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.”


Upcoming Events

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Leadership Partner

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


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

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
http://www.healthquest.org/


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

November 2017 Newsletter

Family Services sends thoughts and prayers to Sutherland Springs,Texas and Manhattan, New York where many lives were lost through the recent horrific acts of violence.


Family Services sends thoughts and prayers to 
Sutherland Springs,Texas and Manhattan, New York where many lives were lost through the recent horrific acts of violence.


Our 7th Annual Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes Event
By Natalie Borquist

Just a few weeks ago, on October 14th, I joined hundreds of community members at AllSport in Fishkill to participate in one of Family Services’ major community events – Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes.   Not only is this an important fundraiser for our agency, raising over $65,000, which helps to support the vital services provided in our community, but it is just as critical in raising awareness around an issue we fight everyday – Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Violence.

As I walked the mile with my daughter, my 3-month old grandson (in pink booties to support the effort), and a friend I had brought along to share the day, I noticed an older gentleman in front of me, wearing some formidable heels.  He was inching along and teetering with every step, and I thought a sprained ankle was imminent!  He held the arm of his companion and walked that whole mile, and I was so inspired by his determination, and then wondered, “What inspired him?….Was someone in his life a victim of violence?  His mother, sister, daughter, wife??”  You see, it is not just women impacted by this violence, it is the all of the people in their lives who care for them, and it is our entire community that suffers.

The weather cooperated for our walk, the bagels, cookies, and coffee fueled the crowd, and the bouncy house amused the kids.  And the speaker, Christine McFadden, a woman who had suffered horrific violence at the hands of her stepfather, brought tears to our eyes with her story of pain and ultimate triumph.  She now shares her story as part of her healing and to bring awareness to those who will listen, that this violence must end, and we all have a part in making that happen.

Done in a playful way….where men actually walk a mile in women’s shoes….the event opens a dialogue around a difficult and “ugly” truth – Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Violence is an epidemic…every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is beaten or assaulted…1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18!  Please join us in the fight!


Recent Events

American Heating & Cooling, Architectural Door and Hardware, Christiana Glass, Dutchess Overhead Doors, Inc.,
Hudson Valley Community Center,
Mental Health America of Dutchess County, Rhinebeck Bank,
Rondout Electric, Rose & Kiernan, Inc.,
ServPro of Western Dutchess,
Troy Boiler Works, Inc., Veith Enterprises, Inc.,
Williams Lumber and Home Centers

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6th Annual Trick or Treat Event at the Partnership Center

Staff and Volunteers from Family Services and the many partner agencies within the Family Partnership Center participated in the festivities of our annual Trick or Treat event.

Nearly 250 ghouls and goblins haunted the halls of the Center looking for treats.

They were not disappointed!

The smiling faces of our community youth went door to door and collected goodies in a safe, warm and friendly place.

Thank you to all who helped make it a great event!


By the Numbers

11th DAY, 11th HOUR, 11th MONTH

Family Services recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices made by so many brave individuals who have and continue to protect our freedom.


Staff/Volunteers/Interns

Joan Crawford, Family Services Deputy Executive Director was the keynote speaker at the SUNY Ulster “Started Here and Went Far” conference on Monday, October 16th.

This conference was created by the Human Services Department to show students that START HERE. GO FAR. is not just the College slogan.

 It can become a reality for all who attend SUNY Ulster.

From left to right: Linda Farina, Vicky Burgh Harris, Joan Crawford

Upcoming Events

The kick-off of the coat giveaway will take place at the Family Partnership Center on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday November 7, 9am-1pm with registration at 8:30am in the cafeteria.


Leadership Partner

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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

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

Berry Bizzy Human Being, Inc.
917-832-4229

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