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Cardinal Dolan to Tour Rhinebeck’s Astor Services for Children & Families on Wednesday, May 9

His Eminence will also attend the conversation with state lawmakers and mental health professionals on the challenges of opioid addiction, bullying and teen suicide

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2018

What: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be in Rhinebeck to tour the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and School at Astor Services for Children & Families, which provides treatment, counseling and support to families and children struggling with behavioral and emotional health problems. He will see two RTC units that recently underwent a mini-renovation with the help of actors Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The day’s program also will include a conversation with state elected officials and mental health professionals about the challenges families face related to the opioid epidemic, bullying, and teen suicide and an Astor School Children’s Art Show, where the young artists will be available to talk about their work.


When:  Wednesday, May 9, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Cardinal Dolan is expected to arrive at 11 a.m.)

Where: Astor Services for Children & Families 6339 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572

Why: Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of New York, and in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Cardinal Dolan’s visit demonstrates the Archdiocese’s support of Astor Services for Children & Families’ 65 years providing community based, non-profit children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. Astor currently serves 10,000 children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.

Who:  In addition to Cardinal Dolan, other attending dignitaries may include State Senator Sue Serino; State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill; State Senator Robert Ortt, Mental Health Committee Chair, NY State Senate; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair, NY State Assembly; Senator George Amedore, NY Senate Alcoholism  & Drug Abuse Chair; Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, NY Assembly Alcoholism  & Drug Abuse Chair; Msgr. Kevin  Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York; Jim McGuirk, PhD, Executive Director, Astor Services for Children & Families

Contact:  Due to security concerns, journalists wishing to attend all or some of the activities must contact Sandi Sonnenfeld, Impact PR & Communications, at or 845/462-4979 by Tuesday, May 8.

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