PO Box 3817
Kingston, NY 12402
(845) 331-7080 9:00am – 5:00pm only (leave message)
Program Director: Emily Trotter-Bodie
Program Coordinators & Consultants:
Maria Gulden – Bi-Lingual Non-Residential Counseling & Case Management
Lyuba Yoors – Advocacy at UC Family Court
Group Facilitators: Emily Trotter-Bodie, Maria Gulden
Program Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday; some support groups in the evening.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Counseling for survivors of domestic violence who are not seeking residential services and/or are ex-residents; a weekly Spanish speaking support group in Kingston which now includes a children’s group; bilingual support groups in Ellenville and New Paltz; two weekly support groups in Kingston, one of which includes a children’s group; advocacy for survivors seeking Orders of Protection and temporary custody from the Family Court; counseling for women mandated by the Department of Social Services Child Protective Services and area courts; weekly educational groups at the agency’s homeless shelters; and case management services.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Crisis intervention; information and referrals; community education for the general public 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 and parties for former residents and those participating in non-residential programming.
Non-residential Children’s Program
The Non-Residential Children’s Program now provides two weekly groups that serve both mothers and children simultaneously. One of these groups serves the children of the Spanish speaking support group in Kingston. These non-residential groups target many of the goals described for the residential groups above. Knowledgeable child care staff work to provide a safe environment for children to freely express themselves. School-aged children are given individual time with the staff as needed to give them an opportunity to express their feelings about the abuse they have witnessed and/or endured. Referrals are made to outside agencies when added help is needed. Staff observed that children who regularly attended the groups were more comfortable to express themselves and in general, happier. These groups include an evening meal where comfortable dinner conversation is modeled and encouraged.
The non-residential program continued the children’s group for Spanish speaking families. The Spanish speaking group would not be able to provide service to the adults without childcare services. The children, many of whom still have regular contact with abusive situations, greatly benefit from the safety and routine of a regular group. We continue to develop comprehensive non-residential services for male victims of domestic violence. With the assistance of FFVPSA funding, the program plans to expand outreach to the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.