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Christmas 2018 – Tradition of Giving

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Christmas was in full swing at LaSalle with the December 7th Holiday Open House welcoming over 200 guests to LaSalle’s campus, Catholic Women’s Service League Christmas Boutique and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on December 19th. Christmas Spirit projects involved month long efforts by many to help feed and make the magic of the season come alive for many of our youth and their families. In addition to our staff, boards, friends, donors and the Catholic Women’s…

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Celebrating Rising and Shining Staff Stars

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Glennpeter Jewelers on Central Avenue was the site for a celebration of LaSalle’s Shining and Rising staff stars on November 29th. Staff from all quarters including educational services, clinical services, food services, the JRFC and support services were honored with commendations from supervisors as well as certificates of appreciation. LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of programs designed to meet their needs including…

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Celebrating being thankful!

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On November 20th, the holiday spirit took off like a shot at LaSalle with the annual Thanksgiving Dinner served to residential and JRFC youth populations. This year, Sarina and Nick Mosciatello joined staff and board members to help serve the feast to our youth! Mosciatello’s Italian/American Restaurant is a huge supporter of LaSalle’s work encouraging a spirit of teamwork and volunteerism! Following the Thanksgiving Dinner, working off all those calories happened at the annual Supervisor’s…

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Harvest time at LaSalle

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The entire LaSalle community officially ushered the Fall season in on October 31st with a day-long Harvest Fest sponsored by our PBIS team! Turn in any direction and you observed youth eating doughnuts, participating in field games and arts and craft activities. LaSalle workers assisted to facilitate games inside and outdoors including bingo, basketball, tug-of-war, chess and a pumpkin hoop toss! Members of the Albany Fire and Police Departments were also on hand to staff a community…

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County Family Court, DSS; DENA visits

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On October 29th, Kerry Conroy (far left), new associate director of DENA explains the role of services in the Lasallian and DENA community to members of LaSalle’s Board of Trustees. Honorable Marianne O. Mizel from Ulster County’s Family Court learns more about LaSalle’s program during an October 30th visit to campus and meeting with staff. Rensselaer County DSS staff also visited during October to learn more about LaSalle’s programs and services. LaSalle School is a…

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NYS Senate, Assembly visit

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During October, two visits from central staff working for the NYS Senate and Assembly occurred at LaSalle. Organized and coordinated by COFCCA, the purpose was for reps to obtain an overview of the work child welfare agencies do and the populations served. NYS staff also visited St. Catherine’s Center for Children and Families and St. Anne Institute to learn about agencies caring for both boys and girls as well as all age groups. Both visits were…

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Caring for a culturally diverse residential population

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On October 18th, Heather LaForme, Director of OCFS’ Bureau of Native American Services came to LaSalle to present two sessions intended to provide staff guidance on working with Native American Youth in a residential treatment center. The morning two-hour session provided a broad overview of the cultural and spiritual implications for youth. The afternoon session focused on responding to current needs and challenges for LaSalle’s direct care staff, charged with crisis management, safety interventions and understanding…

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LaSalle’s first food fair

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The CORE Group visited LaSalle in September to conduct our First Food Fair. During lunch, youth and staff sampled from breakfast and dinner foods that may very well be included in future menus depending on survey responses! The CORE Group is a food brokerage company representing various food lines ranging from Campbell soups to Ghirardelli chocolates. LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of…

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Albany Police Chief Hawkins visits

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On September 28th, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins visited LaSalle. Chief Hawkins learned about LaSalle’s Albany County juvenile and family reporting center program as well as the agency’s therapeutic treatment programs from a variety of administrative and clinical staff. LaSalle culinary students provided refreshments and guided Chief Hawkins on a tour of campus including our independent living unit. The Albany Police Department is a strong partner in LaSalle’s efforts to teach youth respect for each…

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Capital Region for Vieques

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LaSalle youth volunteered to support and serve refreshments at a meeting of the Capital Region for Vieques, an effort designed to meet current and long term needs of the Puerto Rican island affected by hurricane damage including bringing solar energy, water treatment systems, specialized refrigerators to preserve medication, food and satellite phones to the island. Vieques is an isolated island known for its remote beaches and used for decades by the U.S. Navy for training…

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