Darmstadt Shelter

Family Staff outside the Darmstadt Shelter, Kingston, 2009
Family Staff outside the Darmstadt Shelter, Kingston, 2009
40 Thomas Street
Kingston, NY   12401
(845) 331-1395

Staff:  10 full-time / 1 part-time

Program Director: Liz Bahr
Assistant Program Directors/Services: John Alexander, Christina Basden
Assistant Program Director/Facilities:  Peter Bazzani

Program Hours:  24-Hour Access

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:   Emergency shelter (up to 90 days) for up to 19 men and women. Housing and services for men and women participating in daily substance abuse and/or mental health programming, who need a clean and sober living environment. The program also provides Intensive Homeless Supervision, which provides supervision and support to individuals at risk of requiring a higher level of care or supervision, including those involved in the criminal justice system.

ANCILLARY SERVICES:   Crisis counseling; case management; information and referrals; linkages to other county and private agencies’ programming; parenting education; information on identifying domestic violence; life skills training; legal consultation referrals; nutrition education; educational advancement, including on premises GED classes provided by Ulster County BOCES; acupuncture, massage, and other holistic health care services delivered on premises by practioners from Health Care is a Human Right; free clothing exchange; assistance locating clean and sober housing; transportation; and after care and homelessness prevention services. Leadership of the program also provides administration for the supervised visitation program (see below). The program provides drug testing at the request of the Probation or Parole Departments or when it appears that a resident has violated the drug policy and needs to be tested.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

Since there is such a strong need for emergency shelter beds for single individuals, the Darmstadt Shelter is intending to purchase four bunk beds, which will increase the capacity of the facility from 19 to 23.