Kids Running

2,000

THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES WE SERVE EVERYDAY!

At Berkshire, our employees, who work in settings that often challenge the heart and the mind, know that what they do matters. Our work directly impacts the lives of thousands of children & families across New York State.

Their Stories - Our Impact: Meet Our Alumni
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Triston

Triston

“Berkshire was instrumental in assisting me with my challenges and helping me to create new areas of strength. Specifically, my reading and writing comprehension and my level of confidence with speaking and expressing my feelings or wishes. I would not have worked as hard to stay focused and motivated without the guidance of my case workers and Berkshire Farm Center.”

Bill

Bill

“I didn’t care about anyone or anything. If it weren’t for Berkshire, I would have ended up in jail or dead. Now, there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t think about Berkshire and the positive impact it had on my life.”

Jarrod

Jarrod

“Berkshire helped to change my life around. It has given me the confidence I need to expand my talent and to pursue my love of music.”

Brandon

Brandon

“To my mentor, my teachers, and my staff at Berkshire, I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for holding me accountable for my words and actions. Thank you for never giving up on me even during some of my most challenging times. Thank you for never lowering the bar and for always pushing me to be better and do better.”

Raquel

Raquel

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my grandmother who gave me strength, my Berkshire workers who helped me to heal, or my adoptive parents who took a chance on a kid like me."

Deon

Deon

“Without Berkshire, I wouldn’t be the responsible, hard-working individual I am today. Berkshire helped me develop my work ethic and become an independent and productive citizen. My staff at the time treated me like family. Without the skills they taught me, I would not be the successful business owner that I am today. I recently reconnected with the agency and I’m proud to call myself a Friend of Berkshire”

Sean

Sean

“The mistakes I made in my past often caused me to be labeled as a ‘bad kid’. People in the community were afraid of me, afraid of all the kids like me on campus, and I don’t blame them for it. What took me time to realize is that I was NOT a “bad kid”. I was a good kid who made bad choices. There is a difference and Berkshire helped me see that. I thank Berkshire for allowing me to change and grow. I was exposed to a new way of life and it helped me create a plan for my future."

Note: Some names and photos have been changed to protect the identity of our clients & alumni

BY THE NUMBERS

We serve 55 of the 62 counties across NYS

97% of employees believe what  they do matters

150 children were reunified with their birth families or found their "Forever Families" through adoption in 2020

96% of youth feel they get what they need at Berkshire to be successful

We have 483 Berkshire Foster Families across NYS

Learn more about our impact by viewing our 2020 Annual Report
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