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The good women and men who started the Guidance Center had the foresight, intellect and diligence that led to the creation of a force that would provide quality mental health care for hundreds of thousands of children, teens and family members for nearly seven decades.  I owe the founders a debt of gratitude for offering me such an enriching spot to hang my hat for almost all my adult life. Confucius...

Andrew Malekoff, the long-time CEO of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, headquartered in Roslyn Heights has announced his retirement.  A search is underway for the center’s next leader. Malekoff joined the center as an intern in 1977, and served as its executive director and CEO for 15 years. He will retire from the organization in July. He led the center’s substance use treatment and prevention program, which earned the agency...

Malekoff Andrew Malekoff, executive director/CEO, North Shore Child & Family Guidance CenterA paradox awaits the mental health field in 2021. With the pandemic has come the near universal use of telehealth and its fiscal benefits but also the loss of intimate in-person connection. From the moment of the transition to telehealth, I knew we would have a captive audience. Human contact with someone trained to listen, if only through a screen, became...

Corporate giving is making life a little easier for some of the Long Islanders struggling to make ends meet in the time of COVID-19. And amid the pandemic, whose earlier shutdown triggered economic fallout across the region and around the country, the need is great. Just ask Randi Shubin Dresner, the president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed the food insecure on Long Island. “Normally we help 300,000 families...

LIBN Column April 15, 2020, By Jenna Kern-Rugile Rumor has it that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague. So, how’s working at home during our modern day plague going for you? Social media and other sources are replete with articles about how you can use your time during the pandemic to be more productive. Not only are you supposed to be working remotely at full capacity – or even harder, because,...

One of COVID-19’s worst complications for nonprofits is the decimated events calendar. Galas and luncheons – nonprofits’ biggest fundraising vehicles – simply don’t exist in the age of social distancing. Take North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights. The organization looks to three events each year to bring people together, and collectively raise about $700,000. There’s a lot that may ride on timing going forward. “Our gala in October is...

It wasn’t necessary for the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook to validate that there is evil in the world. But what it did affirm is that if the massacre of six- and seven-year-old children is not off limits, then nothing is. Now there is Parkland. In the last 40 years, the United States has mourned scores of mass murders. A number of the locales where these shootings took place were schools...