Mental Health and Recovery in the Pandemic (Aired on June 27 and 28, 2020)

Andrew O’Grady, Executive Director of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and the Mid-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to the RadioRotary microphones to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health, a veterans’ program, homelessness, and addiction. As MHA and MARC move toward a complete merger in 2021, the 200 full-time employees and 70 part-timers are deemed essential and so are still working, although mostly from home and on the telephone. But some programs must continue face to face, albeit with adaptations to stem spread of disease. For example, MARC residential treatment and sober housing programs are based in specific centers. The MHA homeless shelter must run from its location as well. The Vet-2-Vet help for military veterans by other veterans will come to where it is needed. All in all, MHA/MARC is even more active as the county confronts the coronavirus than it had been during the old normal. Anyone who needs the services provided by this organization can reach them at (845)473-2500.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
Vet-2-Vet: http://www.vet2vetusa.org/

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40 Years of Hudson River Housing (Aired January 18 and 19, 2020)

Back in 1980, Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison recognized that there was a
homeless crisis in the county and appointed a Task Force to address the problem, which
resulted in the formation of Hudson River Housing and the first emergency shelter for the
homeless. This vital service has been at the heart of the program as Hudson River Housing
expanded over the years to include transitional housing; affordable apartments and houses;
housing for veterans, for youth, and for seniors; historic preservation; rehabs of existing
structures as well as new construction; employment assistance; and help for first-time home
buyers. In this program, Christa Hines, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, tells the
story of this amazing agency and the work that it does. With a staff of 160 as well as many
volunteer workers, the Housing Agency has become central to improving Poughkeepsie—and it has extensions to Beacon and to northeastern Dutchess (Amenia, Pine Plains, and Millerton)
where there are considerable needs as well.

Learn more
Hudson River Housing: https://hudsonriverhousing.org/
Family Partnership Center: http://familyservicesny.org/family-partnership-center/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/

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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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Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (Aired on April 20 and 21, 2019)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and
Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to
the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and
also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism
prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200
employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect
about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily
funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their
services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family
therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term
addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence,
and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC
Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and
appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also
assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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April 28, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Housing Assistance, Support Groups  

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