Posts Tagged ‘dutchess county’

Celebrating Children’s Mental Health

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

The New York State National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Astor Services for Children & Families’ Early Head Start Program, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY, on May 7 for their work successfully addressing the issues of children’s mental health.  This includes early identification, outreach, family education, providing mental health awareness in schools, and successfully intervening on behalf of afflicted children and their families. Astor Services received this award during a reception at the 2013 “What’s Great in Our State – A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness,” at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Astor’s Early Head Start Program serves over 200 infants, toddlers and their families in seven sites across Dutchess County.  Astor has operated the Head Start Program in Dutchess County since 1978 and later assumed responsibility for the Early Head Start Program. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded programs for low-income families.

The children in Astor’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs receive mental health screening through collaboration with Astor’s Hudson Valley Behavioral Health & Prevention Programs. This program provides early identification and intervention of social emotional problems in children, ages 2 to 18, through the Child and Family Clinic Plus Program (Clinic Plus). This program is a state-wide initiative by the Office of Mental Health to furnish mental health services for children and families.

“On behalf of the children, families and staff, I am delighted to receive this recognition,´ said Mary Sontheimer, Assistant Executive Director, Astor Services for Children & Families, Early Childhood Programs.  “These are the issues at the core of our Early Head Start Program: social emotional development, health relationships and positive attachments for children. All stakeholders in our program play a critical role in ensuring optimal mental health and positive self-esteem.”

Young Teen Celebrates the Lives of Children Slain in Newtown.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Thanks to the creativity and compassion of fourteen-year-old Victoria Robustello, elementary-school children felled in the Newtown massacre will be honored along with local heroes at the upcoming CYO Club of Champions dinner.

Now in its 77th year, the upcoming CYO Club of Champions dinner scheduled for this summer celebrates individuals who provide inspiration and leadership for youth.

Victoria agreed to display her painstaking painting that depicts each of the 20 slain children floating above a cloud at the event on June 26, 2013.  She is also sending framed copies to the children’s families as well as the Sandy Hook Fire Department and school.  A $250 donation, in turn, will be given anonymously to The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc.  in recognition of Victoria’s painting.

A student at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction in upstate Dutchess County, Victoria began sketching the painting on her drawing table in her bedroom shortly after the mass murder in December 2012.  She pulled up web photos of the children, and then recaptured in painting their smiling faces and the clothing they wore.

“It just broke my heart,” her mother, Pam Robustello, said, “knowing that when it would be finished there would be 20 children on that portrait that are no longer with us.”

Although Victoria acknowledges the pain she felt reproducing the children one by one, she seems to have found comfort as well.

“There will never be any answers for something so senseless,” she wrote the parents when she sent them copies of her paintings.  “But I want you to know that I pray for you daily.

“I hope you enjoy the portrait that I have made for you and that it will give you some peace in knowing that they are all angels now together, still playing still singing, still having fun.”

Calling all budding artists and writers in Dutchess County…

Monday, April 15th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Dutchess County CYO Art will hold an art contest at the St. Mary School – Wappingers Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 6 p.m. for students in grades 1 – 12.  Contest winners will be eligible to compete in the Archdiocesan-wide – from Staten Island to the Catskill mountains- contest that will be held on May 17.

Got your artistic juices flowing?

  • Drop off your artwork at St. Mary School, 11 Clinton Ave., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 on April 23 between 2 – 5 p.m. for judging.
  • Bring with you a $2 art-competition fee.  Checks should be made payable to CYO.

What about writers?  Have we got a contest for you!

The Dutchess County CYO Essay Contest is open to youth in grades 6 – 8.  First, second and third-place winners will be judged at the Archdiocesan level on May 17.

 

Ready to write?

  • Submit your essay to Catholic Charities Community Services, Catholic Youth Organization, 1011 First Ave., New York, NY  10022, att:  Monge Codio Jr., Director of Operations – CYO by May 7, 2013 at 5 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in either event, contact

CYO Tips Off Another Win

Friday, December 14th, 2012

CYO Tips Off Another Win

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities CYO basketball is tipping off another win. Enrollment is up for the 2012-2013 girls and boys basketball season, says CYO Director Edwin Broderick.

The teams provide exercise, a healthy recreational outlet, guidance and a sense of community for children and teenagers throughout the more than 4,000-square mile Archdiocese of New York.

Here are some numbers to cheer:

  •  1600 teams throughout the
    Archdiocese of New York
  • 637 teams in Westchester County
  •  403 teams in Staten Island
  •  251 teams in Rockland County
  •   82 teams in Orange County
  •   49 teams in Ulster County
  •   37 teams in Dutchess County

“Our success  and growth would not be possible without the dedication and  support of our 4,000 volunteers, the hard work of our county  directors and the leadership and support of Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Sullivan and Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director  Beatriz  Diaz  Taveras,” Mr. Broderick said.

Would you like to become a coach or sign up your child for a team?  Contact your local parish or call Catholic Charities CYO at 646-794-3619.

 

St. Martin de Porres Parish Teams Up with Catholic Charities to Mobilize Disaster Response

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Cleaning supplies are especially needed by victims of Hurricane Sandy.  So, as part of Catholic Charities Hurricane Response mobilization, St. Martin de Porres Parish hosted a “Clean-up Products” drive for Catholic Charities Community Services in Dutchess County.  Youth and adults organized donations and helped transport them to the Poughkeepsie Catholic Charities office.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Catholic Charities staff loaded three SUVs with the supplies and transported them to Staten Island disaster relief centers to help those hardest hit by the super storm.

They plan to repeat the 200-mile round trip from Pouchkeepsie to Staten Island to make another drop off later this week.

Can’t make it to a donation drive, but still want to help with disaster relief?

Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.

TRADING PLACES – From Volunteer to Staff and Back Again

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Pegeen Wall and Mary Marshall

Pegeen Wall and Mary Marshall did a double take when they heard one another’s name announced at a recent Catholic Charities volunteer training session held in Poughkeepsie.  They met decades back when Ms. Marshall, then a young mom, volunteered to teach children to swim at the local YWCA where Ms. Wall then worked as aquatic director.  But this time Ms. Wall, now semi retired, was the volunteer and Ms. Marshall was the recruiter seeking help.  Their professional and volunteer careers, they later learned, mirrored one another’s as they zigzagged back and forth from volunteer to staff and expanded their expertise along the way.

After their first meeting, Ms. Wall, today a grandmother of six, built a successful career in public relations and fund raising for nonprofit organizations while volunteering on a variety of boards and committees.  Meanwhile Ms. Marshall, a former IBM employee,  volunteered as president of a local nursery school board,  Parent-Teacher Association, garden club and more before volunteering at Catholic Charities in Ulster County in 1990.  She joined the agency staff in 1993 and has since worked her way up to her current position as Director of Catholic Charities Community Services in Poughkeepsie.

Now this social service agency is in the midst of a major drive to tap into volunteer expertise so that it can enhance and expand services offered.  Ms. Marshall has taken a leadership role in the effort in Poughkeepsie by drawing on expertise she developed working with and as a volunteer.

“We want to make sure we honor people who are generously giving their time,” Ms. Marshall said as she took a quick break from a monthly volunteer orientation and recruitment session in Dutchess County.  “Instead of fitting people into narrow volunteer positions,  we let them bring who they are and match them with what they have to offer.”

For Ms. Wall, this means the opportunity to do hands-on volunteer work by greeting clients, taking intake information and referring clients to Catholic Charities staff for help.

“I volunteered on boards and committees before but this has been an eye opener,” Ms. Wall said.  “I hadn’t expected the caliber, education and gratitude of people needing help,” she added, “and I’m impressed by the professional, gracious staff here that goes over and above in their efforts to serve.”

Looking for your perfect volunteer opportunity?

Visit www.CatholicCharitiesNYVolunteer.org to learn more information about volunteers and volunteer opportunities.

  • It’s easy. Simply type in a keyword such as “hunger,” “Thanksgiving,” or “seniors” AND your zip code.
  • Search for volunteer opportunities by your schedule, zip code and skill set and apply online.
  • Visit Getting Started to start volunteering right away.

New York Area Cooling Centers

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Stay safe in the sweltering heat. Cooling centers are now open throughout the New York area.

New York City:
For a list of NYC cooling centers, visit gis.nyc.gov/oem/cc/index.htm

Dutchess County:

There are four cooling stations at Dutchess County Community Action Partnerships

54 Main St. in Beacon

44-45 E Market St. in Red Hook

84 Cannon St. in Poughkeepsie

3414 Route 22 in Dover Plains.

Orange County:

Cooling center updates will be made available on the Orange County Emergency Services Facebook page.

City of Middletown

The Cooling Center located at the Middletown Senior Center, 62-70 Main St., Middletown. The Center is scheduled to remain open through Friday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bottled water will be provided. For more information, contact Middletown City Hall at 346-4100.

City of Newburgh

The City of Newburgh’s Cooling Center is located at the Activity Center, 401 Washington St., Newburgh. The center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Thursday, June 21. For more information, call 565-4843.

Washingtonville

Grace Community Baptist Church located at 2839 Route 94, Washingtonville, is open as a Cooling Center through Thursday, June 21, until 6 p.m. Information is available by calling the church office at 496-4372.

At this time, all other municipalities are recommending that their residents access public buildings, including libraries, senior centers, activity centers, and town halls to seek relief from the heat. (List attached.)

Rockland County:
Central Nyack
Central Nyack Community Center
58 Waldron Avenue, Central Nyack
358-2500

Congers
Congers Community Center
6 Gilchrest Rd., Congers
268-9700

Nanuet:
Pascack Community Center
87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet
371-6650

New City
Street Community Center
31 Zukor Rd., New City
634-3039

Town of Haverstraw
Town Hall, Rosman Rd. Meeting Room (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
*Limited parking due to construction*
Contact: Mike Gamboli 429-2200

Town of Orangetown
Town Hall (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
Contact: Annemarie in Supervisor’s Office or Police Dispatch after hours- 359-5100

Town of Ramapo
Town Hall (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.) 357-5100
St. Lawrence Center (9:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
All Ramapo Town Pools- Free

Town of Stony Point
Police Department- Route 210 Emergency response room (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Rho Building @ Patriot Hills Complex on Clubhouse Lane (6:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.)
Contact: Supervisor’s Office 786-2716, Ext. 111

Village of Suffern
Village Hall (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
Contact: Mayor LaCorte 357-2600
Village of Nyack
Village Hall (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
Contact: Mayor Kavesh 358-0229

Village of Spring Valley
Kurtz Civic Center (9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
Contact: Mayor Jasmin 352-1100

Village of Haverstraw
Village Community Center, 50 W. Broad St. (9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tues.-Fri.)
Contact: Mayor Kohut 429-0300

Village of Piermont
Village Hall/ Police Station- (Village Hall 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Police 24 hours, 7 days a week)
Contact: Sylvia Carbonell 359-1258 Ext. 301

Village of West Haverstraw
Village Hall 130 Samsondale Ave. (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)Contact: Mayor Ramundo 947-2800

Village of South Nyack
Village Hall 282 South Broadway (9 a.m.-5p.m.)Contact: Sara Seiler 358-0287

Westchester, NY:

When Westchester County Department of Health issues a Heat Advisory, many Senior Centers will serve as a Cooling Center for seniors residing in Westchester. Please call sites to confirm hours of operation

Yonkers, N.Y.:
The centers below provide meals to older adults as well as transportation. Please call the Yonkers Office for the Aging at (914) 377-6822.

St. John’s Park Care Pavilion
Old Yonkers General Hospital
2 Park Avenue
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bronx River Road Community Center/ Scotti Center
680 Bronx River Road
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Congregation Sons of Israel
155 Elliot Avenue
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Nepperhan Community Center
342 Warburton Avenue
Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Newark, N.J.:
Bethany Senior Center
275 W. Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103
Monday  Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
(973) 733-5739

Ironbound Senior Center
138 Clifford Street
Newark, New Jersey 07105
Monday  Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
(973) 424-4101

Stephen Crane Elderly Complex (N)
900 Franklin Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07107
Monday  Friday 8:00am  5:00pm
(973) 430-2662

South Ward Senior Center (M/N)
731 Clinton Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07108
Monday  Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
(973) 424-4102

Unified Vailsburg Services Org. (N)
462 Sanford Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07106
Monday  Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm
(973) 351-2159

Newark Department of Child and Family Well-Being
110 William Street
Room LL101
Newark, NJ 07102
Monday  Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
(973) 733-7592