Foster Care Helped Me Thrive

“Foster Care helped me thrive, and gave me a place to finally be myself.” – Ryan On Wednesday afternoon, Amy Roth from the Utica Observer-Dispatch stopped by our Foster care building to interview one of our young adults in Foster Care, Ryan. The interview was conducted to give Ryan the opportunity to tell his story to theContinue reading →

Celebrating 150 Years

This year, The House of the Good Shepherd proudly celebrates its 150-year anniversary since its founding as “a home for friendless, neglected and destitute children.” HGS will host a series of events throughout the year designed to commemorate the past while looking forward to future growth and opportunities. “For 150 years, The House of Good Shepherd hasContinue reading →

Providing Care Cases to Foster Care

About eight years ago, Brittany Emery, a previous Foster Family Specialist, called HGS. She could not stop thinking about the children placed into foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs. After much reflection, she decided that she needed to help. Brittany came up with the idea to form a not-for-profit organization called Care Cases. CareContinue reading →

Remsen Youth Donate to The House

Many times, you’ll find that those who realize children are in need are the adults of our community, who know how important it is to support children in less fortunate situations. But when children donate to children, it creates a sentimental feeling, knowing that others their age care just as much as adults. The HouseContinue reading →

A Forever Home Brings on New Beginnings

Being 14 years old can bring about many different challenges: becoming a teenager, entering High School, building new relationships, etc. But imagine being 14 years old with these challenges, not knowing your father, and the mother you’ve known your whole life drastically passing away. For Cisco, this was not only a nightmare but a harshContinue reading →

2021 Holiday Hopes Success

The Holiday Hopes Gift Campaign has partnered with the community for 21 years, providing hundreds of gifts for the children and families we serve. Jerry Plows, our Special Events Coordinator, was faced with challenges over the holiday season because of COVID-19, but having done it once already, these challenges were nothing he couldn’t overcome. JerryContinue reading →

New Resident Welcome Baskets

Being the newest person to a community of people can sometimes be hard to transition into. Whether it be a school, a job, or even a living arrangement, it can cause a sense of intimidation. To help alleviate this process for the new admissions into our residential programs on campus, the youth panel teens decidedContinue reading →

Expressing Feelings Through Graphic Design

As the school year progresses, curriculum can build up, and unfortunately some sections and lessons aren’t able to be focused on as much as others. Luckily for Tilton School, they can study all year round, and computer teacher Phillip Creighton thought it’d be a great idea for our students to learn the new skill of Graphic Design.Continue reading →

“I’m Finally Home! Yay!”

“My name is Ondrell Gonyea. My name is Ondrell Gonyea!” Ten-year-old Ondrell confidently and proudly repeated to everybody at the courthouse after being adopted by his forever family. After 2,107 days spent in foster care, Ondrell finally got to go home. Being placed in the foster care system at just 4-years-old, Ondrell felt that heContinue reading →

Love Is What Makes A Family

The courthouse doors burst open, and a wide-grinned 17-year-old ran down the sidewalk through a flurry of bubbles, popping them ecstatically but with subtle intent. Katrina wanted desperately to find her forever home, and last week, she did! Katrina first entered the foster care system when she was just 3-years-old. A year later, she wasContinue reading →