Family Resources in Orange County
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This essential Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.
Armed Services YMCA
The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Y’s and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.
It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
Signature programs include Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.
Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for parents regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care cost assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
OCFS aims to improve the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations; to promote their development; and to protect them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment. The agency provides a system of family support, juvenile justice, child care and child welfare services that promote the safety and well-being of children and adults. OCFS is responsible for programs and services involving foster care, adoption and adoption assistance, child protective services, preventive services for children and families, services for pregnant adolescents and protective programs for vulnerable adults.
The Spring Valley Regional Office serving Orange County is at 11 Perlman Drive – Pascack Plaza. Contact Child Care Services at 845-708-2400. Contact Child Welfare Services at 845-708-2498.
Orange County Department of Social Services
11 Quarry Road, Box Z
Goshen, NY 10924
The Orange County Department of Social Services provides temporary help to eligible individuals and families with social service and financial needs to assist them with leading safe, healthy and independent lives. The department administers some programs and initiatives, including the Summer Food Service Program that provides free meals during the summer for children under 18 and disabled young adults enrolled in school curricula.
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Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, affecting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help, and that is why Hearts of Valor exists.
Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes amazing military kids. The organization also hosts many Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.
Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.
United Service Organization
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery, and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.
The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.
Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the chip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to communicate with you.
In New York, your pet faces many new outside dangers, among them raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and even bears. Most of these animals will steer clear of humans but might attack your pet if you’re not standing close by. Three species of venomous snakes — timber rattlesnake, the massasauga (erroneously called pygmy rattler) and the copperhead — pose another danger, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Also, ticks can be a real problem in wooded and grassland areas. Make sure to inspect your pet for ticks and safely remove them. Run your hands over your dog’s body when you get back from a walk to check for any lumps or bumps. You are most likely to come across ticks between spring and autumn, but they are active throughout the year. Twisting the ticks off your dog is the best removal method, and pet shops sell handy tick-removal devices to make this easier. Ask your vet for advice.
Middletown Animal Control
16 James St.
Middletown, NY 10940
Middletown Animal Control captures and transports stray and lost dogs to the Middletown Humane Society and also assists residents with animal-related calls. In conjunction with the humane society, Middletown Animal Control offers low-cost rabies clinics and information for low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats. All dogs must have a New York State license, which is available through local municipalities.
Middletown Humane Society
142 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY 10940
The Middletown Humane Society is a low-/no-kill, privately run animal shelter in Middletown, serving the city as well as surrounding communities.
Veterinary services in Orange County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. To find out if a veterinary hospital is accredited, visit the New York State Veterinary Medical Society’s website, www.nysvms.org.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.