The Community Foundation Helps Us Keep Kids Healthy

March 21, 2016

The House of the Good Shepherd and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. have recently partnered to make an impact in the community that will help to improve the health and wellness of the children at The House.

The $25,000 investment made by The Foundation will help update and remodel the gymnasium at Tilton School which is on the Champlin Avenue Main Campus. During The House's annual campaign, staff was challenged to raise funds that The Foundation would match. The staff raised $25,000 in a 4 week period

Bob Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at The House, sees this as an enhancement to the overall wellbeing of every child at The House. Roberts said, "Support from The Community Foundation will make it possible for The House to provide health and wellness along with the social and emotional support that our children need.  The enhancements to the gym will impact not only residential children, but day services children as well as staff."

"By joining forces, we were able to double the impact of every dollar raised by The House to help create a safe, modern facility. Exercise and wellness are such an important component of a child's well-being and these renovations will greatly enhance both for the hundreds of children served by The House," said Jan Squadrito, Senior Community Investment Manager at The Foundation.

The House of the Good Shepherd is a regional provider of treatment services for 750 traumatized children and families annually. A comprehensive treatment program ranges from psychiatric services to foster care with 80% of children served in the community. The House operates on 12 sites with a $23.2 million budget and 350 employees who work in Central and Northern New York.

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