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, 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 to establish programs such as: the Rotary Clubs’ Operation Warm Program which provides individuals with winter coats and other services during winter months as needed; Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Healthy on a Budget Program which provides participants hands-on lessons in healthy meal planning, preparation and smart shopping to save money; New Paltz High School’s Protein Program where local business donate 10lbs of protein each month to FONP; the Elks Club which assists us in fundraising and food drives; and Community Compost in New Paltz to reduce food waste to name just a few. Program leadership will continue to be active in facilitating the turning in of unused prescription drugs to the local police agency for safe disposal in order to limit the availability drugs to the community’s youth. As a result of the changes in the delivery of mental health services in the New Paltz area and the initiation of the Health Home program, it is expected that FONP will play a greater role in the provision of support services to those with mental health and other disabling conditions. As part of an agency-wide effort, New Paltz staff have been trained in administering Narcan and will train on its use and distribute Narcan to individuals seeking it in the New Paltz community.