Green Chimneys is the nationally renowned, non-profit organization with a mission of restoring possibilities and creating futures for children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges through educational, therapeutic and outreach services, while providing care for animals and nature, thereby promoting a philosophy of dignity and worth for all living things.
Recognized as the worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and activities, Green Chimneys operates residential treatment for children and a special education school. Green Chimneys offers specialized treatment and educational and recreational services. Each year, Green Chimneys' restoration system gives hundreds of children and their families the tools that enable them to positively experience their youth, regain a sense of self-worth and create hope for the future as independent, positive and productive adults.
Green Chimneys was founded in 1947 by the Ross Family, who purchased a 75-acre farm from the widow of NY State Senator Ward Tolbert of Pelham Manor, NY. The farm, in the Town of Patterson, Putnam County, NY, was to house a private school where children could interact with farm animals. In June 1948, Green Chimneys Farm for Little Folk opened its doors with 11 students. The property has since expanded to nearly 200 acres with an additional 350 acres at Clearpool Education Center. Green Chimneys School has nearly 200 students: 100 in the residential program, and more than 80 in the day school.
Green Chimneys provides innovative and caring services for children, families and animals and targets its services at restoring and strengthening the emotional health and well-being of children and families, and fostering optimal functioning and independence. We strive to develop a harmonious relationship between people, animals, plants, nature and the environment through an array of educational, recreational, vocational and mental health services. We are a voluntary, non-sectarian, multi-service agency.
Today, the agency serves youth from New York City, the mid-Hudson region, Westchester and Putnam counties, and the counties of western Connecticut. To date, the agency is considered the strongest and most diverse of its kind involving farm, animal, plant and wildlife-assisted activities.
Green Chimneys School for Little Folk, the original corporation, is an educational corporation, and Green Chimneys Children's Services is a social service, mental health and mental retardation corporation. They are separate corporations. Both are organized as not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporations. The board is identical and the administrative staff for both are the same. The school corporation was founded in 1947, and social services in 1974. In 1996, The Friends of Green Chimneys, a third not-for-profit corporation was organized in order to support the work of the agency and school.
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