A Note from Our CEO
What We Value: Bringing People Together To Find the Support They Need, Improving Their Lives And Communities, And Building a Stronger, Safer Hudson Valley.
by Brian Doyle
Along with our clear mission, we hold our agency values close to our hearts as they are embedded in our mission and also serve as our guiding principles. They are to direct us in not only what we do, but how we do it. We have found eight values as being of highest order for us and so it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on them.
We believe in Hope and the strength of the human spirit – the heart’s ability to emerge and thrive in the face of challenge and despair. So many people with whom we work endure unfathomable obstacles and yet their strength inspires us to preserve hope, shoulder-to-shoulder, along with them!
As we work in a world where there are so many people marginalized and facing disparities, Justice is of primary value to us. We work to promote social and economic equity and fairness. There are countless arenas where justice does not exist whether it be about race, economic status, gender or social background. We believe in Justice.
Surely, Compassion is what initially brought many of us to work at Family Services and is much of what keeps us here. It draws us to extending empathy and understanding to others who need and deserve our judgement free compassion.
In order to effectively do our work and to maintain the support and partnership of others, both within the organization and with the surrounding community, Integrity has to play a critical part in strengthening those bonds simply by being honest and trustworthy and letting people know that if we commit to something, we have to mean it.
Diversity is a vital strength of our community, and so we promote a vision of Community, a mosaic, made up of wide-ranging assets and cultures.
Every day we are called upon to treat people with Respect, just as we all wish to have respect paid to ourselves. We value owing to the belief that all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and without judgements that separate us from one another.
Community is about recognizing, reinforcing and co-creating the importance of a world comprised of people of numerous, differing strengths, perspectives and riches. We truly do believe in “Communities Without Limits”.
And finally, the importance of Quality cannot be overstated. It has to be a hallmark of our work – striving for excellence in what we do, striving for excellence as we are stewards of the funds afforded us by our partners in government, donors, foundations and otherwise.
While we want these values to be central to the way we conduct ourselves, we do not pretend to suggest that we do not falter. There are certainly times when we don’t fully live these values. And in those instances, our commitment is to recognize and acknowledge where we fall short and to pledge to do better the following day and the following tomorrows.
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by Natalie Borquist, CFO
by Debra Long, SNUG & Youth Services Program Coordinator
SNUG is an evidence-based street outreach program which treats gun violence as a disease by identifying its causes and interrupting its transmission. The program focuses on youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are at high risk for involvement with gun violence. So far this year, the SNUG team has spent over 190 hours canvasing, have held 17 events, and have mediated over 50 conflicts in the City of Poughkeepsie Community.
New Location: Poughkeepsie Behavioral Health Center
by Shaun Cohen, LMHC, NCC, Community Clinical Services Coordinator
Artist Rendering of the new center
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