Family of Woodstock Diana Clark BSHS/355 April 22, 2013 Aaron Mills, MSW Family of Woodstock The family of Woodstock was founded because of the Woodstock Festival that took place in a city 115 miles away. Since 1970, a program was brought to area residents called FAMILY it is a place where individuals can go, and they are caring and respectful. With this any type of search for a solution is creative and never ending. FAMILY’s shelters, emergency food pantries, court advocates, counseling, and case management services, hotlines, and childcare supports that work together to help people achieve the changes they seek.
Many people liked the idea of living on their own and living care free. Many young people were sleeping in the parks and roaming around. Many of these people brought very little with them and were looking for food, and shelter. The people in the community came together, and Gail Varsi offered her telephone service and also her home to prevent problems with the people roaming the area and to keep them from becoming arrested. This was the start of the Family of Woodstock. Today many volunteers, and staff work to answer the phone lines and offer their help.
The agency was built to help people. The founder’s committed that the staff would not tell people what to do and pass any judgments on them. Instead they would listen and encourage them to make choices that would benefit them. The staffs’ goal was to refer people to existing agencies but was also able to fill the gaps when needed. Family of Woodstock has become a lead agency in Ulster, and the surrounding areas of homelessness, domestic violence, emergency services, child services, and adolescent services.
The Family of Woodstock has met the specialized the needs of the community. They provide many shelters and food programs. One shelter is a youth facility for homeless and runaways the Family House has 14 beds to provide a haven. They also have a shelter for men and women with 19 beds but most of the men and women are in recovery this place is called the Darmstadt Shelter for the Homeless. The Family Inn, is a shelter for families who are homeless, and they have 27 beds in the facility. The final helter is the Washbourne House, and this is for women and their children involved in domestic violence. There are 17 beds available, and there is also two supervised transitional living residences for up to six homeless adolescents each, and when necessary, their children. The Family of Woodstock also provide for the community childcare programs, case management services to such unconnected populations as adult and adolescent substance abusers, individuals at the Ulster County Jail, homeless individuals, and families, victims of domestic violence, and the public.
They also provide non-residential services to victims of domestic violence through advocates at the Ulster County Family and Kingston Domestic Violence Courts and to men possessing a problem with violence through the Evolve program, and supervised visits authorized by the Family Court for non-custodial parents. The values, beliefs, and attitudes of the Family of Woodstock have changed over 40 years. When Woodstock occurred 40 years ago rock and roll was everything. There are many changes with the youth’s trends and how they act. There are big differences between the morals and values of the young and the old today.
However, they do not create conflict with the delivery of the systems. At the time when Woodstock was going on drugs and rock and roll were big. The young people thought of it as being cool. Today there are many programs available to help drug and alcohol addiction. The legal drinking age is 21, and there are consequences for rule breakers. The belief is that the Family of Woodstock is not as laid back as it once was. There are more conditions and regulations to be followed for those receiving help. Today specialization has become a trend in the human service delivery.
There are many types of help and programs for those who need it anything from food, counseling, therapy, shelter, drug, and alcohol programs, and more. The agencies of services that come from Woodstock are helping lead the effort to opening more strength-based and prevention programs that will grow healthier people and communities. The family services are putting in more effort to create affordable housing, also receiving food directly from the local farmers to the county’s food pantries and feeding programs, and helping the individuals coming from the State Prison reenter into the County.
The goal of Family’s programs is to assist people to achieve self-sufficiency and self-respect. References Burger, W. R. (2011). Human services in contemporary America (8th ed. ). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. Family of Woodstock. (2013). Retrieved February 24, 2013 from http://www. wildcatepicevents. com/gran-fondo-gunks/partners/family-of-woodstock Family of Woodstock. (2012). Retrieved December 26, 2012 from http://www. wildcatepicevents. com/gran-fondo-gunks/partners/charity/