April/May 2020


A Note From Our CEO
Brian Doyle

Our world continues to look a little different than it did several weeks ago, and it is without question that we are living in unprecedented times. As many of us have transitioned our homes into offices and school classrooms, and many others have had to temporarily close their businesses or apply for unemployment, we all have had our worlds rearranged in some way and are adjusting to a new way of life amidst this Coronavirus epidemic.Every day it seems, we are hearing more unsettling news of the economic impacts and the emotional tolls that the virus has had on our nation and world. However, even in a world that has asked us to socially distance ourselves from our communities, families and friends, we have proven that we can be resilient to the loneliness and stress that this time often brings. We can be kind and compassionate and we are seeing moments of that every day. I have heard countless stories of people and businesses stepping up in extraordinary ways for their communities to provide a wave of hope in these uncertain times.

I am struck by the compassion of the healthcare workers providing both medical and emotional support to the influx of patients battling this virus alone. I have been in awe of the adaptability of businesses to move their services remotely and online, or have transitioned their industries to provide resources most needed. And I have been encouraged to see communities asking their neighbors and friends most at risk of contracting the virus how they can help.

Here at Family Services, I am amazed by the ability of our own staff to adapt and continue providing our much-needed, life-saving services to the community. The needs of children, adults and families do not stop during a crisis, and we recognize that our services are crucial now more than ever. During these challenging times, we are:

  • Increasing behavioral health support. Our counselors and medical staff are providing support remotely and taking new clients in order to help people find support through these new difficulties.
  • Helping those experiencing domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence see increased risk when quarantined with their abuser and our advocates have remained available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Working with families that are facing new obstacles as they meet the roles of both caregiver and teacher while working from home or even facing job loss. Our Family Education is there to help families at increased risk of child abuse.
  • Keeping the community informed by providing vital information, resources and updates through our websiteFacebook and Instagram.
Our community is compassionate and resilient. We will get through this and be stronger for it. We are thinking of you and your family, and hope that you stay safe during this time.

By the Numbers

184 more neighbors served
through our Behavioral Health Services

In this time of uncertainty, many are feeling scared, anxious and isolated and need access to compassionate mental health support. Over the past month, the weekly average of clients served through Behavioral Health Services has increased dramatically from from 731 clients per week to to 915 clients per week. Our team of counselors and medical staff are ready to meet the increased need for support due to COVID 19.

Attending to our Mental Health in the Time of Coronavirus
By Robin Peritz
Vice President for Behavioral Health

Just a short time ago, the onset of the Coronavirus seemed to be happening far from our communities and families. I never imagined us experiencing a time of illness and loss of life, the need for social isolation, closing of schools, the economic impact of unemployment and even something as basic as the inability to buy toilet paper. The carefree days of visiting family, friends and colleagues were suddenly put on hold while we practice social distancing. Shopping for groceries is now something we wish we could do with the freedom of just a few weeks ago when we did not need a mask and gloves to leave our homes. The safety, comfort and predictability of our routines of daily living have been turned upside down.

In the midst of dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus, it is common for any of us to experience increased levels of anxiety, depression, loneliness, or difficulty being clean and sober from alcohol and other drugs during this time of rapid change.

As a social worker for over 25 years, my goal has been to help people find hope and to support our ability to be resilient in the face of crisis. While at first glance we might feel that the adverse impact of the Coronavirus is too overwhelming and out of control. However, we must find our strength in the face of adversity. We know that people who go through difficult life experiences can emerge from them stronger and more resilient.

What can we all do to cope with the changes in our lives due to the onset of the Coronavirus?

  • Use this time to connect with family and friends through phone calls or other social media.
  • Be gentle with yourself. These are stressful times. Don’t ignore your thoughts and feelings. It’s okay to cry. Reach out to your support network.
  • Start a gratitude journal. What are some small and some bigger things to be grateful for? Think about sunshine, fresh air, dancing, books, Netflix, popcorn and laughing.
  • Start some healthy habits. Take a walk, exercise, drink water, and stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • If you have not tried relaxation or meditation techniques, now would be a great time to try it. There are many free apps to download on your cell phone or computer. New Yorkers can download this free mindfulness and meditation resource by clicking the link here to Headspace.
  • Set limits on how much time you spend watching news reports.
  • Plan meals and cook some favorite foods.

Make taking care of your physical and mental health a priority during this time and always.

Where can you get help?
Utilize telehealth: Family Services Behavioral Health Programs remain open to the people we serve.
For appointments in Dutchess County, call 845-485-9700.
For appointments in Ulster County, call 845-486-2703 ext. 4016.

If you are thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, call or text the Dutchess County Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 845-485-9700 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255. Family of Woodstock has a 24-hour hotline at 845-338-2370 or 845-679-2485. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

Program Spotlights

Center for Victim Safety and Support/
Sexual Assault Response Team

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time for individuals and organizations to raise awareness about sexual harassment, assault, and abuse and educate communities on how to prevent it. While Family Services does this vital work everyday of the year, during April we invite the community to join us in raising awareness by participating in Wear Teal Day on April 7th and Wear Denim Day on April 29th. Throughout the month of April, we will be bringing awareness to sexual assault by posting a fact about sexual violence a day on Family Services social media: Facebook and Instagram.

Each year Family Services celebrates Sexual Assault Awareness Month by hosting our Annual Hope and Healing Art Show and Awards Ceremony. While we are unable to host this special event in April this year, we raise awareness from a distance and pay special tribute to this year’s “Champions of Victim’s Rights”: Allison Stuart, ADA with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and valued partner in the community and Amy Cole, long time Family Services Director of Family Support Services and fierce advocate for child victims. We hope to hold the ceremony honoring these incredible partners soon!

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Victim Safety and Support is unable to provide in-person support and services. The Sexual Assault Response Team has worked hard to ensure our clients will continue to access vital resources and support. Our 24-hour hotlines are available. Although advocates cannot be physically present, they are able to assist our clients through this difficult time and follow up in the days ahead. At hospitals, nurses connect the client with an advocate through the hotline. We are observing a decrease in clients showing up at the hospitals for sexual assaults. This might be due to people avoiding the hospital out of fear of exposure to COVID-19. It may also be due to the local colleges being closed, as statistics show the ages of 18-24 have the highest number of sexual assaults. We will continue to track how COVID-19 is affecting our clients.

 Family Education Program 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. With the pandemic this year, there is a greater sense of urgency on raising awareness about child abuse. Now more than ever, stressors such as financial uncertainty, anxiety about the unknown, physical, social and mental health issues may contribute to triggers that result in child abuse. Social distancing and school closures may also add to the stress experienced by both adults and children.

While the statistics being circulated are alarming, there are resources that may be helpful in this volatile time of our lives:

  • Colorín Colorado is a bilingual, educational-resource site that includes some news and suggestions related to English-language learners’ (ELLs) education during this time. This may help mitigate the stress of some Spanish-speaking parents in finding online educational resources to continue their children’s education from home.

In the Family Education Program, our Family Educators are providing guidance for families during this crisis by conducting virtual check-ins with families they work with, as well as providing resources for families and conducting parenting groups remotely.

The Family Education Program uses the Nurturing Parenting Program, by Dr. Stephen Bavolek, in our work with families. Through the curriculum, we empower parents to experience, learn and practice nurturing parenting skills in order to become more nurturing parents to their children and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. The Nurturing Parenting Program reminds us that “Needs are the SPICES of Life” and serve as a good reminder for all of us during these unprecedented times.

“Needs are the SPICES of Life”
Social Needs
The need for friendship, for companionship.
Physical Needs
The need for sleep, for food, for exercise.
Intellectual Needs
The need for intellectual stimulation, for thinking new thoughts, for reading challenging books, for learning something new.
Creative Needs
The need to make something, to dance, to write a poem, to create something.
Emotional Needs
The need for love, for praise, for feeling worthwhile.
Spiritual Needs
The need to know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and that we can increase our awareness of and sensitivity to it.
Remember to add some SPICE into your life!

A Look Back

In early March, prior to COVID-19 social distancing mandates, participants of the Teen Resource Activity Center’s Poughkeepsie Youth Theatre had a wonderful time traveling to New York City to watch a performance of the CAT Youth Theatre. They even got to meet the cast!

We miss seeing all the children in our After the Bell Program! Before distance learning began, kids at the Smith Street Learning Center had a fun visit from students at the Millbrook School. Millbrook School students read to our youth and helped with homework.

Volunteer Highlight

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an unbelievable display of kindness throughout our community. Just one example of this kindness is Jay, an 18 year old who is studying Criminal Justice at Orange County Community College. He’s also the grandson of our Director of Family Support Services, Pat DeJesus. When stores were selling out of cleaning supplies and our vendors were out themselves, this young man hopped into action and through his connections at work, got us 100 containers of clorox wipes in order to help keep our sites across Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties disinfected for the health and safety of clients and staff. We thank Jay and thank everyone who is stepping up in such amazing ways in order to meet the needs of our community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Success Stories In This Time of Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has us all missing our after school workers these days! Share with us your message, photos, or artwork of what you miss most about after school by tagging Family Services in your Facebook or Instagram (make sure the posts are public) so that we can let our after school workers know how much we appreciate them during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week!

Wear jeans with a purpose this April 29th and tag us in your social media (make sure the posts are public) so we can share your support and solidarity for survivors of sexual assault.

Why Denim?
The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Click here for more information about Denim Day.

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Family Services’ 2019
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December 2019/January 2020 Newsletter


Brian Doyle

It has been an exhilarating 2019 for all of us at Family Services.  The long-awaited merger of Family Services and Hudson Valley Mental Health was finalized in April.  And while that was the date of the formal merger, leading up to that milestone and in the days since then, we as a now consolidated agency have been working diligently on having “all of the pieces fit together”.

I have been inspired by the many ways in which all staff from the Leadership Team on out to the “front lines” have undertaken this work to make sure that all of us are working in a coordinated manner to provide the best services possible to the many individuals who rely on us.

And, while this merger has been an important undertaking, I am reminded of what, I believe, is closer to what inspires us in this work every day.

I was recently reading about thoughts shared by German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer—“Giving is the primary relationship between one person and another, not the secondary one. It is family member to family member, friend to friend, colleague to colleague. People to community. It is the elemental desire to transform isolation and self-centeredness into connectiveness and caring. A personality awakens itself by how it gives.”

As I reflect on those thoughts, I immediately think of the many employees who are making connections to the people that we serve in the various corners of the community—People we serve through our Behavioral Health Centers, Youth Services, Family Programs, Victim Services, Prevention efforts, Community Safety and in the Family Partnership Center. They benefit from the sheer human kindness and caring offered by our staff.

I’m reminded of what I once heard that for all the good that is done by “programs”, “departments”, “funding” and all the rest in our world of work, what improves people’s lives most are the relationships. The relationship that is created when somebody experiences caring that is extended by another and faith that is shared, there is hope created within that relationship—hope that there can be a better life.

And, of course, we cannot do this work without supporters like you— supporters who embody Bonhoeffer’s sentiments: “Giving is the primary relationship between one person and another…people to community.”

At its core, this is the spirit of Family Services and I thank all of our employees and supporters for joining us in this important journey. Have a Blessed Holiday!

By the Numbers


Thanks to the generosity of the Holiday Helping Hand Program, a partnership of United Way of the Orange-Dutchess Region and the Poughkeepsie Journal, Family Services was able to provide:
9 families served by Family Services
Center for Victim Safety and Support
received utility assistance
9 families served by Family Services
Children’s Center at Dutchess County Family Court
received gift cards to local retailers
9 teens in Family Services
Teen Resource Activity Center
received gift cards to local retailers

Mission: Past, Present, and Future
Christopher R. Pels
Vice President for HR, Risk Management,and Organizational Development

In six years at Family Services I’ve spoken with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of individuals who are interested in coming to work with us. Our staff come from a wide range of backgrounds but a common thread that hold us all together is a passion for the mission of Family Services. Oh and by the way that passion is INFECTIOUS!

When I speak with individuals about Family Services I make sure to share two essential bits of information in understanding who we are and what we do. First, I remind individuals that Family Services has been doing this work for a very long time—in fact as we were founded in 1879 we’ve been doing this work for 140 years! Second, I’ve committed to memory our mission and tagline—both our current mission as well as our historical mission. The words of our founder, Reverend A. Edward Lawrence, Jr., have always resonated strongly with me—that our work is about the need to “raise the needy above the need of relief”. I make a point of highlighting that although the term “needy” is antiquated the idea of helping individuals help themselves has always been a core part of our work.

Up until very recently I could, by memory, recite our recently retired tagline: providing hope, improving lives, and strengthening communities. I would use this tagline to describe the work of our programs—programs that serve over 17,000 individuals a year! However, very recently I’ve had a chance to try on our brand new mission statement: Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley. I have to confess it will take a few more weeks to commit this new mission to memory; however I can tell you having repeated it numerous times to prospective applicants this mission statement is completely and totally in line with the work we’ve been doing for over a century! This mission also speaks to why I, and I sense all of my colleagues, spend so many of our waking hours doing this work.

I was recently asked by an applicant what I like about working at Family Services and my answer was as clear and infectious in that conversation as it has been for the last 6 years. I want to wake up every day and support staff who are doing work that is live saving and live enhancing. This is exactly what our staff do at Family Services so it is remarkably easy to get out of bed in the morning and give it my all (even on the those mornings when my toddler is having her terrible two moments!) Staff at Family Services have been giving their all to our community throughout our 140 year history and as we embark on a new chapter in our history with a new mission, vision, and brand I look forward to 140 more years of building a stronger, safer, Hudson Valley!

The Holidays and Behavioral Health
Andrew Martin, LCSW-R
Director, Ulster County Behavioral Health Centers

The holidays can be a special and joyful time for many of us. A time filled with happy reconnections with family and friends. It is a busy time and a time of giving.

For some, the holidays are anything but what they are portrayed to be on television and in the movies. There may be no singing, no family meals, no joyous children tearing open gifts. For some, the holidays may be filled with uncertainty, fear, and loss. The holidays can often be a time when people feel disconnected or lonely. Perhaps for some, the holidays have not always been a positive experience.

In behavioral health, we have an added duty to be aware that while we may decorate our offices because we associate the holidays with joy, not everyone shares that experience. While some clients had wonderful holidays as children, they may have had difficult experiences as adults. Perhaps there is struggle to meet expectations that others may place on gift giving or struggles with feelings that they can’t give enough. Feeling disconnected during the holidays can happen for any number of reasons.

It is important at this time of year to be mindful of others’ needs and it is also a time to remember to self-care. Take time for yourself. Reach out to friends or family for support. If you need to, seek support from service providers or find resources in the community when family and friends cannot be the support you need or want.

At Family Services, we celebrate the holidays and we acknowledge that for some, there is no celebration so we offer a safe place to converse and share experiences. We respect your right to not celebrate. We welcome your experience and take you as you are at any time of the year.

Family Services can help you or a loved one meet behavioral health needs. We have centers throughout Dutchess County in Beacon, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck. In Ulster County, you can receive services in Ellenville, Kingston and New Paltz. For appointments in Dutchess County, call 845-485-9700, and for appointments in Ulster County, call 845-486-2703 ext. 4016.

Family Services partners with organizations to offer immediate support to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911. In Dutchess County, call the Helpline at 845-485-9700. In Ulster County, contact Family of Woodstock at 845-338-2370. In Orange County, contact Access Support for Living at 1-888-750-2266.

Wherever you are this holiday season, know that we wish you well and are here to help if you need us.

Program Spotlights

Children’s Center at Family Court

It has been an exciting year at the Patricia A Kennedy Children’s Center at Dutchess County Family Court! The Center is proud to be an Autism Supportive Environment, offering a host of helpful activities for children and families in a safe and appropriate environment. Program staff are grateful to partners at the Anderson Center who offered this important training and certification.

The program has hosted wonderful interns from Marist, Vassar and Dutchess Community Colleges. Students, under the guidance of Lead Teacher Randi Chalfin, created program curriculum highlighting the Arts, Sand Play, Compassion and Psychological Literacy for children ages newborn to 12 years old.

In November, the program was proud to host an open house and luncheon in recognition of the United Way of Dutchess Orange Region.  Program staff presented United Way a plague to acknowledge their constant support in helping the Center meet critical needs of the children and families served.

Everyday the staff of the Children’s Center find joy, happiness and beauty in the tenacity of the families we serve. The Children’s Center looks forward to 2020 when we will attend the NYAEYC (New York Association for the Education of Young Children) annual conference in the Spring. Staff continues to envision a larger center, with more space for children to play and where we can serve more families on a daily basis.

Share a vision with us—one of stronger, safer communities where everyone has the opportunity to lead their best lives.

Where communities are without limits and overflow with hope and opportunity.

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A Look Back

On Monday, December 9th Family Services staff gathered from 13 different locations across Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie to share some holiday cheer and mingle with colleagues we don’t often see.

Good food, dancing and sharing stories with individuals whose passion for the work they do is inspiring and sets the tone for a truly grateful heart this holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 11th Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and Hudson Valley Network for Young Professionals hosted Basecamp Kingston, an event that is part of their Greater Hudson Valley Young Professional Summit series.

The event featured a panel discussion on “Leading from Where You Are” that included our Vice President for Community Programs, Leah Feldman, and other extraordinary leaders in our community.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020



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Family Services’ 2019
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October/November 2019 Newsletter


Brian Doyle
Greater Safety
Through Awareness
A woman files for divorce. Her husband murders her, and then kills himself. This is an oft-repeated horrific tragedy that, once again, points to the need for continued focus on the proliferation of domestic violence in this community and beyond. To this day, few people are aware of the lethal threat posed to a woman living in a relationship where she lives in a climate of constant fear, only to lose her life when she tries to escape, followed by her abuser’s rage erupting into deadly violence.
News headlines, alone, are not enough to heighten public awareness. Rather, a deeper understanding of the sometimes-counterintuitive dynamics of domestic violence is needed for a person to understand the degree to which they may be in mortal danger. It could be a friend, neighbor, or family member that may be in need of such an understanding so they may more readily encourage a woman to seek the support she may need to ensure her own safety.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is one reason Family Services enlists men, and all community members as we did at our October 4th Walk A Mile In Her Shoes to join in solidarity with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We have to continue to raise awareness of this pervasive danger in our community. Every day we, and sister agencies such as Grace Smith House, House of Hope, Safe Homes of Orange County, Family of Woodstock, and others stand ready to assist victims of domestic violence.
While we know that women are, disproportionately, victims of domestic violence, it is also critically important to recognize its impact on others within our community. 1 in 9 men and 1 in 2 transgender individuals will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Furthermore, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence every year with 90% of these children being eye witnesses to the violence.
To learn more about the warning signs of domestic violence, read more at https://www.getdomesticviolencehelp.com/symptoms-of-domestic-violence.html
If you or someone close to you are a victim of domestic violence, please reach out by calling Family Services’ Center for Victim Safety and Support Hotline at 845-485-5550.

By the Numbers


The Family Services Summer Enrichment Program served 89 City of Poughkeepsie Youth throughout the months of July and August. The program went on field trips once per week, one of those adventures was to Roller Magic in Hyde Park.

Youth Who Witness Violence
Leah Feldman, Vice President for Community Programs
Today, youth are exposed to violence at unprecedented levels through the media, in their own homes, and in their communities. The media is a common source of exposure to violence for many including television, online news outlets, social media and video games. Even when violence happens across the globe, youth are exposed to the event immediately and often repeatedly. Domestic violence between adult partners is another common exposure to violence for youth. Through our Center for Victim Safety and Support’s (CVSS) partnership with police, we receive information regarding children who are present during domestic violence incidents. Approximately 25% of the reports we receive show that 1 or more children are present during police intervention. Community violence is also a threat for youth. Over the past few years, youth who utilize Family Services’ Teen Resource Activity Center have been impacted by community violence. Some have been direct victims of gun violence on the streets and others have witnessed their friends and family members being shot.
Through many of Family Services programs, we see the significant impact that this exposure can have on youth. Most efforts to understand violence and its impact have focused on those directly involved in the violence, however, there has been a necessary shift to focusing on children who are bystanders to violence. It is now well recognized that these children may experience lasting harm. Some may develop signs of psychological distress and can be affected in areas of emotional, social, and cognitive development. Research based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) questionnaire has shown that exposure to trauma as children, leads to increased instances of substance use/abuse, behavioral health issues including suicidality, homelessness, and serious health problems.
It is crucial to support both youth and their caregivers in the aftermath of an incident of violence in order to help youth process the event, as well as help families understand the symptoms of exposure to violence. At CVSS, victim advocates and clinicians work with parents and youth to process the event and understand the ways in which they may be impacted.
To meet the needs of youth and families in our community, CVSS is launching a Youth Witness to Violence Program which will use evidence-based modalities to serve youth who are witness to domestic and community violence. The goals of the program are to identify youth who witness violence and to assist them and their caregivers in healing from the trauma of witnessing the violence.
The healthy development of youth depends significantly on their exposure to nurturing relationships and a safe environment, both of which we provide at Family Services. If you or a loved one need help, please reach out to either of our 24-hour hotlines: Domestic Violence: 845-485-5550 or Rape Crisis and Crime Victims: 845-452-7272.

Program Spotlights

Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS)
Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. CVSS specializes in enhancing the response to victims of crimes and the prevention of offenses. We operate under the guidelines of a victim-centered approach, supporting victims’ rights, dignity, autonomy, and self-determination. To enhance the response to victims of crime, CVSS follows a model of co-location, where staff split their time between the main office and partner agencies throughout the community. This is done to facilitate partnerships and streamline services to victims.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and for the 9th year, Family Services lead the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. This annual walk brings awareness of sexual assault, gender and domestic violence to our community and raises funds to support individuals and families in our community as well as prevention efforts to eradicate violence. CVSS staff are actively involved in the preparation for this important community event and were excited to share information about CVSS Services with the community.
Domestic Violence studies show that most often, the abuser is a member of their own family. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Research suggests that each year, up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence. To serve the children in our community, CVSS will launch a new initiative in November: Child Witness to Domestic Violence. This program will provide intensive clinical treatment services to children up to 17 years of age. Support groups will be offered in two age groups to accommodate both the younger and older children. We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting new initiative in the coming months.
If you or a loved one is in need of help, please call us – Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
24 Hour Rape Crisis and Crime Victims Hotline: (845) 452-7272
24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (845) 485-5550

 A Look Back

On Friday, September 20th the Grand Opening of the Gymnasium and Urban Park at the Family Partnership Center was well attended. There was notable excitement around the newly transformed gym and added Urban Park that will provide a safe and welcoming space for many in the community.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes brought a wave of red and fancy feet to the streets of Poughkeepsie during the First Friday San Gennaro Festival on Friday, October 4th. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a a unique event that raises awareness about rape, sexual assault, gender violence and domestic violence, as well as raises funds to support organizations like ours, who serve those impacted by violence.

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, October 31st, 2019, Family Services in conjunction with partners within the Family Partnership Center, will host the eighth annual trick-or-treating event from 3pm to 5pm at 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie. This fun, family event offers the community a safe place for children to trick-or-treat, enjoy refreshments, and have fun!
For more information about the event, please contact Jean Calyer at (845) 452-1110 ext. 3133.

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2019 Family of the Year Auction Preview

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on 6 (yes, 6!) different resort locations  in Antigua, Panama, Barbados, and the Grenadines provided by Elite Island Resorts!

We’re providing a mini trip down to NYC with (2) tickets on Metro North, an overnight at one of the Marriott hotels, and a backstage pass and (2) tickets to see Mean Girls on Broadway, thanks to Family Services Development Committee members, Janna Whearty and Filomena Fanelli!

Community Playthings has generously donated one of their quality Roadstar I Tricycles made of tough one-inch steel tubing made for years of rigorous play for ages 2-4.

We have two sets of (4) tickets to a New York Yankees with this awesome view thanks to Royal Carting Services: May 4th vs. Minnesota Twins and May 6th vs. Seattle Mariners!

If you love concerts and being outdoors, we have a pair of lawn tickets to Bethel Woods’ entire summer season in our auction, generously donated by our Mission sponsor, iHeartMedia!

One of our generous board members, Peter Lumb, has handmade this beautiful dollhouse for our auction this year!

Family of the Year Auction Items

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on 8 (yes, 8!) different resort locations  in Antigua, Panama, Barbados, St. Lucia, and the Grenadines provided by Elite Island Resorts!

Niche Modern has generously donated one of their most popular light fixtures, the Stamen pendant, to our auction! Each Niche product is handmade locally out of Beacon by their team of talented glass artisans.

Our very own board member, Peter Lumb, has created and donated this beautiful dollhouse to be a part of our silent auction!

Donated by Sierra Lily, this gorgeously framed limited edition 30 x 24″ Thomas Kinkade titled “Almost Heaven” will be available for bids at our silent auction

If you love concerts and being outdoors, we have a pair of lawn tickets to Bethel Woods’ entire summer season in our auction, generously donated by our Mission sponsor, iHeartmedia!