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Thank you for believing

March 13, 2014
Posted by Application


AR2013 Cover 

The 2013 Hillside Family of Agencies Annual Report has been distributed and is now online. Donor stories take center stage and offer heartfelt messages about donors’ relationships with Hillside and why they believe in investing in our agency.   

 





State Senator Ted O’Brien Visits HW-SC Afterschool Regents Prep

February 05, 2014
Posted by Application


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Senator O’Brien (front left) with HW-SC students and staff  

 

At a recent meeting with Hillside Family of Agencies leaders, Senator Ted O’Brien expressed an interest in learning more about Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC). With his focus on education and helping to address the gap in “middle-skills”, he has been a supporter of HW-SC. In January he joined Augie Melendez, Don Armstrong, Yolanda Benitz, Gary Mandell and Mary Hadley at the Regents Prep Center at the Lynx Academy. This program runs Monday through Thursday each week during the majority of the school year to help HW-SC students get additional academic support in math, science, history and language arts. “It was great to have the opportunity to share the work we are doing and how it drives academic success with our HW-SC students”, said Mandell, HW-SC Academic Service Coordinator. Some of the students shared their feelings about the program with Sen. O’Brien. “This is a place I feel safe to learn”, said one young man. “Me, too. I can focus on learning. I don’t think I would be doing as well in school without the extra help,” added a young woman. 

 





Citizens Bank and the Rochester Red Wings Support Hillside Family of Agencies During Homers for Hillside

September 06, 2013
Posted by Hillside Foundations


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Today, Citizens Bank and the Rochester Red Wings presented Hillside Family of Agencies with a check for $3,250 raised during the annual Homers for Hillside program. This is the 13th year the Rochester Red Wings have partnered with Hillside Family of Agencies to raise awareness and funds through this initiative. During Homers for Hillside, for every homerun, the Rochester Red Wings donated $50 to the nonprofit organization. Since the partnership began, the Rochester Red Wings have raised more than $30K for Hillside Family of Agencies.

 

Officials from the Rochester Red Wings and Citizens Bank met at the Citizens Bank located on Pittsford-Palmyra Road in Fairport to present the check.

 

Photographed from left to right: Dan Mason, Rochester Red Wings general manager; Mary Hadley, Rochester region director, relationship management and marketing for Hillside Family of Agencies; Jamie Schimmel, regional sales manager/assistant vice president for Citizens Bank and Adam Van Volkenberg, Perinton Square Mall Citizens Bank branch manager.





FREE Universal Pre-Kindergarten at Family Resouce Center

August 29, 2013
Posted by Hillside Foundations


 

Do you know a family who lives in Rochester and who has a child who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1?   

Universal Pre-Kindergarten is being offered at both Family Resource Center locations: Southwest FRC at 89 Genesee St. (2nd floor of the Bishop Kearney Bldg. at Unity St. Mary's) and Peter Castle FRC at 555 Avenue D (adjoining the Lincoln Branch Library at the corner of Joseph Avenue)

The Pre-K program for four year olds is a five-day a week learning opportunity offered in a quality, caring environment at both Southwest and Peter Castle Family Resource Centers. The evidence-based High Scope curriculum is implemented in our classrooms, meeting state requirements to prepare the children for entering Kindergarten.  The Pre-K program is offered to all children within the Rochester City School District.      
 

Pre-K starts on Sept. 4th, and FRC still has a few openings for their morning sessions.  To enroll call: Southwest FRC 436-0370 x 301 (April Baker) or Peter Castle FRC 339-3200 x 3214 (Linda James)

Please spread the word.  Every child should have the benefit of this free opportunity to grow in their skills and be better prepared for the world of Kindergarten.
 






Cat in the Hat Visits Hillside

March 09, 2012
Posted by Application


Students from Maria Rosica's class at Andrews-Trahey school at Hillside Children's Center received a special visit from the Cat in the Hat (played by Hillside Teacher Mark Karnisky) at a birthday celebration they were hosting in honor of Dr. Seuss last week. Green eggs and ham were on the menu and students like Elijah (in costume), Brandon (red t-shirt), and Hannah (lt. green top) joined in story telling and singing. This event also kicked off Reading Awareness Month in March, for which the students read 29 books, 15 of which were favorites by Dr. Seuss. Hillside teacher Rosica was assisted by intern Christina Martinez with planning and helping the students to prepare for the festivities. 
 Cat in Hat visits Hillside



Anniversaries exemplify employee loyalty

February 06, 2012
Posted by Jennifer Lesinski, Director of Marketing


 

anniversary cake

 

At Hillside, we recognize the significant fact that many of our staff choose to dedicate their careers to helping families by continuing their employment at our organization year after year. In gratitude, we celebrate them and reflect on the many youth and families they have touched in service. Anniversary celebrations happen of both large and small scale across the organization. I was fortunate to learn of one such celebration that happened in January, honoring those staff members in Hillside Children's Center reaching milestone anniversaries above 5 years in 2011. Thank you, Karen Zandi, HCC Executive Director, for sharing your photo, and for reminding me what wonderful colleagues I work alongside! The names of some of our dedicated staff, along with their anniversaries, are listed below. If you want to join our Hillside family, check out our employment openings at: www.hillside.com/employment.aspx.

Erica

Dewey

5

Katherine

Mancuso

5

Jennifer

Mural

5

Amy

Patterson

5

Carla

Ross

5

Judith

Travis

5

Wendy

Akey

5

Cleola

Brown

5

Amy

Bullock

5

Julienne

DiPaola

5

Sherrie

Everett

5

Kimberly

Futch

5

Jason

Jazylo

5

Shawn

LaClair

5

Kellie

Lewis

5

James

Mabelis

5

Amanda

Desio

5

Amy

Ellis

5

Ellen

Fazio

5

Michael

Finn

5

Sarah

Jones

5

Patricia

Pellegrino

5

Robert

Tocco

5

Paul

Wilson

5

Carol

Harper

5

Meghan

Burton

5

Danyale

Clawson

5

Eric

Franklin

5

Michael

Hall

5

Thomas

Kehoe

5

Joseph

Lewis

5

Tanya

Lott

5

Melissa

Lowden

5

Robin

Mock

5

Katherine

Sinack

5

Debbie

Steinfeld

5

Anthony

Sufra

5

Rebecca

Wagner

5

Sara

Webster

5

Michael

Strasburger

10

Elisabette

Borcz

10

Nancy

Camp

10

Jacqueline

Johnson

10

Greer

Knowlin

10

Erica

Smith

10

William

Camp

10

Joyce

Lampman

10

Valerie

Reuss

10

Mae

Robinson

10

Cheryl

Romano

10

John

Di Martino

10

Jimmie

Eddington

10

Christopher

Hammond

10

Christopher

Holland

10

Karen

Lewis

10

Donna

Nicholson

10

Nicholas

Tomaszewski

10

Aaron

Williams

10

Robert

Palumbos

10

Kevin

Cathy

10

John

Davis

10

Tina

Ricard

15

Sheila

Miller-Serafin

15

Marian

Kobrin

15

Stuart

Loeb

15

William

Burgess

15

John

Haas

15

Amy

Hollen-Dilko

20

Kenneth

Lewter

20

Janet

Clark

20

Martha

Foti

25

Robert

Herson

25

Terry

Baird-Wittman

25

Robin

Glenski

25

Virgil

Rawls

25

Robert

Webster

25

Claudia

Herman

35

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Online Help for Youth in Crisis at Facebook

January 12, 2012
Posted by Jennifer Lesinski, Director of Marketing


 

Help is now available for youth in crisis who are connecting on social media sites. Lifeline has established an innovative partnership with Facebook to offer crisis services via a chat portal within this social media platform. This is part of a continuing effort to expand online crisis services to reach people where they are "networking." Instructions on how to access this service via Facebook are available here.