The “Hope Space” is five acers of Gardens, Green Houses and our Therapeutic Farm that houses multiple species of animals located at the ANDRUS Children Center in Yonkers, New York.ANDRUS Hope Space is an animal husbandry, therapy, and horticulture program.
Many ANDRUS children experience adverse experiences; others still have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. We understand the essential restorative nature of the animal and human bond. And, we recognize the vital interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Scaffoling these interconnections with our Sanctuary Philosophy and Psychology programs to provide a cohesive whole-child approach for care. The Hope Space begins the healing process for the children at ANDRUS by creating strong bonds with animals and nature. Our forest area, greenhouses, farm, and garden provide a wonder-filled natural space where children can observe and learn the circle of life within living systems, acquire skills to manage challenging emotions. Our Hope Space permeates every level of the child’s expierence at ANDRUS and is integrated into a multidisciplinary model of delivery throughout the different settings in our school and residential programs. Finally, the Hope Space develops resilience in our children so that when they return to their home communities they are better prepaired to handle adversity.
Hope Space is a vital initiative, and we want it to have a profound and lasting impact. We have three goals for Hope Space:
1. Improve the clinical and health outcomes of children and families
2. Develop specific life skills through work with animals and gardens
3. Become a magnet for broad community engagement
In order to accomplish these goals, ANDRUS will seek the financial support to:
1. To raise money build a teaching barn that could be used in inclement weather and all seasons.
2. Expand the animal therapy program to expand the number of animals as well as to include new species
3. To add elements to the current therapeutic farm for further children and animal engagement.