Helping Vets and Others Prepare for Jobs (Aired on October 30, 2022)

 

         

Ron Ferris, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mid-Hudson Works, re-visits Radio Rotary with more information about this unique Poughkeepsie nonprofit that provides skills, training, and paying work for veterans and persons with disabilities. Mid-Hudson Works, in a 53,000-square-foot brick building on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie helps veterans along with others prepare for
such work as packing or assembling, skills useful in the many distribution centers of the Mid-Hudson region. And then gives them on-the-job training. Local or even national businesses use the services provided and the workers have paying jobs. The enterprise is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023.

Learn More:
Mid-Hudson Works: https://midhudsonworks.org/
MHA Veterans Programs: https://mhadutchess.org/services/vet2vet/
Dutchess Country Veterans’ Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Think Dutchess (Dutchess Alliance for Business): https://thinkdutchess.com/

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The Long Doggie Paddle & Bike Ride (Aired on Sept. 18, 2022)

Glenville Rotarian Jimmy Thomas has embarked on a five-month journey to support providing veterans with service dogs, dogs trained to aid in handling a specific medical need. A veteran Army MP himself, Jimmy knows first hand the difference a service dog can make. His dog, Boots, had been trained to prevent seizures and was remarkably successful, with Thomas going from a couple of seizures a month before Boots to a single episode in the five years that Boots was with him. Trained Service Dogs are very expensive, so Thomas is raising money from sponsors of his canoe trip from Glenville to Key West and bike ride back to his destination, the Veterans Administration in Albany, NY, with the money raised going to help veterans. Glenville Rotary has arranged for Rotary
Clubs along the route to support, feed, and house Thomas, although sometimes he will need to camp in a tent.

Learn More:
Doggie Paddle for Veterans: https://doggiepaddle.org/
Glenville Rotary Club: https://www.glenvillerotary.org/
America’s Vet Dogs:https://www.vetdogs.org/AV/getaservicedog/AV/DogPrograms/getaservicedog.aspx

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September 26, 2022 · Posted in Rotary Club Projects, Veterans  

Community-Based Care from MHA (Aired on Aug. 28, 2022)

           

Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) provides a wide range of services to veterans, families, children, and those who, because of poverty, need help from local nonprofits or government-sponsored services. MHA’s CEO, Andrew O’Grady, returns to Radio Rotary to describe several of the programs that MHA has in place to provide community-based solutions to mental-health problems. The 250 workers at MHA are not all therapists—although some are—but they are all able to meet with those in need, direct them to sources of assistance, and follow up for as long as necessary. MHA partnerships with local businesses lead to employment opportunities. A newly donated building will enable MHA to set up a one-stop-shop for veteran’s services. Apartments and community residences can help with housing. MHA services are free or very inexpensive for its clients.

Learn More:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA): https://mhadutchess.org/
Veterans Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Home and Community-Based Services: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/LTSS-TA-Center/info/hcbs

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Rebuilding Together in Dutchess County (Aired on Aug. 14, 2022)

        

Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Darcy McCourt, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together in Dutchess County, is the guest on this week’s Radio- Rotary program. Rebuilding Together grew out of an annual event called “Christmas in April,” for which volunteers on one day in April would repair homes of low-income senior citizens. The name was changed to “Rebuilding Together”
to reflect its transition to a year-round program. The mission, however, remains the same, although expanded: to make critical repairs for safety in private homes of those who cannot afford to pay for similar work. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency improvements for seniors, persons living with disability, families with children, and active or retired members of the armed services. These services are provided at no cost to the homeowner. The work is done by local volunteers while much of the funding comes from grants or from local businesses.

Learn More:
Rebuilding Together. Dutchess County: https://www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org/
Rebuilding Together (national network): https://rebuildingtogether.org/

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