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No matter what holidays you celebrate, that means plenty more good times to be had before we ring in 2022. It also means it’s time to check in with your 2021 goals! From giving to volunteering to kicking a habit you hoped to leave behind, check out these tips to check in with yourself and finish out 2021 strong! 

Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season and give back when you can. The spirit of the holiday is all about spending time with the ones you love and giving back where you can! Help spread holiday cheer this year for yourself and others by following these ten steps!

Think about the heroes in your life, whether it’s somebody you know, people in your community or even those across the globe. There are also tons of organizations you could partner with this holiday season to show heroes that you care. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube for collecting three whole van loads of non-perishable items for our community’s families in need!

Another huge thank you to all of the volunteers who came in for extra food pantry shifts to help date check, sort and stock the items.

A week ago the shelves were bare. Now, thanks to YOU, families in need have access to an overflowing supply of food for this upcoming holiday season!

YWCA is scheduled to host a live virtual discussion about homelessness on November 4. The discussion starts at 6:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Nikita Hardy, Affirmative Action Manager for Schenectady County and YWCA board member. Executive Director Andy Gilpin will be one of the panelists.

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to The Rusty Nail, The Mill on Round Lake, and Bentley's Tavern for your generous donation of twenty-four Thanksgiving baskets! You’re going to make twenty-four families very happy this holiday season!

How will you lead with kindness? There are so many ways you can put your best foot forward in the world. Wake up each and every day asking yourself how you can spread kindness in the world.

CAPTAIN's Treasures November 2021 Specials

Clothing - 50% off

Household Items - 50% off

NOVEMBER 15 - 21
Shoes & Purses - 50% off

NOVEMBER 22 - 28
Household - 50% off

*Note Treasures is closed November 25th and 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

NOVEMBER 29 - 30
Jewelry - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have final say.

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to Starpoint Church and Jill Ensminger for organizing and hosting a pumpkin carving at Cheryl's Lodge! The kids just loved getting a chance to carve their own pumpkin!

Thank you to our CAPteens, who helped at the Twin Bridges Rotary Club's Pumpkin Pals! This event was in support of the children at the Albany Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House!

Did you know you can enter to win some amazing gift cards by donating at least $20.21 to CAPTAIN CHS and sending your tax receipt to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce?!? It's the $20.21 Save Our Locals Campaign! Click to learn more...

Community Hero Alert!!! Thanks so much to Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company and the Ladies Auxillary for your incredible donation of twelve Thanksgiving baskets and 135 coats! And thanks even more for helping twelve families have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, and 135 kids and adults keep warm this winter!

Whoa! Community Hero Alert! Thanks to our incredible community and the folks at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library for hosting this amazing hygiene drive! Your generosity will support so many families and neighbors in need of hard-to-afford hygiene products. Pictured is CAPTAIN CHS Executive Director Director Andy Gilpin with Barbara Reese, Librarian Assistant, and Library Director Alex Gutelius.

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.

The spooky season is coming to an end before we know it, but that doesn’t mean we’re over October. Scary doesn’t always have to be bad. Instead, use these final weeks as a reminder to do some scary-good deeds and give back to your community.

In order to lead a truly altruistic life, it’s important to take stock of your own mental health, as well as those around you. There are a ton of free resources and tactics you can use to check-in and improve your mental clarity.

COMMUNITY HERO ALERT! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support Everyday Warrior's First Annual Golf Tournament last month!

Thanks to your generosity, more than $9,500 was raised in support of kids, families, and seniors in our community.

Thank you for being everyday HEROES as well as the Warriors that you are!

Check out photos from our 2021 Volunteer Appreciation Drive-Through Dinner! Thank you to all of our volunteers for everything you do!

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Ken Varley, who sadly passed away recently. We were lucky enough to get a few words from Ken before he passed.

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Ronald Day, who's generously given his time for the last ten years!

CAPTAIN's Treasures October 2021 Specials

Jewelry & Purses - 50% off

Household Items - 50% off

OCTOBER 8 - 10
Shoes - 50% off

OCTOBER 11 - 13
Coats - 50% off

OCTOBER 14 - 17
Clothing - 50% off

OCTOBER 18 - 21
Household - 50% off

OCTOBER 22 - 24
Linens & Pillows - 50% off

OCTOBER 25 - 28
Clothing - 50% off

OCTOBER 29 - 31
Household - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have final say.

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Robert O'Connell who's generously given his time for the last twelve years!

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Susan Pierino!

WOW! Community Hero Alert! Recently, the team at Grace Fellowship installed a beautiful, professional grade basketball hoop at the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter! The hoop was a donation to the Shelter and it took a team of four a few hours to get the project done. So many thanks to the wonderful team who worked hard and efficiently to make a difference for youth in crisis! Now they can enjoy the fall weather with some healthy physical activity outdoors!

Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do helps us develop a more informed and inclusive picture for different causes and issues at hand.

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Mary Alice O'Brien!

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Claire Murphy!

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Jeanne Bush, who's generously given her time to local seniors for the last seven years!

In honor of Care Links' 25th Anniversary, we're highlight twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn more about Suzanne Palmieri-O'Connor!

International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21 every year, is the perfect opportunity to promote peace in the world around us.

In honor of Care Links' 25th anniversary, we're sharing highlights about twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn about Ed Baranowski!

In honor of Care Links' 25th anniversary, we're sharing highlights about twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn about Gabrielle Ashley!

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

A great, big, huge THANK YOU to Tony and the group from DeCrescente Distributing Company for pulling together at the last minute to help a homeless client as they moved into permanent housing! Because of YOU, they now have furniture in a home to call their own!!!

Support CAPTAIN CHS and get a great deal for Boscov's Friends Helping Friends 25th Anniversary! Coupons on sale at CAPTAIN's Treasures now through October 19th!

In honor of Care Links' 25th anniversary, we're sharing highlights about twelve of our incredible volunteers! Today, learn about Robert Alvaro!

A big THANK YOU to Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc. for collecting hygiene items and restocking our empty shelves to help kids, families and seniors in Saratoga County!

Get Moving for Runaway and Homeless Youth!!!

On the Move Health & Fitness, LLC will be hosting two Charity Boot Camps on Saturday, October 2nd and ALL proceeds will support the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter!!!

Learn more about On The Move Fitness

Share your thoughts on CAPTAIN CHS!

Join Everyday Warriors on September 27th and support CAPTAIN CHS and other deserving local charities by playing a round of golf! Check it out!

CAPTAIN's Treasures September 2021 Specials

Clothing & Shoes - 50% off

**CLOSED Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day**

Household Items - 50% off

Jewelry & Purses - 50% off

Household Items - 50% off

SUMMER CLOTHING & SHOES BLOWOUT SALE! Buy a CAPTAIN CHS bag for $1.50 and stuff it for $5! Or purchase these items at $2.00 each!

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have final say.

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

WOW!!! Community Hero Alert!!! Girl Scout Troop 2058! They were able to collect items for 58 men's and women’s hygiene kits including shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and many other personal care items!!! Thank you so much Girl Scout Troop 2058 and good luck bridging into Senior Girl Scouts! You rock!!!!!

Community Heroes Alert! The Town of Clifton Park held a school supply drive this past weekend and it was very successful!

Thank you to everyone who dropped off school supplies and to the Town for hosting this wonderful event and all of your ongoing support for kids, families, and seniors in our community!

This year, Jersey Mike's Day of Giving brought in over $80,000 in donations to support CAPTAIN CHS's homeless and runaway youth programs. Although this year was record-breaking, the partnership between Jersey Mike's and CAPTAIN CHS has long impacted our community. Check out a wonderful video produced by Emotivo Productions and highlighting the work Jersey Mike's and its customers have made possible.

Our Executive Director Andy Gilpin sat down with Look TV to talk more about Free Summer Meals and how you're helping to end hunger in our community.

Thank you to Kohl's for donating 1,346 products from the Lauren Conrad Beauty line! When times are tough, beauty products are often one of the first things to go in the budget. This is especially true for homeless families and youth. Many of the teens we help at our Runaway and Homeless Youth Center have nothing but the clothes on their back when they arrive. From our programs for homeless teens to our supportive housing apartments to our holiday Toy Shop to our food pantry, these products will go a long way to raising spirits during these challenging times!

A huge thank you to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department who came to talk with our Peace Camp kids about being a Police Officer and brought their special K9 Officer along. The kids LOVED the K9 Officer and I must admit we did try to keep him as a employee of the camp!

Thank you Jackie for speaking out about the importance of Free Summer Meals! And thanks to all who continue to advocate to maintain the expanded reach of this incredibly impactful program!

Grama Tippy Toes and the Cheryl's Lodge staff celebrating at 2021 Peace Camp!

"The Best Treasure We've Found Is Each Other"
"The Best Treasure We've Found Is Each Other"

This is Janet (left) and Alice (right) who are regular customers here at CAPTAIN'S Treasures. Janet and Alice met here at the store and have been friends ever since. Alice said, "The best treasure we found was each other."

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to Baptiste Power Yoga Capital District and owners Sheryl Campbell and Jessica Padula for hosting a donation class on June 21st that raised $400 for CAPTAIN CHS!

August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community.

“Thanks to the diligence of our community, we’re so excited to be back in person for our event this year,” said Executive Director Andy Gilpin. “The gala and auction are our largest fundraisers of the year and are critical to sustaining our local programming, in particular our programs for runaway and homeless youth.”

When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

CAPTAIN's Treasures August 2021 Specials

AUGUST 2 - 8
Clothing - 50% off

AUGUST 9 - 15
Jewelry and Purses - 50% off

AUGUST 16 - 22
Household Items - 50% off

AUGUST 23 - 29
ALL Clothing - 50% off

AUGUST 30 - 31

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have final say.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

Were you SEEN at our annual gala? Check out the amazing photographs on the Times Union website!

On today’s 51%, we begin a two-part series on human trafficking and unhoused youth. I ride along with a street outreach coordinator for a youth shelter. And we’ll meet a woman who has walked the Underground Railroad to raise awareness about human trafficking.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

There is one fashion item that goes hand in hand with a day at Saratoga Race Track: hats! One milliner is deciding to use her wearable works of art to give back.

From 9 a.m. July 13 to 2 a.m. July 16, Care Links is participating in the sixth-annual Give65 Event, a 65-hour online giving event for charitable organizations serving aging adults. Care Links matches homebound seniors with volunteers who provide services such as friendly visiting, transportation, light housekeeping, errands, and more.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

CAPTAIN Community Human Services and its partners kicked off this year’s Free Summer Meals Program on Wednesday, June 7, at Mechanicville Elementary School.

Starting Wednesday, the Saratoga County free summer meals program will kick off at the Mechanicville Elementary School.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Many people across the Capital Region laced up their sneakers on Sunday morning for the holiday.

The Freedom Mile is a 1 mile road race that takes place before the Clifton Park 4th of July Parade. Runners and walkers will cover the 1 mile parade route and be cheered on by the parade goers. The mile finishes at Clifton Park Common, site of the 4th of July festivities. Race kicks off at Shenendehowa High School, 970 NY 146, at 11:30am. Individuals $20; Families - $60; Route Rooters $10; proceeds benefit Captain Community Human Services.

Local organization Youth² – Youth Helping Youth will be holding a Community Care Pop-UP for feminine hygiene products on Saturday, July 10 at 112 Spring Street from 2-4 p.m.

CAPTAIN's Treasures July 2021 Specials

JULY 1 - 3
Shoes & Books - 50% off


JULY 6 - 11

JULY 12 - 18
Household Items 50% off

JULY 19 - 25
Clothing 50% off

Household 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have final say.

The Hawley Foundation for Children has announced its 2021 grant recipients, which will receive a total of $114,500.

This year’s free Summer Meals Program in Saratoga County will kick off at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7 at Mechanicville Elementary School, 25 Kniskern Ave.

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

The Clifton Park Freedom Mile is on July 4th at 11:30 AM prior to the Clifton Park 4th of July Parade.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, summer meals have become one of the most exciting moments of the day for thousands of kids. According to Jackie Sorensen, CAPTAIN’s food service program manager, kids don’t just get the food they need; they also get books, activities to take home and a chance to see their friends from school.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s charitable arm hands out 20 infrastructure grants.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

This past Thursday, one of our Getting Ahead and Staying Ahead Money Matters graduates was invited to Saratoga National Bank for a photo opportunity.

Saratoga County has a new and innovative approach to address to homelessness in light of COVID-19 that ushers in unprecedented levels of community collaboration and a multi-sector approach, and CAPTAIN Community Human Services is leading the initiative.

Last Friday, we held our Staff Retreat and recognized staff members for their years of services with CAPTAIN CHS.

Thank you to the Tesago Elementary Student Council for their amazing donation of over 1,100 hygiene and personal care products to our food pantry!

A tremendous and heartfelt “Thank You” to all of our volunteers for everything that you do and have done to support CAPTAIN Community Human Services. You are the heart of this agency and part of the CCHS family. Our organization is able to positively impact the community because of your philanthropic service.

Thanks so much to Grace Fellowship - Halfmoon Campus for an awesome Bike Repair and Community BBQ at D&R Village! We're so excited to share your hard work with our community members looking for a healthy family activity or an alternative commuting option this summer!

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.

Community Hero Alert: Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh
Community Hero Alert: Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh

Thank you to Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh for all of your support! We're proud to be partners with United Way of the Greater Capital Region for #518Day and throughout the year!

Volunteers are the heart of CAPTAIN Community Human Services. From homework help to assisting guests in the food pantry, to visiting community seniors in need, volunteers play a pivotal role in lifting people up and building a brighter future.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable branch, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, announced the winners of the CAP COM Cares Foundation Infrastructure Grant Initiative. $100,000 was awarded to 20 Capital Region nonprofit organizations.

Community Hero Alert: Capital Church
Community Hero Alert: Capital Church

Thank you to Capital Church for all of your hard work updating the Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter! It's because of community heroes like you that kids in our community can find safety and support when they need it most!

In all, the CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s CAP COM Cares Foundation handed out 20 grants of $5,000 each to various nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region, with the city of Schenectady and Saratoga County programs well represented.

The Cap Com Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Cap Com Federal Credit Union, has awarded $100,000 to 20 local nonprofits for "infrastructure" projects.

Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.

CAPTAIN's Treasures June 2021 Specials

JUNE 1 - 6
All Clothing – Half Price

JUNE 7 - 13
All Household – Half Price

JUNE 14 - 20
All Clothing and Shoes – Half Price

JUNE 21 - 27
All Household - Half Price

JUNE 28 - 30
Jewelry and Purses – Half Price

REMEMBER! Masks are required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. CAPTAIN's Treasures continues to follow all New York State reopening regulations. Hours have been modified – visit or call 518-383-1788 for more information. CLERKS Have the Final Say! ALL SALES ARE FINAL! We do not discount any item that is a Dollar or Less.

Community Hero Alert: The Law Office of Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., PC
Community Hero Alert: The Law Office of Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., PC

Community Hero Alert! Thanks so much to the Law Office of Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., PC for hosting a hygiene drive for our Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry!

Thank you so, so much to the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Rotary for beautifying our roadside sign garden as part of the "Town in Bloom" initiative! We truly appreciate being a part of the BHBL community and helping to make our neighborhood bloomtastic!

THANK YOU to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties and GLOBALFOUNDRIES for giving our Youth Shelter a much-needed facelift!
THANK YOU to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties and GLOBALFOUNDRIES for giving our Youth Shelter a much-needed facelift!

THANK YOU to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties and GLOBALFOUNDRIES for giving our Youth Shelter a much-needed facelift!

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.

Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month. This year’s national theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off.

To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

Staff at the Clifton Park office posing with ribbons from NAMI New York State which will be displayed in support of NAMI's mission and having a mentally healthy workplace!
Staff at the Clifton Park office posing with ribbons from NAMI New York State which will be displayed in support of NAMI's mission and having a mentally healthy workplace!

Staff at the Clifton Park office posing with ribbons from NAMI New York State which will be displayed in support of NAMI's mission and having a mentally healthy workplace!

CAPTAIN's Treasures May 2021 Specials

MAY 1 - 5
Shoes and Purses – Half Price

MAY 6 - 9
Jewelry – Half Price
Hard Cover Books 2 for $1.00; Soft Cover Books 4 for $1.00

MAY 10 - 16
Household, Linens, Crafts, Pictures, Furniture and Collectables – Half Price

MAY 17 - 23
All Clothing – Half Price (Does NOT include Shoes & Purses)

MAY 24 - 29
Household, Linens, Crafts, Pictures, Furniture and Collectables – Half Price

MAY 30 - 31
CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day

REMEMBER! Masks and social distancing are required in the store. Only 15 customers can shop at any one time per New York State reopening regulations. Hours have been modified – visit or call 518-383-1788 for more information. CLERKS Have the Final Say! ALL SALES ARE FINAL! We do not discount any item that is a Dollar or Less.

May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month?

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 1968 Act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968). Learn more about its history here.

Catch up on all the happenings here at CAPTAIN CHS! Join us to celebrate our volunteers, learn more about new community partnerships, and mark your calendars for the summer's best (socially distanced) events!

Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.

On October 22, 2020, City Court Judge, Francine Vero, presided over the first session of the Homeless Court in Saratoga Springs. Since then, about 90% of individuals agreeing to participate in the Homeless Court have been connected to care management and community services and the court has seen a significant drop in repeat offenses.

You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.

The CAPteens had so much fun at the Hippity Hoppity Easter Spectacular hosted by the Town of Halfmoon! They passed out candy and make-your-own craft and coloring sheets to all the children that drove by.

The Senior Services Committee of CAPTAIN Community Human Services will offer a remote program on journaling and memoir writing for senior citizens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 14, 21 and 28.

CAPTAIN's Treasures April 2021 Specials

*CLOSED Sunday, April 4th in observance of Easter.*

APRIL 1 - 3
Jewelry and Purses – Half Price

APRIL 5 - 7
Shoes – Half Price
Hard Cover Books 2 for $1.00; Soft Cover Books 4 for $1.00

APRIL 8 - 14
Household, Linens, Crafts, Pictures, Furniture and Collectables – Half Price

APRIL 15 - 18
All Shirts and Tops – Half Price

APRIL 19 - 22
Jeans, Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Capris and Dresses – Half Price

APRIL 23 - 30
Household, Linens, Crafts, Pictures, Furniture and Collectables – Half Price

REMEMBER! Masks and social distancing are required in the store. Only 15 customers can shop at any one time per New York State reopening regulations. Hours have been modified – visit or call 518-383-1788 for more information. CLERKS Have the Final Say! ALL SALES ARE FINAL! We do not discount any item that is a Dollar or Less.

United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) recently provided $575,000 in Focused Investment grants to 41 Capital Region community organizations.

While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!

Janet Green made her Thrivent challenge to get 500 cans donated to the food pantry today. We received a total of 698 cans!

Learn more about one homeless youth's experience at our Youth Shelter and her inspiring story finding a home in our Supportive Housing program.

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.

Thank you for being a hero. This holiday season, you helped to raise over  $100,000 in support of programs for our community’s most vulnerable, and raised a record amount of donations in 2020 - making it possible to provide services to more individuals and families than we ever have in over 40 years of service.

A special welcome note from new Executive Director Andy Gilpin.

You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.

It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.

Learn more about our efforts, and those of our partners at Wait House Page, in understanding, preventing, and stopping human trafficking!

The independent advisory committee The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund (ATCCF/Community Fund) has awarded COVID-19 relief funding to local nonprofit organizations through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York as well as Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa.

CAPTAIN CHS is joining forces with eight Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Capital District and North Country for the 11th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to fund local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to CAPTAIN CHS at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants.

CAPTAIN Community Human Services is joining forces with eight Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Capital Region and North Country for the 11th Annual “Month of Giving” campaign. During the month of March, customers in the area can make a donation to CAPTAIN Community Human Services at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants.

On behalf of CAPTAIN Community Human Services, our board, staff, volunteers and the hundreds of clients who access our emergency food and hygiene pantry services each month, I urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration to reinstate their eligibility as essential workers for Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution.

A staggering number of Americans lack consistent access to enough food to meet their daily needs; they simply don’t have the financial resources for sufficient food to feed their household. The Clifton Park Elks are helping to address this problem thanks to two grants from the Elks National Foundation.

The Swing Into Action Golf Tournament will be held on March 12 at TopTracer Range at Northway Golf Center, 1519 Crescent Road, Halfmoon.

Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

Support the CAPteens and help them reach their goal of $1,500 by purchasing a Hoffman Car Wash! Click the link for more details.

Join LookTV as they talk with Andy Gilpin the Associate Executive Director of CAPTAIN Community Human Services.

Check out a welcome from our new Executive Director Andy Gilpin, and other updates and tidbits about what's happening in your community and here at CAPTAIN CHS!

Hero Alert: The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust and Northway Church Help Seniors in Need!

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

CAPTAIN CHS supports the addition of Food Pantry Workers and Volunteers to Phase 1B of New York's COVID vaccination plan.

The idea of community has always held a prominent position in the structure of CAPTAIN CHS and the organization’s newly appointed director Andy Gilpin sees no reason for making a change. Learn more about Andy here!

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

Our Getting Ahead program is a 12-16 week group workshop to help people stabilize their situations and build resources to improve their lives. The Getting Ahead program guides participants through the process of assessing their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Be sure that you learn the signs of human trafficking so that you can recognize if you or one of your loved ones may be in danger.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

What is CAPTAIN CHS and what do we do?

CAPTAIN Community Human Services has 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.  We continue to work hard to lift people up and build brighter futures.

Out of an abundance of caution, CAPTAIN CHS has closed our Clifton Park office, including the Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry for a precautionary cleaning. We expect to reopen by Tuesday, January 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.

Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

It may be hard to get yourself into the holiday spirit this year, but before you try to fast forward to next year, let us help you find ways to still have some fun this holiday season. We’re sure that the last thing you want to do is lose another holiday full of traditions to the pandemic, so we have put together a list of activities that you can try with your family this year. While it may not look exactly the same as it usually does, there are plenty of ways to get creative and find new ways to celebrate!

See page 12 of the Saratoga Today to see how the CARES Act ESG-CV funding and other community efforts are addressing homelessness in Saratoga County.

Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.

Do you know what it is to never have a home? Learn more about the homeless teens we work with, and how you can make a difference for them - and for thousands of kids, families and seniors this holiday season! And, thanks to a very generous donor, any gift given before December 31st will be matched!

It’s okay to be sad or stressed during the holiday season; it’s okay to take time for yourself and express your feelings. Sometimes the holiday spirit passes us by and that’s perfectly normal. Check out these tips on how to get ahead of the stress this holiday season.

On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.

CAPTAIN CHS offers Family Support Services and Family Development to provide respite, skill building, family support, special needs advocacy, pre-vocational and crisis services to children and youth with special needs. Providers work with children/youth and families to promote a healthy active lifestyle and reach stated individual goals. For more information, call 518-371-1185.

As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.

While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

There is no “one size fits all” for what a victim of human trafficking looks like. Victims could be children, teenagers, and adults of all genders, and could come from cities, suburbs, or rural areas. However, many people are deliberately preyed upon based on their vulnerabilities, and those who are most disadvantaged in our society are often the most common targets. Traffickers use the vulnerabilities of their victims to deceive them by “promising” things the victim may be longing for, such as making up false economic opportunities or providing false emotional support.

A majority of sex trafficking victims are recruited through intimate partnerships or family members, which is why it can be so difficult to detect until it’s too late. Understanding the signs of human trafficking and raising awareness of the issue are the only ways we will be able to stop it.

On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

Get a FREE Ultimate Exterior Car Wash with Tire Shine - Just donate a non-perishable food item to Hoffman's Car Wash & Jiffy Lube on October 24th or 25th!

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.

Need help now? Call or text 518-369-9928

Our mission includes working with youth, individuals, and families who are dealing with housing crises, homelessness, and runaway issues. We are always available at no charge to runaways, the truly homeless, and those at risk of homelessness, and will remain committed to this.

With the season's changing, find out how you can make a change in your community with just a few small acts of kindness this fall!

Every year, September 30th is National Love People Day. The purpose of this day is to show love to everyone – no exceptions. National Love People Day tasks us to express unconditional love which will help make the world a better place. Today gives you the opportunity to love everyone, from all walks of life. There is no requirement for today, besides LOVE!

Learn how you can help spread love with the following tips.

Help keep our neighbors warm this winter by donating a new or gently used coat!

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. National Geographic sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: one-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat.

Check out this article to understand how hunger has continued to grow in all different areas of our country and can impact any and every neighborhood and family.

You can help combat hunger in your own community by supporting local food pantries like Karyl's Kupboard, CAPTAIN'S Emergency Food and Hygiene Pantry.

Learn more about the Street Outreach Program's September Activity Kit: A Zen Garden! Sponsor these kits for our community's youth in need by visiting

Check out our latest newsletter, arriving in mailboxes soon! This latest edition is jam-packed with updates on how you made a difference for kids, families, and seniors during the current crisis, information on leadership change at CAPTAIN CHS as our beloved Executive Director Sue Catroppa retires, updates on CAPTAIN's Treasures construction, a story of hope - and more!

We are halfway through our "Quotes for CAPTAIN" fundraiser put on by The Lofrumento Agency! Until the end of September, for every household that receives an auto-insurance quote, $25 will be donated to CAPTAIN CHS. There is no purchase required with the quote, so please take 60 seconds to follow the link and fill out a brief information form to help support our programs!

What is a “partnership mindset”? It means that you strive to be an advocate for your school-going children without being an adversary of their teachers or school administrators. It is a commitment to developing a relationship with these influential professionals based on trust, a shared vision, and mutual respect.

It is the most important thing you can do to ensure your children’s success in school.

During the winter months, individuals and families experience higher-than-average costs associated with heating their home and keeping their loved ones warm and safe in the freezing temperatures. A winter coat and boots can be the most expensive clothing purchase of the year.

For some children, heading back to school can be a dreaded time. With transitioning from one grade to the next, social pressures, and the added stress of going back to school during a pandemic, these tips can help you get your children into the routine of school.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

A big thank you to The Lofrumento Agency for setting up the "Quotes for CAPTAIN" fundraiser which will run for the entire month of September! For every household that receives an auto-insurance quote, $25 will be donated to CAPTAIN CHS. There is no purchase required with the quote, so please take 60 seconds to follow the link and fill out a brief information form to help support our programs!

A great video by Spectrum where one of CAPTAIN'S own discusses sex-trafficking and the danger of it within our local communities. Social media posts on the topic have been increasing, but advocates warn against spreading false information and make sure to fact check before posting.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

While it may not be called an “epidemic” or a “crisis,” sex trafficking in youth and young adults is something that’s very real in the Capital District. Learn more about what CAPTAIN CHS is doing to prevent and intervene in cases of human trafficking.

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

After being closed since March due to COVID-19, we are proud to announce that CAPTAIN'S Treasures has been completely renovated to promote proper social distancing while shopping and is now reopened! Come on down and check it out, we hope to see you there!

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their new Clifton Park Office! With their headquarters in Saratoga, the chamber recently expanded into a second office located in the Emma Lane Professional Park.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, CAPTAIN CHS's Peace Camp is still able to offer a modified program that helps work with kids on their emotional and social development.

Despite having to cancel their annual golf tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local firm, Jaeger and Flynn announced that they will continue their matching gifts fundraiser to support CAPTAIN's Street Outreach for Homeless Youth and Safe Harbour Anti-Human Trafficking Programs. These funds will allow the over 2,000 homeless or at-risk youth in Saratoga County access to our services, including basic needs items, emergency shelter, and case management to prevent and end the cycle of homelessness. Check out this article from CNWeekly to read more about how Jaeger and Flynn have offered to help!

CAPTAIN CHS is proud to be able to continue our annual program which provides free summer meals for youth 18 years and younger; this year's Summer Meals is in a grab-and-go fashion in order to promote social distancing. View our website for more information on locations and times.

On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.

Captain's preparers, all volunteers, are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offered to qualifying taxpayers. The Captain location was the only one within a 50-mile radius of Albany that was operating this year.

CAPTAIN Community and Human Services is proud to present the twenty-sixth year of Peace Camp! Peace Camp is a free summer camp that promotes teamwork, cooperation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. The camp includes games, crafts, and recreational activities for Shenendehowa School District youth in grades 1-5.

Just a few days before his national 3,200 victory, Allison placed first in the Virtual Route 50 Mile that was sponsored by CAPTAIN Community Human Services. Allison ran his mile on the Ballston Spa bike trail, and topped more than 40 other male entrants of all ages with a personal-best 4:24.

CAPTAIN Community Human Service's Clifton Park (5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3) and Glenville (543 Saratoga Road) offices will begin Summer Hours on Monday, July 6th.

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

CAPTAIN CHS provides Free Summer Meals for youth ages 18 and under throughout Saratoga County, New York.

CAPTAIN CHS is proud to be able to continue our Summer Meals program this year in a grab-and-go fashion! Check out this article from NEWS10 about this amazing program.

There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.