Helping Children in Crisis

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

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Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal!

Brand New Mattresses for Children in Crisis

$2,495 of $7,000 raised

When a child leaves an abusive situation the transition is often sudden and unexpected. It is not uncommon for children to leave an abusive situation wearing nothing more than a sheet. The trauma that can come from being removed from your family while nearly nude and then then placed in the care of strangers has been described by many, as being more traumatizing than the abuse itself. Legally a child must have a bed of their own in order to remain with their non-abusive family members. We are 100% out of mattresses. We have the ability to purchase 126 brand new Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for $7,000. The mattresses are bed bug resistant and hypoallergenic. Your donation will help children in crisis remain with their non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system whenever possible.

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Donation Total: $50

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Did you know that Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides services to children residing in eleven counties of New York State?

Here's a list of the counties the organization serves.

Albany County
Columbia County
Fulton County
Green County
Montgomery County
Rensselaer County
Saratoga County
Schenectady County
Schoharie County
Warren County
Washington County

If you are an individual or agency interested in learning about our referral process, please contact the Crisis Intervention Center at (518) 630-5143.

If you are a group or a business interested in hosting a donation drop-off site for our Socktober event or in the holiday months to come, please contact us at
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The 2017 competitors are:
Team Sock Brokers- SI Group
Team Sock-N-Roll- The Farmer's Feed Bunk
LUCK Homeschool Co-op
The Mom's Club of Burnt Hills
CrossFit Shatter-Albany
The Niskayuna Mom’s Group-Niskayuna
SAPE Club-Niskayuna High School
Craig Cares- Niskayuna’s Craig Elementary School

Teams with drop-off locations open to the public:
Super Shoes -Amsterdam
Schenectady Greenmarket -Schenectady
Regency Jewelers -Schenectady
The White Sands Massage-Troy
Galway Public Library - Galway
Visco's Pizza - Scotia
Official Personal Wine Cellar - Glenville
Pet Supplies Plus - Glenville, NY
Olde Liberty Baptist Church-Malta
Mohawk Honda- Glenville
Amy Aldrich - State Farm Insurance Agent- Glenville

(Please check hours of operation prior to dropping off)

What is Socktober?
Socktober is a month-long event when local businesses and groups collect brand-new socks for children in crisis. Individuals involved form teams to compete and raise the most pairs of socks by the end of October. Participating is simple! All you have to do is get a box, put it in your place of business and collect brand new socks from members of your community. Once you confirm the name of your business and its location, we will market your business as a drop-off site. At the end of October, a member of your team can drop off the socks at our Crisis Intervention Center located at 249 Green Street in Schenectady. The socks will then be distributed to children in crisis throughout the State of New York.

Is it too late to sign up?
Individuals, businesses and teams can sign up through October 31st.

All donations are tax deductible. If you own a business and are willing to host a drop off point, please contact us. Please help us spread the word to others about this great opportunity to help children in need.
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