Fam­ily of Wood­stock has ‘done it all,’ grand­mother says

This is one of a se­ries of sto­ries about the peo­ple and agen­cies that ben­e­fit from the Free­man Hol­i­day Fund.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­line.com di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

With­out Fam­ily of Wood­stock, Eve­lyn Mo­rales might not have been able to en­joy the “warm and lov­ing” home she’s cre­ated for her­self and her grand­daugh­ter in a city apart­ment, she said re­cently.

“There is noth­ing else [Fam­ily] can do, be­cause they’ve done it all,” the 61-year-old mother of four grown chil­dren said.

Mo­rales, who is now rais­ing her 13-year-old grand­daugh­ter, said she turned to Fam­ily of Wood­stock for help about four years ago.

Mo­rales said she was liv­ing in New York City at the time and wanted to move closer to rel­a­tives in Mo­dena, Gar­diner and New Wind­sor. But, with few re­sources and be­cause she was suf­fer­ing from phys­i­cal ail­ments along with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, she didn’t know where to turn.

At the sug­ges­tion of her sis­ter, Mo­rales went to the De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices in Kingston and was moved into Fam­ily’s Darm­stadt Shel­ter on Thomas Street in Kingston. At Darm­stadt Mo­rales met Vic­to­ria Read who be­came her case man­ager and who she now de­scribes as “my fa­vorite per­son in the whole wide world.”

While the shel­ter pro­vided Mo­rales and her grand­daugh­ter with a place to live, Fam­ily’s other ser­vices also kicked in to help her find a place of her own and then to tackle the de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety that had been hold­ing her back, Mo­rales said.

In ad­di­tion to sub­si­dized hous­ing, Fam­ily was also able to pro­vide Mo­rales’ trans­porta­tion to var­i­ous doc­tor’s ap­point­ments, she said.

“If you need help, it’s there,” Mo­rales said. “All you have to do is ask for it.”

Fam­ily’s web­site de­scribes the or­ga­ni­za­tion as “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 . ...

“We be­lieve that the com­mon ground which unites us, both helper and helped, is greater than the dif­fer­ences which di­vide us, and that ev­ery­one de­serves the re­spect and sup­port of our larger com­mu­nity.”

Con­tri­bu­tions may be mailed to Hol­i­day Fund, Daily Free­man, 79 Hur­ley Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

Con­trib­u­tors’ names will be pub­lished pe­ri­od­i­cally, though re­quests for anonymity will be hon­ored.

Ques­tions about the fund should be di­rected to Brenda Crantz at (845) 400-1202 or emailed to bcrantz@free­manon­line. com.

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