221 Canal Street
Ellenville, NY 12428
Staff: 2 full-time / 1 part-time / 24 weekly volunteers, 15 ad hoc volunteers
Program Director: Lisa Cavanaugh, CASAC
Assistant Program Director: Dominic Pidone
Program Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
Available through hotline 24 hours in emergencies
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Crisis intervention; emergency short-term counseling; information and referral; case management; emergency food; substance abuse prevention counseling; access to Adult Case Management, Adolescent, Domestic Violence, Child Care, and Emergency Housing Services. The catchment for this office is the entire southwestern quadrant of the county.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Food closet; free store; loan closet for medical and children’s needs (i.e. wheelchairs, crutches, walkers; cribs, highchairs – all when available); linen and personal care items closets; free public telephone for local business calls and long distance in emergencies; access to computer and internet; client advocacy; employment and rental listings; and use of meeting space for community groups and other agencies’ programming. Seasonal programs include holiday foods and toys, outerwear distribution, basic school supplies. Hot drinks and food snacks are available every day during open hours. Books for children and adults are available for reading in or taking home. Extensive bulletin board and pamphlet areas with information on all local and many countywide agencies, programs and special events. Supervision is provided for community service, work experience, work-study and internships, and for court-mandated community service. Motel placements for individuals and families unable to be served by Family’s shelters are arranged.
In addition to the Hotline/Walk-in Services described above, the program houses staff from the Adolescent, Domestic Violence and Adult Case Management Programs on a full or part time basis, and other Family of Woodstock, Inc. programs provide services at the Ellenville office. Family of Ellenville is an active member of the Wawarsing Council of Community Agencies, and participates in Ellenville-Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce activities. Staff of the program are active members of the Ellenville Chapter of the NAACP, and the program sponsors the Community Garden program. FOE also sponsors the following weekly groups open to the public in the community room: three Narcotics Anonymous groups; one Overeaters Anonymous group, child care training; a teen Anger Management group; and assorted life skills workshops. Domestic violence victim support and batterers’ groups are held weekly. In addition, People, Inc runs a Reach One Social group weekly, and Family’s Supervised Visitation Program provide supervised visitation in the community room. The Maternal-Infant Services Network uses an office for bi-monthly appointments and walk-ins for individuals and families wishing assistance and advocacy in health insurance enrollment.