St. Peter’s New Assistant


Bob greeting guests at WHOLE ME Gala

There are no words to adequately express the sadness that is in my heart as I write these words. Bob Frank, who has been with WHOLE ME since we started 11 years ago passed away this week from cancer. During his time with us Bob has been a faithful and devoted supporter of the WHOLE ME mission; he’s been a cheerleader, a critic (when necessary) and most importantly a true friend and confidant since day one. Although I know that he is in a place of peace and beauty, I feel a deep sense of loss for all of us.

Over the years, Bob played a variety of roles from board member to master electrician when we needed a little work done in the office to “Bill Nye, The Science Guy” with his crazy hats at the after-school program. The kids loved him and he loved them. He was their biggest supporter and he would do anything to make sure that the kids in the after-school program had what they needed. Even when he was in Florida Bob would call the office to check on us and give us the weather report from whatever golf course he was on, especially when it was particularly cold and snowy here in Syracuse!

Right now our hearts are heavy but we are trying to be positive because that’s what Bob would want. Although we may never understand why such good people are taken from us much too soon, I know that Bob will live in the hearts of those who loved him forever and I, for one, feel so blessed to have had such a cherished friend, mentor and colleague.

Godspeed my friend, until we meet again…

bob at asp4 Bob with burger hat


bob with margaret











Lindsay Ryan, Co-Director of WHOLE ME’s Youth Programs completed her first Iron Girl Triathlon on August 3rd…
the day was extra special because it just so happened to be her birthday! Lindsay spent the day swimming, biking and running with friends and family. Her time was 2:14:14 and she placed 727 out of 1,095…not bad for her first time!!!!

Please join us in congratulating Lindsay  on her amazing accomplishment!















What Works: How a nonprofit had to fail to find success

By Marnie Eisenstadt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Whole Me began 11 years ago with a grassroots effort. People who worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children saw a problem. The kids they were interpreting for in school were going home to afternoons of isolation. So they built a solution: An after-school program for deaf students. No one got paid. The office was a dining room table.

Over the next decade, Whole Me grew little by little. It got a real office in an old TV repair shop in Geddes. The budget reached six figures. But it took failure in 2011 for the small organization to find a solid path to financial security.

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  • Whole Me changed my life because they helped me to make new friends, try new things, not give up, be proud of the person I am and to have fun!
  • Whole Me gave Christine a boost to her self-confidence and self esteem when she was younger and helped her to deal with Deaf issues as she has grown.


  • Spaghetti Dinner

    Nov 07, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Lakeside Fire House

    1002 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209