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In late September 2022, Schenectady suffered a series of rain storms that overwhelmed our Center’s drainage system, causing signifcant flooding damage to the building. We urgently need your help for repairs and mitigation.

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Helping Children Heal

When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Helping Children Heal

When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

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.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

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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It’s Monday which means it’s one of the best days of the week! Hundreds of beautiful families will be welcomed this evening alone through our reception doors. It will be like a welcome home party, filled with joy and excitement.

Considering the significant flood damage we endured just a few months ago, you have to admit, our reception area looks pretty darn good. Old Brick Furniture delivered our sofas in record time. Mohawk Chevrolet purchased a new fireplace for our new reception area.

The remainder of interior post-flood reconstruction has been paused for now. Tables, decor, interview rooms, and other areas of the building will have to wait. Right now, these families need us and we’re committed to gifting them with the items they need to begin their healing process. ❤️
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It’s Monday which means it’s one of the best days of the week! Hundreds of beautiful families will be welcomed this evening alone through our reception doors. It will be like a welcome home party, filled with joy and excitement. 

Considering the significant flood damage we endured just a few months ago, you have to admit, our reception area looks pretty darn good. Old Brick Furniture delivered our sofas in record time. Mohawk Chevrolet purchased a new fireplace for our new reception area. 

The remainder of interior post-flood reconstruction has been paused for now. Tables, decor, interview rooms, and other areas of the building will have to wait. Right now, these families need us and we’re committed to gifting them with the items they need to begin their healing process. ❤️

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Old Brick is the best! Cassie Lucas Fiacco

Great job team. Love the lighting, I hope it is as comforting to the families as it is to me! Gorgeous.

It looks so warm and cozy. Thank you for being the best people!!

The lobby looks amazing. Great job.

Mailing address please. I have thermal socks to give but do not live in Schenectady or what are your drop off times

So welcoming❤️❤️ Thank you for all that you do! This community appreciates you !

Looks very comforting & welcoming 💖

Such a home like feel!! Amazing! Thank you for all You do!

That looks amazing! So comfortable and welcoming. I can SMELL that carpet! lol Great job, community helpers!!! 💝

Looks wonderful. So inviting. Enjoy the holidays!

Awesome !!!❤️

Beautiful!

Looks very nice and welcoming😊

Awesome! Warm & inviting, not to mention comfy!!! Hope they all have a great time!

That looks so warm and inviting!!

That's the most beautiful reception area I've ever seen

It’s beautiful.

Beautiful!!

Looks great!!!

looks amazing!! i’m gonna have to stop by to see it!!!

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!

Looks fantastic!

It looks cozy and warm.

Looks wonderful!

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Today is National Cookie Day. As a child serving non-profit, this could not be occurring at a better time.

Last week between crisis intervention services and holiday gifts, almost one thousand people were served through the organization. We knew to buy cookies in preparation, but we forgot about the milk. We realized the error after the third time we said “please help yourself to some cookies and water”. Cookies and milk are kind of like peanut butter and jelly. You CAN eat one independent of the other, but neither are phenomenal with water alone.

Part of creating better experiences for our guests involves paying attention to the little details. Giving each child a few cookies and a cup of milk might not seem like a lot, but they help to create an experience that the children we work with deserve.

Each Monday, for the next three weeks, we are going to need cookies, lots of cookies, four gallons of milk and one gallon of Lactaid (or equivalent) a week. The best time to drop off these items are on Monday mornings between 8am-noon, or Monday evenings between 5 pm-5:30 pm. This is because Mondays, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings will be our busiest times of the week.

If you are able to help, please make a donation, comment below, or send us a private message. Be sure to indicate what you are able to provide and when you can drop off the items. Together, we can recreate the magic of the holiday season for children who need something to believe in.
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Today is National Cookie Day. As a child serving non-profit, this could not be occurring at a better time. 

Last week between crisis intervention services and holiday gifts, almost one thousand people were served through the organization. We knew to buy cookies in preparation, but we forgot about the milk. We realized the error after the third time we said “please help yourself to some cookies and water”. Cookies and milk are kind of like peanut butter and jelly. You CAN eat one independent of the other, but neither are phenomenal with water alone. 

Part of creating better experiences for our guests involves paying attention to the little details. Giving each child a few cookies and a cup of milk might not seem like a lot, but they help to create an experience that the children we work with deserve. 

Each Monday, for the next three weeks, we are going to need cookies, lots of cookies, four gallons of milk and one gallon of Lactaid (or equivalent) a week. The best time to drop off these items are on Monday mornings between 8am-noon, or Monday evenings between 5 pm-5:30 pm. This is because Mondays, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings will be our busiest times of the week.

If you are able to help, please make a donation, comment below, or send us a private message. Be sure to indicate what you are able to provide and when you can drop off the items. Together, we can recreate the magic of the holiday season for children who need something to believe in.

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Thanks Baxter Brothers! 💕💕💕

I can drop cookies off tomorrow by 12

Are home made cookies ok, or do you want them packaged?

December 12th I can drop off cookies and milk

Aunt Judy Entrott you should drop off cookies 🍪 and milk 🥛 !! Maybe you will want to pick a Wish tag too! (Then you and uncle Jim can go to the casino 🎰 after you drop everything off, because it’s right around the corner!!)

We will bring cookies tonight, 12/5.

Raymond J Dykeman - I would like to sponsor the milk on behalf of Envision Dairy. Working to have it delivered by King Brothers for us. If not, I will purchase and deliver.

My family will be able to drop off cookies on 12/12! 🍪🥰

I wonder if King Brothers Dairy may be able to assist with any donations here?

Upstate Cookie Shack

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Gifts for the second round of Sponsor-a-Child in Crisis Wish Tags, are now at the crisis intervention center. The amount of fire trucks, baby dolls, and warm winter clothing, would cause any child to believe in the magic of Christmas once again.

The organization’s board chairman and executive director stopped in to pick up more Wish Tags to restock Slice of Glenville this evening. The pair gave the following report.

“The toy dinosaurs have started eating the Christmas trees. A green T-Rex denied the allegations, unaware that he still had tinsel in his teeth. We befriended a tube of Army Men who have agreed to watch over the prehistoric pack. The baby dolls are pleasant and well behaved. One with curly brown hair is excited to meet the six-year-old girl who will be taking her home this holiday season.”

Thank you to everyone who has already sponsored children through our Sponsor-a-Child in Crisis Program. Your thoughtfulness and generosity towards children in our community is astounding. A special thank you to everyone who sponsored Urgent Needs Wish Tags during this round. We recognize that toys initially seem more fun to shop for, but having clothing to fit in with your peers, is an opportunity that many children have not yet experienced.

If you haven’t yet sponsored a child, there is still time. Urgent Needs and Crisis Intervention Services Wish Tags are still available at the Town of Niskayuna Office Building and Slice of Glenville. More locations will be coming next week. Most Wish Tags have a due date of 12/17. You don’t have to live in our area to sponsor. Just email your Wish Tag request to [email protected], and you can ship the items directly to us. The address is printed on every Wish Tag. You can also make a monetary donation and we’ll do the shopping for you. We now accept donations through Venmo. venmo.com/code?user_id=3670080265127871414&created=1670122778.22678&printed=1

If you would like to help a child who was unable to find a sponsor, we’ve created an Amazon Wishlist to help www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/23VN9PD4IZRYN?ref_=wl_share

While monetary donations do go further, how you give is a personal decision. The most important thing is that we keep on giving until every child has things of their very own.
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Gifts for the second round of Sponsor-a-Child in Crisis Wish Tags, are now at the crisis intervention center. The amount of fire trucks, baby dolls, and warm winter clothing, would cause any child to believe in the magic of Christmas once again.

The organization’s board chairman and executive director stopped in to pick up more Wish Tags to restock Slice of Glenville this evening. The pair gave the following report. 

“The toy dinosaurs have started eating the Christmas trees. A green T-Rex denied the allegations, unaware that he still had tinsel in his teeth. We befriended a tube of Army Men who have agreed to watch over the prehistoric pack. The baby dolls are pleasant and well behaved. One with curly brown hair is excited to meet the six-year-old girl who will be taking her home this holiday season.”

Thank you to everyone who has already sponsored children through our Sponsor-a-Child in Crisis Program. Your thoughtfulness and generosity towards children in our community is astounding. A special thank you to everyone who sponsored Urgent Needs Wish Tags during this round. We recognize that toys initially seem more fun to shop for, but having clothing to fit in with your peers, is an opportunity that many children have not yet experienced. 

If you haven’t yet sponsored a child, there is still time. Urgent Needs and Crisis Intervention Services Wish Tags are still available at the Town of Niskayuna Office Building and Slice of Glenville. More locations will be coming next week. Most Wish Tags have a due date of 12/17. You don’t have to live in our area to sponsor. Just email your Wish Tag request to lperetti@niskayuna.org, and you can ship the items directly to us. The address is printed on every Wish Tag. You can also make a monetary donation and we’ll do the shopping for you. We now accept donations through Venmo. https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3670080265127871414&created=1670122778.22678&printed=1 

If you would like to help a child who was unable to find a sponsor, we’ve created an Amazon Wishlist to help https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/23VN9PD4IZRYN?ref_=wl_share

While monetary donations do go further, how you give is a personal decision. The most important thing is that we keep on giving until every child has things of their very own.

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As I pulled into your parking lot yesterday to drop off my donation, I couldn’t help but feel renewed by the spirit of the season- seeing countless generous souls pulling in also and bringing in large bags of donations…it was moving 💜💜💜

You always have the best posts- humor and heartwarming all in one!

If we order through the wishlist can we have the order mailed directly to Things of My Very Own?

You guys are so amazing and help so many people thank you for your work

Can you drop off the items to Slice of Glenville? And if I didn’t take any tags but just purchased a bunch of toys, can I leave that at Slice? Due to I’m not able to make it to you during the morning drop off hours.

Husband grabbed a card at Slice today. I already picked up the coat for the request and will work on the requested bedding this week

What are the days and time that Christmas items can be dropped off?

We grabbed one from Slice! Can we drop gifts back off there or do we have to come to your location?

Will more tags be at Bellevue Builders?

Absolutely amazing! 😍

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