PO Box 3516
Kingston, NY 12402
Program Director: Cynthia B. Bennett
Assistant Program Director: Kielawan Ahmed
Program Hours: Access to the shelter is available 24 hours a day.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Emergency shelter for up to 14 runaway and homeless youth, ages 12 – 17, for an initial stay of up to 30 days, and an additional 30 days approved by the Ulster County Runaway Coordinator. By regulation, parental consent is not required for the first 30 day stay. Previously, the program was granted two waivers by the NYS OCFS from licensing requirements, allowing the program to serve one 18 year old at a time for up to one week in the first floor bedroom, and to serve a parenting youth and his/her infant/toddler. The ages of youth served and waivers have changed as a result of new regulations on the both New York State and Federal levels. As to 18 year olds, while our Darmstadt Shelter does provide ongoing safe shelter and support services to 18 year olds and older, there have been occasions when a particularly vulnerable youth turns 18 while at Family House. If the program is able to identify a permanent housing placement for that youth within the next week after turning 18, we have previously been allowed shelter at Family House. We are applying for a waiver to continue to be allowed to provide this service in instances where the makeup of the current residents safely allows.
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Individual, family, and group counseling for all clients; life skills training; access and advocacy for educational, medical, legal, mental health and substance abuse services; services for youth involved in the juvenile justice/Family Court systems; and aftercare services.
We are pleased to report that our application USDHHS to support Family House has been successful and we have been awarded $200,000 a year for the next three years starting in October. The program has also combined a position providing connection to the McKinney Vento liaisons in the county school districts with the case management position at Family House. By combining these two positions, we are able to better integrate the needs of homeless youth throughout the county school district with our runaway and homeless youth shelter.
The program is benefiting from a tutor paid for by Title I funding from the Kinston City Consolidated School District. This position has been particularly helpful as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the program. The tutor has been very effective in providing tangible examples of chemical and physical concepts such as making lava lamps to demonstrate chemical reactions and building towers to discuss physics concepts.