On Friday, May 10th, Hudson River Housing hosted its annual event Evening by the FallKill at the newly restored historic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn. Evening by the FallKill is a celebration with partners and supporters working to instill positive community change in the Hudson Valley. The theme of this year’s event was Poughkeepsie’s growing #poughtential. The event featured live music from Envyus Sound and youth group Ill Harmonic, a performance from the Poughkeepsie City Ballet, and food and drink by members of the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen.
Five honorees will also receive a 2018 Community Builder Award in recognition for their significant commitment to helping Dutchess County communities thrive.
Tommy Zuhellen, currently walking across America to raise awareness of veteran homelessness, will be honored and will join us via live stream to give an update on his journey. Other honorees include Community Matters 2, Poughkeepsie residents Mary and Harvey Flad, the Wassaic Project and Wassaic Community Development Partners, and the East Fishkill Community Stitchers.
“A community only thrives because of the people within it,” said Director of Strategic Initiatives Elizabeth Celaya. “At Hudson River Housing, we believe that having a safe and secure place to call home is a basic human right, and providing housing is the cornerstone of what we do. But we have seen that our greatest impact is when individuals and families also feel a sense of community and are given opportunities to achieve their full potential. We’re proud to honor individuals and groups that share our commitment to building that sense of community.”
Hudson River Housing provides a continuum of services that improves lives and communities through housing with compassion and development with vision. The organization creates pathways out of homelessness through empowerment, education, and advocacy and strengthens communities by developing and preserving affordable housing and creating opportunities for people and places to thrive.
Proceeds from Evening by the FallKill will help sustain the work of the organization.