News and Events
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Stakeholders: You're Invited!
Stakeholders: The annual meeting for Northern Rivers Family Services to benefit Northeast and Parsons is coming up on November 14 @ Glen Sanders Mansion. The event, presented by Key Bank, is a wonderful way to get to know more about the incredible work done daily at Parsons and Northeast, and meet the people that are responsible for it! Plus - as seen at the Golf Tournament and Affiliation Celebration - the Northern Rivers Family Services Development Team sure does throw a party!
For more information, or to register for Stakeholders, click here.
International visitors meet with staff at Northeast Parent & Child Society
Five men and women from Nepal, discussed Foster Care and child welfare at Northeast Parent & Child Society on 9/24/12. The two groups compared notes on the similarities and difference between their governments' positions and policies regarding family issues. While the systems vary immensely, both landed on a need for qualified foster parents as a major obstacle in caring for kids in their respective countries.
Conversations with Colleagues Debuts
To assist staff throughout the Northern Rivers Family Services community to better understand each others' worlds, we launched a new forum in July: Conversations with Colleagues. The 15-30 minute "episodes" feature staff from both Parsons and Northeast, in similar positions, meeting on camera for the first time, and discussing their jobs with one another. Meet Residential Counselors Abby and Courtney:
Join friends in the Parsons community, and Albany County Dept of Children, Youth & Families to raise awareness for the thousands of children in foster care and the need for foster families. Tuesday, May 22 @ 5:15 pm, Crossings of Colonie.
The Capital Region Heart Gallery at Parsons
We invite you to join us at an exhibit of visually stunning photographs from the Heart Gallery and an Expressive Art Exhibit presented by Parsons Youth. Friday, May 18 @ Parsons' SATRI building. 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Click Here for more info.
Parsons Enters Into Agreement With Northeast
Two of the Capital Region’s oldest and most influential human service agencies have decided to coordinate activities. Learn More>>
Julliard Comes To Parsons
Julliard composition major and percussionist Eric Segerstrom, a former member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, conducted workshops for the kids at Parsons. He demonstrated the percussion family of instruments and helped the kids make their own percussion instruments.
Our thanks to Eric for sharing his time and talents!
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Maggie's Cafe Comes Through For The Kids At Parsons!
Maggie's Cafe on Western Avenue, Albany, a prominent Capital Region sports bar and restuarant, came through in a huge way for the kids at Parsons. Staff and patrons collected a mountain of toys to help make the Holidays brighter for kids in need. Thanks to Maggie and all the crew!!
UAlbany Gift Drop
You can always count on the students at UAlbany to come through for the kids of Parsons.
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A Very Special Art Project
The kids at Parsons participated in a special expressive arts project...
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Parsons Awarded Grant
Parsons Child and Family Center has been notified by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) that it has been selected as one of the recipients of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant.
Office of Mental Health Commissioner Mike Hogan( above left) made the formal announcement on Wednesday, October 12th at the SATRI Building on the Parsons’ Academy Road campus.
After brief remarks by Mr. Hogan and Parsons' CEO Ray Schimmer(above right), grant team members and other invited guests retired to a working meeting.
Camp To Belong Featured in the New York Times!!
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Parsons’ newest program, Camp To Belong New York was the subject of a Times article in mid September this year. Written by Times writer Alexis Clark, the article chronicled a day in the life of Camp To Belong and the impact the experience had on the young campers. Ms. Clark, accompanied by a photographer, spent a day at the camp interviewing campers, counselors and Parsons’ staff.
To read the full article, CLICK HERE!!
Parsons Golf Classic - A Great Day For A Great Cause!!
A little rain certainly couldn't dampen the spirits of everyone who participated in our annual Golf Classic. Special thanks to our sponsors for making the day happen!!
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Car Show a Great Success!!
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The Neil Hellman School Ends A Remarkable Year!
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The end of the school year brought mixed emotions for the staff of the Neil Hellman School. The faculty, staff and community that is Parsons capped a year of achievements by celebrating the largest graduation class in school history. Parsons also honored the career of the legendary Dot Carter, retiring after 40 years of service to children and families.
To Dot and all the graduates, best of luck in the years to come…
Farnsworth 8th Graders Help Brothers and Sisters Reunite
Students from the 8th grade at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland raised money to help siblings separated by foster care placement reunite for one week at Camp To Belong, a summer camp that specializes in helping children re-connect with their brothers and sisters. Camp To Belong is sponsored by Albany based Parsons Child and Family Center.
With the goal of helping children in the community, the students from the Mohawk House 8th grade at Farnsworth held dances, sponsored dodge ball games and took up lunchtime collections to raise the more than $7500. Eight proposals for donating the money were presented by student leaders to a 107 member student committee for consideration. 8th grader and student committee leader Zoe Elwell gave the winning presentation, garnering the most votes from the committee for Camp To Belong.
"I grew up knowing about Parsons," said Zoe. Her mother, Kim Phelan, is President of the Board at Parsons.
Other student committee leaders included Eden Alin, Mark Beliveau, Nate Bierman, Megan Eddy, Jennifer Hoffmann, Kenzie Olena, Taylor Robles, Gus Schwenk, Matt Smolenski, Reid Vogel, Christopher Wertman and Michelle Yu.
The student committee was led by faculty members Mr. Joseph Winchester, Ms. Caley Vangelis, Ms. Jamie Affronti and Mr. Michael Kavanaugh.
The Farnsworth students presented a check to children and representatives from Parsons Child and Family Center on Friday June 24th at a special ceremony on the campus of the Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland.
Parsons and The Ronald McDonald House
Parsons was the recipient of a grant award from the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of the Capital Region. Accepting the award on behalf of Parsons was Julia Filippone, Director of Agency Advancement.
IBM Volunteers Help Enhance Our Academy Road Campus...
A host of IBM volunteers spent the day on our Academy Road campus, planting shrubs, flowers and spreading mulch as part of the IBM Worldwide Celebration of Service, a global initiative that sees IBM employees across the world spending a day giving back to the communities in which they work.
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Everyone Enjoyed Our Annual Lawn Festival!!
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There might have been a little rain, but that didn't stop the fun at our annual Lawn Festival. There was great food, fun, games and even a pony rides! Thanks to all who dropped by and special thanks to the volunteers that helped make it all happen.
Parsons Recognized As The Largest Group Participating In The Freihofer Walk!!
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Holiday Giving is underway and we need YOUR help!