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  

Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance (Aired On October 6 & 7, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Zach Kirchner of the Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance,
an organization that bridges the gap between serving the nation and services
available to veterans. Since 2016 the volunteers of the Veterans Alliance have
connected veterans with housing, mental health assistance, physical health
needs, financial aid, and other useful services. The volunteers themselves have
come together to provide assistance on such tasks as installing water heaters or
septic tanks. All of their services are free to veterans of any US war or their
families. Veterans often have a difficult time making the transition to civilian life or
may have special problems resulting from exposure to toxic agents or enemy fire
during their service, so they may need the extra help the Veterans Alliance
provides.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance: https://www.hudsonvalleyveteransalliance.org/
Vet2Vet of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/programs-for-veterans/
My Brother Vinny: https://www.mybrothervinny.org/index.html
Dutchess Country Division of Veterans Services: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/VeteransAffairs/VAindex.htm
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System: https://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/
Hudson River Housing: http://hudsonriverhousing.org/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Financial Aid, Housing Assistance, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

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