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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO RETIRE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  TO RETIRE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MARC TO RETIRE The Annual Luncheon of the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) on May 12 will celebrate the 15-year leadership of the organization by one of most familiar names in local alcohol and drug rehabilitation, Steven Pressman, long-time Executive Director of MARC. Pressman has announced that he will retire in June, 2017. Under his guidance since 2002, MARC has grown to serve about a hundred residents at a time, replacing an aging Florence Manor with a new building that has twice the capacity; creating a sober-apartment program with 30 apartments, many of them in buildings that MARC owns and manages; and taking the lead in setting up the substance-abuse facilities at the new Dutchess County Stabilization Center. Although he was born and grew up in Brooklyn, Steven moved to Ulster Country to obtain the first of his two Masters degrees from SUNY New Paltz—and he has stayed in the county since as he undertook a succession of positions in Poughkeepsie, working with and for children at first, then finding his calling in alcoholism and substance abuse since 1984, functioning as a social worker, counselor, teacher, and leader in the field.  Before coming to MARC, he was the Executive Director of the Dutchess County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Dependency. Steven has not limited his life to helping others deal with chemical dependency by any means.  Although he classifies himself as an amateur jazz musician, he performs in local bands on saxophone or clarinet or flute regularly. He must have a natural sense of rhythm since another recreation is ballroom dancing, which he and his wife not only practice, but also teach.  Somehow with all this he finds time to do triathlons and compete in several marathons every year. At MARC, Steven supervises the directors of the MARC at its various facilities—the Stabilization Center, the Chemical Dependency Crisis Center, Bolger House (for men), Florence Manor (for women), Dowling House (vocational development and integration into society), and the Sober-Supported Apartments.  With these programs, MARC is able to offer a continuum of treatment, from detox to reintegration into the community. Please Contact Irene Mazzello, (845) 452-8816 or imazzello@marc.us.com for tickets to the MARC Annual Luncheon or for more information about ways to support MARC’s Annual Luncheon fundraiser.  You can also make arrangements to attend the luncheon at MARC’s Website,...

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MARC is proud to be a part of the new Dutchess County Stabilization Center, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. • A more welcoming alternative to a hospital emergency department for noncritical mental health, substance use, or other life issues • A walk-in facility that requires no appointment or referral • 100% voluntary and free; no insurance required • For individuals of all ages, including youth, adults, and families • Designed to connect people immediately to the community resources they need For information or immediate help, CALL or TEXT Dutchess County HELPLINE at (845) 485-9700 or call toll-free at (877) 485-9700. The Stabilization Center is a walk-in facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. It serves Dutchess County residents who are experiencing emotional distress, anxiety, depression, family issues, addiction, intoxication, and more. Services at the Stabilization Center include crisis counseling, mental health assessments, supervised withdrawal services, addiction/substance use counseling, and peer advocacy & supports. MARC operates the facilities for addiction or other substance abuse. The Stabilization Center is a service of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health in partnership with PEOPLe, Inc.; Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC); MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center; and Astor Services for Children &...

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2016 Annual Luncheon

2016 Annual Luncheon

MARC’s 39th annual luncheon was held on May 6, 2016, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel with approximately 150 guests in attendance. Speakers included local officials and MARC alumni. Steven Pressman, MARC Executive Director, spoke about the heroin epidemic and the evolution of the organization’s programs to provide appropriate recovery services. According to patient responses, there is a substantial increase is opioid addiction with 65 percent listing heroin or pain killers as the substance of their addiction. Long time supporter and one of the founders of MARC, Joanne Perkins, is also a participant in the founding of Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers and talked about how recovery services are a work in progress. “They stay faithful to seeing that they get better and can provide more services which are much needed.” Adam P. shared his recovery experience with the audience and described a long battle to overcome his addiction to heroin. He is now sober, engaged to be married and buying his first home. He explained how MARC’s programs played an essential part in his recovery. Poughkeepsie Mayor, Robert Rolison, talked about the importance of the Crisis Stabilization Center and the need to provide recovery services outside of a jail setting. The Keynote Speaker was County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, reinforced the need to reduce the stigma of addiction and treating people as having a disorder, not as criminals. “Every individual deserves to have an opportunity. Should they have an earnest desire to improve their life, they need to have the support of their family, their friends and neighbors,” Molinaro said. “So, the fact is, we have to start by confronting the stigma and then make sure the resource is available. MARC is one of the most important resources we provide individuals, totally stigma free, entirely caring, without judgment, providing addiction services and support to individuals who are struggling to overcome the demons of addiction.” MARC Board of Directors MARC Foundation Board 2016 MARC Luncheon 2016 MARC Luncheon 2016 MARC Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Marcus Molinaro MARC Exec Director: Steve Pressman Poughkeepsie Mayor: Rob Rolison Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive, Marcus...

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MARC Makeover at Florence Manor

MARC Makeover at Florence Manor

Florence Manor residents were recently treated to an evening of pampering and glamour. The 25 residents enjoyed haircuts and styles, paraffin hand treatments with hand massage, professional makeup application provided by technicians from Ridley Lowell in Poughkeepsie. The event was organized by the Poughkeepsie Junior League and MARC Foundation Board member, Christine Kelsey, resulting in 25 very happy, beautiful women! Great success! The goal of the Florence Manor is to help each resident successfully reintegrate into society while remaining clean and sober. Learn more about Florence Manor here:...

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MARC’s Good Work – 2014

As we look back at last year, there are many accomplishments of which we feel proud. Among numerous highlights was the work of our expanded Sober Supported Housing Program. Individuals and families in recovery who participated in this program received more than 9000 days and nights of housing, along with counseling and a wide variety of other  support services. Eight program participants were able to gain and maintain regular employment and move on to independent housing. Six participants were able to regain full or partial custody of their children. Five participants were able to obtain full time employment after completing various training programs including Commercial Drivers training, CTI cooking school, Phlebotomy training, and a Pharmacy Technician training program. Two participants enrolled and completed semesters at Dutchess Community College. Participants volunteered in a variety of settings. Two participants were featured speakers at MARC’s Annual Luncheon. Another volunteered as a speaker for CAPE and spoke at trainings at Dutchess Community College on Overdose Prevention and the Use of Narcan. And thirteen participants continued in the program throughout the entire year, maintained their sobriety, and made significant improvements towards their overall health and well-being despite many obstacles and hardships that presented along the way. We are certainly very grateful to all the program participants for their hard work and to the staff dedicated to helping...

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MARC Coordinates Project Connect

MARC staff, under the leadership of Crisis Center Program Director Sue Tallardy, have taken the lead in coordinating Project Connect for the Dutchess County Housing Consortium’s Continuum of Care. We have taken HUD’s national “Point in Time” initiative to count the number of homeless individuals and families one step further. Project Connect is a resource fair that will offer services and resources that might not be otherwise available to homeless individuals and others in need. It will be held in the Family Partnership cafeteria on Monday, January 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM. A highlight will be free haircuts provided by beauticians from Marion Salon Spa in Pleasant Valley. Thank you Sue, Marion and all the other...

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