Helping Vets and Others Prepare for Jobs (Aired on October 30, 2022)

 

         

Ron Ferris, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mid-Hudson Works, re-visits Radio Rotary with more information about this unique Poughkeepsie nonprofit that provides skills, training, and paying work for veterans and persons with disabilities. Mid-Hudson Works, in a 53,000-square-foot brick building on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie helps veterans along with others prepare for
such work as packing or assembling, skills useful in the many distribution centers of the Mid-Hudson region. And then gives them on-the-job training. Local or even national businesses use the services provided and the workers have paying jobs. The enterprise is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023.

Learn More:
Mid-Hudson Works: https://midhudsonworks.org/
MHA Veterans Programs: https://mhadutchess.org/services/vet2vet/
Dutchess Country Veterans’ Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Think Dutchess (Dutchess Alliance for Business): https://thinkdutchess.com/

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Independent Living and Home Care (Aired on August 7, 2022)

Greater Newburgh Rotarian Doug Hovey, founder and CEO of Independent Living Inc. and Independent Home Care, visits Radio Rotary to talk about his 501(c)3 that aids persons with any type of disability to live independently. Although the first thing that you might think of is adapting a home for wheelchair living (they do that), Independent Living, Inc. also helps those with mental illness, substance abuse, deafness, and age-related disabilities. Doug Hovey became paralyzed below the waist 42 years ago and has worked since to help others with disabilities. Even the staff at Independent Living all have disabilities of one kind or another. Listen to this Radio Rotary show to hear a remarkable story about a remarkable Rotarian.

Learn More:
Independent Living, Inc.: https://myindependentliving.org/
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Fair Pay for Home Care: https://fairpayforhomecareworkers.org/

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Service Dogs for Children with Autism (Aired on June 5, 2022)

Radio Rotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser and producer Kathy Kruger interview two Red Hook Rotary Interactors about their project of raising a puppy for the Bluepath Service Dogs, an organization that supplied trained service dogs that work with autistic children ages 5 to 12. The sisters, who both are active in service projects for in Interact and the Girl Scouts, also volunteer for the local food pantry as well as being part of the school yearbook team and play alto saxophone in the jazz band. They often “puppy sit” for Bluepath service dogs during times when the dog’s owners are on trips or otherwise unavailable, but their main project has been raising a dog for the program, teaching the puppy to be sociable and follow commands. The adult dogs help their owners reduce stress. protect them during times their autism might endanger them and offer a way to more independent living.

Learn More:
Bluepath Service Dogs: https://www.bluepathservicedogs.org/
Interact Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/interact-clubs
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
Aquabox: https://www.aquabox.org/

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June 10, 2022 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Service Organizations  

Helping Vets and Others Prepare for Jobs (Aired on May 15, 2022)

Ron Ferris, Operations Manager at Mid-Hudson Works in Poughkeepsie, visits Radio Rotary to describe how this unique 75-year-old nonprofit helps veterans and persons with disabilities find work in the Hudson Valley. In 1947 as World War II veterans, many still in their early 20s or even younger, returned home and needed work, IBM (then International Business Machines) started a program to train these veterans, many of whom had never held a job outside the armed services. Today this work continues in a huge brick building on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie, a place that hires, trains, and places today’s veterans along with others who may need training for such work as packing or assembling, skills useful in the many distribution centers of the Mid-Hudson region. Paying work also takes place within the building, providing a useful aid for local businesses.

Learn More:
Mid-Hudson Works: https://midhudsonworks.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/
MHA Veterans Programs: https://mhadutchess.org/services/vet2vet/
Dutchess Country Veterans’ Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Think Dutchess (Dutchess Alliance for Business): https://thinkdutchess.com/

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