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CAPTAIN CHS hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year. Annual fundraising events serve a vital role in raising essential funds for our programs and services, such as our Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter, Homework Help at Cheryl's Lodge, family assistance programs, and our emergency food and hygiene pantry. 

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CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, Inc., and Community Human Services to Merge

Combined company will address the needs of Saratoga County and beyond

Clifton Park and Glenville, NY, May 18, 2017 – Representatives from CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, Inc., and Community Human Services (CHS) today announced the formation of a subsidiary of the two nonprofits, creating a larger nonprofit organization focused on social services.  CAPTAIN has entered into a subsidiary relationship with CHS as of today, and the companies will combine business operations and become CAPTAIN Community Human Services by year’s end, after proper papers are filed and approved by the state. Both existing main headquarters for the nonprofits will remain in operation.

Sue Catroppa, CAPTAIN’s Executive Director, will head the new formation and the transition to a single company.

“Along with our Board members, we are thrilled to welcome CHS to our family,” Catroppa stated. “Combined under one umbrella, we bring over 80 years of experience serving the community, and look forward to this incredible opportunity to help our neighbors in Saratoga County and beyond, from infants to senior citizens, to get the help they need in times of crises in a manner of dignity and respect. We share a common goal with CHS to lift people up and build brighter futures, and are excited by the potential of the merger.”

Now in its 40th year of serving the community, CAPTAIN is currently a leading force in providing programs that address the core issues facing our society today, including homelessness, poverty, youth trafficking and exploitation, underage drinking, drug use, academic failure, and family dysfunction. CAPTAIN consist of, but is not limited to: an emergency runaway and homeless youth shelter, certified by the NY State Office of Children and Family Services, aimed at resolving the circumstances that have led to the youth’s necessity to be in the shelter; a community outreach center offering extracurricular activities and educational support for underprivileged youth; a next-to-new clothing and household goods shop; CAPteens, a youth development program aimed at involving local teens in community service and philanthropy; an emergency food and hygiene pantry; a street outreach team who work to get youth off the streets and provide basic needs assistance; the Getting Ahead program, a 16-week group workshop to help people stabilize their situations and build resources to improve their lives; mentor programs; and an effective and extensive group of volunteers.

CHS has been serving the needs of families, children and individuals in Northern Schenectady and Southern Saratoga Counties for over 41 years, focusing their programming efforts on families with children and children with disabilities. These programs include youth services, such as job match and employment skills; family support services; respite services; skill-building services; and Care Links of Southern Saratoga County, which helps to keep people aged 60-plus living independently in their homes as long as possible. In addition, their Wellness Express Transportation Program provides free transportation to medical appointments to both families with children and older adults residing in the towns of Malta, Milton, Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, and the Village of Ballston Spa.

The merger came about when John Irving, CHS Executive Director, notified the CHS Board of his desire to retire, and the nonprofit began its search for a new Executive Director. The Board authorized Irving to also research non-profits in the Capital District to see if another agency might wish to collaborate with CHS. Irving immediately identified CAPTAIN as a possible partner and met with Catroppa and Andy Gilpin, CAPTAIN’s Associate Executive Director, to gage their interest.

“I knew that CAPTAIN and CHS had a long history of cooperation starting in the 1970s when they shared responsibilities for manning a ‘hot line’ for teens in both the BH-BL and Shen districts,” Irving stated. “To me, CAPTAIN was a logical place to start and, as it turned out, my search ended after one meeting with Sue and Andy! I’m excited about the potential the new organization will have for providing and expanding services within the larger catchment area they will cover.”

Combined, the new company will have over 30 programs and services that address the needs of the community, and will be positioned in strength and flexibility to face the new challenges and issues that will arise.

The BFF Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region provided a $5,000.00 grant for capacity building to assist with the affiliation. Doug Sauer, CEO of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), facilitated the proceedings of the merger.

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CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a social service agency located in Clifton Park. CAPTAIN operates a runaway and homeless youth shelter, street outreach services, emergency food pantry, family assistance programs, a youth leadership program, and many other programs focused on helping those in need.  For more information about CAPTAIN, please visit Those wishing to speak to a CAPTAIN Representative may call 518-371-1185.

Community Human Services is a social service agency serving Southern Saratoga and Northern Schenectady Counties. Services include school social work, respite, transportation to medical services, a large volunteer program working with seniors, and summer and winter break camps for elementary students.  For more information, visit or call 518-399-4624.