The House of the Good Shepherd Partners with the Boys and Girls Club

March 11, 2016

The House of the Good Shepherd has entered into a 12-month managed service agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Utica that will ensure continued services for young people in the community, in a partnership facilitated by The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club closely aligns with the mission of The House to change children's lives by enabling all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.   

Bob Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at The House of the Good Shepherd, welcomes the opportunity for the two organizations to partner for the betterment of the children in our community. Roberts said, "We have a vision to once again see the Boys and Girls thrive as a strong resource for children in our community. With the support of The Community Foundation and a group of passionate advocates, we are determined to succeed."

The Boys and Girls Club provides afterschool services such as tutoring and literacy programs. The two organizations will determine the best long-term affiliation in the next 12 months.

"The Foundation is uniquely positioned to bring community stakeholders to the table to reach agreements like the one between The House and the Boys and Girls Club," said Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of The Foundation. "As an objective convener, we are able to counsel and advocate for sustainable solutions that promote the greater good. This is a great example of what can be accomplished through collective impact."

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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