3 Warren Street
Ellenville, NY 12428
Staff: 5 full-time / 1 part-time
One full-time staff member who works in both houses
Program Director: Jen Pineda
MidWay II Assistant Program Director/OASAS: Jonas Bers
Program Hours: Each site is staffed 24 hours a day
PRIMARY FUNCTION: A supervised living program for up to 18 months for adolescents 16-21 and their infants who are homeless and not yet prepared to function independently. Youth who enter the program at age 16 can stay up to 24 months in order to complete their high school education.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Crisis intervention; individual and family counseling; life skills training; job preparedness instruction; vocational and employment assistance; parenting instruction; and assistance with locating permanent housing, as well as after care.
The program has been fully staffed for the last quarter of the year, and this is a huge help in overall stability for the residents. The program welcomed two new Life Skills Managers, both with recent Bachelor’s Degrees and experience in human services. They have brought new and exciting energy to the program as they help the residents learn important life skills. Both Life Skills Managers are currently applying to master’s degree programs in social work, and intend to continue working at MidWay as they continue their education.
In addition, the Director and MidWay I Case Manager/Assistant Director are currently working on master’s degrees in social work, and have been able to bring new skills to their roles in the program. Through continued education and the supervision of the new Team Leader, Kelly Warringer, LMHC, the program is preparing to be better equipped to deal with the increase of mental health needs of the program’s population.
The Midway program has been chosen to participate in a federal study on the development of effective transitional living programs for homeless adolescents.