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Heartfelt thanks to the generous sponsors of our COVID-19 response funds.

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Benjamin and Anne Bahr
  • Manju and Narindra Bewtra
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • The Carson Family Charitable Trust
  • Cathay Bank Foundation
  • Cigna
  • Garrett D'Alessandro and Amy Rappaport
  • Barbara Deli, M.D. and Neeraj Bewtra
  • The Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation
  • Flushing Bank
  • Jeffrey Gage
  • Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman+
  • D’Arcy and Peter Green
  • Patricia and Richard Jay
  • Alexander Jesurum
  • Michael Kuharski and Allison Davi
  • Corina Larkin and Nigel Dawn
  • Anne Marie Macari
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Jennifer Milacci and Marc Scher
  • Barbara and Conner Mulvee
  • Organization Analysis & Design
  • Dave Pottruck*
  • Robin Hood+
  • Gelvina Rodriguez Stevenson
  • Gail Roseman
  • Nell Shanahan Schwartz and Adam Schwartz
  • Shames Family Foundation
  • The Melanie and Alan Stein Family
  • Sterling National Bank
  • Leo Swergold
  • Techworks Consulting, Inc.
  • The New York Community Trust
  • United Way
  • US Pacific Transport, Inc.
  • J. Sean Withrow

*Emergency Response Fund sponsor
+COVID-19 Response Fund and Emergency Response Fund Sponsor
Sponsor list in formation as of July 23

Jorge’s Story

Jorge’s father had a history of severe mental illness and his mother was the victim of domestic violence. When Jorge, a fifth grader, first arrived at The Child Center, he ran and hid under the table to avoid talking to his therapist. During subsequent months, Child Center therapists were able to understand the real reason that Jorge, a child of above average intelligence, was skipping school so often. He was afraid to leave his mom alone with his dad.

I feel like I’m going back to school with a fresh start,” his therapist reports him saying. His return to a healthy routine is a real turnaround for this child who had suffered so much from educational and emotional neglect.

Over the summer, Jorge’s therapist focused on prepping him for a whole new year and a brand new start. This effort culminated in a special workshop in which Jorge and the other children received new backpacks for the school year, and parents had the opportunity to share tips about how to get children back into the routine of school.

When the first day of school came along, hopes were high, but Jorge refused to go into the school building. He still expressed great fear about leaving his mother on her own. The therapist worked with mom to understand that she needed to get an order of protection against her husband, both because of the violence she was experiencing, and also to help alleviate her children’s physical and emotional distress. The day that Dad got out of the house was the day that Jorge returned to school. He is now attending therapy three times a week at The Child Center, where his mom is also in counseling.

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