Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus wishes residents a Happy Thanksgiving and urges everyone to be mindful of and grateful for all that they have. He also encourages the community to care for those less fortunate.
“There are so many ways to help,” Neuhaus said. “We can donate our time, non-perishable goods, or winter clothing and accessories. No matter how we choose to help, our contributions will make a difference in someone’s life. As I reflect on Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the good fortune my family and I have. It inspires me to give back and help those in need in our County.”
To contribute your time, money or resources, please consider some of these local organizations, which can always put volunteers to work:
- HONOR: Provides individualized and integrated services to people combating chemical dependency, in need of transitional housing, or requiring crisis intervention. www.honorhelpingothers.org, 18-38 Seward Avenue, Middletown, 845-343-1443
- Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen: Serves the hungry 365 days a year at no charge. 12 Depot Street, Middletown, www.stmargaretsoupkitchen.com.
- Catholic Charities Community Services: Serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, immigrants, the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange County. www.orangecountycharities.org, 845-294-5124.
- The Newburgh Ministry: Is a homeless shelter that offers a variety of resources in a caring atmosphere. 9 Johnston Street, Newburgh, www.newburghministry.org, 845-561-0700.
- The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley: Collects large donations of unmarketable but still edible food, and distributes it to charitable agencies feeding hungry people in a six county region. www.foodbankofthehudsonvalley.org, 845-534-5344.
- Safe Homes of Orange County: Provides emergency, non-emergency and wrap-around services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Also has a shelter with 17 beds. 280 Broadway, Newburgh, www.safehomesorangecounty.org, 845-562-5340.
- Project L.I.F.E.: Provides transitional housing for homeless families who are residents of Orange County. Project L.I.F.E. houses 16 families referred by the Orange County Department of Social Services. Eligible families may live at Project L.I.F.E. for six months. 172 First Street, Newburgh, newburghprojectlife.org, 845-569-9334.
- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: Provides a safe and warm place for the homeless to stay overnight from December through March, 31 W. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771, 845-856-1033.
- St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: Provides meals and a warming station to those in need. For more information. 58 West Main Street, Middletown, 845-343-6911.