Astor Services for Children & Families (Aired on February 20, 2022)

You may have heard of the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY, but that is only the original part of what has become since 1966 a wide-ranging service for mental health and education that is a major humanitarian force in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York, Astor Services is now an essential part of many of the programs for children and young persons, including Head Start, Health Homes, Home Based Crisis Intervention, Probation Based Services, and much more. Learn about the wide reach of Astor Services in English and Spanish from this RadioRotary interview with Kim Stella, Assistant Executive Director for Care Management and Prevention at Astor Services.

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Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on February 13, 2022)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, returns to RadioRotary with the latest news from his organization, the lynchpin of social services in in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The Behavioral Health Centers in urban locations from Beacon to Kingston are undergoing an expansion in hours and staff, which includes psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, and social workers. The program also has an outreach to the Dutchess Country Jail that provides transition help for inmates on their release. Staff members are embedded with the Poughkeepsie police and district attorney’s office. Another area of recent expansion involves cooperation with the gun violence reduction program SNUG, a program that focuses on youth at high risk for involvement with gun violence between the ages of 14 and 24. Today the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie works closely with some 20 different social service organizations.

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February 20, 2022 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Mental Health, Service Organizations, Youth  

Southern Dutchess Rotary Programs (Aired on December 26, 2021)

Southern Ulster Rotarians Will Ferrell (club president) and Paul Daniels (vice president) visit RadioRotary via Zoom to discuss the community and international projects that the club supports. Southern Dutchess was originally named “Plattekill Rotary,” but with members from nearby towns in Ulster Country and even some from nearby Orange Country, the current name seems more
appropriate. The good work that Southern Dutchess Rotarians do goes from the very local, such as providing donuts and hot chocolate at the annual Plattekill tree lighting, to the International, including helping fund improvements in a village in Guatemala. Much of their emphasis is on youth: a basketball and volleyball program for elementary school, providing summer camps for needy children, and sending local students abroad on Rotary Youth Exchange. Southern Dutchess Rotary is also proud to be a ShelterBox Hero, annually supporting Shelterbox disaster relief.

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Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health (Aired on November 7, 2021)

RadioRotary welcomes Kingston Rotarian Gwen McCann, secretary of the Board of the Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, which supports nonprofit organizations in five mid-Hudson counties, northern Dutchess and Columbia, Greene, Ulster, and Delaware counties. The Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health has since 1994 awarded over $3 million to some 1,500 community organizations committed to supporting programs that address parenting; alcohol and substance abuse; mental and emotional health; domestic violence; quality education; and other basic health issues. The money distributed is mostly from the income on a $2.6 million endowment from a former Health Maintenance Organization, which used its cash remaining in 1992 when it went out of business to set up the charitable organization. The foundation also receives and distributes donations from the public.

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November 12, 2021 · Posted in Financial Aid, Service Organizations, Youth  

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