Helping Children of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on April 24, 2022)

         

 

Hour Children connects incarcerated mothers with their children, who stay for a few days with volunteer families living near correctional facilities while they visit their jailed mothers. Radio Rotary welcomes back Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, along with Kate Paletta, an Hour Children volunteer for the past 18 years. Ms. Paletta cares for children of the incarcerated mother for a few days so that the children can visit their mothers at nearby Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Bedford Hills provides a parenting center for the visits. The visiting children interact also with Kate’s four children, often forming lasting relationships. The Hour Children program raises money and brings host families, children, and mothers together at an annual Mother’s Day luncheon.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Recidivism in Women’s Prisons: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2019/07/19/reentry/

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Rotarian Aids Ukrainian Refugees (Aired on April 3, 2022)

      

Red Hook Rotarian BJ Mikkelsen visits Radio Rotary to tell a fascinating tale of how he became involved with the Ukrainian refugee disaster. Mr. Mikkelsen had been invited to help a friend in Berlin, Germany, celebrate his birthday. When Mr. Mikkelsen arrived in Berlin, the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a week old, and the plight of the Ukrainian refugees streaming west was already recognized as a major world disaster. Here in the U.S. and around the world, special arrangements were quickly being made to provide help, including a special Rotary International disaster fund. In Berlin, Mr. Mikkelsen, his friend, and his friend’s wife, a nurse, learned that the center of relief efforts was the principal Ukrainian church, one of the oldest churches in Berlin. The Mikkelsen group bought a large supply of groceries and another of medical materials which the church shipped by truck via back roads to Lviv in Ukraine. Listen to the program for much more of this interesting account of how the Ukrainians are being helped and also learn how Mr. Mikkelsen can help you donate to the Ukrainian cause.

Learn More:
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church: https://www.berlin.de/en/attractions-and-sights/3559961-3104052-st-nicholas-church.en.html
Donate to Aid Ukraine through Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-foundation-creates-channel-direct-humanitarian-support-ukraine-region#:~:text=In%20response%20to%20the%20deepening,as%20the%20main%20avenue%20for
Highland Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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April 10, 2022 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Service  

Program Helps Families of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on March 6, 2022)

Hour Children is a remarkable group of programs that, among other assistance, connects incarcerated mothers with their children. Its name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification. In this show, RadioRotary welcomes Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, and her friend Laura, who is the house manager of one of the five Hour Children communal residences that provide a supportive environment for women starting the reentry process and reuniting with their children. The guests describe how Hour Children assists women incarcerated at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, both located in Bedford Hills, New York, and the Rose M. Singer Center located in New York City, with facilities for parenting education and even a nursery for mothers who give birth behind bars. Listen for the many other
services from Hour Children.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Rose M Singer Center at Riker’s Island: https://www.cobanyc.org/rose-m-singer-center

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Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on February 13, 2022)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, returns to RadioRotary with the latest news from his organization, the lynchpin of social services in in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The Behavioral Health Centers in urban locations from Beacon to Kingston are undergoing an expansion in hours and staff, which includes psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, and social workers. The program also has an outreach to the Dutchess Country Jail that provides transition help for inmates on their release. Staff members are embedded with the Poughkeepsie police and district attorney’s office. Another area of recent expansion involves cooperation with the gun violence reduction program SNUG, a program that focuses on youth at high risk for involvement with gun violence between the ages of 14 and 24. Today the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie works closely with some 20 different social service organizations.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Behavioral Health Centers: https://familyservicesny.org/program-areas/behavioral-health-centers/
SNUG: https://www.nyconnects.ny.gov/services/snug-violence-prevention-37

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February 20, 2022 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Mental Health, Service Organizations, Youth  

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