Imagine early childhood, youth and senior programming all under one roof. Programs for each would be targeted and specific but will allow for opportunities for these groups to interact. Imagine this facility having a beautiful working garden, creative play spaces, state of the art computer center, an industrial kitchen, and after school support and counseling.
We do. And now we are one step closer.
FSW received an extraordinary $1,000,000 Challenge Grant from the Lanza Family Foundation to build this Center, and with the support of many enthusiastic donors, we reached that goal four months ahead of the June 30, 2013 deadline. We are now in contract on a building in White Plains, which is easily accessible and well-suited to our needs and are moving forward with building design and architectural drawings. During our nearly 60 year history, Family Services of Westchester has never before had such an opportunity.
Although we have reached, and in fact, exceeded our goal, the capital campaign will continue with naming opportunities still available as well as underwriting and in-kind donations being sought to provide furnishings, equipment and start-up program support for the new Center. Join us in this campaign to create a dynamic Multigenerational Center to serve children, youth, and older adults in central Westchester County.
FSW has seven Family Centers located throughout the county, but each of our sites is fully utilized and stretched to capacity. In addition, the type of space available in our Family Centers (office and conference room space) is extremely limited and constricts programming. The current sites do not comfortably permit youth to participate in recreational activities or activities that require more expansive space. FSW’s early childhood programs, currently renting space, will directly benefit from having an improved site that is specifically designed for their needs. In addition, with the population of older adults increasing dramatically in Westchester, the need for quality adult day programs and respite for caregiver families is great. From multiple perspectives, housing these diverse populations together at one site offers great social, emotional and educational value. Additionally, shared site programming makes fiscal sense as well as being socially and emotionally beneficial.
Our vision for this center includes:
- Multipurpose room – for indoor recreation, arts projects, music appreciation, and meetings
- Computer classroom – for all age groups
- Outdoor recreational area – playground for the young and basketball courts for all ages
- Industrial kitchen – to provide healthy meals, cooking lessons and nutritional education
- Garden – for planting seasonal vegetables and flowers and for science education
- Multi-purpose library – for all age groups
Some of the programs to be included:
- Head Start/Early Head Start
- Universal Pre-K
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Camp Success and Respite- therapeutic recreational programs for children with emotional challenges
- Youth Councils – leadership development for teens
- Counseling Services
- Adult Day program – for adults with cognitive disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Intergenerational programming – to bring all programs together
Imagine what you can do to make this center a reality. Join the campaign here.
Susan B. Wayne