Posts Tagged ‘Poughkeepsie’

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.

Hepatitis C Team Reaches Out At Poughkeepsie PODS

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Our Hepatitis C (HCV) Patient Navigation program has been doing outreach at the Poughkeepsie PODS. These are former Dutchess County Jail inmate units that were converted to Temporary Housing Units during Covid-19. The HCV team provides HCV education, testing and runs a weekly table highlighting all of our HVCS programs.

The HCV Patient Navigation team tables at the PODS temporary housing shelters in Poughkeepsie.

MHA (Mental Health Association) and Hudson River Housing joined together to figure out how to provide services for individuals experiencing homeless in Dutchess County while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The space accommodates up to 52 males and 48 females.

We are glad to be a part of this valuable community resource!

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.

HIV Testing Day at Walgreens in Poughkeepsie

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

HVCS is collaborating with Walgreens in Poughkeepsie, located at 827 Dutchess Turnpike, for National HIV Testing Day. Our team will be on site for free confidential HIV testing, information on PrEP, as well as HIV prevention, care and treatment. We are partnering with Greater Than AIDS for this community event.

National HIV Testing Day

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

National HIV Testing Day

I’m Doing It. Testing for HIV.

 

HVCS is collaborating with Walgreens in Poughkeepsie, located at 827 Dutchess Turnpike, for National HIV Testing Day (June 27th). Our team will be on site from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for free confidential HIV testing, information on PrEP, as well as HIV prevention, care and treatment. We are partnering with Greater Than AIDS for this community event.

Poughkeepsie Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE PRIDE WEEKEND 2019

Presented by Dutchess Pride Center
SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2019
PRIDE PARADE:
Line up 12 Noon on Market Street
Pride Parade kicks off 1-2pm

If you are interested in Marching in the Paradeplease fill out this form here

 PRIDE FESTIVAL
1-5pm, Waryas Park
Food Vendors, Community Organizations and Live Music all day!  

If you are interested in having a Table for your organization or businessplease fill out this form here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Is your business interested in being a sponsor or being listed in our Poughkeepsie Pride Guide, please fill out this form here

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Interested in volunteering, either in planning or the day of, please fill out this form here

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Celebration (Poughkeepsie)

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Please join HRHCare Community Health for their first annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Celebration on February 7, 2019.

Get Tested

Get Educationed

Get PrEPed

For more information, contact Candice Melvin at (845) 260-0043.

 

Alert: NYS SNAP Benefits & Government Shutdown

Monday, January 14th, 2019

There is some important news for clients of our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP).

New York State has taken the necessary steps to ensure that February recurring SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) will be issued to all SNAP recipients in New York State by January 20th. If you are one of our NOEP clients,  please note that this January 20th SNAP benefit is not an extra payment, but rather an early issuance of February’s benefit. Your NOEP Coordinator will work with you on how to budget accordingly since it will be coming earlier. It is also important to note that all households that require recertifications for February should complete all the necessary steps as soon as possible and before January 18th. Local SNAP offices are working hard to have these recertifications processed before January 31st. At this time, there is no information about how March benefits will be impacted. If you have any further questions please reach out to the NOEP Coordinators in your county:

For Dutchess County please contact Elena Dalia at (845) 360-9722

For Ulster County please contact Catherine Cortale at (845) 579-2558

For Orange County please contact Debbie LaBoy at (845) 522-5761

For Sullivan County please contact Pat Ocasio at (845) 842-1232

Medicaid Users’ Focus Group

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

NY Academy of Medicine focus group

Giving Tuesday: Free Coffee at The Crafted Kup

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Make your Giving Tuesday a heartwarming experience and warm up those hands with a free cup of coffee! Donate to HVCS via our website or Facebook between November 1st and Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and get a free small coffee at the Crafted Kup Coffee House in Poughkeepsie between 7:00 am and 10:00 am. Or, stop by and donate on the spot! HVCS staffers will be there with information about our programs and services, plus more on how you can get involved in making the Hudson Valley a healthier, happier place.

The Crafted Kup is located at 44 Raymond Avenue in the Arlington neighborhood of Poughkeepsie.

Donate today or visit our Facebook page.