Family of Woodstock’s 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Social
Sunday, March 19th 2017, 12pm – 3pm
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern – 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties
Thank you to everyone who joined us March 19th 2017 for Family’s 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers Social. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event and helped support the essential services provided by Family’s Adolescent Services Programs: to our incredible staff and Board for putting together another spectacular event; to guest speaker Randi Kelder for your poignant words and work to raise awareness about the growing epidemic of deaths caused by opioids; to guest chef John N. Novi and Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern for the delicious buffet; to everyone who donated items to the silent auction; and to our sponsors: Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern; Hot Fudge Sponsor – HealthQuest; Chocolate Fountain Sponsor – Prestige Toyota; Chocolate Truffle Sponsors – Country Wisdom News and KeyBank; Dark Chocolate Sponsors – Central Hudson, Kimlin Propane, New Paltz P.B.A., and Rondout Savings Bank; Milk Chocolate Sponsors – Daniel D. Gagnon, CPA, PC, The Law Office of David J. Clegg, and Ryan & Ryan Insurance.
Family’s Adolescent Services provides extensive case management to a broad array of youth and adolescents, ages 4-24 years, including those youth in the Ulster County jail, on probation, at risk of dropping out of school, homeless, or with significant substance abuse or mental health issues. We also provide youth with extensive life and vocational skills training and employment assistance. Since 1976, Family House has been the only emergency shelter for homeless youth in the county. Family also runs two transitional living programs for homeless adolescents, ages 16-20 years, Midway I in Kingston and Midway II in Ellenville. These programs assist youth to advance or complete their education, gain life and vocational skills, address any long standing issues, and become employed while in the program.
The event also raised funds to address a critical issue that is devastating our community- the widespread use of heroin. Too many of our citizens are using this debilitating drug, trying to escape their pain. Our society cannot afford to lose these valuable individuals to overdose and death as a result. We believe that Family can play a critical role, both in preventing this terrible addiction and intervening to help promote recovery. We envision using Family’s walk-in centers throughout the county to provide a safe, confidential access point for community resources, education about recovery, and Narcan, which can sometimes reverse the lethal effects of heroin overdose. We believe that by offering these services, we will help people begin the road to recovery.