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  

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  

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