How you can help

Giving and Giving Back

You are a vital part of the work of Hudson River Housing!

Giving to Hudson River Housing, whether in time or money, is exceptionally rewarding. You know that just a few dollars can provide dinner and breakfast for someone in our Webster House overnight shelter. A few dollars more will help us offer  a comfortable place to sleep for someone who is homeless, or help turn a vacant property into a home. Give Online – it couldn’t be easier.

Giving regularly to Hudson River Housing doesn’t just benefit the people we serve, it gives you a feeling of real satisfaction that you are making a major difference in the lives of adults and children who need some practical help to make it in life. Below you’ll see some ideas for helping us, but we’re interested in hearing your ideas. Contact us at (845) 454-5176 or email us.


Join us for the 13th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner

Join us for an evening of fellowship at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel as we raise funds and awareness in support of Hudson River Housing’s programs for the homeless. Gather with us for dinner, a silent auction, and an evening of inspiration as we work together to meet the needs of those less fortunate in our community.

The Wind Chill Dinner serves as the kick off to a month of building awareness about homelessness, as we commemorate the start of Homelessness Awareness Month and the impending winter season.

This year we are thrilled to welcome Tommy Zurhellen as our Keynote Speaker. Tommy Zurhellen is the Commander at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 170 in Poughkeepsie and founder of the VetZero Project. As Associate Professor of English at Marist College, Tommy chose to use his sabbatical to cross the country in service to veterans.

Join us as Tommy shares captivating images and stories from his journey which began in Portland, Oregon and ended in Poughkeepsie, New York, as he walked 2,860 miles across America to raise awareness of veteran homelessness.

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photo courtesy of Marist College

3rd Annual Sleep Out for Homeless Youth

Marist College is joining forces with Hudson River Housing to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness. You can participate in this effort by making a donation. All proceeds support Hudson River Housing’s programs for homeless youth.

The 3rd Annual Sleep Out is an overnight event for Marist students and faculty designed to simulate homelessness. Sleep Out 2019 will take place Friday, November 1st as a way to mark Homelessness Awareness Month, commemorated each November by Hudson River Housing as the impending winter season approaches.

Sleep Out participants will gather, hear a talk about homelessness from Hudson River Housing representatives, and spend the night outside.

Every day, youth come to Hudson River Housing seeking help. Often dealing with family disputes, bullying, or abuse, we offer safe housing, guidance and counseling, including River Haven Shelter, a twenty-four hour crisis center and 12-bed shelter for youth ages 10-17, and the River Haven Transitional Living Community, a supervised transitional housing program for youth up to age 21 in need of safe housing. Services are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that any youth who comes to us in need of assistance is made to feel safe and welcome. Call us at (845) 454-3600 or text (845) 293-0118.

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Our Wish List

Our shelter and transitional housing programs are in frequent need of the following supplies.
Please contact us for information on how to make a donation.

  • Toilet paper
  • Dish detergent
  • Baby formula & diapers
  • New socks (all sizes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Foil & plastic wrap
  • Ketchup & mustard
  • Salad dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sugar & syrup
  • Canned goods
  • Coffee & large filters
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies
  • Pillow cases
  • Mattress covers
  • Laundry detergent & bleach
  • Towels
  • Mops & brooms
  • Paper towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Blankets
  • First-Aid supplies
  • Sample-size soap bars
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shaving cream & razors
  • Lip balm
  • Spray deodorant
  • Breakfast cereal (variety packs)
  • Toothpaste
  • Sample-size shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shower curtain liners and rings
  • Spring planting items (seeds, mulch, etc.)

More Ways You Can Help

Become an Annual Sponsor

We invite you to become a part of the difference Hudson River Housing is making in our community each day by becoming an Annual Sponsor. Annual Sponsorships offer prominent, year-long recognition and benefits. Becoming an Annual Sponsor will place you at the forefront of Hudson River Housing’s community of supporters.

Become a Sponsor

Hold a Fundraiser

Holding a fundraiser for Hudson River Housing is a great way to support our vital community programs. We work with many groups who organize events of all sizes, from volleyball tournaments, to antique car shows, to family holiday gatherings – and everything in between! We can help you identify a goal, provide brochures other information, and send a representative from Hudson River Housing to attend. Contact us with your ideas.

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Go Green, Save Green and Support Hudson River Housing

We’re proud to partner with Viridian Energy, a socially responsible retail energy company that supplies competitively priced green energy in our area. When you sign up as a Viridian customer, you can save money over time on the supply portion of your energy bill and do your part to help the environment by choosing greener energy. And, its one of the easiest ways to support our organization without even thinking about it. Every month you pay your energy bill as a Viridian customer, we receive income based on your energy usage. It’s that simple, and it takes only minutes to sign up, with no long term commitment.

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In-Kind Donations

We welcome donations from individuals. Also, schools and churches often hold drives to collect these items. If you are interested in having our staff speak with you about how to do this, please contact us.
Donations of gift cards to local grocery stores, Kmart, Target, and other similar stores are also an excellent donation. Cards are distributed by staff to in need of basic items, mothers who need diapers, parents who need holiday gifts for their children, and other similar uses.
We also welcome other donations – please contact us to find out if we are in need of a particular item you would like to donate!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers run supply drives, assist with meal preparation in our kitchens, help at special events, and perform many other tasks throughout the year. We have different activities to accommodate individuals, groups, and people of all ages and abilities. Thanks to a partnership with Marist College, Hudson River Housing volunteers may be eligible for special tuition discounts. View PDF with more information.

We use to post our current volunteer activities. Please visit Volunteer Match to get started volunteering with Hudson River Housing today!

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application before being scheduled for a shift.

Download and print an application:
Complete the Individual Volunteer Application online

Complete the Group (5+) Application online

Internship Opportunities

Interns work one-on-one with our staff, gaining an in-depth understanding of our clients, services, and community. Internships are available throughout the year. Interns must be enrolled in an accredited academic program and be receiving some form of academic credit for their experience.

Some internship positions are posted, but others may develop based on proposals from students.

If you are interested in an internship with Hudson River Housing please email our Human Resources Department at Please include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Academic Institution name and contact information for service learning or course credit
  • Resume
  • Description of your interests or current area of study
  • Beginning and end dates of the internship
  • Number of hours per week you are seeking to intern
  • Weekly availability (days and times) for the internship, if known

Employment Opportunities

For more information on current employment openings, please contact our Human Resources Department at