Update on Programs during COVID-19

Your health and well-being is important to Family Services and we are looking forward to seeing you in person again soon. As we reopen safely, Family Services is following recommendations from the CDC as well as state and local guidelines. Before you visit, or upon your arrival, staff will ask you several screening questions. If you do not feel well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we will ask you to remain home. Family Services will continue to provide you services remotely.  

When you visit our offices, you will notice a few changes we have put into place for the well-being of staff and clients. We have installed extra hand sanitizer stations and have increased cleaning throughout our offices, especially of those high touch areas such as door handles, stair rails  and restrooms. You will also see signs asking all staff and clients to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart. You may notice that waiting room chairs are spread out and reading material has been removed. Please know that this has been done to help ensure a healthy environment for all. Should a case of COVID-19 occur at Family Services, we will work with the Department of Health to follow all recommendations for contact tracing. 

Thank you for the trust you place in Family Services.  We look forwarding to seeing you again soon!

Brian Doyle

Status on the Availability of Services

Family Partnership Center – OPEN
The FPC building is open Monday through Friday until 7:30pm and Saturday until 2:00pm. The building is closed on Sundays. The community is encouraged to contact individual organizations within the FPC before coming to the site as partner organization hours may vary. Click here  to see the FPC Partner contact list.

The FPC Urban Park is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm and on the weekend from 8:00am-2:00pm.  We look forward to welcoming  families back to the park for safe, social distancing play!

Center for Victim Safety and Support – OPEN
CVSS is available for walk-ins from 9:00am – 5:00pm starting Wednesday, June 24th. In person client meetings are being scheduled, and services continue to be provided remotely as needed. In person accompaniments are limited for certain locations such as hospitals. Hotlines remain open and available 24 hours a day.

Domestic Violence Hotline 845-485-5550 – OPEN
Trained Advocates are available for crisis support, information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rape Crisis / Crime Victims Hotline 845-452-7272 – OPEN
Trained Advocates are available for crisis support, information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

After The Bell Program – OPEN (July 6-August 14)
Family Services is offering our Summer Enrichment Program for 50 students in the Poughkeepsie City School District. Programming will be held at the Family Partnership Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and include a variety of activities like academic enrichment, arts and crafts, and recreation.

Educational Expedition  – OPEN
Free virtual education series provided every Monday and Wednesday. Family Services staff share their expertise on a variety of topics including: Trauma and the Brain, Adverse Child Experiences, Current Drug Trends and more. For more information, visit our Educational Expedition page.

Family Education Program in Ulster/Orange – OPEN
Home visits are being performed through in-person outdoor visits with social distancing and appropriate PPE.

Family Services Administration, Security, Facilities, Operations – OPEN
All services are being provided through a combination of in-person and remote work capabilities.

Family Visitation Program in Ulster County – OPEN
Family visits are being held in the office utilizing social distancing, PPE, and enhanced cleaning protocols.

Re-Entry Stabilization Transition and Reintegration Track – OPEN
Providing in person services as of June 29th.

Teen Resource Activity Center – OPEN in alternate location (July & August)
Staff is serving youth through virtual and in person sessions from late July through August offering a variety of activities geared to teens. Skill Drill Summer Sessions will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00pm-7:00pm OUTDOORS at Harriet Tubman Park in Poughkeepsie. Youth will begin each session with gang and violence prevention work before taking part in basketball conditioning activities. To learn more, please contact Stacey Greenberg at sgreenberg@familyservicesny.org.

Poughkeepsie Youth Theatre is holding virtual sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm-3:30pm. This summer workshop will focus on “Creating a Comedy Character” and consists of 8 sessions, each involving a connective activity, discussion and free writing exercise. In the fall, participants will have the opportunity to create scenes with the characters they have created virtually as part of the workshop. For youth interested, please contact Shawn Fischer at 917.805.4287 or by email at shawnybird1@gmail.com.

Our Summer Youth Employment Program is accepting applications for a 6 week program where youth will work 20 hours a week in a variety of placements, gaining knowledge and soft skills related to finding and retaining employment, cultural competency and financial literacy. Youth will earn an average of $1500 during the 6 week program. Click here for the application. For more information, please contact Alysia Green at agreen@familyservicesny.org or by phone at 845.452.1110 x3130.

Behavioral Health Centers – MODIFIED 
Providing individual, group therapy, and medication management appointments through telehealth. Injection medications continue to be provided by medical staff through face to face visits. Injections will be administered in conjunction with psychiatrist or nurse practitioner.

Intimate Partner Violence Intervention – MODIFIED
Providing full services remotely.

Sexual Assault Response Team – MODIFIED
Providing most services remotely.

Sexual Violence Prevention Program – MODIFIED
Providing most services remotely. Some classroom education is taking place virtually depending on school district or college capability.

Providing most services remotely. Shooting Responses are occurring through virtual conference.

Supervised Visitation Program in Dutchess County – MODIFIED
Originally suspended due to closing of court facilities, these services are now being provided through video conference.

Ulster Prevention Council – MODIFIED
Providing services remotely. In-person classroom education is not taking place due to school closures, but workshops have been recorded for use by schools as needed.

Universal Response to Domestic Violence – MODIFIED
Providing most services remotely.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Classes – SUSPENDED (Soon to be MODIFIED)
Due to the nature of these group services, DAAC is not operating at this time. Staff continues to be in contact with community partners and is developing remote services.

Personal Empowerment and Conflict Education Classes – SUSPENDED (Soon to be MODIFIED)
Due to the nature of these group services, PEACE is not operating at this time. Staff continues to be in contact with community partners and is developing remote services.

Child Care Center in Dutchess County Family Court – SUSPENDED
Due to the fact that the Court is only hearing cases on an emergency basis and most proceedings are postponed, the Center is not operating at this time.