Virtual Video Visits from Pets (Aired on January 17, 2021)

Animal Farm Foundation Manager Nicole Juchem visits RadioRotary via Zoom to tell RadioRotary listeners about a new program from the Animal Farm Foundation geared to easing the social isolation that the covid-19 lock-downs are causing: virtual pet visits. Starting with a visit to the Pets Together website https://petstogether.org/ , you can book your virtual pet visit. The website
includes a choice of cats and dogs (and even cows and horses) that will visit the lonely human via Zoom—along with the pet’s owner who will be happy to engage in friendly talk. Animal Farm Foundation’s main work is training shelter dogs to become useful service dogs and also to work to improve the public image of dogs taken to be pit bulls. The new Pets Together program is a welcome addition to their mission.

Learn more:
Pets Together: https://petstogether.org/
Animal Farm Foundation: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Service Dogs: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/service-dog-training-101/
Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/myths-and-facts-about-pit-bulls/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Mental Health, Support Groups  

Community Meets Pandemic Challenges (Aired on October 11, 2020)

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck Red Hook, NY, Dan Budd, a local businessman with ties to the youth community and a high-school student, Chris Donahue, decided that they could organize volunteers to solve some of the immediate problems the community faces. RadioRotary on this program interviews Red Hook Responds cofounder Dan Budd, owner of Taste Budd’s Café in Red Hook Village, about how Red Hook Responds works and about the related venture, Shop Red Hook. Aside for medical needs, the two main problems Red Hook residents faced with the stay-in-place rules of the State response to the pandemic have been delivery of essential items and the loss of human interactions. The nearly 500 volunteers of Red Hook Responds, many of them students, deliver groceries or medicines and also provide neighborly chats over the telephone; but the most important service has been production of and delivery of more than 8,000 prepared dinners (so far). School-district supplied breakfasts and lunches are also delivered to those who need them. Shop Red Hook is another service—an online conduit between farms and food banks.

Learn more:
Red Hook Responds: https://www.redhookresponds.org/
Shop Red Hook Food Exchange: https://shopredhook.com/
Taste Budd’s Café: https://www.tastebudds.com/
Town of Red Hook, NY: https://www.tastebudds.com/

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October 20, 2020 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Nutrition, Support Groups, Volunteers, Youth  

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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Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse (Aired February 1 and 2, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Branka Bryan, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, a shelter for
persons confronted with domestic violence in Dutchess Country, about 10% of whom are men.  Domestic violence includes psychological as well as physical abuse of a person in an intimate partner relationship. The abused and the abuser can each be any age, ranging from children in middle school to persons over 90 years old. Grace Smith House started nearly 39 years ago when a small group from Poughkeepsie’s First Presbyterian Church (including a church elder named Grace Smith) recognized that there was a need for housing to protect victims of domestic violence.  Today Grace Smith House also provides transitional housing, counseling, and education in the schools and the community. Victims can easily reach help by calling the hot line, (845) 471-3033, where trained volunteers will direct the caller to help. Services of Grace Smith House are free and highly confidential. Women with young children can be accommodated in the shelter as well as adults and teenagers.

Learn more
Grace Smith House: https://www.gracesmithhouse.org/
Domestic Violence Services, Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Domestic-Violence.htm
Gaslighting: https://www.healthline.com/health/gaslighting

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February 20, 2020 · Posted in Domestic Violence, Support Groups, Women  

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