Taking the Energy Journey Together

In the last six years, homeowners – with the help of our Green Jobs | Green New York Program — have saved energy, LOTS of energy, and lived in a more comfortable-safer home. Together, we figure we’ve conserved the equivalent of driving 40,644,873 miles in an average car – just by working with you, Mid-Hudson Valley residents! Thank you for your eagerness to lower your utility costs, save energy, and make a positive impact on our planet.

The First GJGNY Team

Under contract to NYSERDA since 2011, RUPCO has promoted energy efficiency and sustainability through the Green Jobs Green NY program (GJGNY) in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. Unfortunately, as of November 27, 2017, our NYSERDA contract and the GJGNY program ends. We’re honored to have worked with homeowners, financial providers and the most professional NYSERSDA Home Performance, Building Performance Institute certified contractors in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region! We also want to give credit and thanks to NYSERDA for allowing us to serve the region. We hope that the RUPCO GJGNY team provided you with the professional level of service you expected. Because of you, our program was by far the most successful Community-based Organization in the state.

In the Beginning

Our first NYSERDA team training took place over six years ago — November 30, 2011 — in Albany. It was very clear that we had a lot of work to do. With a robust outreach plan, we began connecting with you: potential partners, homeowners in need, and contractors willing to take on the task of weatherization and energy efficiency.

By February 2012, we officially launched RUPCO’s GJGNY Outreach Program. Over 170 people received that announcement, that we were ready to get down to energy-saving business. Our first presentation was, rightly so, before the RUPCO staff of 33. During these first months, we generated 325 referrals and held or attended 6 meetings and 8 public events.

Fast-forward to today and here’s a snapshot of how we’ve worked together since then:

  • Referred over 7600 people into the program
  • Facilitated over 2650 energy audits
  • Orchestrated over 670 retrofits, referred 355 to the EmPower program
  • Answered your questions at 1,343 public meetings, events, and presentations
  • Offered concrete answers that inspired you to participate
  • Provided access to solutions, grants and expertise to get you started with energy conservation and production

Translating our combined impact into Kilowatt hours (Kwh) and Metric Megaton BTU (MMbtu) reductions, we can honestly say we’ve helped local residents save A LOT of money and energy.

  • Total Kilowatt Hours saved = 4,818,737 Kwh
  • Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 3,733 tons (as of 12/9/16)
  • Total Therms of natural gas saved = 2,538,637
  • Natural Gas Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 14,837 tons (as of 12/9/16)

Together we’ve saved 40-million+ car-driving miles of energy collectively – impressive!

Helping Shape Future Programs

Homeowners were just one part of the solution. Our RUPCO GJGNY team collaborated with various NYSERDA working groups and advisory councils. Together, we helped shape, create and design the next iteration of energy-efficiency community outreach – CEEP, Community Energy Engagement Program. Although the GJGNY Team was not awarded the new contract, and we’ll be stepping out of the sustainability arena for now, we know the Mid-Hudson Region is in good energy-saving hands. Sustainability and energy-efficiency remain prominent features of RUPCO’s strategic plan and long-term vision. We are committed to helping homeowners and renters keep housing costs affordable, particularly when it comes to energy use.

As we close down our website and Facebook Page this week, we invite you to Stay Engaged with Energy-efficiency by taking one of four actions:

If you are a customer of NYSERDA or are interested in NYSERDA programs, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, or EmPower New York please contact NYSERDA directly at:

Matthew Houle  hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov
 518-862-1090 Ext: 3286 | 1-877-NYSMART | Fax: 518-862-1091
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399

We’re honored to have been a part of your energy journey and hope you will remain committed to the groundwork we’ve laid down together.

Most sincerely,

The GJGNY Team – Michael, Mike, Hugo, Nick, and Guy

Healthcare is a Human Right 2018 Schedule

Healthcare is a Human Right staff & practitionersGet these dates on your calendar!

Healthcare is a Human Right provides free/low-cost alternative modalities from A to Z at its Kingston Clinic held at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, second Thursdays monthly from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For appointments or further information, contact Reenie Gordon at 845-481-3186.

2018 Schedule at The Lace Mill:

December 14, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13

Additional clinics are offered (and Walk-ins welcomed)

  • First Saturdays in Woodstock at Family of Woodstock, 16 Rock City Road. For appointments or further information, call  845-679-2485
  • First Wednesdays in Phoenicia at Parish Hall, Main Street. For appointments or further information, call Bev at 518-989-6216
Thanksgiving Comes Early to Tongore Pines

Property managers deliver Thanksgiving fruit-filled, goodie baskets to two Tongore Pines resident ladiesResidents at Tongore Pines got a surprise visit last Tuesday from Property Managers Lindsey Wygant and Tasyka DeRosalia. The two delivered Thanksgiving fruit-filled goodie baskets, compliments of the Tongore Pines Board of Directors. “We missed holding our annual August picnic this year. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to let our residents know how much we appreciate them,” noted one board member.

Tongore Pines offers 19 one-bedroom apartments in a discreet supportive housing setting in Olivebridge.  The complex is dedicated to seniors 62 and over with annual earnings in the lowest Social Security incomes.

Giving Tuesday: Your Donation Counts

Giving-Tuesday-animationGiving Tuesday — the global giving day — is this week!

Add RUPCO to your holiday gift-giving list. Your donation today will help us create homes, support people and improve communities in 2018. Donations benefit homeless families or those on the verge of losing their homes through our Emergency Assistance Fund. We combine your donation with contributions from United Way and Bruderhof to keep people and their families housed, safe, and secure. 

DONATE ONLINE (this button takes you to the PayPal site but you do not need a PayPal account. Simply select the “Credit card option” in the grey box)

CALL BY PHONE with your credit card (845) 331-2140 ext.276

MAIL A CHECK to RUPCO,  289 Fair Street,  Kingston, NY 12401

After you’ve made your donation, go online to our Facebook | RUPCO, Twitter or Instagram account and post your #UNselfie – THANK YOU!

Making the Pieces Fit: Landlords, Tenants, RUPCO & Section 8 on December 15

Making the Pieces Fit: December 15Are you a property owner who wants to better understand the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)?

Are you a landlord in search of qualified tenants?

Are you a person holding a Housing Choice Voucher looking for an apartment?

WHAT:  Making the Pieces Fit: Landlord, Tenant, RUPCO & the Housing Choice Voucher Program (RSVP for this free session here)

WHERE:  The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston

WHEN:  Friday, December 15

10a-Noon Landlord Information Session: A one-hour educational briefing session followed by a Question-Answer session for landlords and property owners participating in Housing Choice Voucher Program, or considering Section 8 enrollment

3-5p Landlord Information Session: a repeat of the 10a session

5-6p Landlord-Tenant Meet-up: A quick interview setting designed to connect apartment seekers with apartment owners. Speed-dating at a whole new level!

Light refreshments will be served. On-street or municipal lot parking available. RSVP here — it’s free!

For more information, contact

  • Maria Wayne, Rental Assistance Coordinator (845) 331-2140 ext. 244 or by email here
  • Vanessa Secore, Director of Rental Assistance (845) 331-2140 ext. 209 or by email here
Community Partner Award: Madeline Fletcher

Every year at Community Lunch, RUPCO honors a community partner doing great work in our neighborhoods. This year, we honored Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director at Newburgh Community Land Bank for her collaborative spirit in transforming Newburgh’s historic East End. Her ability to gather partners and facilitate change has been transformative.

ACCESS to Home Veteran Program

ACCESS to Home Veterans ProgramVeterans with a service-related disability may qualify for accessibility modifications in their homes or apartments through the Access to Home Veteran Program. RUPCO and the Ulster County Veteran Service Agency are ready to assist a minimum of 8 veteran households with this work. Accessibility modifications include:

  • Visual alarm systems for the hearing impaired
  • Roll-in showers with grab bars
  • High-rise toilets with grab bars
  • Roll-under countertops & sinks
  • Wheel chair ramps& vertical lifts
  • Interior& exteriorstair lifts
  • Automatic door openers
  • Front knob appliances
  • Automated faucets
  • Reclining liftchairs
  • Other accessibility needs

Call today for more information, RUPCO (845) 331-9860 or UCVSA (845) 340-3190.

“The Davis Show” is a family affair at The Lace Mill November 4

The Davis FamilyJeromy Davis, his fiancée Christa, and their children Jesse, Sebastien and Emmy will drive a family-fueled night of musical and artistic performances called “The Davis Show” on November 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston in the Boiler Room Gallery.

Jesse’s sculptures will adorn the galleries and he’ll sing his heart out in solo tunes. Sebastien and Emmy’s crayon drawings will hang on display and entice the young and old to reflect on youth’s artistic vision. Christa will show her paintings as well. Jeromy will play music among handmade barn wood sound-dampening panels and feature guitars he built both as a musical and visual artistic display. Altogether, they will demonstrate family ties in a multi-layered performance. This will be the family’s first solo performance. “There’s something for everybody. I want people to go, ‘wow, this is really nice,”’ says Jeromy.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street. Freewill donations benefit the Lace Mill Arts Council, future shows and exhibits.

National speaker headlines Community Lunch, Local residents receive awards November 8

Maurice Jones, President and CEO of nationally recognized LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), is the featured keynote speaker at RUPCO’s annual luncheon Community Lunch on November 8. Jones will share his perspective on how communities can change and revitalize neighborhoods through a local approach to housing, health, safety, and job creation. Community Lunch will be held at The Chateau, 240 Boulevard Avenue, Kingston from 11:30a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public; tickets can be purchased online for $35 here.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. Initiatives include affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that improve the financial outlook of people. LISC partners with nonprofits like RUPCO and provides capital and strategic know-how facilitate change locally. LISC’s work impacts 7 million low-income Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country. “To have someone of Maurice’s caliber, experience and inspiration come and speak in Kingston is a real honor,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “These conversations around local economies, thriving communities, family-life and working together are the kinds of conversations we need to be having. We hope Maurice’s talk with inspire further conversation about how we define healthy, robust, profitable communities here; communities that provide opportunity, innovation, and housing; communities that are strong, diverse, and vibrant.”

Maurice Jones, President & CEO, LISCWith deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Jones took the helm as LISC’s fourth president & CEO in September 2016. Immediately prior to joining LISC, he served as the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he managed 13 state agencies focused on statewide economic needs. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency and its 8,900 staff members. The depth and breadth of his experience in policy making, social services and legal arenas give him a unique perspective on how communities thrive when they work together closest to home.

Additionally, RUPCO is recognizing two local individuals for their commitment to community. RUPCO is presenting its Community Partner Award to Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director of Newburgh Community Land Bank (NCLB) for her leadership and vision of the Newburgh revitalization efforts happening in the historic East End. Fletcher, with real estate experience in housing finance and as a land use attorney, has led the Land Bank since its formation in 2012. RUPCO is currently working with NCLB, Safe Harbors of the Hudson and local contractor Libolt & Sons in the rehabilitation of 15 properties to create 45 new rental homes in one of Newburgh’s most distressed areas, a 4-block cluster between Broadway and First Street.

RUPCO is also recognizing Kingston resident, Harold Renzo with the inaugural presentation of the Community Inspiration Award. This award recognizes an individual committed to improving our neighborhoods in ways that benefit the entire community. Renzo, a Stuyvesant resident for over 20 years, was responsible for facilitating change in uptown Kingston by advocating for accessibility access via curb cuts for those using wheelchairs, sight canes and seeing-eye dogs, and other physical challenges. A former U.S. Marine, Renzo advocates for senior and supportive housing and has been a vocal proponent of Landmark Place for seniors, veterans and those with special needs.

Community Lunch brings together friends, family and supporter around the table for annual discussions about housing, local economies, and other relevant topics that affect community. For more information, contact Maru Gonzalez (845) 331-2140, ext. 276.

Harold Renzo, Stuyvesant Resident Receives Community Inspiration Award

Harold Renzo, long-time resident at The Stuyvesant, has been a supportive neighbor, voice for those unable to speak, and a community icon known for his friendliness and determination. RUPCO honored Harold at Community Lunch on November 9, 2017 for his courage, inspiration and indomitable spirit with our first-ever Community Inspiration Award.