News & Events

Hotline & Textline Volunteer Training
Jan 31 – Mar 6 all-day

when: Starts Friday, January 31, 2020
where: Kingston, NY
Open to all 16 and over

Are you interested in helping both your local and wider community? Are you that listening ear that friends and loved ones always seem to turn to? Are you interested in using the skills you have and building on your knowledge of helping? Family’s hotline training is just what you’re looking for!

Training covers the core of Family’s phone and texting hotline and walk-in services. Training topics include domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and substance abuse, adolescent issues, suicide, and homelessness. The training is free of charge and oriented towards personal growth. You will learn active, compassionate listening skills and ways to connect with people in need.

Family offers an opportunity to be part of the change you wish to see in the world. Intervention is as simple as answering a phone call or text message at the moment someone reaches out. It is as direct as offering a cup of coffee and a bag of food to someone who is hungry. It takes your skill and the amazing depth of resources Family has gathered over its 49 year history.

The training will qualify you to volunteer at any of our three walk-in centers – New Paltz, Ellenville, or Woodstock. For more information call (845) 6479-2485 or stop by Family of Woodstock, 16 Rock City Rd, to fill out an application.

Training Schedule
1/31 – Listening Skills and Relationship Building, 9am-4pm
2/4 – SafeTALK, 6-9pm
2/7 – Domestic Violence, imminent risk and safe planning, 9am-4pm at 39 John St
2/11 – Cultural Competency 6-9pm – POSTPONED TO MARCH Date TBD
2/14 – Youth Mental Health First Aid, 9am-5pm
2/21 – SHA/ Narcan and Trauma Informed Care, 9am-4pm
2/28 – History/MR and Ethics et al, 9am-4pm
3/6 – Mental Health First Aid, 9am-5pm

idea garden donation drive for Family of Woodstock
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come check out the art on exhibit idea garden for their First Saturday opening reception and bring an item (or two!) with you to donate to the Family of Woodstock, to be distributed to womxn in need. This is also a great opportunity to make sure items you no longer need (that are clean and in good condition) can be put to use and kept out of the landfill.

The items most in need right now are:
– baby clothes
– women’s clothes
– feminine products (tampons, sanitary pads)

Learn more about how Family of Woodstock serves our community by visiting, and more about the amazing artists on exhibit at (

Spring Youth Anger Management class
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

Family of Woodstock’s 2020 Spring Youth Anger Management class has been scheduled.

Registration is not necessary. Participants must attend all five classes in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Spring 2020 Class:

Dates: March 25th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Open to: Youth ages 13-18

Location: Family of Woodstock First Floor Conference Rm., 39 John St., Kingston.

Contact/Questions: Jonas Bers (845) 647-2443 x115, (e-mail will provide a faster response)

Child Care Information Seminar
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE Child Care Information Seminar
March 31 5:30pm at
Family of Ellenville, 221 Canal Street, Ellenville

Do you know what quality child care looks like?
Do you need to find legal child care?
Do you need help paying for child care?
Do you want to stay home with your children & earn an income?

If the answer to any question is YES…
then come join Child Care Connections
for a FREE Child Care Information Seminar

To register call 845-331-7080 or by March 27th

12th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – May 25 @ 12:00 am

The 12th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration to benefit the Family of Woodstock Hotline and John Herald Fund, hosted by Happy Traum, celebrates the songs of Bob Dylan interpreted by some of the best musicians residing in and visiting the Hudson Valley – both internationally known and up-and-coming. Always a sell-out, the concert has become a Woodstock Memorial Day tradition – attracting locals and tourists from the Hudson Valley/Tri-State area and beyond. Musicians TBA – performers over the past 12 years have included: Happy Traum, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, John Sebastian, Donald Fagen, Connor Kennedy, Don Byron, Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Helm, Jim Weider, AC Newman (New Pornographers), Graham Parker, Kate Pierson (B-52’s) and many, many more.


Family’s 50th Anniversary Gala
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

50th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Thursday, May 28th


Diamond Mills in Saugerties, N.Y.

Family of Woodstock, Inc. is marking 50 years of service to our community and it is time to celebrate! Join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala at the beautiful Diamond Mills Hotel on Thursday, May 28th at 6:00pm.

The evening will include a delicious dinner, dancing, and much more! Hundreds of archived photographs documenting Family’s incredible 50 years of service will be displayed throughout the event. Attendees will also receive a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal featuring never-before-seen pictures, drawings, and stories from Family’s humble beginnings. 

Keynote Speaker: NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

Honoree: Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg

Seating is limited. Click here to buy your tickets!

Proceeds to benefit Family’s 20+ programs. For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Weiss-Rowe at 845-331-7080 x170 or at 

Mid-Hudson Valley Leadership Day
Oct 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Save the Date!

when: Friday, October 30, 2020 – 8:00 am – 3:45 pm
where: The Venue Uptown, Kingston, NY

Celebrate Owners, Directors, Assistant Directors, Education Coordinators, Administrators, and anyone who supervises and supports staff in the Early Childhood Profession.

Lynn M. Lubecki Ed.D.

Early Care and Education Strategies Director, Whole Child Connection, Children’s Institute

Professional Learning, Networking, Vendor and Giveaways!

Hosted by: Ulster BOCES, Family of Woodstock and Community Playthings

Questions: Michelle Friedel,