A Nonprofit Place for Senior Living (Aired on April 4, 2021)

Executive Director Ericka Von Salews of the Vassar-Warner Home, the only nonprofit senior living residence in Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor for a program describing the services and remarkable story of this historic institution. The beautiful building dates from 1835 when it was built as s boys’ academy, but in 1871 it became a home for senior women. Originally Johnathan Warner operated The Old Ladies Home at the site, but in 1974, with financial help from the Smith Brothers (of cough-drop fame) the building was expanded and merged with the Vassar Home for men. Today the Vassar-Warner home, with some help from the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, is a recognized charity, which allows the home to treat and care for each resident as a member of the family rather than as a customer whose care and services are transactions. Residents do pay rent and board (low-income men and women may have it partly subsidized), and there are two levels of care available—adult homes for those in little need of medical assistance and assisted living for those who may require more help, although Vassar-Warner Home is not a nursing home, the next higher level of care.

Learn more:
Vassar-Warner Home: https://vassarwarner.org/
Adult Care Facilities (NYS): https://profiles.health.ny.gov/acf
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm

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April 25, 2021 · Posted in Aging, Housing Assistance, Quality of Life  

Poughkeepsie’s Juvenile Intervention Program (Aired on February 28, 2021)

Satara Brown, founder of Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. returns to RadioRotary to tell about her work with the juvenile division of the City of Poughkeepsie police department, especially the pilot Juvenile Intervention Program. Ms. Brown has been heavily involved in helping young persons mature and find better lives for a long time, including (but hardly limited to) founding Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. Ms. Brown also is Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Day One Early Learning Community in Poughkeepsie (which is scheduled to open in 2021) and a board member of the Poughkeepsie Schools Foundation. The new Juvenile Interventions program, open to any youth needed more support, includes weekly meetings and monthly workshops, often in connection with the program’s local partners such as Hudson River Housing, Dutchess Country Probation, Mental Health American of Dutchess County, and many others.

Learn more:
Poughkeepsie Juvenile Intervention Program: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/2021/01/14/police-launch-juvenile-intervention-program/
Satara Brown: https://www.linkedin.com/in/satara-brown-41164365/
Email Juvenile Intervention program: juvenileintervention@cityofpoughkeepsie.com
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpk.org/
Police Intervention Programs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21338003/

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Protecting Homes with Smoke Alarms (Aired on November 29, 2020)

Poughkeepsie South Rotarian Christina Boryk, Executive Director of Dutchess Rebuilding Together, and Kelly Formoso, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Red Cross, visit RadioRotary through Zoom for this fascinating discussion of home safety measures, especially smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms. Rebuilding Together is in the business of improving homes, both with major renovations (such as a new roof) and general in-home safety measures. Red Cross, which aids people after disasters, in Dutchess County most often helps families recover from house fires. So it made sense in 2016 when the idea of working together was broached that the two organizations would combine to provide free smoke alarms to homeowners and renters. Since then they have
installed over a thousand smoke alarms and saved the lives of at least 7 persons. Listen to the details of how this remarkable team began and continues to work together and how you can make your home protected from fire and carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Learn more:
Rebuilding Together (Dutchess County): http://www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org/
Red Cross (Hudson Valley): https://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/eastern-new-york/about-us/locations/mid-hudson-valley.html
Fire Safety: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/fire
Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club: https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/poughkeepsie-south

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December 9, 2020 · Posted in Aging, Housing Assistance, Service Organizations  

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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