October 2018 Newsletter

 

My Personal Experience with a National Epidemic
By Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
The Nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. 116 people a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses. Chances are good that even young teenagers will have heard about opioids and overdose deaths at some point. Pretending that opioid use is not a problem—or thinking that a child is a “good kid” and therefore doesn’t need to hear and talk about it—is a mistake. Being a “good kid” does not mean that young people will not be curious or be tempted by peers.
On September 15th, I lost a good kid. My stepson Brendan Gornick overdosed and died. He was 28 years old. The following is an excerpt from his obituary:
“Brendan had the soul of a poet, and played the drums with a ferocity that belied his tender heart. He loved his family and was a true friend to those in need. Brendan never gave up trying to overcome the disease that took his life, and certainly is not defined by that struggle. He carried the light of hope in his heart for himself and for others who struggled. He will be remembered by his loved ones as a young man who was passionate about music, loved the outdoors, and treated everyone with dignity and respect.”
Given the stakes and the ongoing crisis, parents need to be proactive and talk calmly and honestly with their kids about the dangers of opioid abuse. Talking to your child about the perils of opioids is a challenging and emotionally fraught task. Experts suggest these strategies to improve your
odds of connecting with your son or daughter on this life-threatening issue:
  1. Start the conversation about the dangers of medication early. Parents can start talking to their preschool-age kids about medication. One way you can broach the subject when they are young without explicitly diving into opioids is by using vitamins as an example. When you give your children vitamins, explain to them that vitamins are good for you and will help you to growup to be big and strong, but they can also be harmful if you take too many.
  2. Discuss the proper and improper use of prescription drugs. Explain to children and adolescents that prescription opioids can be medically appropriate to treat the pain from serious injuries such as broken bones or from diseases like cancer. Parents can explain to their kids that
    they should never take medication that was not prescribed specifically for them. Be sure that they know that taking another person’s prescription or sharing their prescription with someone else is illegal.
  3. Honestly discuss why some people use drugs. Be straightforward in discussing the allure of drugs. It’s important to explain that drugs can make you feel good, and like many things that make you feel good, they can also damage you, especially because you can lose control and they have harmful effects on your body. Acknowledging that drugs can temporarily evoke feelings of euphoria or an escape from life—rather than just discussing the negative effects of substance abuse—is important to maintain credibility. It’s absolutely important to talk about both sides.
  4. Don’t try to instill excessive fear or lecture your kids. When we exaggerate, we instill fear in our kids, and they don’t take us seriously. Discuss the dangers of opioid addiction, but don’t overdo it or you’ll lose credibility. Your kids need to know you are being 100 percent honest or you’ll lose the connection with them.
  5. Encourage a conversation. It’s going to have more meaning if it’s a two-way street, rather than a parent saying, “Here are the facts. Don’t do this”. To encourage a discussion, don’t ask questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no”.
  6. Talk about the genetic factor. Kids should know if addiction runs in their family. It’s in the DNA. There are genetic components and it’s passed from generation to generation. You have a higher risk of alcoholism or addiction if you have a family history.

For additional resources visit:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

How Family Services Can Help

Family Services is committed to the prevention of substance abuse. Through our Ulster Prevention Council (UPC) we work to prevent substance abuse in Ulster County youth and families. UPC provides evidence-based school and community prevention services. UPC Prevention Educators provide a model prevention education service delivery in Ulster County Schools. Too Good for Drugs fosters confidence, self-efficacy and resistance to substance abuse through goal setting and achievement, responsible decision making, positive conflict resolution, and healthy relationships. UPC partners with grassroots initiatives and community coalitions to address local needs, provide training and technical assistance, enhance communication and avoid duplication of efforts. For more information about these services please visit: Ulster Prevention Council

Finally, if parents suspect that their child is using or has a problem with opioids, it’s imperative to get help as soon as possible. The best outcomes often come from intervening early. Family Services provides a service to help individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders. The Family Advocate (Carol Sutcliffe) helps connect families with drug and alcohol treatment services. The Advocate can educate families on available treatment options, assist with the intake process, help remove obstacles to treatment, such as, lack of insurance or insurance denials, and support families in crisis due to addiction. The Advocate provides information on 12 Step programs, counseling, medication assisted treatment and opioid overdose reversal medication (NARCAN). The Advocate is available to talk with those in contemplation of seeking treatment, those ready for treatment and families who are concerned that their loved ones might have a substance use disorder. The Advocate also facilitates a support
group for those, like me who have lost a loved one to substance use.

For more information on the Family Advocate Program, contact Carol Sutcliffe at 845-458-7455 or csutcliffe@familyservicesny.org


Recent Events

In 2007, the U.S. Congress established September 25th as National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. 

On Tuesday, September 25th the Family Services’ Center for Victim Safety and Support hosted an event at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion to honor the lives of those taken by violence and to recognize the impact of homicide on surviving loved ones and the community.

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Family Partnership Center

The month of August was busy for our Family Partnership Center Steward, Kellie Wofford.
On August 9th, she provided a tour of the Family Partnership Center to Leena Waite, who is the Non Profit Center Network Member and Program Coordinator.
Out of three sites that were visited, the Family Partnership Center was chosen to be featured on the Member Highlight of the Non Profit Central Network website.  CLICK HERE TO READ 
 
What is even more of an accomplishment for us is that this has been shared with 2,616 members and many other like minded agencies across the United States.
This is a true reflection of the great work and service provided by our collaborative partners within the Family Partnership Center to our beloved community on a daily basis.
Throughout the month of August Kellie also wore t-shirts of many of our valued partners to support and represent the work that is going on right here at the Family Partnership Center. To learn more about the Family Partnership Center and to view our directory of services and partners: CLICK HERE

Program Spotlight

Dutchess County
Universal Response to Domestic Violence (URDV)

Did you know that 1500 people die annually as a result of intimate partner violence? Did you know that domestic violence does not discriminate? Did you know that anyone can be impacted by domestic violence, regardless of race, gender or socio- economic status? At Family Services, we recognize the risks associated with domestic violence and the devastating impact it has on victims, their families and the community…and we work with our partners in the community to create change!
 
In order to combat the epidemic of domestic violence, Dutchess County developed a unique approach to the problem, the Universal Response to Domestic Violence (URDV). This coordinated community response enables service providers (like Family Services), law enforcement, probation, legal services and the judicial system to work together in a collaborative effort to improve victim safety and increase offender accountability. The URDV Project Coordinator, a staff member of Family Services under the direction of the URDV Steering Committee, facilitates collaborative projects, protocols, trainings, and events between agencies that focus on the issue of domestic violence.
 
To learn more about the Universal Reponses to Domestic Violence and the innovative projects that are part of this coordinated community response, such as Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) and the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), visit www.familyservicesny.org or contact Desiree Alston, Project Coordinator for Universal Response to Domestic Violence at dalstson@familyservicesny.org.

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

        
Celebrating 30 Years of Dedication
The year was 1988…Ronald Reagan was President, gas was $0.91/gallon, Cher won an Oscar for “Moonstruck”…and Mary (Flannery) Turner joined Family Services! FSI was a small agency housed at 50 North Hamilton Street, when Mary joined the team.
Mary has been part of three decades of our story. She served many years as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, supporting the management and the Board of Directors. Later, she took on the role of Facility Supervisor for the Family Partnership Center. Several years ago, Mary retired from that position, and still wanted to be connected to the agency. She now serves as our part-time Receptionist, meeting and greeting staff and clients alike, as they enter the Main Building.
As described below by her colleagues, Mary has made an indelible mark on our agency.
“Mary your dedication and hard work at family services are an inspiration to us all. We’re so happy to call you not only our coworker but our friend. Thank you for 30 years of true commitment. Congratulations Mary!”
 
“Mary has played a pivotal role in Family Services and the Family Partnership Center. In her roles as Executive Assistant, Facility Supervisor and Receptionist for FPC, Mary has been at the center of so much of the critical work that happens here. Around Mary‘s desk there is always a busy hive of activity—she’s like the queen bee!”
Congratulations and Thank You from all of us here at Family Services and the Partnership Center!

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On Monday, September 17th, the unwavering commitment and hard work of the Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health staff was celebrated at our Annual Staff Recognition Event.  This year the event took place at the beautiful Freedom Park in Lagrange with delicious BBQ style food prepared by RTS Catering. Staff enjoyed basketball, chair massages (sponsored by CDPHP) and Painting on the Green with our own Randi Chalfin, Head Teacher at the Children’s Center at Family Court.  The event also included a live band featuring Denise Parent, Office Coordinator in Ulster County, and a sweet Ice Cream Bar where staff were served by the agency’s Leadership Team wearing retro Soda Jerk hats.  A great time was had by all!


By the Numbers
Staggering Statistics of Victims

 


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September 2018 Newsletter

 

The Work
By Brian Doyle, CEO
Having just celebrated Labor Day I am taking this opportunity to applaud members of our Family Services workforce to whom we owe great thanks.

Labor Day was established as “a day to celebrate the contributions that workers have made to the strength…and well-being of the country”. So, too, Family Services employees strengthen our community and the people of the community.

As I have said many times, everyone who works at Family Services contributes, in one way or another, to the overall mission of the agency. Whether it be our facilities staff, finance department employees or other administrative, support or supervisory staff. Everyone is “part of the whole” that has an extraordinary impact on the lives of those in our community.

In this column, I pay special tribute to those on the very “front lines” of our work – those who every day work directly with the children, families and individuals served by our various programs – Youth Services, Family Programs, Victim Services, Community Safety, Prevention, the Family Partnership Center.

The work of the victim advocate who meets, once again, with a domestic abuse survivor who is not yet ready to leave her offender can be tremendously frustrating and exhausting. Couple that with the exasperation that advocate experiences when the justice system falls short of holding the offender accountable and one can understand how that staff can feel totally drained.

The staff in our Teen Resource Activity Center and Elementary after School Programs, every day, provide care, nurturing and mentoring to kids many of whom face considerable challenges in their day-to-day lives. Helping a girl whose recent poor behaviors tell you, squarely, that she is contending with considerable adversity in her life. That she needs your support is not
something you can leave behind easily at the end of the workday. Such worries go home with you.

Helping the parent who may be at risk of losing their child to out of home placement is an incredibly emotional experience for the Family Educator trying to assist that family in staying together despite the odds.

The clinicians working with victims of sexual abuse are privy to heartbreaking stories of pain and loss, which can undeniably take a toll on those who do this work every day.

These are only a few examples of what it takes to do the work of helping people see their own strengths and achieve their own personal victories despite the hurdles in their way. There are many other examples whether it be in the work of SNUG, our Forensics programs, at the Family
Partnership Center, or elsewhere.

Of course, along with the difficulties associated with the work, there are also many rewards especially as employees see the individuals with whom they work draw on their inner strengths to achieve success!


Special Thanks

Family Services is grateful to the many friends who are supporting The Family Partnership Center Gymnasium and Urban Park Project. Thank you New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Dyson Foundation, McCann Foundation, Nuhn Foundation, Louis Greenspan Trust, Linda and Steven Lant Family Fund, and Ulster Savings Bank. Together we are renovating the gymnasium and creating an outdoor park so that youth have access to a safe, clean and fun place to play!

Brian Doyle, CEO of Family Services accepts a donation from Valerie Belton of Ulster Savings Bank.


Program Spotlight

TRAC
(Teen Resource Activity Center)

The Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) has been a safe haven for adolescents in the City of Poughkeepsie since 1999. Serving more than 200 teens each year (ages 13-18), TRAC offers a free, supervised place for youth to come afterschool during the school year or during the summer at the Family Partnership Center (FPC) where there is gymnasium and large auditorium. Here is one of the program’s success stories where the staff of TRAC impacted a young men’s substantially.
Tyzhaun Catts came to the TRAC program in September 2017. He was 18 and senior at Poughkeepsie High School. Tyzhaun had lost his mother to an illness when he was 10. He left his father’s home because he didn’t want to follow his father’s rules. After a brief absence from school he decided to go
back. Tyzhaun has always struggled academically because of developmental delays. He had an IEP and received special services from the school. Tyzhaun began to hang out with the wrong crowds and was in several altercations, one resulting in him being stabbed. He was going through a court case at the time and had to pay restitution for his crime. He told staff that he was not going to pay the fine; he was just going to jail because he felt like he needed to go away and get his mind together. Once staff heard this, they went into overdrive and strategies were planned. Staff ensured he paid the fine and then began to seek resources and options that were available. Tyzhaun finally began to see that the way he was living was going to either get him imprisoned and/or even worse get him killed. With staff’s assistance, Tyzhaun applied to Glenmont Job Corps and was accepted. Staff still checks in on him, often calling him and having long conversations. He is doing well and continuously thanks TRAC for saving his life.

By the Numbers
45,000/110,000

Within the walls of the Family Partnership Center an estimated 45,000 individuals are served annually with a minimum of 110,000 service interactions!


Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Yasmin Torres has been a visitation monitor for Family Services Supervised Visitation Program at Dutchess County Family Court for many years.  She works closely with Family Court staff to ensure that children are able to safely visit with their non-custodial parent.  Yasmin has made it her life’s work to protect children and make the world a better place for them.  Congratulation to Yasmin for publishing her first children’s book!

“Bella wonders, ‘Do I matter?’ Her parents have separated. She now lives with her daddy and she is confused. She just wants to see her mommy. No one seems to be listening to her. Have you felt like Bella? Bella wants you to know, you DO matter.”


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August 2018 Newsletter

 

Chris Pels, Director of Human Resources and Risk Management

The Value of Good Connections
By Chris Pels, Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
One of the recurring thoughts that keep those of us in the HR profession up at night is how to keep people engaged or connected to their jobs. Why is engagement so important? Well for starters, Dale Carnergie found that employers with engaged employees outperform others by 202%. Research on engagement has also shown increases in productivity, reductions in absenteeism, and better performance.
So clearly engagement is important, but how do you create engagement? Although a lot of thought has been given and ink spilled in answering this question, I would answer from experience that the most important way to create engagement is to ensure strong connections to one’s work…
What exactly do I mean by connections?
  • A strong connection with the mission of the organization – a clear path between what you do and how that impacts the lives of others.
  • A great connection with the leaders of the organization – relationships built on trust between the people leading the Agency and the staff who execute the work.
  • A super connection to one’s supervisor – the key relationship or connection in great jobs is having a supervisor who supports you and wants to see you grow.
  • A powerful connection with your colleagues – you dig the people you work with and know they have your back.
  • An unwavering connection with the culture – the values, mores, norms, and behaviors of the place you choose to work are consistent with who you are and what you value.
If you have these connections in place you’ll not only get great results, but you’ll also be happy in what you do!

Recent Events

On July 18th, Randi Chalfin, Head Teacher and Marist Intern Noelle Snyder, hosted an Open House at the Family Services Children’s Center at Family Court for interns and supervisors involved with Marist College’s Marie and Rupert Tarver Summer Internship Program. The event was extremely successful and was a great opportunity to network and expand working relationships with other nonprofit organizations in Dutchess County. Representatives from Grace Smith House, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Hudson River Housing, and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project were in attendance.

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On Saturday, July 21st staff from the partner agencies in the Family Partnership Center came together for the Dragon Boat Race as the Partnership Paddlers. It was amazing to see everyone come together and have fun in support of a great cause for the community! Thanks to staff from Hudson River Health Care, Dutchess Community College, Family Services, and Dutchess County Healthy Families for joining in the fun and congrats to Habitat for Humanity Dutchess County for a successful event!

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MTA Police Department received their Lethality Assessment Program training through Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support staff. They join the 15 police departments throughout Dutchess County that are already part of the project to assess domestic violence situations on scene for risk of homicide and connect victims to services immediately.

Program Spotlight

Last month, Outreach Worker Antuone Babb completed facilitating his first group as a Certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist in cooperation with local Probation. Antuone is the only SNUG Outreach Worker in the state with certification to facilitate the “Ready Set Work” workforce development curriculum for those returning home from being incarcerated.
Ready Set Work! is a 20 hour curriculum that helps probationers with skill building and equips them to make choices which will lead to employment and to job retention and advancement. Along with the traditional job readiness content the RSW curriculum also includes: Assessments, Barriers and Resources, Legal Issues and Financial Incentives, as well as a module which focuses on the local One Stops, to encourage increased probationer use of this valuable community resource.
One of our SNUG participants, Emmanuel Stewart, who has been working with Antuone through our program, has been able to find and secure employment. As a result, Parole has noticed Emmanuel’s commitment and efforts toward working hard to better his life through working with SNUG and has granted him an early release from parole.

By the Numbers
In 2017, 47 volunteers worked side by side with Family Services staff to provide hope, improve lives and strengthen our community.

Family Services’ Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) is looking for volunteers for the fall. As a volunteer, you will help with a wide range of projects related to providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. Must be 18 years of age or older with an availability of 4 hours per shift.
For more information on this opportunity, please contact Kathy Peluso at kpeluso@familyservicesny.org or 845.452.1110 x3138.

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Employee Recognition
Thank you Dan Carroll for all that you do!

“Dan provides hope through his grounded and kind presence in the midst of a crisis response center. He improves the lives of clients and coworkers through his dedication and eagerness to support others.”


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Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
khazucha@hvmh.org

Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

July 2018 Newsletter

 

Family Services Welcomes Kellie Wofford,
Family Partnership Center Steward
By Natalie Borquist, CFO

Following nearly a year long process in 2017, Family Services adopted a comprehensive Strategic Plan that will set the direction of the agency for the next several years. Prior newsletters have highlighted that process and one of its major outcomes, the impending merger of Family Services and its affiliate, Hudson Valley Mental Health (to view prior newsletters, visit Publications on our website). I would like to share another important initiative that sprung from the strategic planning…the creation of a new role to support our work in the stewardship of the Family Partnership Center (FPC).

Over 20 years ago, the former Lourdes High School building sat dark and empty at 29 North Hamilton Street, and a group of visionary community leaders saw a great opportunity for a collaborative, “one-stop shop” for serving the many needs of the surrounding area, and the Family Partnership Center was born. Today, 19 programs and agencies are co-located there, providing tens of thousands of critical services to the neighborhood and beyond. However, in discussing the long-term strategies for the FPC, it was recognized there is more to be done. And in May of this year, Kellie Wofford joined the Family Services team as the FPC Steward. As a counselor, pastor, community activist, business woman, and more…..we knew Kellie was right for the job.
In her role, Kellie will have three main priorities:

 

  • Enlisting new compatible partners to join the FPC, continuing to round-out the services available and improve the financial sustainability for the center; and,
  • Reinforcing the relationships and collaborative work of the partner agencies working in the center to more completely fulfill the vision held by the formative leaders so many years ago; and
  • Strengthening the relationship of the FPC and the surrounding community.
In her part-time role, Kellie will certainly be busy, but as she stated, “My main reason for pursuing employment at Family Services was to be able to impact and serve our community, being involved with the multiple services has fulfilled that passion in a major way”. And at Family Services, we know nothing beats passion in the achievement of amazing things.
To learn more about the Family Partnership Center, and how you can be involved, please feel free to contact me, Kellie Wofford, or Brian Doyle.
Natalie Borquist – nborquist@familyservicesny.org
Kellie Wofford – kwofford@familyservicesny.org

Recent Events

 The winners of Ulster Prevention Council’s 2018 Youth Media Contest were honored at the Ulster County Legislature. Ellenville took home prizes for best video and radio PSA. Wallkill students were also recognized for their outstanding posters in both English and Spanish. A big thank you to Legislator Donaldson and Legislative Programs, Education & Community Services Committee Deputy Chair Legislator Heidi Haynes for presenting these students with Pride of Ulster County awards!

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Family Services celebrated the end of a great school year in the After School Programs of both Clinton and Krieger Elementary Schools. Children, parents, caregivers, teachers and staff had a great time dancing, playing and enjoying great food at the Luau celebration. Students moving up from Kindergarten and students moving up into Middle School received special recognition. The happy faces of the youth made for a wonderful afternoon!

Program Spotlight

Hudson Valley Mental Health (HVMH) provides comprehensive and integrated services to meet the behavioral health needs of adults living in the community.  These services include individual and group therapy by licensed therapists and counselors who are highly trained in a variety of person-centered and evidence based approaches.  HVMH also offers medication and medication management services through our team of physicians and nurse practitioners.    Serving over 5,000 individuals across 8 locations in Dutchess and Ulster Counties each year, the staff of HVMH strives to ensure that services are accessible, affordable, cost effective, recipient-oriented, and culturally sensitive.
Family Services looks forward to consolidating with Hudson Valley Mental Health, a long term affiliate and partner,  in 2018.  For more information about Hudson Valley Mental Health, please visit www.hvmh.org.

By the Numbers
In 24 hours, 72,245 adults and children receive help and support from domestic violence programs across the United States

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) released results from the National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) in its 12th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report. For 24 hours, the Census surveys domestic violence programs across the United States and territories to create a one-day snapshot of the services provided to survivors and their children.


Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Family Services SNUG Coordinator, Danny Hairston, presented at the June 11th Patterns for Progress Graduation. Danny’s remarks focused on the impact of SUNY Orange’s Newburgh Campus on the quality of life in Newburgh. Way to go Danny and congratulations to all Pattern Fellows!

 

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Congratulations to Family Services’ Director of Development, Whitney Humphrey, on her graduation from The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess Program! The June 7th graduation was the culmination of 9 months of hard work alongside other non profit and business community leaders from across Dutchess County.

Upcoming Events

Family Services is happy to participate in Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union’s next shredder truck event. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of your confidential materials!
Join us on Saturday, July 14th from 9 am – 12 pm at the IBM Poughkeepsie Southeast parking lot (near buildings 415/416).  The parking lot is across the street from the former Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union branch on Barnegat Road. To find out more about what can and cannot be shredded on July 14th visit:  https://www.hvfcu.org/About-Us/Resources/News/2017-Shredder-Truck-Schedule

 

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Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2018
Leadership Partner
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Shop and Support Family Services

 

Please support us when you shop on Amazon at AmazonSmile and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to Family Services! 

Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

June 2018 Newsletter

 

Joan Crawford, Deputy Executive Director

The Science of Hope
by Joan Crawford, Deputy Executive Director, Family Services
On May 31st more than seventy people gathered in the Lateef Islam Auditorium at the Family Partnership Center. The audience was comprised of community members, parents, social workers, medical professionals, advocates, and scholars. We joined together for a film screening of James Redford’s film, Resilience: The Biology Of Toxic Stress And The Science Of Hope. I had the privilege of being the Master of Ceremony for this joint venture between the Resilient Child Fund and Family Services. The screening was followed by a compelling panel discussion with issue area experts from a variety of fields (including our own Amy Cole, Director of Family Support Services).
Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. ACE’s are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They also include witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders, behavioral health problems or incarceration. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan. Research has demonstrated a strong relationship between ACEs, substance use disorders, behavioral problems, and physical disease. When children are exposed to chronic stressful events, their brain development can be disrupted. As a result, the child’s cognitive functioning or ability to cope with negative or disruptive emotions may be impaired. Over time, and often during adolescence, the child may adopt negative coping mechanisms, such as substance use or self-harm. Eventually, these unhealthy coping mechanisms contribute to disease, disability, and social problems, as well as premature mortality. This is not mere speculation. There is irrefutable science that traces these changes and correlations.
  
As noted in the film by Dr. Robert Anda, the good news is, “what is predictable is preventable!” Having adverse childhood experiences does not mean all hope is lost. It means that we need early identification of ACEs, and early intervention to ameliorate negative impact. Family Services will continue to play a key role in the Hudson Valley to educate others about the impact of ACEs and design and advocate for programs and services to address the public health crisis caused by childhood adversity. The film highlights successful interventions including, home visiting programs to strengthen families, co-location of medical providers and behavioral health providers, and engaging school personnel. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me at: JCrawford@familyservicesny.org

Recent Events

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Left to Right: DC Legislator Rebecca Edwards, DC Legislator Craig Brendli, DC Legislator Randy Johnson, SNUG Committee Member Jocelyn Smith-Lee, SNUG Committee Chairperson Herb Bullock, SNUG Program Coordinator Danny Hairston, SNUG Committee Member Joe Fields, SNUG Outreach Supervisor Curtiz Luck Simpson, SNUG Outreach Worker Antuone Babb, Antuone’s Son Elijah Babb, DC Legislator Barbara Jeter-Jackson

Program Spotlight

Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE)
Family Services’ Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) program, in collaboration with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is working with children and parents in our community to prevent gun violence and gang involvement. GIVE utilizes the evidence based Phoenix Curriculum, a proven motivational interviewing (MI), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model that reduces resistance, builds student participation, and guides the process of change for increased self-efficacy.
On June 2nd, the GIVE program hosted a “Wear Orange” event featuring food, fun and education in the Family Partnership Center’s Gymnasium. 50 community members from Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Wappingers Falls joined Family Services in wearing orange to raise awareness about gun violence. Why orange? Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 – just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, Hadiya’s friends encouraged our nation to stand up, speak out, and wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence. Since then, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.
For more information about the GIVE program, please contact Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Wallach at jwallach@familyservicesny.org.
Upper Left: Jessica Wallach-Youth Services Coordinator, Alexiss Dandrade-Cancel-GIVE Specialist; 
Bottom Left: Alexiss and youth from Beacon; Right: Daisy Lee-Krieger Afters School Program Site Supervisor, Alysia Green-Youth Services Program Assistant, youth from Poughkeepsie

By the Numbers
Gun Violence Rates Drop in the City of Poughkeepsie

The City of Poughkeepsie has seen a significant decrease in
 incidents of gun violence:
In 2016 there were 16 incidents of gun violence;
In 2017 there were 6 incidents of gun violence;
and in 2018 so far there have been 2 incidents of gun violence.

The SNUG Program has played a significant part in this remarkable trend.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE!

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

May Employee Achievement Award
Kate Guinan, Development Assistant
The Employee Achievement Award is an award that is given to a
Family Services employee who demonstrates exceptional performance and service and goes “above and beyond” his/her job description and exemplifies the mission and values of the agency. 


Left to Right: Loule Gebremedhin-HR Manager, Kate Guinan-Development Assistant, Jean Calyer-Executive Assistant & Development Associate, Brian Doyle-CEO

 


Upcoming Events

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Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2018
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

May 2018 Newsletter

 

A GREAT APRIL!
by Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Officer
Celebration
As we all wondered if Spring would ever come our way, the month of April kept us busy on many fronts, even beyond the day in and day out work on behalf of the people and communities throughout Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties.
Our record-breaking April 26th Family of the Year event was a great success, with many highlights. The 350 in attendance had a chance to learn more about our two sterling honoree families, the Lepore and Feldman families. Both Joe Lepore and Jeff Feldman spoke of their blessing as well as their commitment to community. Their gracious, thoughtful and humble remarks captured the rapt attention of the audience. The music was fun; both the silent and live auctions were full of winning items and experiences; and our terrific supporters were treated to a great opportunity to socialize and enjoy the hospitality of the evening! Many thanks to all who came or otherwise supported the event.
The evening also offered an opportunity for our guests to learn more about the work of Family Services, and its impact on the community, including one mother and child who were successfully reunited in large part owing to the intense support provided by our Family Education Program staff!
…And Unity
April saw yet another important development when the Board of Family Services and the Board of Hudson Valley Mental Health proceeded with their commitment to merging the two affiliated agencies into one fully unified organization to better serve the people who rely on us for support and services.
Both Boards voted to approve the official Certificate of Merger and “Plan of Merger” which address the legal, financial and operational changes that will take place such as listing the required changes to the Family Services’ Certificate of Incorporation.  They also appointed all Family Services Board members to the Hudson Valley Mental Health Board and appointed all Hudson Valley Mental Health Board members to the Family Services Board. There will now be “mirrored Boards”, meeting together over the course of the year until the merger is complete by the end of this year.
With this planned merger, we are committed to combining our considerable areas of expertise in ways that can further improve the work of our talented employees. As just one example, we know that a person enduring or even witnessing domestic violence can have a lasting influence on one’s behavioral health. Taking into account such a “social determinant of health”, our behavioral health staff will now be in a better position to benefit from the expertise of our Victim Services staff and vice versa, all with the aim of helping the victim to overcome their trauma.
We are quite excited about the many possibilities unleashed by our coming together as one, united, agency and as we develop our plans further, we will continue to provide updates.
Quite an April!

Recent Events

 

The Family Services’ Family of the Year Awards Dinner took place on April 26, 2018 at the beautiful Grandview in Poughkeepsie. For almost 30 years, this noteworthy event has recognized and commended individuals who have made significant contributions to the community and whose ideals reflect those of Family Services by providing hope, improving lives, and strengthening community. This year, we were pleased to honor Jeff and Rona Feldman with the Quality of Life Award and Joseph and Maria Lepore with the Good Neighbor Award.
Thank you to the more than 350  Family Services’ closest friends – business and nonprofit leaders, community partners and supporters – who gathered together to make Family of the Year a huge success!
To see the program feature video and photos from the evening, please CLICK HERE


Program Spotlight

 

Family Education Program
The Family Education Program (FEP) provides home visits and parenting groups to families in Ulster and Orange Counties. The mission of FEP is to preserve, strengthen and empower families who are seeking support in staying together. We recognize the many challenges that parents and children face and we are committed to:
  • Helping families stay safe at home and in the community;
  • Improving family life by teaching skills that encourage cooperation, mutual respect and positive communication;
  • Supporting families in becoming self-sufficient and maintaining self-sufficiency;
  • Respecting and building upon the strengths and unique qualities of every family.
In January 2018, Family Education Program expanded its partnership and services with Ulster County to include an innovative family visiting component. Parents and family members who are required by Family Court to have supervised contact with children can be referred by their Ulster County Caseworker to our program.  We provide parent coaching and support in a family-like setting with several visitation rooms that are stocked with games, toys and activities for children of all ages.  Family Educators provide parenting education before, during and after visits and support all family members through the process of reunification.  This new service is an improvement upon traditional supervised visitation services as it provides caregivers and children the opportunity to visit in a family-like setting that better nurtures their growing relationships.
For more information about Family Visitation services or the Family Education Program, please contact Amy Cole, Director of Family Support Services at 845-331-5641 or acole@familyservicesny.org.

By the Numbers
352

352 friends and supporters attended the Family Services’ Family of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 26th!


Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Every career step Antuone Babb now takes is to help open a door for others trying to turn their lives around.
Antuone, an outreach worker with the SNUG Program, just completed the intensive,180-hour Offender Workforce Development Specialist Certification through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. This training will enable him to help individuals he meets through SNUG to find meaningful employment and better understand the importance of career planning. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


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Staff enjoyed a “Welcome Spring” potluck luncheon on Friday, May 4th. This luncheon was planned by the Wellness & Morale Committee of Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health.


Upcoming Events

Family Services is taking part in Hudson Valley Gives this year on May 16th! Hudson Valley Gives Day is a chance for people living in the Hudson Valley to give back to their community!
Why give on May 16th? HV Gives offers the opportunity to maximize your gift to Family Services through incentives throughout the day! A list of prizes can be found here:  https://www.hvgives.org/prizes.
So mark your calendars for this awesome opportunity to join with others in the Hudson Valley and support valuable community organizations like Family Services!  To see our Hudson Valley Gives page: please visit

https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/family-services

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Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2017
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

April 2018 Newsletter

 

GENDER MATTERS
by Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Officer
As there is a mounting conversation around the country related to sexual harassment and the proliferation of gender bias, many organizations, businesses and agencies have good reason to look inward and take stock of how they respond to these issues. As others are examining such matters, this has been a discussion we have seized upon at our Family Services / Hudson Valley Mental Health Leadership Team Meetings over the past several weeks. We will continue to look at how we can further strengthen our efforts in preventing sexual harassment and eliminating gender bias.
In December of last year, County Executive Marc Molinaro and I co-authored an opinion piece in the Poughkeepsie Journal, citing the numerous publicized instances of sexual assault taking place in various places from Hollywood, to Washington, inside hotel rooms, boardrooms or newsrooms. In the article we urged the readers to take seriously allegations of assault, abuse and harassment by those in power. We applauded those courageous enough to emerge from the shadows and share their experiences despite all too often having previously been marginalized or made to feel ashamed. We went on to say that if we are ever to rid community of abuse and assault, we must first believe those brave enough to step forward and share their stories of trauma, telling those who come forward, “Yes, we believe you.”
So as we turn our attention to the gender-related work we have to do within our own agency, we will be scrutinizing a variety of aspects of the issue, some more nuanced than others.
  • We will be reviewing our current policies on the matter of sexual harassment. Are they clear enough and sufficiently known throughout the agency? Are there other organizations or agencies from whom we can learn as we seek to have the strongest policies possible, making ours a safe work environment?
  • What are our policies and practices, in instances when one of our employees might encounter sexual harassment during the course of their working with colleagues outside of the agency? Are we doing enough to prevent these issues? Are we strident enough in addressing such instances when they occur?
  • Beyond the matters of blatant sexual assault or harassment, what is the experience of our employees in the matter of more subtle but harmful gender bias, ways in which they may feel marginalized due to gender? Do all employees feel they have “a voice at the table”? Are their opinions and perspectives valued? Do certain “role assignments” pigeon hole people and obscure talents to be utilized?

One would hope that gender bias is not experienced here, in an agency that holds justice, respect and diversity as key values, but we are kidding ourselves to think that unconscious bias never plays a part in the way in which we interact with one another. The key to eliminating gender bias is to identify its roots, its manifestations, to discuss them and then to make affirmative efforts to eliminate them.

To that end, we will undertake agency-wide efforts to carry this important work forward – hearing from our employees, believing them (!) and joining together to ensure that voices are heard and full participation is embraced.

We would appreciate hearing how any of our partners and supporters are addressing this in their workplaces. I believe there are ways in which we can learn from one another.

Recent Events

Family Services 
Recognized by Dutchess Community College with the
Bridge to the Future Award

On Saturday, March 24th, Dutchess Community College hosted their Annual Foundation Gala where Family Services was honored with the Bridge to the Future Award. This award is given to individuals or organizations that distinguish themselves in working with others to enhance education, economic vitality, community wellness or civic responsibility in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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Danny Hairston, Coordinator of 
Family Services SNUG Program
Spoke at the Poughkeepsie 
Violence Against Youth Forum 
on Saturday, March 24th
Danny was quoted as stating “it’s a gun issue but also a “mental health” issue and an “economic advantage” issue. When an act of gun violence occurs in the city, he said SNUG – guns, spelled backwards – dispatches a group of people who try to understand the complex reasons for which it might have happened, and if an act retaliation seems likely. To better understand gun violence, people need to think of it as a public health issue that is “transmitted” from “one person to another.”
CLICK HERE to read the full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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Family Services Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC)
Collaborates with Local Music Program

Family Services Teen Resource Activity Center presented Music Night,
with JB’s House of Music, featuring performances by the Trash Pandas
and Laila Mach. With over 60 people in the audience, the evening was a successful kick off to our JB’s House of Music program.
For more information contact Jessica Wallach at 845-452-1110 ext. 3033.

Program Highlights

Children’s Center at Family Court Assistant, Heather DiGiamo, worked on an expressive art project for her final Art Therapy class at Dutchess Community College creating a Mother’s Day project with the children in the Center.


By the Numbers
643


In 2017…

The Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support provided services to 643 adult or child victims of sexual violence.

The Family Services Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) reviewed 80 acute sexual assault cases that presented across three hospitals in Dutchess County.  Of those 80 cases, 48 (60%) were reported to law enforcement, which, fortunately, is well above the national average (34%).  49 cases (61%) included an evidence collection kit (or rape kit).  63 of the 80 victims (about 79%) were assaulted by someone they knew, be that a friend, family member, intimate partner/former intimate partner, or other acquaintance.

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Randi Chalfin, Head Teacher, Family Services Children’s Center at Dutchess County Family Court was recognized by her peers for her outstanding commitment and dedication!

From left: Marsha Henderson, Family Services Payroll Manager/Wellness & Morale Committee member, Randi Chalfin, Head Teacher Family Services Children’s Center at Dutchess County Family Court, Brian Doyle, Family Services CEO.
Her nominator states “Randi constantly engages in professional development to deepen her understanding and intervention skills to support children and families experiencing traumatic events. She strives to create a nurturing environment and provides therapeutic art based activities that allow children to express themselves.”
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WELCOME TO OUR TEAM!
New staff of Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health
took part in the March New Hire Orientation Program

 HVMH – Victoria Britton, Clinician, BMHC; Michelle Cottle, Clinician, BMHC; Elizabeth Travis, Clinician, PMHC
 
FSI – Monica Idema, LAP Victim Advocate, CVSS; Ashley Sanchez, Bilingual Victim Advocate, CVSS; Naimah Muhammad, Family Educator, FEP Ulster and Lydia Diaz, PT Program Assistant, UPC.

 


Upcoming Events

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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Please visit our profile on May 16th and consider supporting the work of Family Services

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Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2017
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

March 2018 Newsletter

 

Poised to Better Address
Social Determinants of Health
by Briand Doyle, CEO
With 2018 well underway, Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health are moving along with the implementation of the robust Strategic Plan that was developed by both Boards and Leadership Staff in 2017.
A huge part of that work in 2018 will be to move toward the consolidation of Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health.   For years, the two agencies have been closely affiliated, sharing many administrative services and with both Boards working together on areas such as finance, governance and auditing.
This merger is based on our commitment to providing the highest quality of services to the people served by Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health and a recognition that this one strengthened organization will best serve those for whom we provide services, as well as to the surrounding community.
As noted in the past, the unified organization will include a Behavioral Services Division and a Program Services Division with Kevin Hazucha as President of Hudson Valley Behavioral Services and Joan Crawford as President of Hudson Valley Program Services.
The full consolidation of the two organizations is expected to take place by the end of 2018.
One important outcome of the merger is that we’ll be able to focus and further magnify the extent to which health in general and behavioral health, in particular, is greatly influenced by social determinants such as domestic violence, street crime, family difficulties and poverty, just to name a few. These are areas in which Family Services has, for years, been working and so the merged organization is expected to be in a stronger position to address those factors that significantly influence behavioral health and behavioral health needs in a more holistic, person centered manner.
We are very fortunate that this consolidation is moving along with the help of various supporters and stakeholders such as the Counties of Dutchess and Ulster, The New York State Office of Mental Health and others.   We are particularly privileged that the Dyson Foundation is providing resources to allow us to enlist the help of the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) and others who have an expertise in such restructuring.
There are many complexities to this consolidation and as we tackle the various legal, licensing and fiscal issues we will also be closely examining the importance of messaging to the surrounding community of what will now be a unified and, we believe, stronger organization.
So please stay tuned for more and should you have, any questions do not hesitate to contact me, Kevin Hazucha, or Joan Crawford.
Kevin Hazucha khazucha@hvmh.org

Recent Events

Public Gun Violence Forum Brings Community Together 
with Sights Set on Change
On Saturday March 3, the community gathered at the Family Partnership Center to attend a public forum on gun violence organized by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.  Approximately 250 people, including numerous students from local school districts, shared their feedback, their experiences and their recommended solutions with Congressman Maloney and those in attendance.

 


Family Services’ “Youth Services Corner”

TRAC Youth Receive Active Shooter Preparedness Information
Thank you to City of Poughkeepsie Police Sergeant Joe Ciardi for speaking with our Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) youth about what to do when faced with an active shooter situation.

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month
The 2018 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month theme was to remind each and every youth that they are good enough, they deserve to spend their time and energy as they wish, and they are ALWAYS worthy of a love that builds them up – especially love from themselves. Having youth remind themselves that they are worthy of positive love can help reduce the number of roughly 1.5 million high school students in the United States that are physically abused by dating partners every year.
 
TRAC youth created positive affirmations that help focus on the things they love about themselves.
Marist Social Work students helped the youth create their affirmations to be displayed during the month of February.

By the Numbers
27 Officers Trained in 2017

In 2017, 27 law enforcement officers received Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) training.
An additional 131 officers that had previously been trained received refresher training.
The Lethality Assessment Program is an evidence-based program that originated out of Maryland’s Network Against Domestic Violence in 2005.  Utilizing research from Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, the program involves training law enforcement to recognize the red flags of victims who are at a greater likelihood to be murdered by their intimate partner.  Once identified as high risk for lethality, research shows that connecting victims to advocacy services like those offered through the Center for Victim Safety and Support, on the scene of an incident, can significantly decrease a victim’s risk for homicide.
So far in 2018, 16 officers in 2 departments have received training.  By the end of March, the final 2 departments will be trained, resulting in 100% participation from Dutchess County Law Enforcement in the Lethality Assessment Program within 4 years of the program’s start date.

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Leah Feldman, Director of Family Services 
Center for Victim Safety and Support will be a panelist at upcoming panel discussion at Vassar College
Leah Feldman, MPA, has been working in the field of interpersonal violence since 2005 and began her work in Dutchess County at Family Services in 2009.  Currently, she is the Director of the Center for Victim Safety and Support at Family Services, overseeing non-residential rape crisis, crime victim, and domestic violence services.  In this role, she has been instrumental in partnering with the community to implement and manage evidence-based systems enhancement projects with multi-disciplinary teams.  She was vital to the development of American Association of University Women (AAUW) Court Watch and is a member of AAUW.  She participates in numerous local and statewide committees and boards and has a certificate in Leadership Coaching through the Leadership Practices Inventory.  Her areas of interest include leadership coaching and development for women and young professionals.  Leah is a certified fitness coach and Girls on Guard self-defense instructor. Leah holds a BA in Psychology from Siena College and a MPA in Public Administration from Marist College.
LEAN IN? OPT OUT?
WHAT’S A WOMAN TO DO?
Thursday, March 8, 2018
7 pm to 8:30pm
The Aula (Ely Hall) at Vassar College
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Chris Pels, HR/Risk Management Director to Speak in D.C. at Non Profit Talent and Culture Summit Conference
Our own Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, Christopher Pels, Ed.D. has been invited to speak at this national conference. His topic will be “Harnessing the Power of Coaching and 360 Degree Feedback for Leadership Development”. Chris will talk about his experience in leading Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health Leadership staff through the Leadership Development initiative, involving 360 Degree Assessments, followed by effective coaching. Using the Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practice Inventory, Chris and other leaders within the agency spent several years utilizing this tool to enhance the leadership competencies of the managers within Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health. The presentation is intended to extend understanding of the role of Human Resources in facilitating and managing such a development program and to teach the basics of coaching and 360 degree feedback, all within a modest budget.
This presentation will engage participants and teach how to measure outcomes and evolve such a program as needs change within other organizations.
NonProfit Talent & Culture Summit
April 18-20, 2018
Washington Marriott Metro Center

 


Upcoming Events

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

 


Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2017
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org

Kevin Hazucha
President of Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mark Sasvary
Director of Clinical Services for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Dr. Yugandhar Munnangi
Medical Director for Hudson Valley Mental Health
Casey Hons
Director of Operations for Hudson Valley Mental Health

Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

February 2018 Newsletter

 

Encouraging Positivity
by Joan Crawford, Deputy Executive Director

Like many of us, I have a morning ritual. I wake up before my alarm clock rings (I’m not sure why I bother to set it each night, except for the fear of over sleeping, which I have not done in more than 20 years), I brush my teeth, I start the coffee, and I turn on the news. I listen to stories of natural disasters, murders, outbreaks of illness, corruption and tweets. I have decided to change my ritual. I worry that my cherished and cultivated optimistic world view is being altered by too much exposure to these kinds of events.  In watching the news and scanning social media, I am becoming aware that my perception of the ratio of negativity to positivity in the world is being altered and I need to change that.  I have decided to pass on the AM news and listen to Ted Talks with optimistic messages in the morning. I am doing this not only because I want to “feel” better, I actually want to “be” better.
On March 27th, 2017 the New York Times published an article called “Look on the sunny side of life”. It reviewed studies that have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease and healthier blood sugar levels. I want all that. I also want these benefits to last. I spend at least a third of my time working, so my positivity needs to extend past my morning ritual and carry throughout the workday.  A positive attitude in the workplace has significant benefits as well.
Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina published a landmark paper about how positive thinking impacts our brains. Her findings suggest that positivity in the workplace enhances our ability to build skills, enhance productivity, improve outcomes, and develop resources that last a lifetime! Optimism influences how we approach our daily work lives and assists us in effectively meeting and mastering challenges in the workplace.
Family Services has long been committed to “Providing Hope, Improving Lives and Strengthening Community”. We approach our work from a strength based perspective, a way of viewing people as resourceful and resilient. This focus helps to create a positive mindset that builds on peoples best qualities, helps find strengths, and assists in building a worldview that is more positive.
I encourage all of you to think about ways in which you can bring more positivity, hopefulness and optimism into your lives and your workplaces.
Here are few ideas to get started:
  • Show gratitude – recognize others and say thank you
  • Focus on strengths – build others confidence
  • Balance negatives – don’t focus on a slight in the meeting, build your inner resilience by focusing on successes
  • Acknowledge steps to success – identify and celebrate incremental goals
  • Support your team – do your colleagues know you believe in them? Communicate your confidence in your team members

Recent Events

Thank you to all who came out to support Family Services at the Report to the Community Luncheon on Thursday, February 1st at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.
Brian Doyle, CEO of Family Services, discussed our outstanding accomplishments of 2017 and what plans are in store for us in 2018.
Dr. Stephen Bavolek, recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention as well as parenting education, was the keynote speaker.

Top Left to Right: Dr. Stephen Bavolek, Kerry Eaton, Health Quest Chief Operating Officer, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. Bottom Left to Right: Brian Doyle, Family Services CEO & Barbara Jeter-Jackson, Dutchess County Legislator, Brian Doyle, Family Services CEO & Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner of Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services, Richard Mitchell, Esq., Family Services Board Chair.

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The Family Services’ Family Education Program held a graduation for its participants in the Parenting Journey group on December 13th. Parenting Journey is an opportunity for parents to be nurtured and to develop as nurturing people, capable of making responsible and informed choices in rearing their children.The FEP team and program participants were joined by guests and the NEXIS team from Ulster County Department of Social Services (UCDSS). Participants lit a unity candle and walked down the hallway for the graduation march with their graduation caps.

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On Friday, February 2nd, the Family Partnership Center hosted a Naturalization Ceremony where 145 people from 56 different countries were sworn in as US Citizens. The auditorium was filled with family, friends, and members of our community and government to congratulate and celebrate them.


Family Services’ “Youth Services Corner”

On January 20th, Family Services’ Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) held its second annual MLK Peace & Love Basketball Tournament and Community Day. The event took place in the Family Partnership Center Gymnasium and Cafeteria.
During this event, children and families enjoyed basketball and music by a DJ, participated in the Child ID Safety Program, ate pizza and ice cream, and had access to multiple community resource tables.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”  “The MLK Peace & Love Tournament brings our community together for an event the whole family will enjoy and supports the great talent of our city youth” said Jessica Wallach, Youth Services Coordinator.


By the Numbers
11,000 LIVES IMPROVED

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE 2017 ANNUAL REPORT


Staff/Volunteer/Interns

The Wellness & Morale Committee of Family Services collected
hats, gloves and scarves to distribute to those in need of a little warmth
during these cold months.

 


Upcoming Events

 


Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2017
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org


Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Born Again Disciples (B.A.D.)
845-471-2578

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343

December 2017/January 2018 Newsletter

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A Review of 2017 and Look Forward to 2018
by Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Officer

2017 has been an astoundingly successful year for the work of Family Services. We have expanded our work in the community to include such things as a new Family Education Program in Orange County where we are working from our newly opened Middletown office to strengthen thirty families who are found to be in need of nurturing and support in order to benefit both children and parents alike.

In Poughkeepsie we launched the SNUG Program, a proven anti-gun violence initiative that is currently successful in eleven sites throughout New York State and whose early results are showing gains in the struggle to reduce or eliminate gun violence in the streets of this City.

A recently awarded contract with the City of Poughkeepsie School District gives us the opportunity for extending Afterschool programing to an additional 100 elementary school students adding to the programming that already exists in Clinton and Krieger Schools.

Through a partnership with Community and Family Development, an important City of Poughkeepsie based day care center, our Finance Office is providing back-office accounting, payroll and budgeting support in order to bridge some fiscal management gaps and contribute to the further success of this daycare program.

The Boards of Hudson Valley Mental Health and Family Services worked tirelessly throughout the year with Fairweather Consulting, a New Paltz based firm, to develop a robust Strategic Plan that asked important questions of our agencies and developed a path forward that promises further expansion of services as well as realigning the resources of Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health into what will be a consolidated agency – unified and providing greater cohesive services throughout the Hudson Valley. Specifically, the Boards of Hudson Valley Mental Health and Family Services voted to consolidate the two agencies into one so as to eliminate such duplications as exists with two Boards and to align to a stronger set of services.

Extensive study of Capital Development needs of the Family Partnership Center is underway and, furthermore a new Family Partnership Center Steward position will be created to provide guidance and support toward more collaborative efforts among the agencies calling the Family Partnership Center home.

Finally, the Strategic Plan calls for the creation of a Quality Improvement position within Family Services. This position will further ensure, for ourselves as well as our funders that the services we are providing in the various program areas (Youth Services, Family Programs, Prevention, Victim Services, Community Safety and the Family Partnership Center) are the very best that they can be.

So, as we end 2017 a year of success and greater fiscal health, we can look forward to 2018 and all that will newly unfold as we continue the work of improving lives, providing hope and strengthening community.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year.


Recent Events

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited Family Services on Thursday, December 7th to tour the Center for Victim Safety and Support and host a press conference in the lobby of the Family Partnership Center. The Lt. Governor addressed the matter of sexual violence and the support and funding provided by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the New York State Office of Victim Services to combat this issue and support victims.

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The Family Services’ Family Education Program held an Open House on Friday, December 1st from 12pm to 2pm at their new office in Middletown highlighting the expansion of the Family Education Program into Orange County.  Several friends from local government and other non-profits were in attendance.

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Ulster Prevention Council graduated more than 300 students
in the Too Good for Drugs program

“Too Good For Drugs” is a comprehensive and evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum that Family Services’ Ulster Prevention Council  implements in partnership with Ulster County school districts. Prevention Educators apply interactive social games and activities to promote healthy decision-making.  Students within Wallkill and Ellenville 6th grade classes recently took part in a 10 week prevention curriculum that focused on strengthening knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills to support drug prevention. The goal is to create a safe and supportive environment by establishing a healthy drug free foundation.  Through the years,  Too Good for Drugs has reached well over 1,000 students in Ulster County. 


Family Services’ “Youth Services Corner”

The kids in the Clinton Elementary School
Afterschool Program celebrated the season with a
Harvest Pot Luck Festival on November 29th.


By the Numbers
171 FAMILIES

The Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church distributed Thanksgiving Baskets at the Family Partnership Center to 171 families. Catherine Close, Chairperson Missions/Outreach states:
“The people who received a basket appreciated the convenience of coming to this location where there were no stairs and where it was closer to their homes.  We were able to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 171 families.
The staff at the Center were very helpful and had the room set up just the way we needed it.”

Staff/Volunteer/Interns

Family Services enjoys recognizing staff accomplishments!

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The Family Services family keeps growing.
Congratulations Loule and Family!


Upcoming Events

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET NOW

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Leadership Partner

Family Services’ 2017
Leadership Partner
http://www.healthquest.org/


Leadership Team

Brian Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
bdoyle@familyservicesny.org

Joan Crawford
Deputy Executive Director
jcrawford@familyservicesny.org

Natalie Borquist
Chief Financial Officer
nborquist@familyservicesny.org

Leah Feldman
Director of Center for Victim Safety and Support
lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

Christopher Pels
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
cpels@familyservicesny.org

Whitney Humphrey
Director of Development
whumphrey@familyservicesny.org

Martina Kardol
Director of Forensic Programs
mkardol@familyservicesny.org

Amy Cole
Director of Family Support Services
acole@familyservicesny.org


Our Partners at the Family Partnership Center

Born Again Disciples (B.A.D.)
845-471-2578

Community Voices Heard
www.cvhaction.org

Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health
www.dutchessNY.gov

Dutchess Community College
www.sunydutchess.edu

Dutchess County Healthy Families
www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org

Dutchess Outreach
www.dutchessoutreach.org

Flores Chiropractic Group NY
845-303-3486

Hudson River Community Health Care
www.hrhcare.org

Hudson River Housing
www.hudsonriverhousing.org

Hudson Valley Mental Health
www.hvmh.org

John Flowers Community Events
845-471-4199

Mental Health America-Mel’s Place
www.mhadc.com

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
734-548-0171

Planned Parenthood
www.ppmhv.org

Prime Health Choice
1-877-777-4630

R.E.A.L.Skills Network, Inc.
www.realskillsnetwork.com

Rebuilding Our Children and Community
845-857-9265

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
845-452-6088 ext. 3343