Posts Tagged ‘special’

Transportation Program For HIV+ Individuals

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Transportation program info

Aging and Thriving Beyond the Epidemic: Online Listening Forum

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Aging and Thriving Beyond the Epidemic

It is critical to underscore the unique role long-term survivors can and do play in ending the epidemic efforts, and the unique challenges they face. This session will focus on these topics. Insight gained from this session will inform ending the epidemic efforts post 2020.

This session will include virtual break-out groups allowing participants to engage in discussion and provide input.

Utilizing a trauma-informed approach, we aim to provide a safe virtual experience for all participants to have open and honest dialogue.

Please know that your participation in the session constitutes your consent to participate. The AIDS Institute will do everything we can to protect your privacy. The information provided will remain confidential and you will not be identified by your answers. Responses will be compiled with no individual responses tied to names or any identifying information.

This session will be recorded for notetaking purposes only. The recording and notes that are taken during this session will be filed in a secure format.

Please keep in mind that your participation is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw from participating at any time.


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POZ at Home – Coping With COVID-19 and HIV – Webinar

Monday, June 1st, 2020

POZ at Home – Coping With COVID-19 and HIV

Guests: Mark S. King, Venita Ray and Charles Sanchez

Hosted by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Webinar Registration for POZ at Home: Coping With COVID-19 and HIV

Friday, May 29th, 2020

On Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST, POZ Magazine is hosting a webinar entitled “POZ at Home – Coping With COVID-19 and HIV.” This webinar is free. Register at

This event is being produced by POZ At Home.


Mark S. King
Award-winning blogger, author, speaker and HIV/AIDS advocate
Mark S. King is an award-winning blogger, author, speaker and HIV/AIDS advocate who has been involved in HIV causes since testing positive in 1985. His blog, My Fabulous Disease, has been nominated for five consecutive GLAAD Media Awards (2015-2020) and was awarded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association’s “Excellence in Blogging” honor in 2014 and 2016.

Venita Ray
Deputy Director @PWN-USA
Venita Ray is the deputy director of PWN-USA. She previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors and has more than 20 years of experience working in underserved communities on social justice issues including affordable housing, environmental justice, health care and HIV.

Charles Sanchez
HIV+ Writer, Performer, Director and Activist
Charles Sanchez is a gay, HIV+ writer, performer, director and activist living in New York City. He is one of the co-founders of Skipping Boyz Productions, and conceived, writes and stars in the musical comedy web series, Merce, which was named Best HIV/AIDS Content at America’s Rainbow Film Festival in 2016 and won the Audience Award for Short Film at the 2017 Kaleidoscope Film Festival.

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.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

It’s Giving Tuesday! Make a donation to your favorite charity (hopefully, it’s HVCS.)

Donate today!

“Now I Can Eat A Hot Meal” – One Client’s Story

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A beneficiary of the Hector Martinez Memorial Fund

Gail*, who is in her seventies and lives alone, suffers from kidney disease and other health concerns. As a result, she has trouble standing and cannot cook for herself. Even if she wanted to, the oven and stove in her apartment do not work well–and she cannot afford to replace them or move. She started receiving assistance from Meals on Wheels, but she did not have a microwave to heat the meals. Gail ate her donated meals cold or had to trouble her neighbor to use her microwave.

Enter Gail’s care manager, Jaclyn. When she learned that Gail was eating cold meals most of the time, she put in a request to HVCS’ Hector Martinez Memorial Fund to purchase a new microwave. The Hector Fund, as we call it, was set up in 2018 in memory of Hector Martinez, a former employee, to provide emergency financial assistance for our clients.

Here’s Gail with her new microwave, which she uses every day to enjoy hot meals–at last! She no longer feels like a burden to her neighbors, either. “I am so appreciative of HVCS and the Hector Fund!” she says.

If you would like to support the Hector Fund and enable more clients like Gail to live with dignity, please visit our Donate page.


*Gail has granted HVCS permission to share her story and photo.

Rockland Pride

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

This year, we celebrate our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, and Queer Latinx communities in downtown Haverstraw, NY with live music, dancing, food, vendors, children’s activities including Drag Queen Story Hour, and more! [Este año celebramos nuestras comunidades de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transexuales, no binarios y queer Latinx en el centro de Haverstraw, Nueva York, con música en vivo, bailes, comida, vendedores, actividades para niños, como Drag Queen Story Hour, ¡y mucho más!]

Open House & Breakfast Reception

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Open House at HVCS' Hawthorne HeadquartersYou’re invited to Hudson Valley Community Services’ open house and breakfast reception at our Hawthorne headquarters! Join us for light breakfast fare, coffee, tea and juices on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Stop in on your way to work for a quick tour, meet our staff and say hello, and learn a little bit about our programs and services. There is no cost to attend.

Our Hawthorne headquarters is located at 40 Saw Mill River Road, on the right side of the building. Our front door is at the top of the outdoor curved staircase. (There is not an entrance to our office from the main building entrance.) Parking is available on all sides of the building.

Please RSVP to Anthony at (914) 785-8277 or by email. We look forward to seeing you on June 12th for the start of a wonderful day!

Special thanks to ShopRite in Thornwood, NY for donating supplies and beverages!

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Poughkeepsie Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday, June 9th, 2019


Presented by Dutchess Pride Center
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

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

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

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