first time in my life. I first learned how to swim there, rollerskate, sledding, and ride a bike without training wheels. I became an avid soccer player there, playing almost daily minus a few occurrences. There at Andrus I also had my first few major crushes and instances of puppy love, met new friends, joined the choir, and performed in my first show singing a solo. Andrus will always have a dear place in my heart, so long as I live.
Thank you, the Andrus community, and every single purposeful adult who has positively impacted the development of my beautiful child, now a young adult, who is well on her way to a successful future because of people like you. With love and gratitude always
I arrived at Andrus at the age of 12 and was placed in Benedict Hall as a very disturbed child I was not wanting to be there, yet not wanting to be home either. I adjusted rather nicely became very fond of the staff and my peers. After leaving Andrus, being reunited with my mother and brother and moving to Florida in June of 1989, I made a lot of bad choices which led me down a path of self destruction. It wasn’t until my late 20′s I turned my life around, but I took and kept with me all the family values given to me at Andrus. The unconditional love, compassion, & understanding I was given I still carry with me today. I am very grateful to Andrus and the staff who played a role in modeling me during those years. Today I have over 20 foster children in my life and have for over 10 years now. They are very special to me and I attribute this to my time spent at Andrus which enabled me to be a part of the lives of such children. Some of them are grown now and have kids of their own. It’s been my pleasure to watch them grow up and again I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Andrus being a part of my life. Thank You Andrus Staff & to those Staff Members whom I do not know, thank you for being there for these children as well
Her transformation began at Andrus, where love, patience, encouragement, and the right interventions at the right time literally saved her life and mine.