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  

Grace Year—A Time to Do Good (Aired January 18 and 19, 2020)

Jessica Davis is interviewed about her experience of taking a “gap year” after graduating from
SUNY New Paltz. She is living with other young persons who are working to help others in a
program called “Grace Year.” Grace Year allows recent college graduates to spend a year
of intentional living from a base in Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, focusing on
spirituality, religion, and justice It is a year-long opportunity to live in a small community
of young adults as they prepare for lifelong journeys of sustained leadership for the
common good. During the year, the fellows live together along with the program leader,
Abby Nathanson, in the Grace Church vicarage while they volunteer to work with local
nonprofits. These include a preschool; youth programs for teens; EPIC (Engaging
People in Change), a bilingual leadership program for high-school students; programs
for immigrants; local farms; Hudson River Housing; and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem
Studies. Ms. Davis is helping senior citizens by working with the Church Alliance senior
residence and Millbrook at Home, which helps senior citizens who are aging in place.
When her Grace Year has passed, Ms. Davis plans to attend graduate school with the
intention of becoming a guidance counselor.

Learn more
Grace Year: http://www.graceyear.org/
Grace Year Program (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/graceyearprogram/
EPIC (Engaging People in Change): https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit/e04b940c57a74a4da68d634d44982d1e-engaging-people-in-change-epic-millbrook
Church Alliance of Millbrook Gardens: https://www.nyconnects.ny.gov/services/the-church-alliance-of-millbrook-gardens-bartel-place-housing-sofa45301
Millbrook at Home: http://www.millbrookathome.org/
Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook: https://www.gracemillbrook.org/

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February 4, 2020 · Posted in Aging, Humanitarian Service, Support Groups, Youth  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Narcan Training in Dutchess Country (Aired on April 27 and 28, 2019)

RadioRotary hosts Beth Alter, Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services
for Dutchess Country, who has been a part of the county government for over 30
year in substance abuse and mental health services. Her topics on this program
are the life-saving medicine Narcan, the County HELPLINE, the Mobile Crisis
Intervention Team, and the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in
Poughkeepsie. Her team offers training in the use of Narcan to reverse an opioid
overdose, which they will bring to any location in the country or provide to visitors
at the Stabilization Center. All the services mentioned here can be reached via
the HELPLINE, calling or texting to 845-485-9700. Narcan is an easy-to-
administer nasal spray that instantly blocks opioid action, although more than
one dose may be needed to reverse the drug in some cases. Ms. Alter makes a
good case why everyone from boy and girl scouts to Rotarians should learn to
use Narcan and have the drug handy for when needed (there is no effect if it is
not needed).

Learn more:
24/7 Crisis Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/24-7-Services.htm
Dutchess Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
Narcan: https://www.narcan.com/
Opioid Epidemic in Dutchess Country: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Fight-Against-Opioid-Epidemic.htm

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May 8, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Health, Support Groups  

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