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Out of Darkness Walk
Contact staff and volunteers at the "Out of the Darkness Walk"
Out of the Darkness
Community Walk Oct. 8
You can help bring suicide "Out of the Darkness" by participating in the 11th annual Liverpool/Syracuse "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Long Branch Park (West Shore Trail) in more
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Contact supporter Judi Dzikowski
Join Judi and Support
Contact in September
Judi Dzikowski supports Contact Community Services and she wants you to join her. During September, which is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Judi has pledged to match your donations up to $1,000. Watch Judi’s video to see why she believes in Contact’s mission to support the social, emotional, behavioral and mental health of children and adults throughout Central New York ... read more
Uno Pizzaria and Grill
Dough Rai$er for Contact
Sept. 29 at Pizzeria Uno
On Thursday, Sept. 29, you can support Contact’s mission to stop suicide in Central New York by enjoying lunch, dinner or a late-night snack at the Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurant on the food court level at Destiny Mall USA. ... read more

Contact Supports State’s
Suicide Prevention Plan
On September 12, the New York State Office of Mental Health released an extensive, multifaceted plan for suicide prevention aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate. "1,700 Too Many: New York State’s Suicide Prevention Plan" will empower communities, healthcare professionals and researchers with the tools they need to decrease the number of deaths by suicide. ... read more
Teen Institute Youth Staff Named for 2016-17
Teen Institute Youth Staff
Named for 2016-17
Contact Community Services is proud to announce the five Syracuse City School District (SCSD) students who have been selected to the Teen Institute Youth Staff for the 2016-17 school year: Mikem Simpson, Kyra Spaights and Solomon Lawrence from Syracuse Institute of Technology at Central (ITC), and Uriah Howard and Za’Reyah Brown from Fowler High School. ... read more
Pat Leone
Pat Leone
An Anniversary Message from
Executive Director Pat Leone
Dear Friends, Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the work of Contact Community Services. I recently celebrated my 10th anniversary as Contact’s Executive Director and I remain in awe of the hard work and professionalism of our staff and volunteers. ... read more
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
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
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
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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