Family of New Paltz

51 North Chestnut St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-8801

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Staff: 2 full-time / 25 volunteers

Program Director: Ivan Echenique
Assistant Program Director: Icilma Lewis

Program Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-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, Adolescent, and Domestic Violence Case Management, 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, computer 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.


Family of New Paltz has expanded its community services by collaborating with local businesses and organizations to establish programs to assist in meeting our client needs. Examples include: the New Paltz Elks Lodge which assists us in fundraising and food drives, and Community Compost in New Paltz to reduce food waste. As part of an agency-wide effort, New Paltz staff have been trained in administering Narcan medication and will train on its use as well as distributing Narcan to those individuals in need with no questions asked.

Family of New Paltz is working to expand its food program in a number of ways, including the following:

  • Assisting the village of New Paltz with providing food to the Free Food Fridge program.
  • Re-establishing a partnership with the SUNY New Paltz Food Pantry as well as distributing food to students in need
  • Continuing to strengthen existing collaborations with local organizations such as ShopRite, Topps, Bimbo Bakeries, Phillies Bridge Farm Justice Program, One Pulse Emergency Immigrant Alliance fund and Food Not Bombs
  • In addition to its own food pantry, Family of New Paltz developed a collaborative food project in which they provided food to Snug Harbor, Food Not Bombs, Agri Business Childcare, Farm Workeers, New Paltz Methodist Church and the Rosendale/Saint Joseph’s/Plattekill pantries. The collaborative food project in 2021 served 2,680 individuals.
  • New Paltz conducted a Summer Lunch and Snacks program providing food to the Agri Busissnes, the New Paltz, Gardnier, Rosendale, Tillson, Rifton, Esopus, Highland, Clintondale, Ulster Park, West Park, Pattekill, Marlboro, Modena, Millton, Wallkill, Kingston pantries, and the pantries in the northern parts of Ulster County and outside the County.
  • The program was fortunate to receive 62,000lbs of donated produce from the following farms: Farm to Pantry Hub; Philies Bridge Farm; Huguenot Farm; Taliaferro Farm; Food Recovery; Karl Family Farm, Baydenck Family, Tributary Farm. In addition, the program received 2,400lbs of donated prepared foods from the American Legions in Tillson and Rosendale, and the Mobile Station in Gardnier. Finally, the program received baked goods from TOPS, Shoprite, New Paltz Bagels, Bimbo Bakery, and Panera totaling 35,500lbs of baked goods.

Other areas that the program is focusing in on include: utilizing SUNY New Paltz interns to increase the program’s volunteer workforce, social media presence, and food distribution to SUNY NP students; increasing community outreach to neighboring areas of Ulster County, and increasing the overall number of volunteers at Family of New Paltz.