Posts Tagged ‘Ulster’

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.

Street Outreach Program Reboots the Former PRO Program in Ulster

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

In mid-December, we received an email from the Ulster County Department of Mental Health. They asked if we would be interested in signing on as a subcontractor on a grant from NACCHO: the National Association of City and County Health Officials. Specifically, they wanted to know if we would be up for reviving or rebooting our Mid-Hudson Project Reach Out (PRO) program to provide support and referrals to Ulster County residents with substance use disorder issues. We said yes, collaborated on a grant application, and were very pleased to learn that it was funded!

Street Outreach will offer many of the same services as PRO but is not van-based. Services include referrals to full spectrum addiction treatment (including in- and outpatient services and transportation to intake/admission appointment as needed), Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP), Syringe Exchange Program (SEP), Narcan training, HIV/HCV/STI testing counseling and navigation, case management, and food assistance.

Though we wish we could bring back PRO to the entire Mid-Hudson, we are thrilled to restore it to one county at least, and to have found a brand-new funding partner in Ulster County Department of Mental Health.


Hudson Valley Pride 2019

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

This year’s Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival will take place on June 2nd, 2019 in New Paltz, NY.


During the month of June the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center hosts over a dozen events and activities in honor and celebration of Pride Month and there are plenty of ways to get involved. See below for other Pride Month events.


In February of 2004 the same-sex weddings performed by then New Paltz Mayor Jason West and local clergy pushed the lesbian gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community to the forefront in New York and across the nation. Those weddings led to the first New Paltz Pride March & Festival held in June 2005 which in turn led to the formation of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. The Pride March & Festival has continued to grow ever since.


During the month of June the Center hosts over a dozen events and activities in honor and celebration of Pride Month. Check out the Pride Guide in May to get a full listing and description of all events, plus more information about marshals, sponsors, and elected officials.

Save the dates! Locations and links to be announced.

May 12th: Tea Dance Kick-Off
May 31st: Pride Dance Party & Drag Show
June 1st: Re-Paint the Town Proud
June 1st: Art Opening: “The Out List”
June 1st: Pride Opening Reception & Volunteer Recognition Event
June 2nd: Pride March & Festival
June 8th: Pride Picnic
June 10th: Geek Pride Game Night
June 20th: Know Your Rights: GENDA and Human Rights Laws
June 21st: Youth Pride Dance Party
June 22nd: Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde
June 24th: SAGE Table Intergenerational Meal
June 29th: Film Screening at Kingston Library

And more! Stay tuned for even more Pride events and programs.

Drag Brunch 2019 – SOLD OUT!

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Drag Brunch 2019 is now sold out! Thanks to all our generous donors who purchased tickets. We’ll see you on April 7th!

Missed out on being there in person? Support the cause and enter to win your own drag brunch at home in our Drag Brunch Raffle!

Prizes include a giant gift basket to create a “Drag Brunch” at your own home, Banana Republic gift cards, and more! Tickets are $20 each, and you don’t have to be present at the Drag Brunch to win. Visit our Drag Brunch Raffle page to get your tickets securely online.

Drag Brunch Raffle details

Do you love brunch? Mimosas? Drag performers? and the Match Game?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, join Hudson Valley Community Services for Drag Brunch 2019! This event (which has sold out in past years) returns to Gunk Haus in Clintondale on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Our annual fundraiser benefits HVCS’ programs and services for people living with chronic illnesses. Hostess Trixie Starr will keep you laughing with games and hilarious banter as Liz, Dirk and the Gunk Haus staff serve up delicious breakfast and lunch fare. Local superstar Drag Queens JoJo Gerard, Valkyrie Hail and friends (exact lineup to be announced) will perform showstoppers while Superior Sounds keeps you grooving.

Tickets are $35 each and include choice of brunch entree, coffee, tea, juices and a generous donation to HVCS’ programs and services.

Drag Brunch 2019 is sold out!

Enter our special Drag Brunch Raffle too!

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

Free Community Narcan Training in Kingston

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Ulster Sheriff's Narcan Training

Free Community Narcan Training
Sponsored by Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum
Awareness Inc. Marie Shultis and Young People in Recovery
Hudson Valley Community Services Inc.

Free Narcan Kits will be given. Please come with questions.

Narcan (naloxone) is an opioid antagonist and is used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose, including respiratory depression. It is also used for diagnosis of suspected or known acute opioid overdose and also for blood pressure support in septic shock.

R.S.V.P. to Awareness Inc. at 845-417-1484 or by email at:

Buprenorphine Waiver Eligibility Training for Clinical Providers: Ulster County

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Buprenorphine Waiver Eligibility
Training for Clinical Providers: Ulster County

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

The NYSDOH AIDS Institute is sponsoring a free buprenorphine waiver training for clinical providers. In response to opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Medical Residents are welcome and highly encouraged to attend.
Under current regulations, authorized practitioners (MDs, DOs, NPs & PAs) are required to obtain a ‘waiver’ to prescribe buprenorphine. To acquire this waiver, physicians are required to complete a standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Residents may also take the course and apply for their waiver once they receive their DEA license. The buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training is offered in a half-and-half format [4.5 hours of in-person training followed up by 3.5 hours of online training]. Upon completion of the required training, providers will meet the requirement of the DATA 2000 to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients. Please contact us for further information.

CME CREDITS: The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Trainer: Melissa Weimer DO, MCR, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Albany, NY
Location: Health Alliance Hospital, 105 Marys Avenue Campus, William De Doux Administrative Conference Room, Kingston, NY 12401 Light refreshments will be provided.
Online Registration:
Questions: NYSDOH, AIDS Institute, Office of Drug User Health
Stephen Crowe, 212-417-4558,
Belinda Duncan, 212-417-4553,

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented by NYSDOH, AIDS Institute in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and in partnership with Westchester Medical Center Health Care Network.
Funding for this course was made possible (in part) by 1U79TI026556 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is the sponsoring data organization.

Photos From Our Kingston Open House

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the official opening of our new Kingston office on Thursday, April 12, 2018! We moved our existing Kingston office to a larger, brighter space and combined our staff with those who worked at a former Lake Katrine office. Special thanks to Congressman John Faso for sending a certificate of recognition and Jude McGrath from the office of NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Kingston Open House

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

You’re invited to an open house to celebrate our move to a new Kingston office! Our Kingston office has combined with our Lake Katrine office into one beautiful, bright new space. Please join us on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for an open house. We’ll have light refreshments, beverages and a very special dessert buffet. Drop in any time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm for a tour and to learn more about our services in Ulster County.

Kingston Open House April 12

Our new Ulster County office is located across the parking lot from our old location, at 144 Pine Street, Suite 230.

Please RSVP to Christina at (845) 339-3281 or by email.

Drag Brunch 2018: Trixie Strikes Back

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Drag Brunch 2018

Trixie strikes back! It’s time once again for delicious brunch food, mimosas, drag performers and the Match Game! Liz, Dirk and the staff of Gunk Haus in Clintondale are sure to delight your taste buds at the 2018 Drag Brunch fundraiser for Hudson Valley Community Services. Hostess Trixie Starr keeps things light and fluffy (like the house-made pfannkuchen) and local superstars including JoJo Gerard, Valkyrie Hail and Boxxa Vine will perform classic hits and delicious pop nuggets. Plus, don your best gender-bending outfit and vie for the Best Audience Member Outfit prize! Tickets are $30 each and include choice of brunch entree, coffee, tea and juices–plus a donation to HVCS. Music by Superior Sounds.

Get your tickets at Eventbrite or Facebook.