Posts Tagged ‘Newburgh’

International Overdose Awareness Day – HVCS Event

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day

 

For more details on HVCS’ live and virtual commemorizations of IOAD 2021, please visit this page.

Hudson Valley Gives 2021

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Hudson Valley Gives, a day of local online philanthropy, takes place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Our goals are to raise $2,000 and connect with 25 new donors. If you are a past supporter, you are already incredibly special, and we hope you will donate to HVCS this HV Gives Day, too!

 

Hudson Valley Community Services saves and improves lives, even while we all cope with ongoing pandemics. Here at HVCS, we’ve felt the weight not only of the coronavirus pandemic, but also the co-occurring opioid overdose epidemic. At the same time, we underwent a merger. On March 1, 2021, we merged with Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization that serves much the same population as HVCS, and with a very similar mission. Both agencies operated from the belief that healthcare and quality of life are rights and not privileges. Healthcare for all, regardless of income level or social status, is our unofficial motto. HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone and all its programs, offices and staff have been retained. By consolidating our administrative functions we aim to be a viable community resource for decades to come, despite the constantly-evolving nature of healthcare and social services.

Throughout the past year of “quarantimes” our staff remained on the job, our syringe exchange program continued to operate, and we were here for our clients—who were among the hardest hit by the health disparities laid bare by the pandemic. Yes, we sadly lost some of our clients. Yes, some of our staff caught COVID-19 and had to quarantine. Yet HVCS soldiered on, and staff returned to our offices in shifts for two days a week, and remained available by phone and email the rest of the time. We reopened our food closets and started distributing nonperishable foods again in the fall. (Before that we mailed out supermarket gift cards.) Our donors—you included—enable us to carry on with this important work despite a 20% cut to our New York State contracts.

We are only able to be there for our vulnerable clients because of your help. You make this Hudson Valley a kinder, more compassionate place.

Sex & Chocolate: Sexual Health Discussion (Zoom Meeting)

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Sex & ChocolateTalk sexual health with Hudson Valley Community Services and the Newburgh Free Library!

Thursday February 18th at 6:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation on common STI’s, prevention and harm reduction methods, and methods of safe sex. It will also include a conversation on overall health. After the presentation HVCS will open up the conversation for questions and offer services to anyone who may be interested.

These groups are held in a safe space, are 100% confidential, and are LGBTQ affirming.

Register here: www.rebrand.ly/sexhealth

Join Us For An Honest Discussion About Sex

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Sex & ChocolateTalk sexual health with Hudson Valley Community Services!

Thursday February 18th at 6:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation on common STI’s, prevention and harm reduction methods, and methods of safe sex. It will also include a conversation on overall health. After the presentation HVCS will open up the conversation for questions and offer services to anyone who may be interested.

These groups are held in a safe space, are 100% confidential, and are LGBTQ affirming.

Register here: www.rebrand.ly/sexhealth

 

This event is being conducted with the Newburgh Free Library.

Open Letter to HVCS Supporters: NOEP Program in Jeopardy

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Every day brings stark news of how the coronavirus pandemic has worsened hunger in New York State. Because we know hunger will remain a challenge throughout the economic downturn, we need to re-double our efforts to enroll people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New York’s Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) provides free, confidential services to help people learn about and apply for SNAP benefits.

Thanks to NOEP, Hudson Valley Community Services has been able to provide SNAP application assistance to 400 individuals and 625 households each year so they can afford the food they need. NOEP is a critical front-line response for low income families, seniors, disabled and veterans who are food insecure and need help applying for benefits.

Since the start of the pandemic, requests for NOEP assistance have increased dramatically. With state budget cuts looming, funding for NOEP services is at risk and our community may lose these critical services.  The state has rightfully invested millions of dollars into food banks to meet the immediate needs of New Yorkers who need food now. However, SNAP benefits will provide long-term relief to struggling families. NOEP services help people apply for SNAP and the state’s investment in NOEP is needed now more than ever. NOEP services across the State, including in the Mid-Hudson Valley, are at risk and are currently scheduled to end in June. We are asking that concerned citizens reach out to Gov. Cuomo now to help save these imperiled services.

Social Services in City of Newburgh

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Social Services Resources in Newburgh

New York State continues to monitor and respond to developments related to coronavirus. Many of our nonprofits and human service agencies continue to provide services to people in need. Here is a list of nonprofits in operation and changes they have made to business operations due to coronavirus. This page was last updated 3/24/20 at 3:30pm.

 

RECAP
Orange County’s designated anti-poverty organization offering resources for low-income residents. Office is closed to visitors but services available via phone. Facebook page offers a demo on how to complete a Census 2020 questionnaire.
Phone: 845-568-3445
Website: www.recap.org/programs/newburghservices
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalEconomicCommunityActionProgram

 

Cornerstone Family Healthcare

A non-profit community healthcare dedicated to seeing patients regardless of their ability to pay. Remains open for services. If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms call 845-563-8000 before visiting a facility.
Website: www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cornerstonefamilyhealthcare
Phone: 845-563-8000

 

Catholic Charities
Services continue for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Office is closed to visitors but services available via phone. Offering an online corona-theme workout.
Phone: 845-562-8255
Website: www.cccsos.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Catholic-Charities-of-Orange-Sullivan-and-Ulster-NY-132465336842873/

 

2-1-1 Hudson Valley Region

United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public with health and human services related questions. It is open 365 days a year.
Website: www.hudson211.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWay211HV
Phone: 2-1-1

 

Newburgh Armory Unity Center
Enrichment activities for youth are available online and include Healthy Scholars, lending library of e-books, online chess club, and more.
Website: www.newburgharmory.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NAUCenter

 

Orange County Department of Social Services
Financial assistance, referrals for APS and CPS, foster care, medical assistance, Medicaid, and SNAP (food stamps).
Website: www.orangecountygov.com/841/Social-Services
Location: 141 Broadway
Phone: 845-568-5151

 

Newburgh Ministry
Winterhaven and Warming Station shelters will continue to house those most vulnerable. Non-essential programming is suspended including the Hospitality Center, Thrift Store, and Hygiene Closet.
Warming Station location: 104 S. Lander Street

Phone: 845-561-0070
Website: www.newburghministry.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewburghMinistry

 

MISN (Maternal Infant Services Network)
Help with enrollment into state funded health programs (Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus), teen pregnancy prevention programs and perinatal health education and referral services. Services available via phone. Online breastfeeding class series.
Website: https://misn-ny.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MISN.NY
Phone: 845-561-3575

Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh
Closed for visitors. Visit website for a schedule of online activities, classes, social media challenges.
Website: www.bgcnny.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BGCNNY

 

Fearless! Hudson Valley (FKA Safe Homes of Orange County)
Locations are closed to visitors and staff are working remotely. Non-residential services including safety planning, crisis counseling, therapeutic services, legal support, and information and referrals are being handled remotely via 24 hour hotline. Court accompaniment is still being provided for family offenses petitions and our confidential emergency shelter and 24 hotline are always operational.
Phone: 24-hour hotline 845-562-5340, business office 845-562-5365
Website: https://fearlesshv.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fearlesshv

 

Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh 
Continue to serve existing clients and a waiting list is available. Call 211 for more food resources.
Phone: 845-562-3490
Website: www.mealsonwheelsnewburgh.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoWNewburgh

 

United Way 
Connections to volunteer opportunities during coronavirus including meal preparation and delivery and letter writing for homebound seniors. Lists of food pantries and soup kitchens, resources for phone and video conferencing, employment opportunities throughout the community, and military support.
Phone: 845-471-1900
Community Resources webpage: www.uwdor.org/covid19-communityresources
Facebook: www.facebook.com/uwdor
Helpers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/docommunitystrongresources/members

 

Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens List
Food pantries and soup kitchens in Newburgh are implementing health recommendations as they serve people in need. Indicated below are lists for local resources. These will be updated to reflect changes in operations. Before reporting to a center for food, please call ahead to learn about operational changes.

HVCS is also offering emergency food bags by appointment pickup only. Please call (845) 522-5753 for more information.

HVCS & Cornerstone Announce Intent to Merge

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Andrea Straus, HVCS' Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) and Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) are announcing plans to integrate their services and administrative functions in late 2020 after both organizations signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge. CFH, with 50,000 patients and sixteen locations, and HVCS, with over 3,200 clients and seven locations, already share a number of clients and a programmatic focus on assisting underserved patients.

Pending regulatory approvals and a final board vote, both organizations expect the merger to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The decision to merge followed months of preparatory work by each non-profit’s board of directors. HVCS’ board began a strategic search for a merger partner in 2018 due to the changing health care environment. Exact programmatic and departmental structures are to be mapped out over the coming months.

Wayne Day, Chairman of the Cornerstone Family Healthcare Board of Directors, said, “The decision to merge our organizations came after many months of due diligence on the part of both boards. The more we looked into it, the more the merger made sense to everyone involved. Hudson Valley Community Services and its board of directors share our values and commitment to this community. Uniting our organizations in this way will improve our ability to serve those who rely on us.”

“The HVCS board, directors and staff undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process starting in 2018,” explained Andrew Evans, President of HVCS’ Board of Directors. “During this journey, I am heartened by the synergies that this merger will bring to both enhance, improve and broaden  services to the clients that we already serve in the Hudson Valley and will give us access to even more persons-in-need.  Merging gives better assurance that the customer service values and the history and culture of HVCS will be maintained for years to come.”

Linda S. Muller, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, said: “Hudson Valley Community Services and Cornerstone Family Healthcare have shared a common mission for decades, meeting the health and human service needs of the Hudson Valley community. Combining our organizations will strengthen our programs while ensuring that the valuable services we offer remain accessible to those who need them in our community.”

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, discussed her pleasure at the news. “Together our two organizations, as an integrated entity, will be able to continue offering not only the quality medical care that Cornerstone has always delivered, but also bring HVCS’s expertise to address the social determinants of health that are so critical in ensuring that Hudson Valley residents have a high quality of life,” she said. “I am so pleased to see HVCS enter a new phase in its development and growth. “

The two non-profits hosted a joint press conference regarding the merger on Wednesday, February 12 2020 from 11:15 am to 11:45 pm at the Kaplan Family Health Center, 147 Lake Street, Newburgh. View the Facebook Live video for a limited amount of time.

About Cornerstone Family Healthcare
The purpose of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a non-profit organization, is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, primary and preventative health care services in an environment of caring, respect, and dignity, and in a cost-effective manner that maximizes revenues; to be responsive to the needs of the communities that we serve but with continued emphasis on the underserved and those without access to care regardless of race, economic status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare is an organization licensed to operate by the State of New York as an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center. It also is recognized by the Federal Government as a Section 330 Federally Qualified Health Center.  Our Center also operates with the following designations: Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), and serving in a Health Professionals Shortage Area (HPSA). Cornerstone was recognized by The Joint Commission for offering higher standards of care to its patients, a distinction that few Community Health Centers have received.

Although a significant proportion of our patients are enrolled in federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Family or Child Health Plus, a large number of the patients who utilize our services have their own medical insurance. Our core mission remains to provide primary and preventative medical services to any who need our service regardless of ability to pay.

International Overdose Awareness Day – Hudson Valley

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

To learn more, visit our Overdose Awareness Day page.

Emily’s Pantry Plaque Dedication Ceremony

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Emily's Pantry plaque dedication ceremony

HVCS’ THRIVES North nutrition education programis now known as “Emily’s Pantry” in memory ofEmily Henrya dedicated employee whom we lost in November.

Please join us as we remember her contributionsto HVCS and dedicate the new program namewith a plaque unveiling ceremony.

Light refreshments will be served.

6th Annual LGBTQAI+ Youth Conference

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Organized and hosted by the students of PRISM, the Gay Straight Alliance of Newburgh Free Academy

Conference Theme: Human Rights & Safety In This World

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus, 201 Fullerton Avenue

Registration: 3:00 pm, conference from 3:30 to 7:45 pm

Be a part of something BIG! All Gay-Straight Alliances, allies, students, parents, and community members are welcome to attend. The schedule will include: Guest speakers, interactive discussions, a special networking event, light dinner and socializing.

RSVP to Jillian Braime, (845) 341-1173 x 311 or jbraime@jfsorange.org.

There is no charge for this event.