For the month of June, it is my great honor to congratulate our graduating class of 2019 on reaching a milestone of personal achievement. As we look forward to celebrating each graduate on commencement day, I reflect upon what comes next and what it will mean for students and family members alike. As someone once said “the only constant in life is change”. Reaching new stages and beginning new chapters can be as exciting as overwhelming. Graduating from school is no walk in the park, but your child did it. He or she worked tirelessly on their individual educational goals over the years and now is the time to celebrate that hard work. Graduation Day calls for a well-deserved round of applause for each student, parent, family member and all of our dedicated educators and staff.
No matter what the transition from full-time student to young adult within the community brings, we are here to provide the support you need. We thank you for your vote of confidence in our special education program and take pride in having had or continue to have your child in our care.
I am delighted to say that this summer’s calendar is full of opportunities for every student of Fernciff Manor. Our Community Relations, Education, Residential Life, Social Services, and Support Services teams have worked together to offer an array of daily trips, special event outings, community inclusion events and a great summer break calendar for students with every kind of interest and ability. I thank our partners representing the City of Yonkers, the Westchester County Department of Parks, the WNBA, and so many others for helping us to provide a summertime of fun and personal fulfillment.
Recently, I signed letters of commitment for securing property ownership for two new Adult Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) homes in Ossining and Croton-on-Hudson, NY. These two properties will be home for nine individuals who have aged out of our residential school placement. We are also progressing with a third prospective property located in lower Westchester. Our expansion into the realm of adult services for people with Developmental Disabilities demonstrates our commitment to a high-quality continuum of care for as many deserving individuals as we are able to serve.
The Development and Community Relations part of our newsletter features notice of a new Tree of Life event scheduled in late September. I am grateful for the efforts of Mr. Robert Rosman and his family along with the talented, caring musicians who come together to raise critical funds for this extraordinary project. The event’s goal is at the core of our mission to provide personally rewarding and learning opportunities for the young adults in our care.
Wishing you all the best this summer and always,
Chief Operating Officer