51 North Chestnut St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
Staff: 2 full-time / 25 volunteers
Program Director: Ivan Echenique
Assistant Program Director: Icilma Lewis
Program Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-4pm on Friday
Available through the Hotline 24 hours in emergencies – (845) 338-2370
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Crisis intervention; emergency short-term counseling; information and referral; case management; care coordination; emergency food; and access to Adult Case Management, Adolescent, Domestic Violence, Child Care, and Emergency Housing Services. The catchment for this office is the entire southeastern quadrant of the county.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Food pantry; free store (including clothing, furniture and household items); public rest room; community bulletin board for employment opportunities, available housing, messages, workshops, classes and seminars; free public telephone for local calls and long distance in emergencies; client advocacy; emergency transportation; supervision of community service, work experience, work-study, internships, and court-mandated community service; and a meeting place for other community services (see below).
At the end of 2013, the program began an office skills curriculum to assist participants to gain employment skills necessary to find a decent paying job. 12 individuals participated in the program and an additional 10 sought short term assistance to improve computer literacy.
In addition to the Hotline/Walk-in Services described above, the program houses staff from the Adolescent Services and Adult Case Management programs. The site also sponsors a number of groups open to the public, including: three weekly AA meetings; a weekly Narcotics Anonymous meeting; a weekly NAR-Anon for family/friends of those using narcotics; monthly Overeaters Anonymous meeting; one SLAA meeting for individuals facing sex addictions; a weekly computer skills training program; one weekly co-dependency group; two weekly AL-Anon groups; a monthly RCAL meeting with parents whose children have problems at school; a monthly support group for HVCS (formerly ARCS) employees; a Mental Health Wellness group, sponsored by Ulster County Mental Health and Mental Health Association; Child Care Council Trainings every six weeks; youth groups; and supervised visitations, as needed.