Cara Mia and Hope on a Mission (Aired on March 7, 2021)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi, recently featured on NBC’s Today Show, returns to RadioRotary to describe new efforts in her continuing ministry to Poughkeepsiewomen (and men) who are homeless and addicted to drugs or alcohol. For 5½ years she has been at the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening, sometimes in rain or snow, with the street ministry Hope on a Mission (HOAM). Bacchiochi and volunteers, many from local Rotary clubs, distribute food, clothing, and personal care items, restoring dignity to the homeless and addicted. Now, starting in March 2021, Hope on a Mission is adding a Tuesday night dinner in front of 690 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, a couple of blocks east of the Saturday night event, which also continues. Ms. Bacchiochi has “street cred” herself from life on the street in the 1980s. Periods of sobriety were interrupted by relapses until found herself in 2013 in the same jail cell she had occupied in 1990. While there, she recognized that her purpose in life is to help women with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, she started Hope on a Mission. Check out the website which has opportunities to volunteer or donate—and if you have not seen it before, watch The Today Show interview.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission Website: https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on The Today Show: https://www.today.com/video/how-1-woman-in-recovery-found-her-mission-to-support-others-100460613922

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Sue Doyle’s Volunteer Projects (Aired December 21 and 22, 2019)

Sue Doyle of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club was given the 2019 Tansukh Dorawala
Humanitarian Award of Rotary District 7210 for her service to the community. This RadioRotary
Program covers some of the ways that Ms. Doyle, known to regular RadioRotary listeners as
the voice of Absolute Auction & Realty, works with other volunteers in several organizations.
Fishkill Food Pantry serves about 200 families in southern Dutchess Country and Cold Spring
with 5-day emergency meals, available once every 28 days. Their healthy food is provided in
part by the Food Bank of Dutchess County but mostly by local donations directly to the pantry in
downtown Fishkill. The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Beacon is a no-kill refuge for dogs
and cats that stay until a family adopts the pet for a permanent home. Not only does ARF of
Beacon provide food and medicine for locally abandoned pets, it also collects unwanted dogs
and cats who otherwise would be killed from animal shelters across the country. In addition to
her work with the Fishkill Food Pantry and ARF of Beacon, Ms. Doyle has been an asset to the
Pleasant Valley Free Library by providing company trucks needed to move books, along with
her husband Rob Doyle will be honorary chair of the MARC Foundation 2020 Annual Dinner,
and helps her Rotary club bring assistance of Caramia Bacchiochi’s Hope on a Mission, which
provides meals each week for Poughkeepsie’s homeless population.

Learn more
Fishkill Food Pantry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishkillFoodPantry/
Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon: https://www.arfbeacon.org/
ARF in Beacon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arfanimalrescue/
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/index.html
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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Hope on a Mission, or HOAM (Aired on November 17 and 18, 2010)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to
help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most addicted to drugs or alcohol.
At the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening,
sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing,
and personal care items to homeless women, restoring dignity to homeless,
addicted women of the streets. Ms. Bacchiochi herself drank excessively and
used drugs, living in jails and on the street from 1985 when she came to school
in Poughkeepsie. She then lived on the streets until 1990. Periods of sobriety
after 1990 were interrupted by relapses until found herself back in jail in 2013 in
the same cell she had occupied in 1990. In jail, she read The Purpose Driven
Life by Rick Warren and recognized that her purpose would be to help women
with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, finally sobered
up and living clean, she started a career helping other women kick their
destructive lifestyle With Hope on a Mission (HOAM), founded in 2015. She now
feeds and helps dozens of the women of the streets and homeless men as well.
To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook
page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers: https://www.stjoestreatment.org/
Rick Warren books: https://www.biblio.com/rick-warren/author/149

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Kingston Rotary, Oldest in District (Aired On August 18 &19, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews President Mike Fick and Alicia Marcinkowski of the
recently merged Kingston Rotary Club, which manages to be both the newest
and oldest Rotary in District 7210 at the same time. It is newest because of the
recent merger of the Kingston Sunshine Club with the original Kingston Rotary
and the oldest as the original club originated in 1916, just 11 years after Rotary
started in Chicago. The merged club has both breakfast and lunch meetings,
alternating weekly. The club is responsible for Kingston Point Rotary Park, a site
of barbecues (barbecue is very important to the club) and the annual Mutt Strutt.
The programs describes many of the activities and good works of the club,
including support for the Patriots home for homeless veterans.

Learn more:
Rotary Club of Kingston: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2222 & http://www.kingstonnyrotary.org/

Kingston Point Rotary Park: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionReview-g48241-d10354521-Reviews-Kingston_Point_Rotary_Park-New_Kingston_New_York.html

Patriots Project Veteran’s Home: http://ulstercountyny.gov/veteran-services-agency/patriots-project-veteran’s-home

SUNY Ulster: https://www.sunyulster.edu/

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