A Delicious Donation from Sofregit

December 16th, 2014

Carla Ramos from Sofregit (center) with HVCS' Krista Mason and J. Dewey Carla Ramos of Sofregit (and creator of the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball) whirled into our new Poughkeepsie office’s food pantry with a donation of freshly-made herb butters and mayo and coconut oil spreads. She explained how to easily boost the flavors of countless meals to THRIVES Nutrition Coordinator Krista Mason. Krista will be able to add the refrigerated spreads to clients’ pantry bags for the holidays. Our deepest appreciation to Sofregit for your generosity!

MAC Pok Gets Us Ready for the Holidays

December 16th, 2014

In honor of World AIDS Day, volunteers from MAC Cosmetics in Poughkeepsie spent the day in our new Poughkeepsie office, setting up our emergency food closet, unpacking food, and wrapping presents for our clients. The team powered through a mountain of donated toiletry items and toys for clients’ families, and got the chance to ask lots of questions about our programs and services. Special thanks to Terisa for organizing her team for a day of service!

The SantaCam: Photos from “Fill Chill”

December 16th, 2014

On Friday, December 12, 2014 Chill Wine Bar in Beacon hosted a food, toy and fund drive to support HVCS’ new Poughkeepsie food pantry. Guests dropped off unwrapped toys and  nonperishable foods, and made cash donations. Chill donated 25% of all sales for the night to HVCS, and that will be matched by a major corporation. Santa Claus himself stopped by to say thanks to our loyal, fun-loving donors and to hand out tokens of appreciation (donated by Elizabeth Arden). All told, we raised more than $500 and collected a carload of food!

New HVCS Identity Video

December 15th, 2014

Check out our brand-new agency video, featuring testimonials from our clients and interviews with some of our staff members. Our goal is to share our passion for community service with the Hudson Valley and to highlight a few of our success stories. At the very least, we hope this conveys the scope of what we do and how much we truly care for people living with chronic diseases.

Video Production: Solaris 3 Productions

Thanks to: Anthony Accomando, Ramon Ali, Saqib Altaf, Jalery Arce, Stephen Auffredou, Barbara Bennet, Dawn Carney, LaShonda Cyrus, Cynthia Cuccia Montagnino, Rafael Gonzalez, Karen Hart, Elizabeth Hurley, Anthony Iuni, Deborah LaBoy, Lourdes LaSalle, Dorene McDougal, Naomi Moore, Laura Morris, Demetrius Nata, Caitlin Nichols, Jackie Perez, Melinda Pokela, Nelson R., Ginny Schneider, Yesenia Valderrama, Yvette, Barbara Zeko and everyone who participated in making this video possible.

Our Poughkeepsie Office Has Moved!

December 11th, 2014

HVCS is excited to announce that our Poughkeepsie office has moved! We are now located at 40 Garden Street, just off of the 44/55 Arterial, in Suite 401.  We still have a lot of work to do to make it into a cozy, inviting space for staff and visitors, but we love the windows with sweeping views of the city of Poughkeepsie. Our food pantry is much larger, and our staff have a kitchen/lunchroom for the first time!

When you visit, you can use one of the three dedicated parking spaces in front of the building, or park nearby in the municipal lot. We’ll have a full open house this spring. Until then, come visit our new home at 40 Garden Street!

Interfaith Coalition Donates Gift Bags, Household Cleaners

December 5th, 2014

Interfaith Coalition Gift BasketsOn Friday, December 5th, volunteers with the Interfaith Coalition, a group of inter-linked religious congregations in Westchester, dropped off 60 beautifully packaged gift bags for HVCS clients. Gift bags contained such goodies as warm hats, scarves, ear muffs, and toys for children, and each is carefully labeled for an adult man, woman, boy or girl. (We love that Interfaith packed these items in gift bags rather than wrapping paper, so our care managers can ensure that each bag goes to an appropriate recipient.)

Another congregation held a Thanksgiving collection of laundry detergents and household cleansers. These items are very expensive for families with limited income (like the majority of our clients), and most food banks don’t stock cleansers at all. We are grateful that Interfaith heeded the call for these hard-to-find items for our neediest clients and their families.

If your group is interested in holding a food drive, toiletry drive, or household cleanser collection, please call us for assistance. If your company or group would like to adopt an HVCS client family or donate unwrapped gifts, just let us know and we can help spread the word!

Elizabeth Arden Donates Nearly 3,000 Items to HVCS Clients

December 4th, 2014

Elizabeth Arden, which has a global headquarters close to us in Stamford, CT, recently donated over 2,900 designer fragrances and body lotions for our emergency food and toiletry closets. With such a wide range of products for both men and women, this will allow us to hand out a lovely gift item to every one of our clients this holiday season. While it may not sound like much, designer fragrances like these are often out of the reach of our clients, and a small present can make a world of difference. Special thanks to Marian at Elizabeth Arden for making this donation happen!

Local Observances of World AIDS Day

November 24th, 2014

World AIDS Day is Monday, December 1st. This year’s theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve.”

For a look at local gatherings and commemorations, visit our frequently-updated World AIDS Day Calendar.

If you’d like to add an event to this list, please email us.


CDC Launches New Online Self-Survey for Viral Hepatitis Risk

November 20th, 2014

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.

To raise awareness for the virus and to increase the number of people who know if they are infected (and, of course, get treatment), the CDC has launched a new online survey to identify potential risks for viral hepatitis infection. Take the survey online today at:


To learn more about hepatitis, your risk, how to stay safe, and to get treatment if you are Hep+, please contact us.

Hey Hudson Valley Guys: HVCS Wants to Hear How You Stay Healthy

November 19th, 2014

Take This 10-Minute SurveyWe’re always looking to improve our programs and services, and right now we’re focusing on our HIV/STI prevention programs for men who have sex with men. We want to hear from local guys about their relationships and sex lives–whether you identify as gay, bi, queer, or anything else.

The survey takes about 10 minutes (most respondents take about 5 minutes), and if you complete the survey and send us a cell phone number, we’ll text you a $10 online gift card which you can use right away. All answers are anonymous–we’ll delete your cell digits after we send your gift card.


Your answers will help us design and improve sexual health interventions and strategies for Hudson Valley men.

Thank you for your participation!