United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR) extends its deepest gratitude to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) for honoring United Way as the "Advocate of Justice" at it's first annual Orange Partners in Justice reception last night (May 18th) at the Powelton Club in Newburgh. United Way congratulates fellow honoree Andrew Finkelstein, Esq., Partner at Finkelstein & Partners LLP named “Champion of Justice.
Jeannie Montano, President & CEO, extended her gratitute to Barbara Finkelstein and the staff of LSHV with the following remarks:
We applaud you for serving and helping Hudson Valley residents for the past 50 years. Over the past two years, United Way, through its Community Fund, has helped support your work in preventing homelessness and ensuring tenants are housed in a safe and healthy environment. With so many families living in or close to poverty in our region, your work is more important than ever.
Your lawyers and staff provide advice, counsel and representation for our neighbors in situations where they would otherwise have no voice or recourse and have given hope to clients and their families who faced homelessness without your intervention.
One of our staff members spoke about attending the annual United Way site visit to Legal Services. For those who don’t know, site visits are where a small group from United Way, including members of our Community Impact Council, observe the work of our Community Partners “in action” on an “ordinary day.”
This site visit to Legal Services was held at the Courthouse and Rebecca said she observed a family who would have been out on the street – but were given another chance – thanks to your work.
Not only did this family have the unimaginable relief of knowing they would not be homeless, but through your counsel you provided them dignity and hope.
United Way is proud to say that Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is one of our Community Partners. We strongly support your aim to provide free, high quality counsel in civil matters to individuals and families who cannot afford to pay an attorney where basic human needs are at stake. Together, with Legal Services and our Community Partners, we will continue to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
The mission of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is to provide free, high quality counsel in civil matters for poor and low-income individuals and families who cannot afford to pay an attorney where basic human needs are at stake. LSHV is the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to seven counties of the Mid- and Lower-Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester). In 2016, its 136-member staff handled 15,521 cases (2,333 in Orange County alone) for 12,389 clients, including 8,433 women, 1,683 survivors of domestic violence, and 5,509 persons with disabilities. It impacted 36,021 individuals in all households served. LSHV has provided services in Orange County, NY since 2004.
Legal Services chose United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to honor for its support of LSHV’s housing programs, and for its philanthropic leadership, in the two counties. United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the community. In 2015-16, charitable contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations to United Way’s Community Fund supported nonprofit community partners in delivering services to almost 125,000 residents of Dutchess and Orange Counties.
LSHV’s CEO, Barbara Finkelstein explained why the its so important to raise awareness of Legal Services thorugh events like the first annual Orange Partners in Justice benefit: “Since 1967, we have been assuring fairness in the justice system — regardless of income — to hundreds of thousands of our neighbors who have nowhere else to turn. The work we do each day provides free civil legal services to those who can’t afford an attorney when necessities of life are at stake.”