"Family Services does so much within the community, and all our of our programs combine to make our organization a catalyst for community transformation.” – Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Family Services
Family Services is a human service provider that works for community and family safety, stability, and growth for Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties. It provides an enormous array of programs that fortify families, help victims, provide opportunity for the area’s youth, and strengthen the community. Last year over 11,000 lives were impacted through Family Services' work.
“These service categories can overlap and often do,” says CEO Brian Doyle. “One of the strengths of Family Services is that our varied programs and expertise throughout the agency inform one another. That’s very important.”
That is seen throughout the organization, both in the specific programs and also in the complementary agencies that occupy the Family Partnership Center, a 128,000 square foot campus in Poughkeepsie that rents space to other area nonprofits and is managed by Family Services.
Family Services programs fall into five areas: prevention, family programs, youth services, victim services, and community safety. The breadth of these programs is considerable, but they serve the purpose of supporting families, individuals, and the community. So while Family Services works to prevent sexual or gun violence, it also addresses substance abuse and parenting education, mentors youth through sports, tutoring, and project-based after school programs, and provides classes that empower women and help men better understand and end abusive behavior.
“The broad range of our programs puts us in the unique position of simultaneously providing services for victims of domestic or sexual violence and other crimes, while offering programs on prevention to stop those crimes before they happen,” says Doyle. "The goal with all of these programs is to benefit the whole community."
The Family Partnership Center (or FPC) houses nonprofits with programs ranging from education and cultural enrichment, to critical health services, community activism, career development, youth programs, and emergency assistance. The grounds also boast a community garden where area residents can grow their own food. In all, the Center houses nearly two dozen organizations and programs.
“For the Family Partnership Center we are investing in increased occupancy with complementary organizations. We want to foster collaborations between organizations in the building. This will cost money but will have the dual benefits of helping the community and making the model more sustainable,” says Doyle.
The Dyson Foundation has a long-standing relationship with Family Services, having provided program grants, general operating support, strategic restructuring support, and mini-grants. Grants to Family Services fall within the Health & Safety Net and Strengthening Nonprofits themes.