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Elmcrest’s Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS) have connected with Amazon smile. Many of the enriching activities that help the children they serve are not covered by government funding. You can help fill in the gaps for these programs that serve children and families in Binghamton, Cortland, Mexico, and Syracuse. Shop Amazon smile and Read More »

Cozy Contributions

Janene Bartell (left) and Barb Smith (right) hold up quilts donated from the Towpath Quilt Guild. When the outgoing co-president of the Towpath Quilt Guild was asked what she would like as an appreciation gift for her service, she replied “quilts for kids.” And Barb Smith (pictured on right with Elmcrest’s Janene Bartell) got her Read More »

They Did It!

Elmcrest graduates from the on campus Syracuse City School. Three young men began their Elmcrest experience out of challenging personal environments. They struggled through new routines, character building exercises, and expectations of studying and setting goals. And they persevered! On a recent day in mid-June, all three of these boys graduated from the Elmcrest campus Read More »

What’s Your Path?

Elmcrest youth perform military physical training in a career workshop. Twenty-five Elmcrest residents, ages 13 and older, participated in a two-hour workshop on “What’s Your Path?” They were encouraged to explore different career options following high school graduation. These included college, career, vocational school, or military and how these could lead to independence, stability, and Read More »

Celebration not Delayed

Ellis Dudley performing on the African drum at the campus Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, was not lost on the children at Elmcrest. This federal holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to order freedom for the enslaved people of the state. This did not occur Read More »

High Tech

ECC Cottage 3 boys attending the Onondaga Library, Build Your Own Computer. Three of the boys from Cottage 3 are the proud producers of a new computer. For several weeks, they participated in a Build Your Own Computer program at Onondaga Free Library. The end-result was an Intel core 15-11400 CPU, a motherboard with wired Read More »

Honoring Leadership

Elmcrest youth, WCS, at the National Honor Society Induction. He was just another young man in residence at Elmcrest attending the campus school. But WCS showed a fierce dedication to excel academically. Given the opportunity to attend classes at Nottingham, he continued his climb to success in his studies while also demonstrating excellence in honesty, Read More »


Audrey and Leah donating snow pants and sleds to keep on hand for winter fun. That’s a big NO – at least for now. But next winter, the boys and girls at Elmcrest will be waiting for the white flakes to fall so they can use some new gifts. Recently, these two young women brought Read More »

Pages for Paws

Elmcrest youth reads to Chuck, the Service Dog, at Soule Library. Reading aloud can be overwhelming to a young child. On a recent Sunday, two of the small boys from EImcrest practiced their reading skills on a special listener, Chuck, the Service Dog. Soule Library encourages reluctant young readers to overcome their anxiety and boost Read More »