PO Box 3817
Kingston, NY 12402
(845) 331-7080 9:00am – 5:00pm only (leave message)
Program Director: Emily Trotter-Bodie
Staff: Maria Guldan, Tiffany Santiago, Lyuba Rackliff, Anne Penman
Program Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday; some support groups
held in the evening.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Crisis Counseling and Case Management for survivors of domestic violence who are not seeking residential services and/or are ex-residents; depending on the number of participants available, a weekly English speaking support group in Kingston which includes a children’s group and a weekly Spanish speaking group in Kingston which includes a children’s group; individual one on one sessions or bilingual support groups in Ellenville and New Paltz; advocacy for survivors seeking Orders of Protection and temporary custody from the Family Court; advocacy for survivors seeking services at the Department of Social Services; a domestic violence education program for people referred by the Department of Social Services Child Protective Services and area courts; weekly educational groups at the agency’s homeless shelters.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Crisis intervention; information and referrals; community education for the general public; youth outreach, prevention, and education; outreach to the LGBTQ community; outreach to the Hispanic community; and supportive services within the judicial, police, and school systems. The program also gives former residents and group members access to a food pantry, school supplies, and provides holiday gifts, food, and parties for former residents and those participating in non-residential programming.
Non-residential Children’s Program
The Non-Residential Program now provides two weekly groups that serve both adults and their children simultaneously. One of the groups serves the children of the Spanish speaking support group in Kingston. Our non-residential children’s groups target many of the goals described for the residential program groups. Knowledgeable child care staff work to provide a safe environment for children to freely express themselves. A family style meal, modeling positive communication and safe interactions takes place at each group. Individual time with the staff, as needed to offer an opportunity to express feelings about the abuse the children have witnessed and/or endured, is offered whenever possible. Referrals are made to outside agencies when additional services are assessed to be needed.
2017 once again brought about staffing changes to our Non Residential Services. In summer of 2017 the program welcomed a new Counselor / Case Manager who is based in our Ellenville walk in center. Her work is a continuation of our services to those in need in that area of Ulster County, she devotes time to working in Kingston as well. Her predecessor left our program to become the Program Director of Family of Ellenville and works closely with her when she is stationed there.
Our Youth Educator, something we had been excited to add to the team, left the agency after a short time. It is our hope to be able to reinstate the position again in the future as there is a great need for youth domestic violence services. Our Co-Located Services at The Department of Social Services, which began in December of 2016, has built a stronger relationship with the department. Our advocate provides counseling, information & referrals, advocacy, and case management services directly at DSS. The service is being provided by one of our Bilingual Counselor / Case Managers part time, and she continues her other responsibilities when not at DSS.
The program’s leadership has focused efforts for the year ahead on staff training efforts. Our ongoing commitment to training all program staff in Trauma Informed Care, as well as additional supports through the agencies required trainings and beyond are a top priority for 2018. With many new team members to the Domestic Violence Program both Non Residential and Residential we look forward to a year of team building and training.
Both program directors have continued participating in NYSCADV, the state coalition against domestic violence, which supports efforts of inclusive programing and trauma informed practices. The program is also a member of the NYS LGBTQ IPV Network, which aids in training and understanding of state regulations to be fully accessible to any survivors regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability. Locally, program leadership are active members of the Ulster County Interagency Council on Domestic Violence which meets monthly. The program has also taken a proactive role in the new IPVI Initiative launched by the District Attorney’s office that the will take place in Kingston launching this spring.