A Note from Our CEO
Saving Our Children: Guns are only part of the problem.
by Brian Doyle
In the days following the massacres at Buffalo and Uvalde there were necessary conversations about what measures could be taken to reduce access to lethal arms for those who would wield those horrible weapons to wound, maim and kill. While some parties, inexplicably, cited the Second Amendment (a sacred commandment?), as reason to resist sensible changes, there were, ultimately, a few modest but welcome measures passed by Congress.
The Power of Friendship
by Whitney Humphrey, Vice President of Community Programs
Sometimes it seems as if every time I turn on the news, I am met with another story of tragedy. Across our country and the world there are divisions that undermine peace and highlight the cracks in the foundation of harmony. While there are a multitude of resolutions to the challenges we face as a global community to be debated, I propose that one significant aspect of the way forward is something we have been learning since our early days on the elementary school playground… friendship.
TRAC: Teen Resource Activity Center
by Debra Long, SNUG & Youth Services Program Coordinator
The Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) has been a critical resource for many youth within our community. Our programing has grown significantly this past year and we currently have over 350 youth registered. Not only did our program participants engage in an initiative to build trust between youth and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, several of our youth participants attended Entrepreneurship Workshops and are working with local businesses in their area of interest. Youth have access to building their life skills around health, nutrition, and gardening, and have also been challenged to express themselves creatively through podcasting and working in our on-premises community music studio.
Family Partnership Center
by Tanysha Castellas, FPC Building Steward
Greetings FSI Family, Partners, and Friends, as your FPC Steward I would like to update you on the amazing things happening in the building. FPC Summer Session is in full swing, with participating partners R.E.A.L. Skills, Finish Strong, Poughkeepsie Performing Arts Academy, Love Quest Foundation, SNUG, and TRAC operating summer programs onsite from July 5, through August 31st, 2022.
A Look Back
We were so proud to share that one of our very own, Mary Hess, from our Behavioral Health Center in Beacon was a recipient this year at Hudson Valley Magazine’s 12th Annual Excellence in Nursing awards! We couldn’t think of a more deserving person!
We are so honored to partner with the Red Cross for a Blood Drive, here at the Family Partnership Center on September 2! There is a critical shortage of live-saving blood right now, and we all can do our part to help save a life! To schedule your appointment now, click here!
Join us on Saturday, October 15 to take a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence and show your support for survivors!
National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August.National Night Out is celebrated by millions of neighbors across thousands of communities, so we invite you to join us on August 2 for a night of community partnership and fun!A
Join Our Family Tree
By joining our Family Tree, you are supporting our vision of stronger, safer communities where our neighbors have access to critical resources when they need it most.
Support Family Services when you shop online
Family Services’ 2022 Leadership Partners