Cayuga Centers receives Allyn Family Foundation Grant

The Allyn Family Foundation notified Cayuga Centers of a $75,000 grant to assist with the purchase of property at 210 Osborne Street, recently named in honor of the agency’s late board chair, Frederick N. Richardson.

President and CEO Edward Myers Hayes says, “We are pleased by the support we have received through the years from the Allyn Family Foundation which has helped us develop and adjust programs and create high quality treatment and services. This latest contribution will assist in our purchase of 210 Osborne Street – helping us add space to our growing respite program for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as reduce costs by owning instead of leasing the property.”

Fundraising Specialist Timothy Kelly notes the purchase of the building is part of the agency’s capital campaign currently underway to build capacity to accommodate expansion brought on by program growth across the agency’s multiple locations. The grant is also earmarked to help fund the expansion of Weekday Respite programming. Respite programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities have overwhelmed current space at the Frederick N. Richardson Center.

Numerous staff members were relocated to newly purchased offices space on Kearney Avenue. The moves from Osborne Street will enable expansion of the physical space for respite, allowing an increase in program slots to serve more individuals. A key element in helping families with caregiving is having regular opportunities for time away while their loved one is engaged in social activities.  At least 300 local families would like to receive respite services if available.

For 165 years, Cayuga Centers has worked to meet the changing needs of children, families and individuals.  The agency uses five empowering and strength-based methods:

  • campus-based Residential Treatment for youth in the family court system – to help them develop vital life skills and experience the healing that is necessary to reintegrate them with their families and communities.
  • community-based family-strengthening programs, which strive to keep families safely intact, while preventing unnecessary residential placements.
  • services to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to live fully in the community.
  • treatment-focused foster care, which places youth in homes with highly trained and supported foster parents.
  • transitional and long-term foster care for unaccompanied children, which places them in Spanish-speaking homes and provides tutoring and short-term, trauma-focused therapy as they await reunification with a sponsor


Cayuga Centers, headquartered in Auburn, NY, serves children and families throughout New York State, southeast Florida, and Delaware, offering a variety of evidence-based programs, residential and foster care treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Cayuga Centers, with over 600 employees, has a $67 million budget.


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