40 Thomas Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Staff: 12 full-time / 1 part-time
Program Director: Liz Bahr
Assistant Program Director/Services: John Alexander
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.
At the request of the county leadership, the program is preparing to shift its clientele from homeless single individuals primarily in recovery or dealing with heavy mental health issues to homeless families who have been housed for long periods of time in area motels. In fact, there are currently 60 families in motels and many of them have resided there for over 120 days. In order to properly service the additional children being brought onto the compound- we expect there to be on average between 25-30 children a day- the agency is converting the garage that was used for storage for furniture and housewares to a children’s play room and study area. It is expected that the transition will occur in April or May of 2015.