FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK INC

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 3516 Kingston NY 12402 USA

Mission: Family of Woodstock Inc. is a network of individuals, paid and volunteer, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency''s vision allows us to bring to bear resources to address a broad spectrum of human problems.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Family of woodstock is most definitely a family. I began volunteering a few years ago, started in the training, not really knowing what to expect. That training in its self was a challenge, and I learned a lot. I will never forget what I learned during that time. How to connect with people in every situation, from domestic violence, hard day at work, illness, family difficulties, relationships, and even suicide. Yes any problem you may be facing, big or small Family can help you, The volunteers including myself at Family and when you call, are all experienced in all situations.

I started my first shift and I knew somewhat what to expect, the phone rings and my heart races, I'm nervous but I knew how to approach this, the staff who runs the training had taught me well. Chronic callers, first time callers, callers from out of state, that didn't matter, what mattered was that I would answer the phone and lend a listening ear.
I have always felt that everyone needs someone to just listen to them, and if along the way I was able to help the person find a new path to take, a new road to travel down that was better than the one they have been on, even better.
I have learned how to connect with those who walk in to Family always giving them a warm welcome, a smile is sure to brighten anyones day.
I am always surprised by the amount of people who are so thankful that I am volunteering my time, the time I could be hanging out with friends, enjoying a night at home watching a movie, or truthfully sleeping after a long day.
I mean it when I say there is nothing more satisfying than helping others, no matter the circumstances in my own personal life at the moment. When my shift day comes along I go to Woodstock, with a smile, ready to listen and help anyone, with any problem they may be encountering at that time.
Everyone has a hard day, no denying that, when in doubt call Family, that is why I am a volunteer at Family Of Woodstock, not because I needed volunteer hours, even if that is why I started, but because I care about the people in this world, if I didn't care about volunteering here, think about it would I still be here?
I want everyone to wake up everyday happy and ready to face the challenges that come their way.
If you need someone to help you with lifes challenges, lets face it life isn't easy, Family is there, we will treat you like our family, you are welcome to treat us as yours.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The graditude that people express, both walk-in and on the phone. When someone is in need of clothing, because of the people donating there belongings, others are more than thankful to them. I am thanked multiple times for my time I give to listen to them on the phone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make this organization more widely known, to a younger population.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned how to be a better listener, how to react to peoples feelings, over all I have become a better person.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Working on the Family 24/7 hotline in the 70's taught me the most valuable lesson one can learn-NEVER be judgmental-just do what you can to help! I have worked with many agencies over the years and have had the chance to be a crisis team leader with Family again in 1999. I have never met more caring people than the ones associated with Family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how something as simple as listening to someone who is "down" can make such a difference in someone's day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

---after much thought I could not come up with an changes except to say making it able to cover a larger area-

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an employee of Family of Woodstock, Inc. for the past 4 years I have been privileged to work with perhaps the most wonderful organization in Ulster County. The employees of the entire organization work tirelessly to provide individuals and families from birth to seniors with services that can help better their living and job situations. They are not simply content with providing any service out there, they are intent upon making sure that the services provided fit the client and that the individual and/or family finds the services to be satisfactory.

Family House, the adolescent shelter is a particularly good example of how the employees of Family truly are like family members. The staff, from program director down to support staff each impart a role to incoming residents that speaks to a cohesive, caring family structure. While they are not officially family to the residents that come into the program, they are often more than temporary fixtures in the minds of residents. The provision of a place to sleep, clothes to wear on their back, and warm food in their bellies is only a beginning for the staff of Family House. Many of them have shared laughter, tears, joy, and sorrow with their hundreds of residents and in many cases, have helped mend broken hearts along with emotional and mental scars. Its a privilege to work with the staff and every resident can recount at least one aspect of the program to be thankful for during their stay there. They truly are a family away from home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every single day that I work there. The phone calls from past residents saying that they miss staff and letters of appreciation from past residents who have gone on to college and jobs after graduation from high school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more funding, everything they do is selfless and the diminishing funding provided to not-for-profit organizations such as Family deplete their ability to continue to provide the best care to their clients over an appropriate amount of time.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

What is unique about this organization?

There are so many different staff from different walks of like that come together to provide Rogerian techniques with residents that help them examine themselves and their lives over the course of their stay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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