Trans­gen­der health ser­vices now avail­able

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Planned Par­ent­hood Mid-Hud­son Valley will launch its Trans­gen­der Health Ser­vices Pro­gram Mon­day at its Kingston and Pough­keep­sie health cen­ters.

The pro­gram will soon ex­pand to all five of Planned Par­ent­hood Mid-Hud­son Valley’s health cen­ters, in­clud­ing Mon­ti­cello, Goshen and New­burgh.

Trans­gen­der refers to a per­son who has a gen­der iden­tity that is in­con­gru­ent with, or does not match, the gen­der they were as­signed at birth. Re­sources for med­i­cal tran­si­tion are not read­ily avail­able in the Mid-Hud­son Valley and trans­gen­der res­i­dents in the area must travel to Al­bany or New York City for care.

Planned Par­ent­hood Mid-Hud­son Valley will of­fer gen­der-af­firm­ing hor­mone ther­apy, self-in­jec­tion train­ing and re­fer­rals to le­gal and med­i­cal ser­vices. For in­for­ma­tion, call Yonah EtShalom at (845) 204-4768 or email yonah.

Catskill High stu­dents seek funds for needy

Catskill High School’s Stu­dent Govern­ment is col­lect­ing funds for its an­nual “Santa’s Helpers” cam­paign, which pro­vides food bas­kets to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need. Money that is col­lected will sup­ply a week’s worth of food to about 65 fam­i­lies in the area.

The fund drive, an an­nual tra­di­tion for more than 60 years, will be­gin Thurs­day, Dec. 1, at var­i­ous busi­nesses through­out the town and vil­lage. Stu­dent vol­un­teers will be shak­ing cans through rain, sleet, or snow to help raise money for food and other ne­ces­si­ties through the hol­i­days. Hours will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions can make con­tri­bu­tions or drop off a check to “CHS Stu­dent Govern­ment,” memo: Santa’s Helpers, at the school’s main of­fice. For in­for­ma­tion, call Erin Holdridge-Carlile, stu­dent govern­ment ad­viser, at (518) 943-2300, ext. 2135.

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