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Poughkeepsie Family Partnership Center considering upgrades


People often visit the Family Partnership Center when they need help.

Among other community resources, the Town of Poughkeepsie facility is home to organizations that can help those in need of emergency food, clothing, behavioral health assistance, counseling or crisis intervention. domestic violence.

That’s why it’s important, said Brian Doyle, that the Hamilton Street building “provide a people-friendly environment.

“If the stairs are collapsing, as they are now,” the CEO of Family Services said, “that sends a strong message to individuals.”

Family Services, which operates the center, is about two-thirds away from its goal of raising $9.1 million to renovate the community center. It is a project that will see the facade of the building modernized, in addition to a host of improvements for safety, accessibility and functionality.

Already, the roof of the more than 100-year-old building has been replaced.

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“We’re very committed to making sure we provide a trauma-informed environment,” Doyle said, noting that many who visit face challenges. “For us, it is extremely important to provide a dignified, safe and welcoming environment.”

Although Family Services has an office in the building, it is only one of more than 20 organizations that can be found by the 45,000 to 70,000 the organization estimates visit each year.

Services available range from educational resources, such as a branch of Dutchess Community College and a recently opened branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District; health resources like Dutchess County Healthy Families and Planned Parenthood; relief organizations like Dutchess Outreach; and youth services, such as the Poughkeepsie Performing Arts Academy and the REAL Skills Network.

These latter groups are among those who will benefit from improvements to the building’s auditorium, which offers theatrical and vocal performances, community forums and naturalization ceremonies, among other uses.

Doyle said the “old” lighting system will be replaced. Other improvements include bathroom upgrades, window and door replacements, asbestos removal, and parking and sidewalk improvements.

From left, CEO of Family Services Bryan Doyle and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney talk about needed renovations inside the City of Poughkeepsie Family Partnership Center on April 25, 2022.

“In this building, there are so many resources and good activities going on,” Doyle said. “all these activities need a solid and stable building in which they can take place.”

In addition to the roof, all lighting in the building has already been replaced with LED bulbs, which will help with energy conservation. Among the next steps is replacing the auditorium windows “which are in very poor condition,” Doyle said.

Renee Fillette, executive director of Dutchess Outreach, noted that the needs in the community have increased. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, she said traffic to her pantry has roughly quadrupled since the organization opened at the Family Partnership Center in 1998 as one of its first organizations.

“Last month, 908 households passed, and the numbers continue to rise every month,” she said.

She said the high number of residents impacted by trauma means the Family Partnership Center needs to be a welcoming site so they can explore the various resources available.

Construction underway at the Family Partnership Center in the Town of Poughkeepsie on April 25, 2022.

“What trauma does is it steals their hope, it steals their resistance,” she said. “What we’re not renting out here is just space. We rent an experience and we rent an opportunity to feel and to hope.

Fundraising gets federal boost

The fundraising campaign, in which Family Services exclusively raises funds for the Family Partnership Center, recently received a boost this week in the form of federal community funding approved as part of the national budget.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, toured the facility on Monday and presented an oversized check for $1.2 million.

“You can’t come here without seeing the best in our community,” Maloney said. “You see people who care about helping their neighbors, you see people doing it in real time.

“We want to make sure the roof doesn’t leak and the stairs are accessible and the heat doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” he said, “and all the things that actually create the type of environment in which the love and service that takes place here can continue to thrive.

Sean Patrick Maloney speaks during a visit to the Town of Poughkeepsie Family Partnership Center on April 25, 2022.

Officially, Family Services raised $6.2 million, though that includes the full $1.2 million in federal dollars.

When the organization originally filed a proposal for the money, it listed both the front entry project and the roof replacement as where the money would be spent. However, Doyle said, “we couldn’t wait” on the roof…we just had to.”

Therefore, “We are in discussions with the appropriate agency in (Washington DC) on how we can reallocate the dollars that have been allocated to another critical project under the capital improvement plan,” said Doyle, noting “a good portion will be taken through the main entrance. These expenses have increased.

Regardless, Doyle expressed his gratitude to Maloney and noted that a number of private donors and government entities have already helped bring the fundraising project this far.

“We have had support from the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York State and now the Federal Government. All levels of government, and for that we are very grateful to them,” Doyle said at the event on Monday, joking: “I am still waiting for the United Nations, but I will wait a bit, I think, for that.