Mission: -Meeting the temporary, basic needs of individuals and families when no other resources are readily available to them.-Acting as an advocate through a referral and follow-up process for needy families and individuals; to find appropriate resources which enable them to meet basic needs on a long term basis.- Acting as an advocate to promoting community awareness of social problems and generating support for improvement in the system's response to human needs.
Target demographics: meet the temporary and basic needs of individuals and families when no other resources are available
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,807 people with 102,492 meals from the food pantry, and provided 69,676 lunches fromn the Lunchbox
Geographic areas served: Dutchess County, NY
Programs: 3 different food assistance programs, the Beverly Closs Food Pantry, the Lunchbox, and Giving Individuals Food for the Soul; Emergency assistance to provide help with eviction notices, utility final termination notices, and one-time prescription assistance; the annual Susan DeKeukelaere Coat Drive, distributing an average of 5,000 coats each year throughout Dutchess County; our Children's Clothing Closet providing gently used clothing to families in need; and Acts Of Kindness which works with other agencies to secure needed household items for those starting from scratch.
I have been active in many volunteer organizations over the last twenty years and I find Dutchess Outreach to be one of the most caring and giving organizatrons I have been associated with. The staff is extrememly dedicated to helping the less fortunate and always treat all the clients with respect. I am proud to be associated with the group.tion.s