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To strengthen northern Westchester neighborhoods by providing people safe and affordable places to live ­ T H E F O U N D A T I O N O F A S T A B L E L I F E .

At Home with A-HOME

A Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2009

A-HOME's House Party


t is hard to believe that we are five months along into 2009. Spring, while a little sleepy at first, has blossomed. Like most of you we've had our ups and down. But all the while we strive to do the important work by providing safe and affordable housing to those most in need in our community. To meet these uncertain times, we have streamlined our staff, adding important positions where needed most, in the finance department and in the development office. The changes will help us do our business better. Our spring benefit held over the first weekend in May was a great success in terms of fun generated, dollars spent per capita. Salem Golf Club was the venue, and attendees reported the best A-HOME party ever. The number of attendees was down, but fun and high spirits highlighted the evening.

Benefit Committee

Janet & Pete Harckham Jeanne Markel Janet McDermott & John David Benefit Chairs Joan Arnold Barbara & Andrew Chintz Peter Chryssos Dierdra & Timothy Clark Ona & Julius Cohn Vivian & Peter Falco Patti & Rob Ivry Nancy & Herbert Kaufmann Lonna Kelly Diane Kenny & Robert Hackett Gloria & John Marwell Jean & John Nonna Kathleen & Sean O'Connor Eileen Piker Madeleine Polemeni & Brian Hegarty Elizabeth & Peter Russell Lynn & Peter Russell Beverley & Sabin Streeter Laurie & Paul Sturz Moira & Mark Thielking Continued on page 4

Janet McDermott & John David

Mark & Moira Theilking, Andrew & Barbara Chintz Below: Vivian Falco, Ona Cohn

Peter Chyrssos, Jennifer Cook, & their sons

Shawne & Ed Mastronardi

Fran Osborne, Mary Sue Robson

Joan P. Arnold

In the world of high speed internet connection, live streams from the internet are a sure thing. On inauguration day it wasn't unrealistic to presume that A-HOME employees could watch the inaugural proceedings on a computer. We don't have cable TV. We began at 11 a.m. in plenty of time for the noon ceremony. But for over an hour, we could not connect. The problem ­ everyone was attempting to get "on-line." We tried a

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panoply of channels, ABC, NBC, CBS, the cable show, public TV and public radio. Our last attempt was through my own Facebook account. A-HOME staff members got a chance to see my "page", including one friend's video to the tune of Coldplay's Vida La Vida. But I digress. It was a few minutes before noon, we'd assembled a lunch of sorts to watch the proceedings. But there was no internet connection. A radio? We were able to find a small plug-in radio, thank goodness it wasn't battery operated because we couldn't find any batteries. So there we were ­ listening to the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, the candidate who had revolutionized campaigning via the internet, on a simple radio. We were back to basics. We were able to listen to the words of the speech without visual interruption. The words carried weight. Some wept. Likewise, when it came to the poem, we could appreciate the words and the delivery. The words of this address were serious, for serious times. The need for paring down, to keep things simple is not only a value but a necessity. We at A-HOME have made some tough decisions during the first month of the new year about how A-HOME can

best operate during these financial times; with projected cuts in all revenue areas. We made some changes in staff so that we could hone our resources. We want to insure that we are delivering our basic business and our core mission ­ providing safe and affordable housing to our residents. There is an expression, in the practice of yoga about external chatter, the Sanskrit word sounds like chitter chatter. Those who practice yoga always hope that they rid themselves of external chatter. Cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones are off during practice in the hope of quiet. Sometimes that chitter chatter invades the quiet, the focus and the balance. Balance is lost and the wobbling begins. That external noise takes a lot to vanquish and lots of concentration to come back to focus. Each spring I go to Washington to learn about current housing policy and pending legislation. I've done this for fifteen years. Fifteen years ago, it was the Clinton administration. Seven years later it was the Bush administration. The difference in housing policy was telling. From Cisneros to Cuomo, the theme was the tools in the housing tool box: all types of housing, and many tools. Under Bush, the thrust became homeownership. In-

creasingly, the talk was of homeownership that could be had by everyone. There were creative plans for minimal down payments, and even more creative mortgages. We, on the rental side, were dismayed that what little money there was for housing seemed to be going to homeownership programs. In looking at A-HOME's population we realized that there were few for whom homeownership would be a reality and many more for whom rental housing was essential. Now that every American faces some consequence of the failed economy, it is incumbent to delve into what is basic to us as Americans. And for us at A-HOME it is incumbent to reaffirm what is basic to A-HOME... our residents and the safe and affordable housing that we, with the community's help, provide for them. That housing is rental; most of our folks are very low income. Limited to the simple radio, we can listen better. Without the chatter, we can regain our composure and balance to focus on what are the basics.

Photo: Margaret Fox

From the Executive Director

A-HOME Values Statements

ust as in family life, values play a big role in the governance of a non-profit organization. Often values provide an understood, if not spoken, code of behavior for the staff and board in their work with each other, the people that are consumers of the services provided by the organization, and the public. Identifying values helps strengthen the link between a non-profit's mission and vision and the daily reality of implementing that mission. As important as values are the method by which the values are identified is just as important. At A-HOME the process began with the full board and staff engaged in a discussion of what values they felt best described how A-HOME interacts with the larger community. From that larger group a committee of volun-


teers developed, drafted, and adopted a list of values that fit A-HOME's organizational point of view ­ almost the equivalent of a person's personality.



We foster hope and provide a safe and stable living situation in which individuals can strive towards peace of mind, independence and renewal.


We value every person associated with A-HOME. We are honest and accountable in all our relationships and allow for differing views and a democratic process.


We are empathic and sensitive towards the needs of our community, residents and staff and strive to provide the Visionary highest level of understanding We challenge ourselves and the communities with whom and support. we work to be creative and Integrity open to new ideas. We look We maintain confidentiality, beyond the immediate to crehonesty and fiscal responsibil- ate new affordable housing ity, accountability and trans- opportunities for a healthy parency. and diverse community.

We are determined to generate the resources required for a better balance of affordable housing in our community. We generate substantial financial resources, employ creative partnerships and deliver measurable results for all engaged stakeholders.

"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends, hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism, these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 30, 2009

We Need Your Help!

lease don't forget to send your annual gift to A-HOME before our fiscal year ends in June. Over the holiday season donors took advantage of A-HOME's secure online donation process to make sustaining gifts. They commit-


TUESDAY ted to a monthly gift that would be automatically applied to their credit cards. After becoming a sustaining donor one of our supporters said "It's so easy to do." Get started today at

June 30th

A-HOME's House Party

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Journal Contributors Blue Bird Page A-HOME Board of Half Page

Directors JPMorgan Chase & Co. Eileen W. Piker St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Canary Yellow Page

Cuddy & Fedder Diamond Properties First Presbyterian Church of Katonah Edward and Maya Manley

Full Page

Absolute Flooring Antioch Baptist Church Insite Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C. Houlihan Lawrence Gabby and Louise Rosenfeld Select Telecom, Inc. Sullivan Architecture Temple Beth El of N. Westchester Zarin and Steinmetz

Quarter Page

Saccardi and Schiff, Inc. Frank J. Veith

Name Listing

Dr. & Mrs. Neil Aisenson Howe & Sibley Real Estate Dorothy J. Rich Lois and Ferd Vetare Washingtonville Housing Alliance

Auction Donations 121 Restaurant

Astoria Federal Savings Forbes Insurance Herbert and Nancy Kaufmann Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee Northern Westchester Hospital Pound Ridge Community Church Robison Oil Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, P.C. Vogler Brothers

Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen Art Flooring Center Compu-Tab Services, Inc. Dave Goldberg Plumbing & Heating Ann and Jim Hardy Intex Painting Company Erik P. Jacobsen Alfred L. Jacobsen Jewish Family Congregation Katonah United Methodist Church Onsite Computer Services Otto and Associates Paynes Corners

Neil Alexander All in Order Anonymous Antiques & Tools of Business and Kitchen Nick Antonaccio Apogee Pilates & Wellness Centers Art of Wine Betty Bates Believe Salon Bellizzi Blue Dolphin Ristorante Bob's Army and Navy Paul Briggs Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Casafina Charles Department Store

Andrew and Barbara Chintz Club Fit Ona and Julius Cohn Compu-Tab Services, Inc. Peter Chryssos Deer Park Tavern Jeannine DiBart Eco-East Family Britches Nisa Geller & Jeff Tannenbaum Steven Goodstein, Chiropractor Grand Prix New York Jeani Granelli Ted Donson and Marvel Grieppe George Henschel, AIA Patti and Rob Ivry Jodi's Gym Basil Jones Yoga Kelloggs & Lawrence Lisa Levinger Lexington Square Cafe Margaret Fox Photography Jodi Martin Shawne and Ed Mastronardi Michael's Garden Gate Nursery Mt. Kisco Seafood New York City Ballet

Dave Konig Paul & Hope Briggs, Dierdra & Timothy Clark

Lisa Holmes

Janet & Peter Harckham

Time to Move

NoKa & NoKa Joe's Northern Westchester Dental Outback Steakhouse Eileen Piker Premier Physical Therapy Richard Oliver House Richard Scott Day Spa Mary Sue and Clark Robson Lynn and Peter Russell Salem Golf Club Saw Mill River Nursery Mary Schneidman Scotts Corner Market Shawn's Personal Fitness Shoetique Peter and Fran Skrobela Amanda Snooks Mark Stanley Elizabeth Tilly Strauss Table Local Market The Perennial Chef The Phantom Company Four Feathers Wilderness Programs Vineyard Vines Pam and Dave Waill Westchester Adventure Boot Camp Westchester Chamber Orchestra Willy Nick's Café

Bird Houses

Patrick Brennan Architect, Katonah Duo Dickinson Architect, Madison CT Grandberg & Associates, Mount Kisco; Chris Gorzkowicz Contruction, Mt. Kisco; Watkins Welding, White Plains David Hunsberger, Katonah Jerome Kerner, South Salem Peter Kieltyka/Preston Hart Mountain Contracting, Katonah, NY Carol J.W. Kurth, Bedford; Legacy Construction, Armonk Shauna McManus Architects, Chappaqua; Josh Fischer, Pound Ridge Chuck Napoli, The Architects Studio, Chappaqua, O'Brien Architecture, Mt. Kisco; McKenna Custom Homes, Pleasantville Theoharides Inc., Ossining; Erik Oley, Irvington Michael G. Tierney, Katonah Visconti Architecture, Bedford Hills; Richard Anthony Millwork, Yorktown


Peter & Lynn Russell

hen Bob first moved to A-HOME in 1992 he was employed by Reader's Digest. Every day the Digest jitney would pick him up to take him to his job collecting office mail. After 25 years on the job, he retired. A resident of Arnold House Bob can often been be seen in the warmer months waiting for the mail carrier to deliver the mail. Once delivered Bob takes over and distributes the mail to his housemates' mailboxes. For several years Bob has been looking forward to moving closer to his brother Kenny and is delighted that he will soon move to Rhode Island. Bob's love of the sea and lighthouses is well known and he's looking forward to walking to the beach and sitting and enjoying the ocean. Bob's brother, Ken St. Amour is grateful to A-HOME. "A-HOME has been such a wonderful place for Bob. I remember the day we moved Bob's belongings into the house. He was the only one there. Such a big place for just one fellow, but that didn't last long. As Bob has gotten older it has become obvious that it's time to move on, but we understood that from the start. All the folks at A-HOME, from Joan Arnold down have made him feel important and good about himself. I think you all have gone way above and beyond the call to duty. I thank you so much for that.

It seems like yesterday (1992) that I was interviewed by one of your board members about Bob. I was so happy that he was accepted because I knew that he would be happy there and he would be close to his job. Over the years, A-HOME became Bob's extended family and he raved about it. But now, at age 71, it's time for Bob to move on. He needs assistance and he needs more interaction with folks his age. He needs to be closer to me....and this is wonderful. There aren't words to define how much I thank you for all that you have done for Bob. What a wonderful place A-HOME has been. We are forever indebted to you. Bob has had a great life experience while there and I have enjoyed all of our contacts over the years. You will, of course, leave us on your donor list. What better charity than one that actually helps people. We love all of have done a great job."

Ken & Lee Roberts, Joan Arnold

Stan's Story

tan was one of A-HOME's first residents. 2009 will mark his 24th anniversary at A-HOME. Stan's family moved to Mount Kisco when he was 11 and, when he was in the 10th grade, to a house his father had built for the family in New Castle. At the time Stan moved to A-HOME he was an adult


A-HOME renovated Heffner

House the men moved to that location while renovations began at Gannett. When asked about challenging times Stan mentioned one of the greatest challenges of shared housing, living with housemates. To cope with some of his more difficult housemates, he would "talk to people like case managers, or I'd go watch TV or read in my room." He is currently reading The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama. Stan stated that his best time living in A-HOME was "This time. The past couple of years have been good ­ not as difficult people." He enjoys the cook-outs that Christa

and Hank Kuusisto host for the Heffner men and A-HOME's volunteer and holiday dinners. Stan appreciates party gatherings with house members from time to time. He especially enjoyed the barbeque they had when the new grill they bought arrived and the turkey dinner they all helped to prepare. He values being able to easily walk to get food, a haircut and shop. His mother comes nearly every Sunday with friends to visit and take Stan grocery shopping. Stan always mentions how proud he is of his mother's capabilities at 85 years of age. Stan's sister Dorothy Rich recently said "We have a debt to A-HOME that we could not possibly repay. It's huge."

She lives in Connecticut and recently spoke to Barbara O'Brien (Stan's case manager). She expressed gratitude to the support personnel that have helped Stan over the years. She spoke to the location of Heffner House ­ "He can walk to just about everything!" She mentioned how nice it is that the neighbors accept the men at the house. She gave a recent example of how Stan fell on the ice and a neighbor quickly came over to him to help him up and make sure that he was all right. She ended by saying that, "Given his story ­ it's just irreplaceable what A-HOME has been to him." Dorothy recently became a sustaining A-HOME donor.

renting a room in a house where he would be awakened early in the morning by the landlord and his wife fighting. Stan remembers Peg Norman fondly, "how nice she was" and how she helped him get into A-HOME. He was one of the five men initially living in the house that became Gannett House, a property where five women now live. According to Stan, that was an experience. "The wiring was so bad that if you used the washing machine the lights in the house would go out ­ actually, all the power in the house would go off. Peg hired an electrician and it was much better". After

Turkey dinner at Heffner House

New Staffers

Mary Anne Clampitt

Mary Anne was driving a truck and roofing houses at the age of 16. After receiving an Associate Degree in carpentry from SUNY Delhi Mary Anne embarked on a career that has encompassed building houses from the ground up, working as a job coach and house manager at WARC, and teaching carpentry to autistic children in Florida and to underemployed adults in Tennessee. At A-HOME Mary Anne quickly moved from part time to full time. The recent winter, with low temperatures and snow every few days, kept her extremely busy not only with shoveling snow but with de-icing walkways and defrosting pipes. Mary Anne's concern for A-HOME's residents is returned in kind when we get calls at the office letting us know what a great job she's doing keeping walks free of ice and snow. Mary Anne lives in Carmel, NY with her husband and three young children.


1927 ­ 2009

Lisa Dashman

Mary Anne Clampitt

Steve Galluccio

After 30 years as a CFO in the corporate sector Steve found the A-HOME combination of non-profit work and affordable housing appealing. As A-HOME's controller Steve wants to provide the board and management with the inforLisa Dashman mation they need to make There was no getting her proactive business decisions, toes wet when Lisa joined update A-HOME's financial the A-HOME staff as Associdata entry system and proate Director of Development vide additional training to shortly before the 2009 spring Steve Galluccio A-HOME's bookkeeper. Steve benefit. She had to jump right A graduate of Brooklyn Col- lives in North Salem with his in and learn the job while do- lege with a bachelor degree in wife and children. ing. Lisa completed a BA at accounting and finance, Steve Goucher College and went on was the chief financial officer to receive a degree in music with financial, administrative therapy from Michigan State. and operational responsibiliShe began her career working ties for a Bloomfield, NJ firm in hospitals and in geriatric prior to joining A-HOME.

care. Lisa returned to school for a masters in psychology at Hunter College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Her corporate career included 11 years at IBM. At A-HOME Lisa is returning to the non-profit sector and hopes to apply her skills to expanding the awareness of what A-HOME does to the general public. Lisa and her family live in Croton.

A-HOME staff and board extend their condolences to Carla Hawryluk and her children Paul and Christa on the passing of Ted Hawryluk. Ted was a great friend of A-HOME and his intellect and compassion will be greatly missed.

"I feel blessed. I was in a desperate situation before I moved to A-HOME."

Robert ­ an A-HOME resident

At Home with A-HOME

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