From the Executive Director

Not everyone has the privilege of being part of a legacy, an entity that has endured and expanded over time, through the innovation and commitment of its founders.

The rich history of Green Chimneys has just as much to do with our years of achievement as it does our opportunities for growth and future success. We take great pride in operating one of the safest and most innovative schools in New York State. Families, agencies and medical professionals have entrusted Green Chimneys with the care and treatment of their children for over six decades.

Over the years, we’ve been able to invest in our facilities to include a new school, health center, residences and infrastructure to create a state-of- the-art campus ready for further growth. Yet with all these changes, one of the most exciting ones has been a return to our roots, shifting our focus from child welfare to school-based referrals to serve children with special educational and emotional needs. This recently brought the expansion of our program to our second campus in Carmel, NY, helping us to meet an ever-growing demand.

We are currently strengthening our foothold in the community to serve youth and families with education and services to support healthy development, academic success and strong family bonds. Investment in the sustainability of Putnam County is also a focus with the spread of environmental education and best practices for students, conservationists and our regional partners at our Clearpool Model Forest. And, we continue to welcome thousands of children, families and international guests who want to experience our culture, or just be together in a truly serene and enriching environment.

This is all the culmination of what we have known for decades at Green Chimneys: there is intrinsic value in connecting people with nature, their community, and each other. We proudly continue our commitment to the community we are fortunate to be a part and for decades to come.


Joseph A. Whalen
Executive Director

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