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Current GSH News

October 5, 2015

Local Students Lead National “Wear Blue Day” for Bullying Awareness

Grace Smith House’s Violence Prevention program hosted their second annual Connect for Respect Leadership Institute this past July. Eight students from Dutchess County Middle Schools participated in the 2015 Leadership. These students learned the tools to take a stand against cyber bullying and lend a hand to their peers who are experiencing bullying.

The eight students used the training and leadership skills they gained at Connect for Respect to entice their schools to participate in “National Wear Blue Day”, a day set apart to support Bullying Awareness Month (October). Students sought out individuals in their lives that would help support their mission, such as principals, school personal, and Grace Smith House Prevention Educators Christina Davidson and Maxine Valencia. They utitilized posters and their morning school announcements to spread the message to their classmates and help them understand what it is like for a victim when they are verbally, physically, or indirectly bullied. These young leaders are eager to make a change and help end the cycle of family violence in our communities. Each of them are taking the first step to becoming a leader and up-stander in their schools and community.  

Grace Smith House, Inc. has served the community for over thirty-four years, as a safe haven for individuals and families trying to escape from a life of domestic abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.

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September 16, 2015

Grace Smith House Presented With $3,929.00 From Mill House Brewing Company and Graceland Tattoo

Poughkeepsie, NY- On August 30, 2015 Mill House Brewing Company and Graceland Tattoo hosted their first annual “Tattoos and Brews”event at Mill House to benefit Grace Smith House, Inc. Attendees enjoyed food and brews from Mill House and could sign up to be tattooed by local artists. The event also included local artists, craftsmen, tinkerers and live music. Grace Smith House, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mill House Brewing Company and Graceland Tattoo raised $3,929.00 at the event for victims of domestic violence.

“Grace Smith House was thrilled to work with Chris Crocco (Mill House) and Adam Lauricella (Graceland) on this exciting event. We are deeply thankful for their friendship and support and their interest in bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence. We are looking forward to working with them again for Tattoos and Brews in 2016,” says Jessica Smith, Development Associate at Grace Smith House.

Grace Smith House, Inc. has served the community for over thirty-four years, as a safe haven for individuals and families trying to escape from a life of domestic abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.

The Mill House Brewing Company opened as a brewpub in November 2013. The Historic Mill House has been a popular watering hole and restaurant for many years for citizens of Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley. The rehabilitated 1820’s brick house is home to a 7bbl brew house, and a 20+ bbl production facility located in Poughkeepsie’s industrial center.

Graceland Tattoo was established in February of 2003. Proudly spanning a beautiful, multi storefront space on Main Street in Wappingers Falls, NY.  The artists and staff are like family, with decades of experience and the highest level of skill, vision and professionalism. An industry mainstay in the Hudson Valley; Graceland Tattoo is also home to their incredible family of clients, both old and new, who continually challenge them to keep upping the game.

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May 26, 2015

Grace Smith House Accepting Applications for 2015 Connect for Respect: Youth Leadership Institute

Poughkeepsie, NY: Calling All Passionate Young Leaders… Grace Smith House is searching for 15 inspiring young leaders who are entering middle school (6th, 7th or 8th grade) in Dutchess County. This opportunity will allow teens to participate in our second annual Connect for Respect: Leadership Institute. Applications are being accepted now through June 25th.

Connect for Respect will be held at Dutchess Community College, July 13th through July 16th from 9am to 3pm. This summer leadership program is free and meals will be provided. This opportunity will enhance teen’s leadership and communication skills and educate them on peer violence and conflict resolution. Participants will learn how to put this knowledge to use in their school and community.

For more information or to apply please contact:
Christina Davidson
1 Brookside Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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845-452-7155 X 33

Grace Smith House, Inc. has served the community for 34 years, as a safe haven for individuals and families trying to escape from a life of domestic abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.

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March 17, 2015

Over 200 Attend Grace Smith House’s 2nd Annual Love Shouldn’t Hurt Conference

Poughkeepsie, NY (March 17, 2015)- Grace Smith House’s Violence Prevention Program held their 2nd Annual Love Shouldn’t Hurt conference on Monday March 16th, 2015 for high school students at Dutchess Community College.  

The 200 attendees at the Love Shouldn’t Hurt conference were part of a thought provoking, interactive, engaging conference that provided the tools and language to take a stand, rise and be active in spreading awareness and educating others to say no to any form of violence.  Community members, local officials, funders, and local high schools such as Arlington, Dover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Jay, Housatonic Valley, Orchard View Alternative, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook and Webutuck were in attendance to partake in a day that is the first step of breaking the cycle of violence in our community.

In the United States, 1 in 3 teenagers are a victim of physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse from a dating partner. “One of the main objectives of this conference was to help teens identify and be able to act on the warning signs of teen dating violence and be given the tools and language to understand the influence they can make in their communities by taking a stand against violence,” said Cammie Jones, Prevention Coordinator at Grace Smith House. “As a prevention program, our hope is that the insights of this highly-interactive conference will enable teens in understanding the impact of violence in partner relationships and the importance of prevention.”

Grace Smith House, Inc. has served the community for over thirty-three years, as a safe haven for individuals and families trying to escape from a life of domestic abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.

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March 10, 2015

Grace Smith House to be Presented With $43,000 From Mid-Hudson Subaru’s Share The Love Event

Poughkeepsie, NY- Mid-Hudson Subaru is THRILLED to announce that thanks to their customers, over $43,000 has been raised for Grace Smith House during the 2014-2015 Subaru Share the Love event. A check presentation ceremony and refreshments will be held on March 17th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Mid-Hudson Subaru. The check will be presented at 7:00pm.

Share the Love is an annual event run by Subaru of America. Every customer that buys or leases a new Subaru during the event can donate $250 to 1 of 4 national charities or 1 local charity. Every participating dealership has the opportunity to choose a local charity and for the second year in a row, Mid-Hudson Subaru chose Grace Smith House as their local charity.

"All of us at The Grace Smith House are deeply appreciative of Peter Maher and the team at Mid-Hudson Subaru for their continued support and friendship. Their commitment to Grace Smith House and the victims of domestic violence we serve is both heartwarming and humbling. We are truly thankful to have them as allies in the fight against domestic violence!" ~Michele Pollock-Rich, Executive Director

Over the past two years, Mid-Hudson Subaru's customers have chosen Grace Smith House to receive their donation and because of that almost $75,000  has been raised for Grace Smith House through the Share the Love program. "Knowing that such a significant amount of money is being donated to a local charity due to the generosity and compassion of our customers, and Subaru of America, warms my heart," said Peter Maher, owner of Mid-Hudson Subaru. "Being able to have such an impact in our local community is what it is all about. This touches home, this touches families, this touches our hearts, and this changes lives."

Please join us to celebrate on March 17th from 6:30-8 at the dealership. There will be light refreshments served.

Grace Smith House, Inc. has served the community for over thirty-three years, as a safe haven for individuals and families trying to escape from a life of domestic abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.

Mid-Hudson Subaru has been in business for 8 years. They are the largest Subaru dealership in the Hudson Valley  and are very active in their community. For more information visit  midhudsonsubaru.com or call 845.296.1152

 

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December 2014

For Immediate Release:

Poughkeepsie, New York) Grace Smith House is pleased to welcome Michele
Pollock Rich as their new Executive Director. She replaces  Renee Fillette,
who joined Astor Home for Children as their COO earlier this month.

A seasoned domestic violence professional, Michele comes to Grace Smith
House from The Retreat Domestic Violence Services in East Hampton, NY where
she served as their Executive Director, and prior to that, was a program
director for the Camden County Women's Center in Camden, NJ.  She is a
graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law in, where she interned
with the Philadelphia District Attorney's  Office in their Family Violence
and Sexual Assault Unit, and holds an MA from New York University. A Hudson
Valley native, Michele is honored to join Grace Smith House: "Domestic
violence is a societal problem which impacts all of us," she says, "Victims
of domestic violence are our friends, our neighbors, our own families. Grace
Smith House has a long history of offering hope, comfort, and safety to
those who need assistance, while also offering top prevention and education
programs to our youth.   I am honored to be chosen to lead their dedicated
staff and looking forward to continuing the work of Grace Smith House."  

Grace Smith House has served the community for over thirty years, as a safe
haven for victims and families trying to escape from a life of domestic
abuse. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit
www.gracesmithhouse.org or call our 24-hour hotlines at (845) 471-3033.