Posts Tagged ‘ARCS’

Silent Auction Preview: 30th Anniversary Party

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

To whet your appetite for our 30th Anniversary Party’s silent auction, here’s a small sample of the wonderful items up for bid!



Relaxing Spa Packages – including Amore Day Spa and Marlboro Spa

Tickets to a Yankees 2017 Game



A Week in Provincetown, MA – Two Bedroom Centrally-Located Condo

Dinners at Fine Restaurants – including Crave and Henry’s at Buttermilk Falls



Wine Tastings & Tours



A Weekend at the Old Drover’s Inn in Dover Plains

Brewery Tours & Craft Beers – including Yonkers Brewing Company & Captain Lawrence


white sweet 16 dresses

An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Bronx Zoo

Artwork & Home Decor – including vintage Herb Ritts posters

…and plenty more! Get your tickets and join us on September 23rd to help support our food pantries, housing and HIV prevention programs.

2016 is HVCS’ 30th Anniversary!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

On March 3, 1986, the small volunteer organization that was the Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force filed for incorporation and recognition as a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. That group eventually registered a “DBA” or “doing business as” and was known as AIDS-Related Community Services, or ARCS, until 2012. At the very end of that year, faced with proposed changes to Medicaid (which impacted our Medicaid-reimbursed COBRA case management program) and an expanding portfolio of services beyond HIV/AIDS, the agency changed its name to Hudson Valley Community Services or HVCS. Even though we have a relatively new name, our core mission and services remain the same. We believe it’s an amazing feat to have lasted this long, and we’ll be rolling out special initiatives and events throughout 2016. Watch for more details and more information as the year proceeds!

Meet Jill Clockadale, ARCS' Director of Client Services

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Jill_Clockadale_colorJill Clockadale has joined ARCS’ executive team as Director of Client Services.

Ms. Clockadale comes to ARCS from Greenwich House, a small HIV primary care agency. Her new role at ARCS is a continuation of a long career in the HIV/AIDS service sector.

She received a BA in Liberal Arts from Michigan State and went on to receive her MSW at the University of Michigan. For the first thirteen years of her career, she worked in the child welfare system in Michigan and New York.

Her work with HIV/AIDS clients began in 1987 when she volunteered for GMHC in Manhattan as a support group co-facilitator. She began her case management experience in Beth Israel Hospital’s methadone clinic. “In those days, people with HIV had eighteen months to live,” she said. “This was before there were any antiretroviral medications.”

Ms. Clockadale is proud to have worked in every borough of New York City. She commuted daily from Mohegan Lake, where she and her husband, William Ayvazian, have lived since 1997. She is a former board member of the Lower Manhattan AIDS Service Center, where she first heard about ARCS’ work in the Hudson Valley.

There are several differences to overseeing ARCS’ care management and client support services, she notes. “Transportation and housing are completely different in the Hudson Valley than the city. They are much larger hurdles for our clients, and there is a definite shortage of affordable housing for low-income residents here.”

Her goals as Director of Client Services are to increase staff retention and to manage change in a constantly changing field. She also plays an integral part in ARCS’ conversion to the new regional health home networks for Medicaid-eligible clients. “It’s a challenge, since we are coping with New York State’s brand-new regulations, but I believe that you always have to look forward.”

ARCS Training Schedule Update

Friday, September 30th, 2011

At this time, there are no scheduled upcoming trainings at the ARCS RTC.

Please check back in November 2011 for new training dates for the months of November 2011 through March 2012.

If you would like to be informed in advance of upcoming training dates as they are scheduled, please send your email address to .

Thank you for your continued support and please pass the word on.

-ARCS’ Education & Prevention Department-
Deborah May – Training Superviser
Barbara Bennet – Assistant Director of Education & Prevention

The Down Side: NY Ryan White HIV CARE Network Disbanded

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On September 15, 2010 the NYS AIDS Institute announced that due to substantial budget cuts on the State’s Ryan White Part B funding, it was forced to close down the Ryan White HIV CARE Networks across the entire state. ARCS was the lead agency for the Hudson Valley’s network. Our contract with the state as lead agency will end as of December 31, 2010. Until then, the Network will continue to function as a comprehensive continuum of high quality services that is responsive to the needs of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Hudson Valley. Network members, which include both HIV-positive individuals and representatives of service organizations, are making contingency plans and discussing what other steps might be taken to offset this loss. A course of action will be established and conveyed to members as soon as possible. ARCS deeply appreciates the dedication, hard work and accomplishments of the Network’s staff and members over the past three years.

New programs at ARCS!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

After two years of cuts to our core contracts by New York State government and the closure of long-standing programs, ARCS is pleased to announce the addition of four new services to its roster of comprehensive programs. Current funding priorities have focused on bringing underserved populations into the healthcare system, and ARCS is able to draw on its twenty-five years of experience and excellence to deepen our services to those in need.

Increasing Access to Care

Our new healthcare access and enrollment program, which began operating in November, reaches out to HIV-positive Hudson Valley residents who are not currently engaged by the healthcare system. Its main objective is to provide outreach and education to enhance early access to quality healthcare for HIV+ people of color, and to decrease disparities in health outcomes for minority populations. Two healthcare enrollment specialists, one serving the Mid-Hudson region and one operating in Lower Hudson, will outreach to 600 HIV-positive people to enroll them in ADAP (the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program) and other healthcare coverage each year. “We want to let people know what health care options are available to them, especially those who think they don’t have options,” said Liz Lacy, ARCS’ Director of Client Services. “This program will not only connect underserved, low income minorities with medical care, but will also help them understand their test results, the importance of staying adherent to treatment regimens, and link them to other services ARCS can provide.”

Better Nutrition, Healthier Lives
In March, ARCS officially expanded its successful THRIVES Nutrition program from Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties to the Lower Hudson region. THRIVES South will ensure that HIV-positive residents of Westchester and Putnam counties and their dependent children have access to nutritional foods that promote health and increase their ability to manage their HIV and the medical complications wrought by its treatment regimens. A nutritional coordinator teaches enrolled clients how to shop for nutritional foods, and supplies them with grocery vouchers to encourage greater independence and healthy food choices. Many clients receive prepared grocery bags from our Putnam Valley, Hawthorne, and Mount Vernon offices. The program also serves those who are home-bound and cannot make it to a supermarket by delivering bags of highly nutritious foods. To participate, clients must attend nutrition classes and are phased to more independent tiers over time. The program, which replaces our more traditional food pantry services, is also staffed by a program assistant. THRIVES South has already had more than 90 referrals for services, well on its way to meeting its annual goals.

How You Can Help
For decades, ARCS’ Westchester and Putnam offices were able to offer a traditional supplemental food pantry as well as a clothing “closet” filled with donated gently-used clothes and household items. Grants and donations from supporters, including a $15,000 legislative grant supplied by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and $5,000 donated by Nordstrom, enabled us to provide over 6,000 bags of groceries to our clients in 2009. In order to make room for the new THRIVES South nutrition program, ARCS was forced to discontinue its clothing “closets” and downsized our food pantry. Many of the former pantry clients will be enrolled in THRIVES, and the remainder will still be able to get supplemental groceries from our smaller food closet.

While our food services remain constant, we are no longer able to accept donations of clothing, household items, baby items, or furniture. However, we still need donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, soap, etc., and household cleansers including laundry detergent. To arrange for a donation drop-off or for assistance with organizing a food drive, please call (914) 345-8888.

Reaching Out to Disenfranchised Communities

ARCS’ newest program, Project Reach Out (PRO), aims to engage active substance users who are not currently in treatment and connect them to a variety of resources. PRO will operate out of mobile van in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, primarily in those counties’ urban areas. A program supervisor, an outreach specialist and three peer educators will offer and encourage HIV testing, connect those who test positive or are already HIV-positive with extensive medical and support services, and encourage users, especially those who are HIV-positive, to enter recovery and addiction services. Staff will also offer needle exchange through the Expanded Syringe Access Program and health education. With a target of reaching 1,100 individuals, the PRO team will increase access to drug treatment for active users and increase awareness of users’ HIV status.

Community Health Alliance for Prevention Services: CHAPS
CHAPS will offer a broad array of services and activities organized around the needs and characteristics of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) living in the urban areas of Westchester County. We will focus our efforts on two sub-groups within this population, 16-18 year olds and 19-24 year olds. The program design includes a menu of interventions that are appropriate for each of these sub-populations. CHAPS will focus on targeted outreach in a variety of venues including the internet and on group interventions, individual level interventions, HIV and STD testing, and referrals to healthcare and other supportive services. The goal of the program is to reduce the growing rate of HIV and STDs among YMSM, and to improve their health and wellness by targeting knowledge, attitude and behavior.

To find out more about any of these programs, please call (914) 785-8326.

Donating to ARCS for the Holidays

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It’s that time of year again! As 2009 winds to a close, many of you are feeling the holiday spirit and want to make donations of all kinds to ARCS. While it’s important to take care of those in need during the holiday season, it’s also an excellent time to donate to receive Federal tax deductions before the end of the year.

How You Can Help

Annual Appeal: 2009 was an unprecedented year for HIV/AIDS funding in New York State. ARCS lost nearly $1 million in funding and was forced to close vital, successful programs in order to maintain its core services. In the latest version of the proposed state budget, ARCS is slated to receive another budget cut, which would further cripple our ability to leverage all our funding on behalf of the HIV+ clients and families we serve. The most important gift you can make to ARCS right now is a financial contribution. This will prevent further programmatic cuts and, hopefully, restore some of the essential HIV prevention programs we lost this past year. To make a contribution, click here or click on the large green “Donate Now” button at the top of this page.

Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots program in Orange County has reported that donations of new, unwrapped toys for all ages are down by 60%. Families who access ARCS’ services from our Newburgh office benefit from this program every year. Donations made directly to ARCS are appreciated of course, but we encourage you to support the Toys for Tots program by dropping off toys at one of these locations. This not only helps needy kids in Orange County, but also minimizes the added responsibilities on our staff of distributing the donated toys.

Food Pantry Donations: We always welcome donations of new, non-perishable foods to our food pantries and emergency food closets. Canned goods, pastas, soups, cereals, boxed milk, and low-sodium tuna fish are highly desirable. We are also in desperate need for toiletries and personal care items: laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream and moisturizers in particular. Household cleaning products, including bleach, paper towels, dish soap, antibacterial sprays and other cleansers are greatly appreciated. To make a food or personal care item donation, please call your local ARCS office to arrange for a drop-off time during business hours.

Want to make an even bigger impact? Organize a food drive with your local school, workplace, or house of worship! We can help you prepare for a food drive and, supplies permitting, set you up with ARCS giveaways to thank your donors! Please call (914) 785-8326 for more information.

We regret that we can no longer take donations of household items, bedding, clothing, or baby items at this time without making specific arrangements beforehand. If you have an item you would like to donate, please call (914) 785-8326 to inquire if there is a need for such an item.

Thank you very much, and have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Vote for ARCS in Chase's $5 Million Charity Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

JPMorgan Chase’s charitable arm has pledged to dole out $5-million to grass-roots charities chosen by Facebook users, USA Today reports.

Participants in the Chase Community Giving contest can vote through December 11 for an eligible nonprofit group and encourage other users of the social-media site to follow suit. The top vote-getter will be awarded $1-million, with five runners-up getting $100,000 each and 100 other finalists receiving $25,000 apiece.

Kimberly Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, said the organization views the contest as a model for future “crowdsourcing” programs. “We hope that people will see this as an exciting venture in innovation and for philanthropy,” she said.

Vote for ARCS to receive from $25,000 to $1 million! Search for us by our legal name, which is the Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force. Voting ends on December 11, so vote now and spread the word via your Facebook profile!

Universal Language: A World AIDS Day Benefit Concert

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

World AIDS Day Benefit Concert

Universal Access &  Human Rights is this year’s theme for World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, 2009. Join us for “Universal Language,” a special intimate concert to benefit AIDS-Related Community Services and its programs for those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Hudson Valley.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ritz Theater Lobby
111 Broadway
Newburgh, NY

Stewart Lewis
Jeffrey Wilgus
Terry Christopher

and Hillary Johnson

To purchase tickets, please use the PayPal button below:

“Red Ribbon” (general admission) tickets: $25.00

“Gold Ribbon” VIP Tickets: $40.00
Limited availability, includes an exclusive “Meet the Artists” session, autographed CD package and 2 free drinks. An $80.00 value!

Ticket Type

You can purchase your tickets using a credit or debit card through PayPal even if you don’t have a PayPal account. If you’d like to purchase a ticket by check or cash, please call Jana at (914) 785-8283.

Sound & Lights by John Martin at Superior Sounds

Special thanks to:
Lynda Parisi at River City Films
Bettie Owen from Wolfe Video & DVD

Produced by Markus Payne Management

Click here for directions to the Ritz Theater in Newburgh.

Last Call for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk!

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Hudson Valley AIDS Walk is still on for Saturday, October 17, 2009 – rain or shine! All of our entertainers, vendors, and activities are covered by big tents, so we’ll keep you as dry as possible. Starbucks will be on hand with plenty of hot coffee, and you can stay warm with snacks donated by Hannaford Supermarkets. Registration and activities begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Walk leaves the park around 10:30 a.m.

However, if you can’t make it for the Walk itself but you’d like to turn in your donation envelope, stop by Mahoney’s Irish Pub at 35 Main Street (in Dooley Square near the train station) for the After-Party from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We’ll be there to take last-minute donations and Walk envelopes, and if you raise more than $25 you’ll get a free Walk t-shirt!

Waryas Park is located at the end of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, right on the Hudson. There is free parking at the Poughkeepsie train station or along Rinaldi Boulevard; just look for our parking attendants and signs.

If you’re a night owl or want to donate in a different way, join ARCS for the official AIDS Walk Halloween Party at Truman’s New Paltz on Saturday evening, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Lounge. Ozzie Rich will keep you entertained until Isis Vermouth’s annual “Horror Queen” Halloween Party, complete with costume contests, prizes and surprises galore! No cover before 10:00 p.m., but all proceeds benefit ARCS and the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk. For more info, visit Truman’s website.

Thank you so much for being part of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Hudson Valley! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!