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Andrus Meets with Legislators to Showcase Important Work 

Left to right: Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow tour Andrus with its president and CEO Heath Bloch.

BCW member Andrus welcomed New York State legislative leaders and senior staff to its Yonkers/Hastings campus on Thursday to showcase the agency’s important work with children. Andrus—a member of the BCW’s Legislative Enhanced Advocacy Program—addresses the behavioral health, educational, and wellness needs of children, youth, and their families. The nonprofit provides services to young people at 34 school-based and other locations across Westchester, touching an estimated 9,200 lives.

The elected officials who attended and met with Andrus president and CEO Heath Bloch were:

  • Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
  • County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky
  • County Legislator Jewel Williams Johnson

The award-winning Orchard School offers K-9 special education to 150 children, with a residential treatment program serving over 100 children annually. Clinical services are woven into all the work on campus and at the various Westchester locations, including downtown Yonkers and Peekskill, providing children and their families one system of care, regardless of ability to pay.

In addition to their work in Westchester, Andrus reaches over 400 organizations across the globe through its Sanctuary Institute®, a trauma-informed model of care that addresses stress and adversity, emphasizing caring and hope.

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