Cara Mia Bacchiochi talks about Hope On A Mission (Aired on March 24 and March 25th 2018)

Hope for Homeless and Addicted (Aired on March 24 and 25, 2018) 

Cara Mia Bacchiochi of Hope on a Mission HOAM returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most of them addicted to drugs or alcohol. At the same street corner (Main and Clinton) every Saturday night, sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing, and personal care items to homeless women.  Bacchiochi was herself a homeless addict before joining a recovery program in 1990. After a brief recurrence of her addiction, she accepted God’s role for her—founding a street-level outreach mission for homeless and addicted women. With the help of her church, she plans someday to acquire a building that would make it easier to carry out the mission. Hope on a Mission HOAM is financed by donations and staffed by volunteers. To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

 

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Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
Walter Hoving Home
Transformation Life Center in West Park
MARC Crisis Center

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River Haven Youth Shelter (Aired on July 23 & 24, 2016)

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger about River Haven Shelter, emergency housing and support services for runaway and homeless boys and girls ages 10 through 17 in Dutchess County. The shelter, in one form or another, has existed in Poughkeepsie since 1984, and currently can house12 youth at a time (about 100 a year), two to a room. A vegetable garden not only supplies fresh food for the table but is one of several ways that counselors help these preteens and teens reintegrate with their family—if they have one—and society. They also perform community service and continue to attend school while in the shelter. Each evening Ms. Heller prepares a family meal for the residents, which they consume together as they talk about their days. The shelter is part of Hudson Valley Housing, which has various programs to aid the homeless.

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River Haven Shelter
River Haven Youth Services
River Haven Facebook Page
Hudson River Housing

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July 23, 2016 · Posted in Dutchess County, Homelessness, Youth  

Faith House to Help Pregnant Girls (Aired on April 16 & 17, 2016)

Faith House

Faith House

Crystal Snow-Hebel is one of the co-founders of Faith House (Linda Arzu is the other), a proposed maternity home for 18- to 24-year old girls and their newborn children. This would be a refuge for girls who otherwise would be homeless, in abusive relationships, or living in poverty. The idea is to provide for spiritual and emotional needs in a real family environment. Many volunteers are already working on this project, which is still in a fundraising stage. In addition to providing parenting skills, there would also be prenatal care and skills and educational development for when the girl and her child re-enters society.

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Faith House
Faith House on Facebook
Benefits Available for Single Mothers

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Hope on a Mission HOAM (Aired on January 16 & 17, 2016)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Cara Mia Bacchiochi, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Cara Mia Bacchiochi, Sarah O’Connell

RadioRotary interviews recovering addict Cara Mia Bacchiochi about her street ministry called Hope on a Mission HOAM, a volunteer effort to help women who are homeless because of addiction to drugs or alcohol. Working in the city of Poughkeepsie, Bacchiochi and volunteer helpers distribute water and such personal care items as baby wipes to homeless women on a weekly basis. As with other parts of the United States, Poughkeepsie is undergoing a wave of addiction spurred by the introduction of powerful opiate pain relievers and the availability of cheap heroin. In the late 1980s, Bacchiochi was herself an addict, but in 1990 she entered recovery programs. With the help of her church, she hope someday to open a storefront that would make it easier to carry out her mission. In the meantime, Hope on a Mission HOAM could use help in the form of donations and volunteers. See its Facebook page for information on how to help.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page
Statistics on Homelessness and Addiction
Addiction in Women

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