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Ithaca Journal - 3-12-13
Elmira Star Gazette - 3-13-13
Two weeks ago Governor Cuomo proposed balancing the New York State budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in our communities. He proposed a $240 million cut in Medicaid funds to all not-for-profit providers that serve thousands of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a 6% cut for all not-for-profit providers in NYState; Franziska Racker Centers would see a cut of almost $1 million....
Ithaca Journal 3-6-13
October 26, 2012
Roger Sibley, Long-time Leader at Franziska Racker Centers Announces his Retirement
Franziska Racker Centers announces that Roger Sibley will retire as Executive Director at the end of the year. Sibley has been at the helm of the agency that serves individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Cortland, Tompkins and Tioga counties for over thirty-three years. read more
October 12, 2012
Franziska Racker Centers holds Ribbon Cutting to open new Learning Center and Renovated Preschool
Franziska Racker Centers’ new Jean Dunlavey Learning Center and renovated Margaret Gibson Preschool was officially opened to the community Friday morning at their Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Racker Centers serves individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families throughout Cortland, Tompkins and Tioga Counties. read more
September 5, 2012
Franziska Racker Centers Hits $3.5 "Making Room" Goal
Franziska Racker Centers surpasses $3.5 million campaign goal...read more
April 24, 2012
Racker Centers focus on abilities; discuss a history of learning
By Rick Stilson - Owego Pennysaver 4/21/12
The Circle of Courage is portrayed on a Native American medicine wheel representing the wholeness of life. These core values, within the context of health and safety, represent basic human needs...read more (PDF of article)
November 18, 2011
Franziska Racker Centers opens new Free-standing Respite House
“Starry Night” respite house is a five bedroom, free-standing home that was built to serve the need for short-stay respite for those with developmental disabilities. The house will serve individuals in Cortland and surrounding Central New York locations.... READ MORE...
June 17, 2011
Cargill Supports "Making Room" Capital Campaign with Generous Gift
Franziska Racker Centers is pleased to announce that Cargill has stepped forward to become a Cornerstone Donor for their “Making Room” Capital Campaign. READ MORE...
May 19, 2011
Racker Centers Breaks Ground for new Learning Center and Renovated Building
Franziska Racker Centers Board President, Campaign Co-Chairs, and Executive Director collectively dug a gold shovel into the dirt on Thursday, May 19th. This marks the official groundbreaking of their “Making Room” capital campaign project. In attendance were donors of the agency, Board members, staff and families that are served. Leading in to the event, people gathered for the annual “Special Friends” brunch held to recognize donors. Stories were shared by Ann Costello, daughter of Dr. Franziska Racker, as well as family members who’s loved ones have benefited from Racker services. READ MORE...
Professionals throughout four Counties Collaborate to create Student Mental Health website
MentalHealthConnect.org has recently been launched in our area to support professionals who care for young people with mental health challenges. Mentalhealthconnect.org offers easy access to a variety of referral resources, forms, and information about effective strategies for caring for young people with mental health concerns. The site also contains news articles, contact information for service organizations and a local calendar of events. The website is the first dynamic resource of this kind throughout this region serving mental health professionals, teachers, school districts and other community providers. read more....
May 1, 2011
Franziska Racker Centers joins Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
Franziska Racker Centers is now officially a new member of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Intiative (TCCPI). As the website states, "TCCPI is a multisector collaboration seeking to leverage the climate action commitments made by Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca to mobilize a countywide energy efficiency effort and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy." Read more...
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Racker Centers Publicly Announces Campaign
Franziska Racker Centers Unveils Making Room Campaign Details
Public phase of Capital Campaign announced to 150 people in attendance at launch event held at Celebrations on November 4th
Franziska Racker Centers, a private, nonprofit organization that works to create opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families in Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins counties, has announced plans to raise $3.5 million to expand and improve their Wilkins Rd. campus. To date, Racker
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010
Student Clubs Teach Teens with Disabilities to Cook Italian
Article featured in Cornell ChronicleOnline by Kathleen Jercich
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Tough luck channeled into a gift for Racker Centers
Ithacan turns misfortune into children's book Written by Jon Christianson
Article featured in the Ithaca Journal on July 8, 2010
GROTON -- Brandon Graves has had a tough couple of years.
In 2003, Graves was the victim of a house fire in San Diego that killed his housemate. Emergency responders resuscitated Graves, but he was left in a month-long coma, with burns that required extensive skin grafts. He relocated to his... Read More