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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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Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides crisis intervention services and programs to children in emergency situations, specifically, those who have experienced extensive abuse or neglect.

12 hours ago

Things of My Very Own

Fred Rogers once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Earlier today we told you about a family of nine who was in an emergency situation. The grandparents had taken in their grandchildren and due to a malfunctioning heating unit, the entire family was without heat. A local company whose tagline is “Your comfort is our business” stepped up and made this families comfort their business. PMA Comfort Solutions is a locally owned company that we have worked with for some time. When our CEO reached out to their CEO, their Leader of Service Operations, Nick Patrizio, was immediately dispatched to the scene.

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that this family of nine is now living comfortably in their safe, WARM and well-heated home.

There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but for now, we ask your assistance in helping us to thank the team at PMA Comfort Solutions for cleaning and repairing this families gas furnace on an emergency need basis, free of charge.

(Original post below)

EMERGENCY CASE
We have a family-of-nine in an emergency situation. The case is complicated, but it involves a grandmother that took in custody of her grandchildren after they experienced extensive neglect. Grandma also has young children of her own. This case is classified as an emergency as they are currently without heat.

Family #5702020
One-year-old girl
Shirts: 12-months
Pants: 12-months
Undergarments: Size 3 diapers
Shoes: 12-months
Bedding: Crib-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 4T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 3T Pull-Ups
Shoes: 4c
Bedding: Twin-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 3T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 4 diapers (Diapers must be perfume-free diapers)
Shoes/winter boots: 5c
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 8 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 3y
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 10 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 4y
Bedding: Twin-size

Nine-year-old girl
Shirts: 7 girls
Pants: 7 girls
Undergarments: 7 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 5y
Bedding: Twin-size

Notes: This family of nine is currently in an apartment without working heat due to a non-working gas valve on their unit. National Grid informed them that the heating unit is unsafe to use until the non-working part is replaced. The landlord is aware of the current situation but is unfortunately, not taking the situation seriously. The family fears contacting code enforcement, as they will not be able to afford another apartment if they have to relocate. A few of the members of the household have major medical needs including recent surgeries, making it more imperative to have a stable living environment. Further details are being withheld out of respect for the family. The family is in desperate need of the following: (6) twin-size electric blankets, (6) twin-size comforters, (6) twin-size comforter and sheet sets, winter coats, winter boots, clothing, personal hygiene supplies (must be hypoallergenic!), Nutramigen Infant Formula, etc.

This family needs help now. PLEASE make a donation to help this family stay warm until this crisis is over. Help these children to gain everything they need to start over again. Things of My Very Own has the ability to get items to the family at an extremely discounted rate, on an immediate need basis. For this reason, monetary donations go further.

If you have any of the items on-hand**, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

Things of My Very Own; Family #5702020
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We thank each of you for helping this family in this time of need.

* Case details are being shared with permission from the client.
** If you are dropping off or mailing donations to this specific family, please be sure to include the “Family #5702020”, on the package.
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Fred Rogers once said  “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Earlier today we told you about a family of nine who was in an emergency situation. The grandparents had taken in their grandchildren and due to a malfunctioning heating unit, the entire family was without heat. A local company whose tagline is “Your comfort is our business” stepped up and made this families comfort their business. PMA Comfort Solutions is a locally owned company that we have worked with for some time. When our CEO reached out to their CEO, their Leader of Service Operations, Nick Patrizio, was immediately dispatched to the scene. 

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that this family of nine is now living comfortably in their safe, WARM and well-heated home. 

There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but for now, we ask your assistance in helping us to thank the team at PMA Comfort Solutions for cleaning and repairing this families gas furnace on an emergency need basis, free of charge.

(Original post below)

EMERGENCY CASE
We have a family-of-nine in an emergency situation. The case is complicated, but it involves a grandmother that took in custody of her grandchildren after they experienced extensive neglect. Grandma also has young children of her own. This case is classified as an emergency as they are currently without heat.

Family #5702020
One-year-old girl
Shirts: 12-months
Pants: 12-months
Undergarments: Size 3 diapers
Shoes: 12-months
Bedding: Crib-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 4T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 3T Pull-Ups
Shoes: 4c
Bedding: Twin-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 3T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 4 diapers (Diapers must be perfume-free diapers)
Shoes/winter boots: 5c
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 8 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 3y
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 10 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 4y
Bedding: Twin-size

Nine-year-old girl
Shirts: 7 girls
Pants: 7 girls
Undergarments: 7 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 5y
Bedding: Twin-size

Notes: This family of nine is currently in an apartment without working heat due to a non-working gas valve on their unit. National Grid informed them that the heating unit is unsafe to use until the non-working part is replaced. The landlord is aware of the current situation but is unfortunately, not taking the situation seriously. The family fears contacting code enforcement, as they will not be able to afford another apartment if they have to relocate. A few of the members of the household have major medical needs including recent surgeries, making it more imperative to have a stable living environment. Further details are being withheld out of respect for the family. The family is in desperate need of the following: (6) twin-size electric blankets, (6) twin-size comforters, (6) twin-size comforter and sheet sets, winter coats, winter boots, clothing, personal hygiene supplies (must be hypoallergenic!), Nutramigen Infant Formula, etc. 

This family needs help now. PLEASE make a donation to help this family stay warm until this crisis is over. Help these children to gain everything they need to start over again. Things of My Very Own has the ability to get items to the family at an extremely discounted rate, on an immediate need basis. For this reason, monetary donations go further. 

If you have any of the items on-hand**, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address: 

Things of My Very Own; Family #5702020
249 Green Street 
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We thank each of you for helping this family in this time of need.

* Case details are being shared with permission from the client.
** If you are dropping off or mailing donations to this specific family, please be sure to include the “Family #5702020”, on the package.

Comment on Facebook

Thank you, it certainly does take a village, in this case a special business in the village---how generous, and kind you are.

We believe it is more blessed to give than it is to receive ♥️ Honored to help.

♥️

Thank you very much PMA comfort solutions! You are a true hero who saved the lives.

Always love the helpers, they do have a special place in heaven ❤

Thank you PMA Comfort Solutions, this was a wonderful thing you did.

Glad to hear they will be safe and warm tonight ❤️

I know who we will be calling next time we need heating services. Thank you so much PMA Comfort Solutions ❤️

thank you PMA Comfort Solutions!!! amazing!!!

Thank you and God bless each of you!

Amazing! So heart warming and gives me chills art the same time. Thank you!

That's awesome!

HOW AMAZING!! If I need this service, THIS will be the company I chose.

Way to step up!!!

Thank you PMA Comfort Solutions

Sable B Trappenburg 🙌🏻

Thank you PMA Comfort Solutions!! You are amazing!

Thank you PMA Comfort Solutions.

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17 hours ago

Things of My Very Own

EMERGENCY CASE
We have a family-of-nine in an emergency situation. The case is complicated, but it involves a grandmother that took in custody of her grandchildren after they experienced extensive neglect. Grandma also has young children of her own. This case is classified as an emergency as they are currently without heat.

Family #5702020
One-year-old girl
Shirts: 12-months
Pants: 12-months
Undergarments: Size 3 diapers
Shoes: 12-months
Bedding: Crib-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 4T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 3T Pull-Ups
Shoes: 4c
Bedding: Twin-size

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 3T
Pants: 4T
Undergarments: Size 4 diapers (Diapers must be perfume-free diapers)
Shoes/winter boots: 5c
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 8 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 3y
Bedding: Twin-size

Eight-year-old girl
Shirts: 8 girls
Pants: 10 girls
Undergarments: 8 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 4y
Bedding: Twin-size

Nine-year-old girl
Shirts: 7 girls
Pants: 7 girls
Undergarments: 7 girls
Shoes/winter boots: 5y
Bedding: Twin-size

Notes: This family of nine is currently in an apartment without working heat due to a non-working gas valve on their unit. National Grid informed them that the heating unit is unsafe to use until the non-working part is replaced. The landlord is aware of the current situation but is unfortunately, not taking the situation seriously. The family fears contacting code enforcement, as they will not be able to afford another apartment if they have to relocate. A few of the members of the household have major medical needs including recent surgeries, making it more imperative to have a stable living environment. Further details are being withheld out of respect for the family. The family is in desperate need of the following: (6) twin-size electric blankets, (6) twin-size comforters, (6) twin-size comforter and sheet sets, winter coats, winter boots, clothing, personal hygiene supplies (must be hypoallergenic!), Nutramigen Infant Formula, etc.

This family needs help now. PLEASE make a donation to help this family stay warm until this crisis is over. Help these children to gain everything they need to start over again. Things of My Very Own has the ability to get items to the family at an extremely discounted rate, on an immediate need basis. For this reason, monetary donations go further.

If you have any of the items on-hand**, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

Things of My Very Own; Family #5702020
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We thank each of you for helping this family in this time of need.

* Case details are being shared with permission from the client.
** If you are dropping off or mailing donations to this specific family, please be sure to include the “Family #5702020”, on the package.
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I know it's the landlords responsibility but how much to fix/replace the part so the heat works? I'd feel much safer getting it fixed then having space heaters and electric blankets. Very worried about a fire, especially with children running around.

Are they residing in the city of Schdy? If so, it is against code to reside in a home without heat. They can go to DSS and request shelter until the heat is fixed.

Sent my donation and also sending many prayers.

Would space heaters be a better option than electric blankets?

Heather Lee

Can you take used items? I have some of the things the baby needs but they are used.

Anne Schaefer

I’m trying to make a donation but it’s not letting me. Can I try your website?

Terry Stgelais do you have any spare heated blankets?

Nicole Privitera SOS!

I dropped off a queen sized electric blanket on Sat am with my gifts for the holiday tag. I’m not sure if anyone has seen it yet - chocolate brown. There is also a large weighted blanket that’s grey, I’m sure that is warm and could be used by an adult.

Send them to DSS, it is only going to get colder, this sounds like a dangerous situation.

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20 hours ago

Things of My Very Own

URGENT CASE

We have a family of five who is lucky to be alive, after a gas line broke under their kitchen floor. Code enforcement noted that there were several other issues with the home that resulted in it being condemned. As though that wasn't bad enough, all of the family's belongings were found covered in sewage due to another issue in the home. This family is in need of immediate assistance.

Family# 5652020
One-year-old girl
Shirts: 24 months
Pants: 24 months
Undergarments: 2T Pull-Ups
Shoes: 6c

11-year-old boy
Shirts: 12 boys
Pants: 12 boys
Undergarments: 12 boys
Shoes: 5y

12-year-old girl
Shirts: womens small
Pants: womens 4
Undergarments: womens 4
Shoes: 7

15-year-old girl
Shirts: womens XL
Pants: womens 14/16
Undergarments: womens 7
Shoes: 9 womens

Notes: The school district has expressed concerns that the children do not have appropriate items to attend in-person classes. The family is in desperate need of winter clothing, coats, undergarments, socks, bedding (one full size girl set, one twin size girl set, and one twin size boy set), pillows, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene supplies. Due to skin sensitivities, the family is only able to use Dove Brand products. It is imperative that the children have clothing and bedding items immediately. The family also has a current child protective services case.

Please make your donation today to help these children start over again. Things of My Very Own has the ability to purchase greatly needed items at a fraction of retail prices. For this reason, monetary donations go MUCH further than purchasing items in stores.

If you have any of the items on-hand**, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

Things of My Very Own; Family #5652020
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon.

We thank each of you in helping this family start over.

* Case details are being shared with permission from the client.
** If you are dropping off or mailing donations to this specific family, please be sure to include the “Family #5652020”, on the package.
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Comment on Facebook

Hoping for the best for this family. Donated!

I will drop of clothes for the 1 year old girl on Wednesday morning.

The 3 yo boy sizes - is he in 3 or 4t?I have some 3 t clothes and kids blankets I can donate. Let me know - thanks

I have stuff for the 11 year old Boy. I was wondering about the age/size. I am happy to pass along the boy stuff. I will drop off on Wednesday

Donated

Unfortunately I am unable to donate but I will share.

I have an entire basket of stuff my 14yr old daughter just outgrew/doesn't want that I can drop off. Woukd love to help !

Can these be clean used items for clothes and shoes? I would have stuff.

Donated

I have some clothes i can drop off and a jacket

❤️❤️🌹😢😢😢

Things of My Very Own I want to drop off lots of clothes for who ever needs it but wondering how the drop off works? Do we need to go inside to drop off?

Patty Voss

When is drop off clothes time

Why are you telling people that they have an open CPS case?

I have a bunch of gently used XL women's clothing I can drop off this week. Any particular size sheets? I have those I can bring too.

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