Always caring for children: Angela Pratt

“Angela Pratt is amazing!” says Diane Nappa, director of Casey’s Place, where Angela works as training coordinator. “She is versatile, resilient, wonderful with the children, and thoughtful of the staff.”  Angela began her career as a teacher’s aide but saw Elmcrest as her path to a future of doing what she loves. Now in her […]

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Tigers, dancing and college plans: One youth's handwritten story

The youth residents at Elmcrest face challenges not of their own making. With help from our staff and family of supporters, they are overcoming their challenges, building a path to a brighter future. This is the handwritten story of one 14-year-old girl, along with her self portrait.

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Dedicated to the Cause: Gary Bobbett

Gary Bobbett doesn’t need to search for a reason for his life-long commitment to Elmcrest. It started about 30 years ago, when he was invited to take a tour of Elmcrest’s main campus. “I was amazed at how the staff could maintain such a calm routine with all these children,” Gary said. “They were happy […]

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Elmcrest looks ahead to 2021 - a message from our executive director

As 2020 comes to an end, I am grateful. In spite of the all the difficulties we’ve faced this year, Elmcrest has continued to deliver on our cause every single day. That would not have been possible without our family of supporters, especially our Board, our staff and our donors. Your dedication, sacrifice and generosity […]

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Where I belong: working at Elmcrest

“I have had a lot of jobs -- did everything I can name -- but I have never been happier than where I am now.” De’Ondray Tape speaks with pride of his work at Elmcrest Children’s Center. As interim program supervisor at Cottage 3, he leads a staff team providing round-the-clock care to nine boys, […]

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Making spirits bright at Elmcrest

Many of the youth residents at Elmcrest come from homes where life was a challenge every day, but especially during the darkest days each year. That's one reason why Elmcrest staff do all they can to spread holiday cheer on campus. Most years, that includes a large tree-lighting ceremony, door-to-door caroling, and a book fair, […]

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Elmcrest Elves deliver for youth in need

We did it! Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Central New Yorkers, the children and families Elmcrest serves had gifts under their trees this year. Dozens of individuals and businesses became "Elmcrest Elves." They provided hundreds of gifts for residential children at Elmcrest and children served by our Early Education program. In addition, volunteers […]

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The gift of reading

Holiday Book Fair returns Elmcrest’s Holiday Book Fair is usually a festive occasion: Youth residents sip hot cocoa while browsing shelves of books. They get to keep the two books that interest them most. “They like the holiday decorations and music, and they like just looking through the books until they find the ones they […]

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One youth's hand-written story

At Elmcrest, we help youth overcome challenges that no child should have to face. Along the way, they cry and they laugh. They stumble and get back up. They create, learn, and grow. The following writings, penned by a 15-year-old boy in our care, show the pain and hope that comes with building a path […]

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Elmcrest Gratitude Month

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous. All of the difficulties we’ve faced this year have made us cherish the most important things – our health, our home, our family, our community. But not everybody has even these necessities. Because fall is a time for giving thanks, we asked the children served by […]

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Feel the joy of giving: Become an Elmcrest Elf!

Holiday gifts for children in need - This holiday season, you can make spirits bright by becoming an Elmcrest Elf. You'll be providing gifts for children who are overcoming major obstacles in life. They've made their lists and checked them twice. Now YOU get to feel the joy of making their wishes come true. Please […]

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We're voting at Elmcrest

Elmcrest Children's Center has been supporting the foundations of a strong community in Central New York since 1845. Today and for the last few years years, that support has included hosting one of the the area's many voting places. Carole Fisher, poll site manager, said she has been very impressed with the voting location - Elmcrest's […]

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Candy chutes and ghoul juice at Elmcrest

For a few evening hours Oct. 30, masked and costumed creatures visited the cottages of Elmcrest, playing games, braving the haunted outdoor pavilion and trying to catch candy falling from the sky. All of Elmcrest’s youth residents got a chance to dress up and participate in activities at each cottage they visited. Staff members got […]

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Pumpkin Patch Hayride returns to Elmcrest

Autumn traditions – pumpkins, apple cider, donuts and horse-drawn hayrides – returned to Elmcrest this fall. “Just watching kids run to find the pumpkin that’s perfect for them is the best,” said Janene Bartell, who has organized Elmcrest’s annual Pumpkin Patch Hayride for more than 20 years. Each child gets one pumpkin. (Video: Elmcrest children run […]

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Berkshire Bank grant provides Summer Learning Kits

Elmcrest Early Education Center was able to create Summer Learning Kits through the generosity of Berkshire Bank.  The grant coupled with a book give away reached 130 families in Onondaga County who receive services through Elmcrest's Early Education Center, ESM (East Syracuse Minoa) Park Hill and Northside Early Education Center.  Hundreds of children will benefit […]

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News Channel 9 story on how Elmcrest supports children amidst Covid-19

At Elmcrest, children work to build a path to a brighter future. In the face of the global pandemic, Elmcrest staff are adapting to safeguard the children in their care. See full interview:

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Elmcrest Proposes Supportive Housing for Young Parents

Elmcrest Children’s Center is dedicated to building on the promise of children and families through early intervention. That's why Elmcrest is partnering with Christopher Community, Inc. to address the issues of poverty and housing vulnerability among young parents in Syracuse. The two nonprofits have worked together to propose a development for parents aged 18-25 who have […]

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Building on the Promise of...

This winter, Elmcrest gave a glimpse in to the lives of the children and families that we work with throughout the year. As we approach 2019 and look forward to our 175th anniversary in 2020, we are taking the time to reflect on our past with gratitude and embrace our future with enthusiasm. We know […]

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Berkshire Bank Supports Elmcrest Programming

Elmcrest has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,500 from Berkshire Bank. This grant will support two important initiatives: The BB  R.I.G.H.T (Respect, Integrity, Guts, Having Fun & Teamwork) Girls Leadership Program and Meatball Madness. The BB R.I.G.H.T Girls Leadership Program is a five-week leadership course aimed at young ladies in Elmcrest’s residential […]

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Fostering Leadership

Elmcrest relies on the generosity of our community businesses for the success of our programs and services. Each year, several companies join our Fostering Leadership Program by contributing $10,000 annually to partner with Elmcrest in caring for the more than 2500 children and families we serve each year. We recognize these companies at all of […]

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Elmcrest is tackling the issue of youth unemployment (Your letters)

As seen on www.syracuse.com To the Editor: According to the federal government's most recent report, youth unemployment remains high — 11.5 percent of young people aged 16-24 could not find work. And the problem can grow even more severe when youth face additional obstacles. For example, young people with disabilities are often put at a […]

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Elmcrest Expands it's Family Support Services Program Upon Request of Cortland County

The Family Support Center (FSC) in Syracuse is a transitional residence for children entering and moving through the foster care system in Onondaga County. It is a collaborative effort between Onondaga County Department of Social Services and Elmcrest. Children are expected to stay at FSC for 14 days. FSC serves up to 14 males and […]

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