Fill Chill Food Drive Party Returns On Nov 16

November 7th, 2018

Fill Chill 2018Chill Wine Bar in Beacon is hosting once again their annual “Fill Chill” food drive and dance party, with the 2018 event slated for Friday, November 16th starting at 8:00 pm. Drop off a few cans or packages of non-perishable food to help stock HVCS’ food closets for the holidays–heck, why not bring a whole bag of food? The closets also accept donations of toiletries and household cleaning products. Everyone who donates an item (or more) will be entered into a door prize drawing. You’ll also have the chance to enter the 50/50 raffle.

To keep things in the holiday spirit, Prephab, the region’s premiere DJ duo, will be spinning fun music ranging from disco to pop to dance. Chill will have their selection of wines and bottled beers available, plus their bar snack menu featuring paninis and cheese platters. Chill will donate a portion of sales to HVCS so make sure to eat and drink up!

Chill is located at 173 Main Street in Beacon. Please join us for a relaxing and heartwarming start to your Thanksgiving week festivities!

Audi Hawthorne Is Collecting Donations For HVCS

November 5th, 2018

Audi Hawthorne donation drop zone

Audi Hawthorne, which opened its doors just over a year ago, has become a donation drop zone to support HVCS! General Manager Nick Belli and his staff are collecting donated goods for the months of November and December, including non-perishable foods and warm winter gear. Everyone from the community is invited to stop by the service department to drop off items for our food closets. Audi Hawthorne is also taking in donated hats, gloves, scarves and socks, which will be distributed to clients of the Project Reach Out program who are unstably housed or homeless.

Most-requested items from our food closet clients include:

  • soups
  • pasta and other packaged grains
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • tuna
  • peanut butter
  • cereals and oatmeal
  • instant mashed potatoes
  • holiday meal ingredients such as stuffing and cranberry sauce
  • fruit juices (boxed or canned)
  • boxed milk (Parmalait)

Visit our Food Closet page to learn more.

Audi Hawthorne is located at 151 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) in Hawthorne, within a mile of HVCS’ headquarters. Special thanks to our neighbors at Audi for stepping up to support our programs!

Treo Donates 180+ Cases To HVCS

November 2nd, 2018
Rob from Treo and J. from HVCS

Rob, warehouse manager for Treo Brands, with J. Dewey, HVCS’ Director of Public Relations & Resource Enhancement

Treo delivery vanTreo, a relatively new beverage company, contacted HVCS with an amazing offer: they had over 180 cases of their product, in three different flavors, that needed a home. They had recently rebranded, streamlining their packaging, and needed to make room in the warehouse for the newly designed bottles. The beverages dressed in the old look, however, were still drinkable (and delicious). HVCS offered to distribute the cases of Treo on our mobile outreach vans, including Project Reach Out and our syringe exchange vans. A few weeks ago, we took the PRO van to the company’s warehouse in Port Chester and filled it with Treo!

Treo is an organic birch water (that’s right–sort of like maple syrup or coconut water) infused with fruit flavors. It’s also sweetened with stevia so it’s low-cal. The PRO and SEP teams have already begun handing out the product to clients. Most of these clients are unstably housed or have no home, and they appreciate any free food or beverages. Offering them a snack or bottle of Treo helps build trust and establish a rapport–and hopefully they’ll keep in touch with us for their healthcare and service needs. We are grateful to Treo Brands for thinking of HVCS’ programs and making this generous donation a reality!

Thank You Pleasantville Moms!

November 2nd, 2018

Members of HVCS' staff with the donationAs cold weather threatens, the job for HVCS’ Project Reach Out team gets tougher. Life is also tougher for PRO’s clients, who are mostly unstably housed or homeless. It takes more work to find them, and it’s harder to engage them in the HIV prevention and addiction services that PRO offers. That’s where a warm cup of cocoa and a snack can make a huge difference!

Members of a “Pleasantville Moms” Facebook group recently banded together to donate several boxes of ready-mix hot cocoa, along with cookies and chips. The PRO team will be able to build trust and more easily engage their clients by offering them a hot drink on a cold day. And the donations keep coming! Thank you to the women who donated these products. A cup of cocoa is a small gesture but makes a big impact on those who may not have a warm place to live. By staying in touch with the PRO team, we improve their connection to healthcare and support services and can work together towards a brighter future.

Pictured: HVCS’ J. Dewey, Director of Public Relations & Resource Enhancement; Edgar Peralta, Project Reach Out Lower Hudson Senior Prevention Specialist; Anzie Roberts, Project Reach Out Lower Hudson Prevention Specialist.

New Video: You’re Invited to The Most Important Meal!

October 17th, 2018

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union’s Lisa Morris invites you and your family to The Most Important Meal, a fundraiser for the food pantries at Hudson Valley Community Services! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet while helping local people living with chronic illnesses. Join us on Sunday, Oct 28th from 9:30 to noon at Fishkill Recreation!

Criminal Justice Initiative Now Offering Hep C Linkage & Support

October 10th, 2018
Our Criminal Justice Initiative, which provides HIV education and linkage to care for those incarcerated in NY state prisons in Sullivan County, recently received an enhancement to include Hepatitis C (HCV) services.
Our new HCV Linkage Specialist will work with known HCV+ individuals within the correctional facilities, including an action plan for their treatment, working with the medical unit in each prison, and making referrals to medical care. Our staff will also provide transitional planning for those being released from prison so that they can remain linked to care, housing and other services. The Linkage Specialist will identify any barriers that HCV+ incarcerated individuals might have to seeking treatment and help them to overcome those obstacles.
Medical staff within New York State’s Department of Corrections & Community Supervision report large numbers of incarcerated individuals who are HCV+, so we are grateful to be offering this service.

Win A Pair Of Tickets To A New Broadway Show!

September 25th, 2018

MIM Broadway Raffle

Support HVCS’ emergency food closets and get a chance to see a new Broadway show this season! One winner of our Most Important Meal raffle will win two tickets to see one of these four Broadway shows this fall or winter–your choice! We’ll work with you to select a pair of tickets for a date that works for you.

Choose between Anastasia, The Cher Show, Head Over Heels, or Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

Purchase your raffle tickets for $20 each, or bundle your Most Important Meal ticket and a raffle ticket for $50.

Drawing will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at our Most Important Meal event. Winner need not be present to win. For more information about the event, click here or call (914) 785-8277.

To purchase tickets, talk to an HVCS employee, contact our fundraising department, or visit our online raffle ticket page!


The Most Important Meal Returns on Oct 28!

September 12th, 2018

Our “endless cereal buffet” returns to the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 28th from 9:30 to 12 noon. Get your fill with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring an array of cereals with mix-ins and topping galore, a variety of Hudson Valley Fresh milks, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, plus coffee provided by the Crafted Kup, tea and juices. We’ll also have a silent auction with lots of fun items, and everyone takes home a souvenir bowl.

“The Most Important Meal” is presented this year by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $30 each but kids under 12 can eat for free. This is a great event for families–Halloween costumes encouraged!

We’ll devote the proceeds to our emergency food closets so everyone can feel good about chowing down on a Sunday morning.

You can also opt to purchase a table of 10 for only $200 ($10 off each ticket) and we’ll recognize all our table captains at the event. You can also place an ad or greeting on our placemats and in our slideshow presentation.

Get your tickets!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Title Sponsor:

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Major Support From:

Silver Spoon Sponsors



Network Synergy


Ruge's Automotive

Stop & Shop

Milk & Cereal Sponsors

Central Hudson

Superior Sounds

Hudson Valley Fresh
M. Furman Printing
Crafted Kup


Press from HVCS’ International Overdose Awareness Day Event

September 4th, 2018
HVCS' Overdose Awareness Day

Devan Marano shares her personal story at the Overdose Awareness Day observance in Newburgh.

On Friday, August 31, 2018, Hudson Valley Community Services partnered with Catholic Charities’ TEAM Newburgh to hold a local observance of International Overdose Awareness Day in front of HVCS’ Newburgh office.

International Overdose Awareness Day is an annual global event held on August 31st which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

The opioid/heroin addiction crisis has had a profound impact on the Hudson Valley over the past few years. In 2016, 367 residents died from opioid overdoses according to the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, and available data on the first three quarters of 2017 suggests similar totals for last year. The epidemic has had a lasting impact on friends, families and neighborhoods—not to mention those who struggle with addiction. HVCS, other healthcare and social support agencies, law enforcement, and local governments have committed resources to prevent overdose deaths, increase the number of residents who seek help for their addiction disorders, and stem the tide of this epidemic. This event was an opportunity to honor and remember those we have lost to addiction disorders via overdose, and continue to educate the community on available resources.

The Hudson Valley’s International Overdose Awareness Day event featured a forum for personal experience speakers, Narcan trainings, educational opportunities, tributes to those lost to overdose, a social media awareness wall, activities to engage children and youth, and free snacks.

Check out local press coverage of the event:

Spectrum News:

Times Herald Record: Story ( and slide show (

HVCS’ Frank Barone To Speak At Sullivan Co Opioid Abuse Conference

August 9th, 2018

HVCS’ Frank Barone, a member of our Syringe Exchange Program staff, will be on the panel at the upcoming 2018 Sullivan County Opioid Abuse Prevention Conference at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Frank is one of the featured local speakers and his segment is entitled, “I Was Twelve: My Story of the Road to Recovery.”

Get all the details and register for the conference here.