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First TeenFest at Palace Theatre
Teens Show Spirit
at First TeenFest
The inaugural TeenFest that was held August 6 at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse was created to help teenagers make healthy choices and highlight their incredible talents. The event surpassed those goals in many ways, particularly with one of the scheduled performers, Tyler Lamb ... read more
Acadias Dana Gucciardi tours the Hotline Call Center
Acadia’s Dana Gucciardi with Contact’s Pat Leone and Cheryl Giarrusso
Acadia Donates to
Prevent Teen Suicides
Dana Gucciardi, a Senior Claim Specialist at Acadia’s Syracuse office, visited Contact August 9 to tour the crisis and suicide prevention Hotline facility and meet with Executive Director Pat Leone and Crisis Intervention Services Director Cheryl Giarrusso. Dana also presented the $2,450 check to Cheryl ... read more
Payton Bird
Payton Bird
Teen Talkers Create
TeenFest Music Event
The first TeenFest, a live music event created by teenagers and for teenagers, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Palace Theatre in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse. TeenFest is the creation of the high school students who participate in Contact Community Services’ Teen Talk program. ... read more
Contact PAX Cake from Porter
Contact Gets a Tootle
From Porter Teachers
The teachers on the first-grade team at Porter Elementary School are giving Contact Community Services a "Tootle" for implementing the PAX Good Behavior Game at their school. Under the direction of Behavioral Specialist Allison Zales, Contact’s School Services department introduced PAX GBG this past school year to all grades at Porter ... read more
Jerry Horton
Contact Mourns Passing Of
Volunteer Jerry Horton
Dear Contact Family, It is with much sadness that we learned of the passing of longtime Hotline volunteer Jerry Horton. He was an integral part of the Contact family for 42 years and will be deeply missed. Jerry touched many lives; may his beautiful soul rest in peace. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. July 16 ... read more
Contacts Cheryl Giarrusso and Stephanie Lewis
Contact’s Cheryl Giarrusso (left) and Stephanie Lewis
HealthLink On Air
Spotlights Suicide Prevention
HealthLink on Air, a program of Upstate Medical University, recently invited Contact’s Cheryl Giarrusso and Stephanie Lewis on the radio show to discuss suicide prevention with host Linda Cohen. The interview aired on WRVO Public Media on July 3. ... read more
Volunteers and Donoars
Contact Salutes
Volunteers & Donors
About 80 volunteers, donors, board members and staff attended Contact Community Services’ annual "Volunteer & Donor Celebration" June 23 at Justin’s Tuscan Grill in East Syracuse to honor 2016 Volunteer of the Year Paula Freedman and our other award winners ... read more
Paula Freedman
Paula Freedman
Paula Freedman Named
Contact’s Volunteer of Year
When Paula Freedman was told she had been named Contact Community Services’ 2016 Volunteer of the Year, her first thought was that the award "should go the other way. "I was greatly surprised," Paula said. "I do this because I love doing it ... read more
Erica, SAP Counselor
Henninger Student Appreciates
Contact’s SAP Counselor
Students from Henninger High School in the Syracuse City School District photographed and interviewed non-teaching members of the school to create an art exhibition called "Henninger High School: Inside Out." ... read more

Erin Davies "Fagbug "
ITC Students Support
Tolerance For All
In late April, Erin Davies was attacked by a man while she stood in line at a Syracuse post office. According to police, the man said "he was going to kill" Erin, who travels across the country in a Volkswagen Beetle that she turned into a symbol of gay pride. ... read more
Day of Silence
SAP Counselors Katie Arney-Rattray (l) and Christine LeCates (c)
Day of Silence
Supports LGBTQ Students
On April 15, students at Corcoran and the Institute of Technology at Central high schools in the Syracuse City School District observed the Day of Silence, a student-led national event that brought attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. ... read more
Sue Navagh
Sue Navagh
Hotline Volunteer Making a Difference
Like many college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sue Navagh was going to change the world. "I came up here from New York City in a time, I’m sure you know, we were the Age of Aquarius, we were going to change the world," ... read more

Lily Zawadzki’s lunch bunch students
"I Hope I Make Them Smile!"
by Lily Zawadzki
As a Youth Development Specialist, it’s my job to encourage young learners to become stronger and well-rounded members of our community. From their academics to their behaviors and all of the social/emotional skills in-between, I focus on developing the whole person and guiding young people on the journey called life. A huge focus of my job is to teach skills ... read more
Call Center volunteer
Contact/211CNY Answer the Call
"I have been using drugs heavy and I want to stop or die. I have nowhere to turn to." This email came to us through the 211CNY website at 6:29 a.m. Sunday, January 10. A few hours later, we sent this reply: ... read more
The Vadala family
Toni Vadala with her sons Anthony (left) and Christopher
Contact impacts Syracuse Family
In Many Different Ways
Contact Community Services recently attended the annual Wellness Fair at P.E.A.C.E., Inc., in Syracuse, where we had the great pleasure of meeting Toni Vadala, a Family Worker for P.E.A.C.E., Inc. As we were sharing stories about our agencies, Toni explained how Contact has been a positive influence in her family’s life ... read more

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