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Employee Spotlight

Michael Bushy

Michael Bushy

The inaugural BCC 40 Under 40 event honored an impressive group of young individuals in the Berkshire community who are making a positive impact. Included in this group was Hillcrest’s art teacher, Michael Bushy.

Aside from serving on Pittsfield’s Cultural Development Board, Berkshire Art Association as VP, and the Berkshire Museum’s New Roots Committee, Michael brings his teaching out of the classroom with printmaking/bookbinding workshops through IS183, the Clark, Miss Hall’s School, and demonstrations at the Berkshire Museum. He also offers development workshops to the Pittsfield Public Schools and at 3rd Thursdays, where he guides children, teens and adults in creating art. Kudos to Michael for donating his art and his time to our community and advocating for the importance of the arts in the lives of our youth.

A Successful Robert “Bees” Prendergast Reception

2016 St. PatsWith incredible support from the Berkshire community, Hillcrest raised $60,000 from the annual St. Patrick’s gala held on March 18th at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Over 240 businesses and individuals supported the event through their attendance, sponsorships, and donated auction items.

President of the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, was presented with the “Irish Person of the Year” award. The Pittsfield UNICO was honored with the “Judge John A. Barry Award” for Community Service.

To highlight the event, attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from a 15 year old Hillcrest student, Mister Shaw, who shared his journey of losing his family in a fire and experienced numerous failed placements. His foster parent also shared an amazing story of resilience and how his son has overcome so many obstacles.

Coming from foster care himself, Senator Rosenberg is working on the Kids’ First initiative, and believes that Hillcrest is part of the continuum by helping kids to live the best lives they can. He shared a sentiment describing the feeling of helping children in their time of need, “if you lose but one child, it is as though you lost the whole word, but if you save one child it’s like you saved the whole world”.

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Hillcrest Goes Blue for Autism

AS LIUB

Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Administrative Offices on South Street, Hillcrest’s Housatonic Academy, and the City of Pittsfield’s Park Square illuminated with special blue lights on the evening of Friday, April 1 in support of Autism Speaks’ global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

The lights remained lit through the entire month of April in support of Autism Awareness. We thank Limelight Productions, Inc. for providing the lighting in Park Square.

This year we are excited to announce that Downtown Pittsfield Inc., College Internship Program, UCP of Berkshire County, and Community Resources for People with Autism partnered with us to host an Autism Resource Fair and Art Show during the First Friday Arts Walk at the Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. offices from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1 followed by the lighting ceremony in Park Square at 7:30 p.m.

Our Co-Sponsors for the event:

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Next year’s event promises to be even larger and draw more awareness to the cause.

Enjoy this video of the College Internship Program students showcasing their musical talents at the Autism Resource Fair!

Campus Spotlight: Housatonic Academy Day Program

Allison Billard

Allison Billard -Program Director

Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Housatonic Academy is a therapeutic day school where the belief that all children can learn and do well is the foundation of our programming.

The Housatonic Academy program is a 12-month program, which includes a 7-week summer program. We operate on a rolling admission basis, so the students are admitted throughout the academic school year as well as during the summer months.

The academy provides individualized educational and therapeutic services that identify and build on the strengths of children and their families in a safe environment, allowing each student to reach their highest potential.

To support our children’s therapy and help them build skills for the future, Hillcrest offers multiple hands-on programs during the course of student treatment. For example, vocational programming that teaches skills to maintain rain gardens in downtown Pittsfield, certifying students in food safety and maintaining on-site greenhouses producing fresh vegetables for retail. All of these skills help students develop self-esteem and encourage them to continue their treatment in ways that can help them live independently in the future.

HA student in pool

The Housatonic Academy is licensed to serve students ages 6 through 22. Our students come to us from Berkshire County and the surrounding areas (New York, Southern Vermont). While all of our students have unique needs, the commonality is that all of our students have social-emotional or behavioral difficulties that cannot be met within the public school setting.

At the Housatonic Academy, there are classrooms that are specifically devoted to educating children on the Autism Spectrum. These classrooms utilize an Applied Behavior Analysis approach to education and behavior management.

Greylock Federal Credit Union Donates $12,500 to Hillcrest Educational Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    

Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.                                                          
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Greylock Federal Credit Union Donates $12,500 to Hillcrest Educational Foundation

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 27, 2016 – Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $12,500 to Hillcrest Educational Foundation in support of our Annual “Bees” Prendergast Reception and Hillcrest Dental Care’s program to provide dental health education in local schools.

The 2016 Annual St. Patrick’s Reception was held at the Country Club of Pittsfield on March 18, with a great show of support from the local community, including Greylock Federal Credit Union, who was the lead sponsor of the event.

Throughout February and March Hillcrest Dental Care gave presentations at 8 local schools and day care centers to educate children on the importance of oral health and the role it plays in a person’s overall health. We’re proud to have reached 479 students during this time and look forward to continuing the program next year!

Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher said of the generous donation, “Greylock continuously steps up to the plate and supports our efforts in creating a healthier community here in Berkshire County”.

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About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, kcardillo@hillcrestec.org or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org

 

MountainOne Donates $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    

Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.                                                          
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

MountainOne Donates $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 26, 2016 – MountainOne Bank has donated $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. This generous donation will support the treatment of the students who attend Hillcrest Educational Centers’ residential, day and autism programs. MountainOne Bank is also the lead sponsor for Hillcrest’s 16th Annual Fall Golf Classic and corporate contributor to the Annual Campaign.

Hillcrest offers a variety of programs to enhance its students’ therapeutic experience from gender-specific groups to vocational opportunities, such as obtaining a certificate in food safety or maintaining campus greenhouses that produce fresh flowers and vegetables for retail. These skills help students develop self-esteem and encourage them to continue their treatment in ways that can help them live more independently in the future.

“The support that MountainOne provides is critical to maintaining the quality and consistency of the cutting edge treatment that we pride ourselves on delivering. Our children deserve the best and with the support of organizations like MountainOne, we deliver the highest quality of care to the children who need it the most”, said Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher.

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About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, kcardillo@hillcrestec.org or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org

 

Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. Awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. Awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank

 PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 6, 2016—Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. (HEC) has been awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank Foundation to support their educational initiatives and address the needs of low-income children in their care.

This donation directly supports annual fundraising events such as the Annual Fall Classic and the St. Patrick’s Reception whose proceeds provide long term support to the agency and the children and families it serves.

“The incredible support of local businesses and the community as a whole helps Hillcrest stay at the cutting edge of quality treatment of children and provide a safe and rewarding work experience for our 532 staff who live in Berkshire County. Organizations such as Berkshire Bank continue to amaze us each time they step up and help us help others”, said Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher.

About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, kcardillo@hillcrestec.org or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

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Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org