SOURCE: Lutheran Social Services

November 27, 2007 09:07 ET

Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home Is Looking to Connect With Adults Who Were Served by the Orphanage During Their Youth

JAMESTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - The Gustavus Adolphus Family Services of Jamestown is creating a new project to reconnect with individuals who have come through the GA facility in past years. The project will be centered on sharing stories of success and a GA Alumni Wall of Fame that will be displayed in the main GA facility.

The project will serve as an inspiration to all.

"We want to reconnect with people who have come through the GA facility and have gone on to lead successful lives despite having endured many hardships in their childhood," says Michael Hopkins, Executive Director of the GA Family Services. The children's home is a specialized treatment facility, but in previous years it was also an orphanage. Children from all around central and western New York have come through the GA facility for one reason or another. Many of these former residents are now adults and are scattered all over New York as well as the country.

The main purpose of this outreach is to show the current children at the facility that they too can overcome great odds and lead successful lives. The GA Family Services provide a multitude of programs for the youth that it services today. Group homes, learning, medical and clinical services, supervised independent living and therapeutic foster care are among the many services they provide.

"We want to encourage those individuals that have come through the children's home to share their stories with us. We have a special section on our website for feedback and stories to reconnect with everyone. Of course, confidentiality is certainly provided if the individual wishes," said Hopkins.

For more information on this project, and or Gustavus Adolphus Family Services, call 716-720-9122 or visit

Gustavus Adolphus Family Services is a specialized treatment program for youth and their families who are in need of care. GA was founded on a tradition of caring and compassion toward youth that goes back to 1886. Today, we provide a full continuum of services for at-risk youth.

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    Patricia Eckwahl
    Public Relations