UPDATE: Westchester Offices Closing at Noon on 3/5/15

March 5th, 2015

HVCS’ Hawthorne and Mount Vernon offices will close at 12 pm today Thursday, March 5th due to inclement weather.

Lower Hudson Offices on 1-Hour Delay March 5th

March 5th, 2015

Our Hawthorne, Mount Vernon, Spring Valley and Putnam Valley offices will open at 10:00 am today, Thursday March 5th.

HVCS Staff Present–and Win!–at the “Power of Quality Improvement” Conference in NYC

February 27th, 2015

Three HVCS staffers–LaShonda Cyrus, Liz Hurley and Tiffany Sturdivant-Morrison–did a poster presentation on one of our quality assurance projects at the New York Academy of Medicine today. The Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene presented the conference, entitled “The Power of Quality Improvement:  Providers and Consumers Improving Care Together.” Their poster won the “Best Use of Data” Award as determined by votes from the conference participants. Categories were overall best poster presentation, poster showing the best use of data, and most thought provoking poster.

Great job, LaShonda, Liz and Tiffany!

Photos from Libations & Ovations

February 20th, 2015

Photos by Todd Michael Thomas

HVCS’ Libations & Ovations Valentine’s Event by Slidely Slideshow

Special congratulations to our honorees:

Marilynn Glasser, Hearts for HVCS Awardee










Marilynn R. Glasser, recipient of the 2015 Hearts for HVCS Award for Volunteer Service

David Juhren, Hearts for HVCS Awardee










David Juhren, recipient of the 2015 Hearts for HVCS Award for Community Advocacy

Jeff Kraus, HVCS' former Executive Director







Jeff Kraus, HVCS’ Executive Director, who retired in 2014.

Time to Wig Out: Drag Brunch Returns on March 29th!

February 20th, 2015

That’s right, drag fans–HVCS’ fourth annual Drag Brunch returns to Gunk Haus in Highland for another round of music, mimosas and merriment on Sunday, March 29th. Your $25 ticket gets you your choice of delicious brunch entrees, unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks, and fun entertainment by live performers–PLUS, you’ll be making a $15 donation to HVCS’ Hudson Valley AIDS Walk.

We recommend getting your tickets ASAP since this event has sold out for the past three years, and advance tickets are necessary. Get your tickets TODAY online through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Drag Brunch 2015


Or call us at (914) 785-8277 to make reservations and payment plans over the phone.

More details on our performers as we shape up the list, so check back with us soon or follow our Facebook page.

Tickets Still Available for Libations & Ovations

February 10th, 2015


Valentine’s Day is almost here, and HVCS is throwing a party in White Plains to honor a few people we love: a volunteer, a community activist, and our outgoing Executive Director. Tickets for Libations & Ovations Valentine’s Event are still available for $100, but you must purchase them in advance. L.O.V.E. is a snow-or-shine event so we’ll be dancing and romancing no matter the weather.

Get your tickets and more information on the event page: www.hudsonvalleycs.org/love.

Offices closed on Feb 2, 2015

February 2nd, 2015

All HVCS offices will be closed on Monday February 2nd due to inclement weather.

HVCS Offices Closing for Winter Storm Juno

January 26th, 2015

Due to the impending winter storm, here’s the rundown on our office closing schedule:


Closing at 12:00 noon:





Closing at 1:00 pm:






ALL offices will be closed.

For emergency assistance, call 911 or call your local office and listen for prerecorded information to contact a local county helpline.

Innovation at Work: HVCS’ New Yiddish-Speaking Care Manager

January 14th, 2015

Because we’re always working to enhance our services and deliver quality care and access to everyone who needs it in the Hudson Valley, HVCS announces the creation of a new position to specifically serve the region’s Yiddish-speaking population. “Language and cultural sensitivity can be huge barriers to working with some communities,” said Saqib Altaf, HVCS’ Director of Client Services. “By tailoring our approach to outreach and hiring culturally-sensitive staff, we’re able to expand our services and offer help to those unable to connect with traditional healthcare providers.” Our new Yiddish-speaking care manager, Yossie Lebovic, started this month and works primarily with clients in Rockland and Orange counties.

Sofregit’s Live Cooking Demo for THRIVES

January 8th, 2015

On January 8, 2015, local business owner Carla Ramos stopped by our Poughkeepsie office with Chef Chris for a live Sofregit cooking demo. The duo used their locally-made cooking bases to prepare quick, easy and, most importantly, healthy dishes for clients in our THRIVES nutrition program. The chefs had us laughing and saying “yum!” throughout the demo. Thanks to Sofregit for providing such a great educational demo!

Visit Sofregit online and look for their fresh products at local stores.