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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

WJCS was willing to work with a group of parents to create a program for our children with special needs. They have been attentive, diligent, and collaborative, and it has led to a very successful program.

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high quality of life for my son and his peers

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clone it so other organizations would be as responsive and responsible.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I wish I could remember when we (my daughter-diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, with a seizure disorder among other difficulties and I) started going to the WJCS. Being a single parent dealing with a child with disabilities is difficult, but we have experienced the death of my sister, job losses, inability to pay rent and other financial hardships.
Both my daughter and I were in counseling at the WJCS on a weekly basis. I learned parent training techniques and she also learned to try and modify her aggressive and inappropriate behaviors.
The WJCS has been invaluable to my family as they helped to finance part of my daughter's trip to sleep away camp which was a stepping stone to her continued growth. My daughter was away for 7 weeks. It took the first 3 weeks of her being away for me to recover from being with my daughter 24/7. The rest of the time I could devote to the necessary activities to keep us out of a shelter. Last summer the WJCS helped us attend a local pool which is an activity my daughter loves. My daughter was able to work her way up to 20 laps by the time the summer ended which was an incredible accomplishment. Each time she added a lap her self esteem grew. By the time she reached 20 laps, she was ecstatic. It is very hard for a young lady of 17 who has speech difficulties and motor coordination to have self esteem. I was also able to swim and get needed exercise to help relieve the stress I am under. We worked with Ms. Norma Litman and her counsel and help was a God send. It was suggested that I attend a special therapy group, which was also very helpful and eye opening.
When we had to go on food stamps and other assistance, the WJCS helped with bills. As I am writing this and remembering the huge totality of the help we have been given I feel such remiss in not writing to the director of the facility with my eternal gratitude. How do you quantify an agency that has helped a family to such a degree and we are only one family. I pray that you find it in your hearts to help this agency help others as they have helped us in the difficulties they are facing. Thank you for the opportunity of sharing our information about the WJCS. Opps, we also used the psychiatric staff for help as well and they were very helpful.

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Please see above.

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No changes. The staff are amazing and very good.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

WJCS is a g-d send. My family has used various services over the years from individual, couples, child and family counseling, to job searching techniques. We had fallen on hard times after loosing jobs and having major medical problems. The WJCS has helped us tremendously. We were sorry that the Yorktown office had to close but the Hartsdale office welcomed us with open arms. Thank you

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My husband has a new job!!!!

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Have more counseling hours. Offer things for our youths.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

The WJCS has been a beacon of support and services for our family. Our daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was 18 in her first year of college.

The WJCS is the only Westchester agency that addressed, in part, her particular needs, especially for social skills.

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participated in the Supper Club, the successor to the Breakfast Club, a free socialization group for young adults, a service that was not offered anywhere else. She had an opportunity to socialize, go out with a group, play games, travel independently and meet new friends.

In addition, Bonnie Graham recommended another program in NYC that has been of great benefit to Sara.

Socialization groups for high-functioning young adults with Asperger's are sorely needed. I cannot emphasize enough how impossible it has been to find services for our daughter and how much we appreciate WJCS. They are a leader in their field.

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Seeing the development of my daughter.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more services of this type, particularly affordable housing.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

WJCS is doing amazing things to help the autistic community in Westchester. It is providing help with housing so that these individuals can live independently and be part of a community. We are at the beginning of a wave of young adults with autism who have been provided services by the schools but do not have services from the state. WJCS is essential to dealing with this tremendous void.

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WJCS was extremely helpful in advising me about housing opportunities.

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I can't think of any

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

WJCS helped my family many years ago through its respite program (Project Timeout). Now I work as a Temple Administrator and get information about the many helpful programs which WJCS sponsors and refer callers with many needs to WJCS.

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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I am the grandparent of a teen with Asperger's syndrome. It is frustrating & heartbreaking to know that he is a frequent victim of bullying. One of his greatest wishes is to have friends & to be just like other kids his age.
About two years ago, I came across an ad from WJCS saying that they
were starting a support group for grandparents of children on the autism spectrum.
I called & was graciously invited by Bonnie, the group facilitator, to attend their first monthly meeting. My husband attended the first meeting with me along with about 6 other grandparents. We both have been attending since then. The same problems still continue for our grandchild & probably always will since there is no cure for Asperger's syndrome. However, it is comforting to share stories with & offer suggestions to one another. It is not usually appropriate for us to tell even our closest friends about events such as our grandchild putting his foot through the car windshield or a wall because he is so misunderstood by most people. Yet, we can come to our group at the WJCS & speak candidly, knowing what we say will be accepted with respect by Bonnie & the other grandparents. It is a wonderful place for us to vent. We hope to learn as much as we can so we can be the best grandparents for our grandchild.
My only suggestion is that I feel that we have reached a plateau. After meeting for two years, we feel that perhaps speakers, from in-house or from the community would help us to better relate to our grandchildren & their families. Bonnie is planning to follow-up on this idea. With this in place, the WJCS would get a FIVE STAR rating.

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their grandparent support group.

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In general, I feel that the WJCS is there for us.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

for 17 years i hd many problems related to mental health. i visited many different doctors and thearpist.Had about a dozen hospital visits(mental health). My problems ranged from cutting and burning myself to severe irrational thnking and everything in between. I was really at the end of my rope. Having Medicaid as my insurance provider my options were limited. I found WJCS by accident. I had drove pass it one day and saw the letters outside there building.I thought it was a radio station and wanted to find out what here format was. After looking them up in the net i realized it was a place for people like me. I was it as a sign and gave them a call. I was assigned to a young women named Mki Yoshida. I battle in the beginning. Not saying much during our sessions. But our relationship bloosmed. She was great in navagating my symtoms and thoughts.I have been with Miki just over a year. It has been six months since i have hurt myself. My borderline actions have be reduced greatly. At the south Yonkers office Miki has started a DBT skills class that i find as useful as AA to a alcoholic. Miki has guided me through a dark forest and shown me that there is light thru the trees. I'm not ther yet but i know one day i will be . I owe that to Miki and the other staff member @ WJCS Yonkers. I have also convinced my girlfriend to seek guidence @ WJCS,she goes to the one in Hartsdale, New York. It would be a great injustice if anything was to prevent WJCS from going foward with there mission. People with mental health issue are overlooked in a big way. And some of us cant help ourselfs,i knoiw i couldn't. So what ever can be done ti ensure that they stay open needs to be done, and i hope you can help. Thank You for your time,and Thank you Miki.

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my everyday life. my life feels like living.

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Give them some advertising so others can benefit and a bigger building.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I cannot commend WJCS's program "Women helping Women" highly eough. The workshops I attended on goal setting, resumes and elevator speeches were excellent. The workshop leader in each case was clearly an expert in his/her field, accomodating in his/her approach and respectful and kind to the participants. Each of the workshop leaders reached out and engaged with the participants. That is extremely important in tapping into the self esteem of the ladies many of whom have been looking for employment for months.
I came away, first of all, with more knowledge and skill than before and most of all with a renewed sense of hope in my abilities and in life.

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My communication skills and specially my attitude have improved significantly. I have become much more positive and open to others and their needs.

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I really don't know what changes there could be. I greatly admire Lenore Rosenbaum. Her leadership is admirable. The workshops she created are most pertinent to the job market. By providing an opportunity for women to come together and sharpen their skills, she is filling a vital need in the community.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My son stared going to WJCS for therapy and medication management after a hospitalization. We had tried various therapist before with no success. The therapist and psychiatrist are great. He starting going to the social groups which are also very good. I met a great group of parents while waiting for him outside the social group.

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2007-2011

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have more evening hours

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