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Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc.



Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc.
400 Doansburg Road, PO Box 719
Brewster NY 10509
845-279-2995

Tax ID/EIN: 14-1568025
Year Founded: 1947
Last Updated 2017-03-31

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

25% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Green Chimneys is a not-for-profit organization helping young people ages 3-21 to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services that create and nurture connections to the community and the natural world.

Horse-related programs:
Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center with more than 300 animals and birds in Brewster, NY, Green Chimneys has become nationally and internationally recognized as offering an extremely effective solution for healing and improving the life of some of the most troubled, traumatized, and emotionally, socially, behaviorally and mentally challenged children and families. Through our world renowned nature-based activities in our farm and gardens, children begin to reconnect with other living beings, nurture, feel success, reduce isolation, and reestablish the basis for healthy relationships. All children in our programs have the opportunity to participate in our therapeutic riding program which consists of year-round, weekly, equine assisted activity classes. The therapeutic riding program is divided into two equally important components: 1) The care of horses, which involves practical instruction in grooming and feeding as well as time for bonding; and 2) riding and driving, with an emphasis on the development of those physical and psychological skills and strengths required to be free and in control of one's horse and oneself. When a child develops a healthy relationship with a horse, it often becomes easier for that child to translate that feeling into his/her relationships with peers, teachers, and/or families. We presently have 17 equines serving more than 200 children each month through various equine activities.<br /><br />Green Chimneys restores possibilities for emotionally challenged children by providing educational, therapeutic and residential services, while providing care for animals and nature thereby promoting a philosophy of dignity and worth for all living things. We provide therapeutic riding, equine assisted activities and equine facilitated psychotherapy as part of our therapeutic approach. We find that these equine activities teach children with challenges a variety of skills and coping behaviors including psycho-motor, language, social, academic and emotional skills. <br /><br />With additional staff, we are now able to offer after school riding, an after-school Horse Club, as well as riding and horse activities on holidays and weekends. We have facilities to offer classes outdoors when the weather permits and indoors when it does not.

Non-horse-related programs:
Founded in 1947, Green Chimneys is an accredited not-for-profit organization helping more than 11,000 young people ages 3-21 throughout the Hudson Valley and New York Metropolitan region each year maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services that create and nurture connections to the community and the natural world. Headquartered on a farm and wildlife center with more than 300 animals and birds in Brewster, NY, Green Chimneys has become nationally and internationally recognized as offering an extremely effective solution for healing and improving the life of some of the most emotionally, socially, behaviorally and mentally challenged children and families. Green Chimneys is distinguished for offering an unparalleled level of professional support focused on individual attention -- from social workers, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, speech pathologists, recreation, art, and animal and horticultural therapists -- who work as a team to address the needs of each child. Every day Green Chimneys programs serve approximately 1,200 children.

Green Chimneys School for Special Education - Brewster and Carmel, NY - 242 students attend annually Green Chimneys School serves 242 students whom have been rejected from a public school because of severe behavioral, psychiatric and learning challenges. Green Chimneys School serves 75 school districts throughout Putnam County, NY and neighboring counties including New York City and Fairfield County, CT. Students first arrive at the school with a poor self-image and the feeling that they have failed at school and in their families. To meet the diverse needs of the students, we have developed a non-traditional program to help each individual achieve NYS standards according to their Individual Education Plan which can include year-round school. The population we serve includes boys and girls ages 5-20 who are bused to our special education day school from neighboring districts or who live in our residences. More than 80% of our students have multiple psychiatric diagnoses and 75% have had at least one psychiatric hospital stay prior to coming to Green Chimneys.

Residential Treatment Center - Brewster, NY - 139 residents annually
In our Residential Treatment Center we provide a home with intensive structure and emotional support to 102 boys and girls ages 5-20, who are primarily diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Aspergers Disorder, Depression, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety and Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and/or Reactive Attachment Disorder. Green Chimneys offers an array of support services to help these children with life limiting conditions be successful in doing many things well, taking care of himself/herself and those around him or her, live a healthy and productive life, and cope with his or her challenges. The program includes individual, group and family counseling, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical, dental, and psychological services.

Farm and Wildlife Center
Animal Assisted Activity Program - Brewster and Carmel, NY - Through our world renowned nature-based farm and garden activities, children begin to reconnect with other living beings, nurture, feel success, reduce isolation and reestablish the basis for healthy relationships with other children and adults. Domesticated animals, such as horses, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and other animals that are accustomed to living with people live on our farm and make up the majority of animal residents who provide close contact with our children. Animal welfare is at the core of our mission and great lengths are taken so each animal receives the utmost nutrition, housing and veterinary care.

Equine Program - Brewster and Carmel, NY (230 children and 16 equines participate annually) - All children in our programs have the opportunity to participate in our therapeutic riding program which consists of year-round, weekly, equine assisted activity classes on 1) the care of horses- grooming, feeding and bonding; and 2) riding and driving, with an emphasis on the development of the physical and psychological skills and strength required to be in control of one's horse and oneself. When a child develops a healthy relationship with a horse, it often becomes easier for that child to translate that feeling into his/her relationships with peers, teachers, and/or families.

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation - Brewster, NY - The Center is dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned Birds of Prey (including falcons, eagles, and owls), fowl, reptiles, and wild animals while teaching children that not all animals are there to be handled, but should be respected in their lives away from humans. Whenever possible, rehabilitated wildlife is released back into the wild by the children who assisted with the animal's care. This release is often timed to coincide with the child's discharge from Green Chimneys and serves as a wonderful parallel between the animal and child's healing during their time with us.

Boni-Bel Farm - Brewster, NY (More than 1,000 students, employees, and families served annually) - Boni-Bel Farm is a working organic farm which produces vegetables, fruit, maple syrup, and honey for use in our kitchen, life skills classroom, and to be sold at our Country Store. Boni-Bel provides educational and vocational learning opportunities for all of our youth and visitors.

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys - Brewster and Carmel, NY - Dedicated to education and research on the human connection to animals and the natural world, the Institute researches, implements, and promotes a model for effective animal- and nature-based programming and treatment for children with special needs. Part of the Institute is the Farm Internship Program in which annually 30 interns, 21 years of age and older are introduced to the theoretical and practical principles of incorporating animals, plants and the natural world in the re-education, socialization and treatment of children experiencing crisis in their lives.

Dog Interaction Program - Brewster, NY
The Green Chimneys Dog Interaction Program allows students and residents to be actively involved in the everyday care, socialization and training of shelter dogs to help them become accustomed to human interaction, learn basic commands and become ready for adoption into loving homes. An interdepartmental team of therapists, teachers, dorm and recreation staff, and farm staff supervises children in daily care and recreation activities with the dogs during school hours, as well as interaction in the dorms in the evening.

Clearpool Environmental Education Center - Carmel, NY
Clearpool is an ideal nature-filled campus located on more than 340-acres of pristine woodlands 60 miles north of New York City. In October 2011, Clearpool became the fourth Model Forest site established in the New York City Water Supply region, setting aside 264 acres of privately-owned forestland to support environmental education and forest stewardship of the Croton Watershed within Putnam County. In addition to the Green Chimneys School (32 students), Summer Camp, public events, and Nature's Nursery School (20 students), Green Chimneys runs the Partner School Program (8,600 students participate each year) at Clearpool, in which we partner with public schools located throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley to implement a science curriculum in the classroom reinforced with hands-on experiences at Clearpool that strengthens academic achievement aligned with NYS Learning Standards. We also help teachers and students work on their communication, team building and problem solving skills utilizing our adventure education program as well as offer an annual conference on environmental sustainability.

Community Based Services - Putnam County, NY (390 youth receiving direct services and 400 youth provided outreach services annually)
GC-CBS serves at-risk youth in Putnam County including run-away, homeless, street, foster care, seriously emotionally disturbed and juvenile delinquent youth and their families by providing emergency shelter, counseling, connection to resources, a community outreach center, case management, therapeutic recreation, after-school programs, and other supportive services.

Programs open to the General Public - Brewster and Carmel, NY:
Special Events (More than 6,000 community members attend each year) - Green Chimneys hosts family-friendly events throughout the year including Birds of Prey Day, 4H Presentations, Senior Day, Little Folk Farm Days, Harvest Festival, and Nature-focused weekend programs at Clearpool. We encourage weekend visitors to our Brewster campus on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Nature's Nursery (130 children attend annually) - Preschool, Kindergarten and before/after school programs for children ages 3-12. Enriching, age-appropriate activities are provided in a dynamic setting which supports social, physical, and emotional growth and a solid foundation for learning.

Summer Day Camp Program (1,800 children ages 3-18 attend each year) - Between the two camps, we have 550 acres ideal for summer camp with lakes, rivers, forests, hiking trails, fields, climbing tower, playgrounds, indoor pool, ropes courses, gardens and farm animals. Children swim, compete in games, play on the playground, engage in sports, do crafts, sing songs, kayak, canoe, and ride horses and ponies. We provide high-quality, affordable camp experiences to children from the surrounding communities and raise funds to offer scholarships for families in need.

Governance
Green Chimneys Childrens Services (1974) and Green Chimneys School (1947) are separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations partially funded by contracts with public agencies. The Friends of Green Chimneys, incorporated as its own 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1996, was established to raise additional needed funds for Green Chimneys programs. Joseph A. Whalen is the Executive Director of Green Chimneys and Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr. is the Managing Director of the Friends of Green Chimneys and the Founder of Green Chimneys.

Green Chimneys is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), Council on Accreditation (COA), National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES), and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Premier Accredited Center. Green Chimneys is approved/licensed by NYS Board of Social Welfare, NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Social Services, NYS Education Department, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Fish & Wildlife Service.


Volunteer Opportunities


Farm And Wildlife Center
Minimum Age: 18
If you like animals, you’ll love our Farm & Wildlife Center with nearly 300 animals to care for daily. Volunteers are asked to commit to tasks assigned and choose between the Upper Barn, Wildlife Center, or weekend positions as guides on farm tours for the public. Assist students in caring for sheep, goats and other farm animals under the supervision of our staff, or learn to care for hawks, eagles, owls and injured wildlife. Help with feeding and general care, assist in training animals, and work as mentors for children with a variety of special needs. Free training is provided prior to the start of session. Most volunteers offer us one day of service a week on a regular basis; many have worked with us for years. Must be at least 18 years old.

Equine Program
Minimum Age: 18
Volunteers are needed to assist riding instructors and students during riding lessons, help with feeding and general horse care, assist in training horses, and work as mentors for children who have a variety of special needs. Free training is provided prior to the start of session. Volunteers must be able to commit to the sessions assigned. Most volunteers offer us one day of service a week on a regular basis, and many have worked with us for years. Must be at least 18 years old.

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