Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess (Aired on July 11 and 13, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews (via Zoom) Joe Ryan, the Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corp of Dutchess County, an organization of 1,004 volunteers currently who provide disaster relief, emergency-medical training, and related services throughout Dutchess County. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nationwide organization designed to prepare for and help hand disaster relief, started after the September 11, 2001, attack. The Dutchess Country branch currently has 1,004 volunteers, and also Mr. Ryan has also won the nationally given Mentor Award for its coordination with surrounding county MRCs. The volunteers are almost exactly split between medical personnel and those with no prior medical training. The many preparedness programs offered by Dutchess MRC include classes in stopping bleeding, overdose recovery, suicide prevention, tick safety, and hands-only CPR. During the COVID-19 epidemic, MRC has been part of contact tracing, monitoring victims who are living at home, and providing food or prescription delivery when necessary. Listen to the whole program to learn much more about the services and also about how to volunteer to become a member.

Learn more:
Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Emergency-Response/Medical-Reserve-Corps-MRC.htm
Medical Reserve Corps: https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
Mentor Award: https://www.dutchessny.gov/County-Government/National-Medical-Reserve-Corps-Bestows-Mentor-Award-on-Dutchess-Countys-Joe-Ryan.htm

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Rebuilding Together Rehabilitates Homes (Aired January 11 and 12, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie South Rotary president Christina Boryk, executive
director of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Rebuilding Together is the nonprofit
organization (once known as “Christmas in July”) that for the past 27 years has repaired,
revitalized, and rehabilitated homes for homeowners who because of age or disability or poverty
are unable to make the necessary repairs that would make the dwelling safe and healthy. The
service is free to the homeowner. The volunteer workers install grab bars, ramps, and smoke
and carbon-dioxide alarms, and make other modifications as well as undertake minor repairs.
Larger-scale projects are handled by outside contractors. They have repaired more than 800
homes since the program started. The program is funded by state and local grants, by local
corporations such as Central Hudson, and donations.

Learn more
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County: http://www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org/
Rebuilding Together Dutchess on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTDutchess/
Office for the Aging, Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm
National Center for Healthy Housing: https://nchh.org/build-the-movement/nshhc/
Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-south

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Hope on a Mission, or HOAM (Aired on November 17 and 18, 2010)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to
help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most addicted to drugs or alcohol.
At the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening,
sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing,
and personal care items to homeless women, restoring dignity to homeless,
addicted women of the streets. Ms. Bacchiochi herself drank excessively and
used drugs, living in jails and on the street from 1985 when she came to school
in Poughkeepsie. She then lived on the streets until 1990. Periods of sobriety
after 1990 were interrupted by relapses until found herself back in jail in 2013 in
the same cell she had occupied in 1990. In jail, she read The Purpose Driven
Life by Rick Warren and recognized that her purpose would be to help women
with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, finally sobered
up and living clean, she started a career helping other women kick their
destructive lifestyle With Hope on a Mission (HOAM), founded in 2015. She now
feeds and helps dozens of the women of the streets and homeless men as well.
To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook
page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers: https://www.stjoestreatment.org/
Rick Warren books: https://www.biblio.com/rick-warren/author/149

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Dutchess Outreach Feeds the Needy (Aired on November 9 and 10, 2019)

RadioRotary welcomed two guests from Dutchess Outreach, the sprawling
organization that provides healthy food, good advice, emergency relief, and even
clothing needs for the needy in the County. Sarah Salem, the Director of
Development for Dutchess Outreach, explains the many services and the goals
of this catalyst for community revitalization, while Nyhisha Gibbs describes the
Children’s Coat Closet and the drive to provide warm clothing to those who lack
it. Dutchess Outreach has roots in a 1974 effort to provide emergency services
in Poughkeepsie and opened its first Food Pantry two years later. Since then the
services have expanded greatly, with the emphasis on providing healthy food
that is accessible even in “food deserts.” Recently Dutchess Outreach has
started farming to improve the supply of healthy food, a project that takes Sarah
Salem back to her own roots, since she became involved in Dutchess Outreach
from her experiences working at an organic farm.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Cranksgiving: http://www.cranksgiving.org/
Food Deserts in America: https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/

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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

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