Testimonials

“In this moment, it really hit me how important the work at GDS is, and how much the community benefits from the therapeutic support GDS provides…..

   “Melina Calle, GDS Counseling Intern (Sept 2013-June 2014) 

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Melina Calle (GDS Counseling Intern) with
Dr. Gary Altheim (GDS Founder) and kids.  
 
Melina recently was accepted into her Doctorate program at University of Connecticut in Hartford. 
 

The Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Service Providers’ Collective presented Growth and Development Services with a Counseling Services award

11.29.12 Counseling award

“In appreciation for your most needed Counseling Services Award for youth and families of our Community.”

The Collective

The Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Service Providers’ Collective

GDS and Camp Excel in the Manhattan Times
GDS and Camp Excel in the Manhattan Times, 2012

Gary Shulman
Director at Gary Shulman, MS. Ed., Special Needs Consulting and Training

“Dr. Gary Altheim is passionate about giving positive focus to the most vulnerable teens in NYC. His energy and dedication to this task is heart-warming to observe. I highly recommend that any support you can provide Dr. Gary Altheim to continue his monumental efforts, be provided so his dream can continue to be realized. The end result will be future leaders we can all be proud of”

 

 

Resources for Children with Special Needs Letter of Endorsement

Above: Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) speaks about the importance of keeping Growth and Development Services operating. (April 27, 2012)

“His program not only provides [teenagers] with positive role models, mentoring, socialization, and counseling, but it gives them hope.  It enhances their self-esteem and lets them know they can achieve great things in their lives when they have self-respect and consideration for others.”

GDS Inwood testimonial

Above: A letter from Christian Guerrero, Director of School Culture of Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, who has hired GDS for its Training Institute.   

“What I love about GDS is that they truly understand our population, their environment, the neighborhood, and the struggles.  They help parents and staff understand the struggles and the plight of the families we serve.  Their depth of knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate such ideas make them a high quality organization.  This is why I highly recommend GDS and The Training Institute to any school that is looking to engage and develop a stronger parent presence in their school.”

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Above: A letter from Davon Russell, Vice President for Programs and Operations of Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo), to Markida Murrell, Contract Specialist of the Department of Youth and Community Development endorsing the work of GDS. (October 20, 2009)

“I have worked with GDS in a variety of capacities for more than 10 years and have been able to witness the unprecedented life transformations made by its teens and families…In my role as the Vice President for Programs and Operations at Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corporation I have had the pleasure, over the past 12 years, of working very closely with the team at GDS. Each summer I take vacation to attend and participate in Camp Excel.”

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