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Nov 19 is Survivor Day
Suicide Loss Survivors
Gather Nov. 19 in Liverpool
If you are a suicide loss survivor, you are not alone. On International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Nov. 19, you can join with a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as you share stories of healing and hope. Our friends from the Central New York Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are hosting this free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Northside Baptist Church, 7965 Oswego Road (Route 57), Liverpool. ... read more
A Win-Win: Eat Pizza
and Support Contact!
From now through Dec. 9, you can support Contact’s mission to prevent 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. Here’s how it works: Print out the "Dough Rai$er" certificate (PDF) and present it to your Pizzeria Uno server at any time between now and Dec. 9. Uno Pizzeria & Grill will donate 20 percent of your bill to Contact if we raise $1,500 or more in total sales by Dec. 9! ... read more

Contact SAP Counselor Cindy Squillace on "Insight."
Contact SAP Counselor
Appears on WCNY’s "Insight"
We’re proud to say that Cindy Squillace, our Student Assistance Program Counselor at Syracuse Institute of Technology at Central (ITC) High School, was invited to be a guest panelist on WCNY TV’s "Insight" program that aired Oct. 7. The topic: Why Central New York has the most segregated school district borders in the state. ... read more
22 PUsh-up Challenge
NewsChannel 9 interviews Contact’s Cheryl Giarrusso after the 22 Push-Up Challenge.
Contact Drops and Gives 22
To Support Veterans
Staff and volunteers from Contact Community Services and the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross helped raise awareness of suicide prevention for veterans by performing the 22 Push-Up Challenge at 12:22 p.m. Sept. 28 at Contact’s office in East Syracuse. The 22 Push-Up Challenge takes its name from a 2012 Department of Veteran Affairs study that said an average of 22 veterans die by suicide each day. ... 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
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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