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.
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.
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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.
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.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.
A great article by Gourmet Insider highlighting Spoon & Whisks's generosity!
Check out the WRGB News Channel 6 story about how community organizations are working with Shenendehowa Central School District to provide free meals this summer to children across Saratoga County.
Spoon & Whisk is very generously donating 10% of all kitchenware sales to CAPTAIN's Emergency Food Pantry. If you have any kitchenware needs, please consider shopping locally to support your community!
Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.
Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.
CAPTAIN CHS offers free event in the spirit of community and maintaining individual and family physical and emotional health during these trying times
CAPTAIN Community and Human Services recognizes the tremendous support of Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery County individuals, volunteers, businesses and agencies who have helped keep the doors open, the lights on, and the vital, essential services running for those kids, families, and seniors in need.
If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.
When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?
When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.
Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.
These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.
Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.
Check out the WNYT News Channel 13 story about how community organizations are working with Shenendehowa and the Backpack Program to bring breakfast and lunch to youth.
Hero Alert: Quilt North Guild
Thanks so much to QUILT North - Quilt Guild for another beautiful donation for youth at the Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter! All the love you put into these quilts will surely brighten their day!
Hero Alert: Saratoga National Bank
Thanks to Saratoga National Bank for donating reusable bags for the food pantry!
Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.
Did you know you can give back by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.
CAPTAIN's Treasures March 2020 Specials!
Hero Alert: Colorize, Benjamin Moore and RJM Painting!
Thanks to Colorize INC and Benjamin Moore for the donation of paint for our Glenville offices as part of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce's Leap of Kindness Day! Thanks also to Rick and RJM Painting for doing the job! We couldn't be more grateful for this much-needed facelift!
If you want your child to start on the right path, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.
If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.
You can give the most lovely Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.
Don’t let winter get you down. Resist seasonal affective disorder with five tips to stay positive during the coldest season.
Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. Because they can impact others, choose yours wisely with these helpful tips.
How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.
UpState Housing Corespondent, Michele Maserjian, speaks with Fern Hurley, Program Director of Captain Community Human Services about the agency’s unique program offered at a Mobile Home Park in Clifton Park, combating homelessness, and other issues faced by the park’s residents.
It’s out with the old and in with the new, and we’re ready to say hello to bright beginnings in 2020.
See all of the great specials coming up this January 2020 at CAPTAIN's Treasures!
A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.
December specials at our next-to-new shop in Halfmoon.
On behalf of our board and staff at CAPTAIN Community Human Services, I’d like to thank you for your support and wish you a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!
With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can give back in ways that meet the unique needs of your community and are fulfilling to everyone you encounter.
In a new tradition, a second tree was cut on Monday at Boulder Brook Farm by Andy Gilpin of CAPTAIN Community Human Services. This tree is to be donated and displayed at the local organization’s Emergency Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and owner Peter Brooks cut the official tree for the Adirondacks’ New York Welcome Center and CAPTAIN Community Human Services house in Malta at Boulder Brook Farm Christmas Tree Farm in Malta on Monday.
One of those that the Hope Fund has given to is Peace Camp, a four-week summer program that CAPTAIN Community Human Services runs in Halfmoon. The program is based out of the Halfmoon Heights mobile home park and serves children that live in the park as well as children referred to the park by the Shenendehowa school district, said Andy Gilpin, the group’s associate executive director.
Cooking up a homemade meal can be nourishing for the mind, body and soul. Read on to discover how cooking makes people happier and more connected.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) recently celebrated the expansion of homeless services for youth and adults, including the grand opening of a full-time Gloversville office – all thanks to funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
CAPTAIN Community Human Services on Wednesday held the grand opening of a full-time office located inside the First Congregational United Church of Christ dedicated to addressing homelessness in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
Some of the organizations that will have information tables at the event include; CAPTAIN Community Human Services, Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps, Northeastern Association of the Blind, The Regional Food Bank, Angel Names Association, Saratoga Bridges, Wellspring, and the American Cancer Society.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) is expanding its work in the Capital District where it’s estimated that 2,900 youth ages 18-24 find themselves homeless each year.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) is proud to announce the expansion of homeless services for youth and adults, including the grand opening of a full-time Gloversville office – all thanks to funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
There's a new tool in the fight against homelessness in the Capital Region. Captain Community Human Services of Saratoga County has expanded operations to include Fulton and Montgomery counties.
November is a wonderful time to recognize your blessings and give thanks for them.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services, a Clifton Park-based organization that provides support, prevention and educational programs to local youth and adults, will be opening a full-time office in the city of Gloversville.
With an estimated 2,900 area youth ages 13 to 24 finding themselves homeless each year, one local human services organization has been broadening its reach in the Capital District to tackle this issue. Learn more about National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and the work CAPTAIN CHS is doing.
November Specials at CAPTAIN's Treasures
CAPTAIN Community Human Services has been chosen as a grant recipient from the Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation in support of the Getting Ahead Program.
If you're looking for ideas to celebrate National Family Literacy Day, look no further. We've come up with a handy list your family will love.
The Zachary Culnan Memorial Family Fund - Activity Scholarship Fund was created with the purpose of providing a resource for low-income, disadvantaged and under-resourced youth who want to participate in a variety of different life-enhancing programs.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services has been chosen as a recipient of the 6th Annual Simmons Capital Group’s Charitable Giving Award, including a $2,500 grant for the Getting Ahead program.
CAPTAIN Community Human Services’ Family Support Services Program provides many opportunities for families with children who have social and/or emotional challenges, including child-friendly activities and respite. Donations will be used by our staff and the youth we serve to provide a positive, fun and educational experiences.
Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas.
The Senior Services Committee of CAPTAIN/CHS will present a program for seniors at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Town of Ballston Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills.
Our 2019 Winter Coat and Boots Drive has begun! Read on for more details.
Learn more about our current Employee of the Quarter and Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter Administrator, Kristie Sweet!
Studies have found that volunteering can positively impact both your body and your mind. We're here to tell you all about the different ways doing good in your community can do some good for yourself.
After collecting numerous carloads of school supplies and the backpacks to hold them, volunteers with two well-known organizations made time last week to get those supplies into the hands of students in need.
Volunteers from Starpoint Church took 30 children from the community back-to-school shopping at Kohl’s. Called “Shop with a Star,” the students were selected by Cheryl’s Lodge, the Captain’s Community Outreach Center in Halfmoon Heights.
A program that offers services to homeless, abused and trafficked youth in Fulton and Montgomery counties is set to receive financial support from area women who care. CAPTAIN Community Human Services Street Outreach Program Manager Keegan Burke convinced a nonprofit alliance of 182 local women to receive a $18,200 donation.
Learn more about our current Employee of the Quarter and Care Links & Wellness Program Manager, Stephanie Sullivan Foard!
Valenti, who is originally from Brooklyn, has found a calling in the community garden. He tends a total of four plots with all the produce dedicated to filling the food pantry at CAPTAIN CHS with fresh vegetables. In his spare time, he makes trips to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham for the organization.
August Specials at CAPTAIN's Treasures
CAPTAIN Community Human Services and its partners will kick off its 24th Free Summer Meals Program on July 2, 2019, at the Park Avenue Playground in Mechanicville. Scheduled from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, the festivities will include food, a DJ, games, bouncy house, and more. Local and state elected officials will be in attendance.
Homelessness doesn’t take a day off and neither do we. CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS), works closely everyday with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. We’re aware of the devastating effects homelessness has on children, individuals, and homelessness and are compelled to find solutions, programs, and services that best meet their needs.
“I understand youth homelessness is a serious issue facing our country, but there aren’t homeless kids in my community. Are there?” Learn more about youth homelessness in our community, and how you can make a difference.