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Date: Wednesday, November 12th

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: At The Kirkland, 2 Main Street in Uptown Kingston

Food, Financial Advice, Kid-friendly Activities and a Gift-certificate Drawing

For more information, call (845) 331-9860, ext. 220
Space is Limited! RSVP is suggested for this FREE event. 
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RUPCO Recognizes Long-time Employee with Lifetime Service Award

Georgette Hughes retires after 27 yearsRegional housing innovator RUPCO recognizes Georgette Hughes of Saugerties for her contributions at its annual Community Lunch on October 30 at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Hughes, RUPCO’s Operations Manager for 27 years, accepts RUPCO’s first-ever Lifetime Service Award for her mission-driven work behind the scenes. Hughes retires on November 30 after nearly three decades serving Ulster County’s housing and community Development needs.

“Georgette’s dedication to RUPCO’s mission in strengthening homes, communities, and lives is unmatched in our organization’s history,” says RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor. “We’re taking time to reflect on her individual influence on each of us personally and the external impact she has generated by serving RUPCO through the years.”

Hughes came to RUPCO in 1987 and has ushered the housing innovator through growth in its programs, staff, and  portfolio. “When I started with RUPCO, we provided mostly rental assistance and a spattering of rental rehab, Community Development Block Grant program work and Rural Preservation Program funds. We owned the Arabio and Brede buildings and the original CA Lynch Firehouse in Saugerties.” During her tenure at RUPCO, Hughes has seen the completion of housing solutions such as Park Heights senior housing, the rehabilitation of The Stuyvesant and The Kirkland, Hunter Street and Hasbrouck Avenue properties. “Now look at us,” adds Hughes. “Woodstock Commons, Tongore Pines, Pettit House, Buttermilk Falls, The Lace Mill, and a Greene County Section 8 HCV program, not to mention projects in Newburgh and Saugerties on the horizon. We have done so much for individuals throughout the county and surrounding areas that it amazes me some people still don’t know who we are! RUPCO has given me such a wealth of knowledge, not to mention friendships. It’s been great to work there.”

Following Hughes’ award acceptance, Community Lunch’s keynote speaker Ted Houghton talks supportive housing is the solution. “Ted’s talk addresses the needs and subsequent changes occurring statewide that reinforce the work needs to be done, the work that’s being done, through public-private partnerships,” notes O’Connor. “RUPCO welcomes innovative collaboration, like what we’re doing with Country Meadows in Saugerties, to further enhance housing accessibility and stable life situations for all Ulster County residents and our regional neighbors. Join us in celebrating Georgette’s milestone and her contribution to our collective success in supportive housing.”

Community Lunch will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be ordered online. Corporate and business sponsorships from $100 to $1500 are also available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships online, visit For more information or questions about Community Lunch, tickets and sponsorships, visit, call (845) 331-9860 ext. 210 or email Tara Collins, Director of Communication & Resource Development, at

Overview:  RUPCO is seeking a dedicated and self-motivated staff accountant to join its team.

Responsibilities: The position is responsible for assisting with the daily accounting functions that include, but are not limited to processing A/P and A/R billings, bank reconciliations, making deposits, posting journal entries and some grant required reporting. In addition, this position is also responsible for HR functions such as payroll processing, maintaining employee records, new employee orientations, and administering the pension and medical plans.  This individual will also be responsible for quarterly unemployment insurance reports and garnishments and levy submissions.

This full time position will report directly to the CFO but will work closely with the Accounting Administrator to handle the day-to-date operations while also ensuring that internal control policies are adhered to.


  • An Associate’s degree in Accounting and 3-5 years of accounting experience preferred.  A minimum of 3 years of experience with responsibility for time and attendance; plus payroll processing and administration.  Nonprofit experience would be a plus, but not required.
  •  Successful candidates must have a working knowledge of payroll and accounting practices and principles.  This includes knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws.
  •  Proficient with MS Office.  Experience with Quickbooks is preferred, but not required.
  •  Excellent organizational skills and a strong attention to detail.
  •  Able to maintain confidentiality.
  •  Able to work in a team environment and have good communication skills – verbal, over the phone and written.
  •  Able to work with all levels of management.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience. Applicants must include salary requirements with resume.

To Apply:  Email cover letter and resume with salary requirement by October 24th to:
Send cover letter and resume to:

289 Fair St.
Kingston NY 12401
Attn:  F. Paulo


Community Lunch keynote speaker Ted Houghton

SAUGERTIES, NY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 – Regional housing innovator, RUPCO of Kingston, is hosting its annual Community Lunch on Thursday, October 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Each year, Community Lunch brings together friends, supporters and community leaders to hear from thought leaders about important issues in the area of housing and community development.

Guest speaker Ted Houghton, newly appointed Executive Deputy Commissioner of NYS Homes & Community Renewal (NYS HCR), delivers the keynote address entitled “supportive housing is the solution.”  While executive director of Supportive Housing Network of NY (SHNNY) for eight years, Houghton substantially increased production of supportive housing in New York. In 2012, he helped make supportive housing a pillar of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team initiative and continues to serve on that team. Considered a pioneer of the housing-as-healthcare concept, he brings fresh energy  to statewide housing agendas.

“At RUPCO, we believe everyone deserves quality, healthy and sustainable housing at an affordable price,” notes RUPCO CEO, Kevin O’Connor. “Integrating supportive housing for folks with special needs into affordable and mainstream housing removes the stigma often associated with special needs housing.  There is a proven connection between creation of supportive housing & its positive impact on people’s lives and the direct benefits to communities in terms of reduced costs & demands on local health care and, law enforcement. Supportive housing increases quality of life, provides for public safety and better health outcomes. Without question, Ted has been at the forefront of the integration of supportive & affordable housing in recent years. His hiring at NYS HCR speaks volumes as to where housing and the funding for affordable & supportive housing is going in New York State. Ted has been a tireless advocate for supportive housing for people with special needs and is now at the pinnacle of the housing is healthcare movement. I invite healthcare providers, hospital workers and caregivers, along with our affordable housing friends, to join us. Community Lunch provides the perfect setting to hear this important message on October 30.”

Community Lunch costs $35 per person and includes a buffet lunch at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties. Corporate and business sponsorships from $100 to $2500 are also available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships online, visit For more information or questions about Community Lunch, tickets and sponsorships, visit, call (845) 331-9860 ext. 220 or email Tara Collins, Director of Communication & Resource Development, at

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First-time Homebuyer Workshop


Are you ready to move from renting a place to buying a home?
First-time Homebuyer Seminar
October 8, 2014
5:30 pm
Hosted by Sawyer Savings Bank, RUPCO & Andreassen Associates
at Sawyer Savings, 3515 Route 9W, Highland (the former Casa Mia site)

Find out what you need to do NOW to realize your dream of buying a home tomorrow.
From interest rates to mortgages, eligibility and grant opportunities, leave this seminar with
valuable information about the homebuyer process. This FREE two-hour seminar is open
to the public. Join us for light refreshments and door prizes (must be present to win). Space
is limited, so reserve your seat today! Call Patti Riozzi (845) 217-6070 for more information.


I’m new to town. But I instantly knew I was “home” as I stood on my deck looking onto the changing landscape of Overlook Mountain. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve discovered I’m a SaugerStocker, one of those residents nestled “on the line” between a town and a village. Yet, I’ve quickly adapted to my new place and adopted that regional identity. And I’ve even hung a picture or two.

I’m new to RUPCO, too. Within a day, I’ve figured out where to hang my coat and umbrella, where to find the lunch room banter, and meet up with inspiration at every corner. The warm welcoming of my coworkers tells me I’m in the right place. I’m home on two fronts.

For many, finding that sense of place is a struggle. For some, the absence of a physical space to hang their hat precludes their ability to establish a home base, an identity. People who are homeless, families who are underhoused, seniors looking for a safe living center, all of these neighbors have something in common. They need help getting to a place they too can call “Home.”

It’s this calling — RUPCO’s desire to strengthen communities, homes and lives — that motivates a staff of 30 and a cadre of partners to take action. Together we’re making a difference in the daily living, physical wellness, and mental psyche of those we serve. In turn, RUPCO’s work nurtures our local economy by designing projects that create jobs, revitalize long-vacant buildings, and transform lonely streets into thriving neighborhoods.

Home is where we kick up our feet, feed a cat (or six), enjoy a morning coffee. Community is where homes meet. In our community,  we share ideas, take in the arts, feel safe on the street, say hello to a neighbor. To make Home happen oftentimes takes a community, a town, a village, or a group like RUPCO. But it really starts when one person helps another find that special place to call “Home.”

Join me in turning dreams into homes that embrace community. Share on Facebook and Twitter why #HomeMatters. Donate today to RUPCO’s Emergency Assistance Fund. Or simply tell a friend about RUPCO’s many services, programs and grants designed specifically for those in need. Together we can make this happen: strengthening homes, communities, and lives.

Tara Collins is RUPCO’s Director of Communications & Resource Development and can be reached at 845- 331-2140, ext. 210 or by email at

Overview:  RUPCO is seeking a dedicated CARE MANAGER for its Senior Supportive Housing Services Program.  This is a two-year pilot program designed to assist eligible Ulster County seniors in obtaining safe, healthy, supportive housing to meet their needs.

Responsibilities: Job responsibilities include implementation of programs, methods and procedures to provide care management services for seniors; design of comprehensive individualized service plans, interviewing, assessment of need, correspondence, file management, and travel to various housing sites as well as to trainings.  The Care Manager may also be responsible to transport clients in their private vehicle to appointments.  The Care Manager will provide support to seniors who are living independently with daily living skills, transportation, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services, education, socialization and recreation opportunities.

Requirements: Must have strong work ethic, computer literacy, excellent communication and organizational skills, ability to provide services to seniors with patience and compassion.  The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Ulster County human service providers and organizations. Must have reliable car and valid drivers’ license.  The ability to engage clients and collaborate with other staff, agencies, case managers and care providers is essential.   Associates degree in human services or related field and demonstrated experience in case management required.

Salary:  Mid-30’s

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to:
Send cover letter and resume to:

289 Fair St.
Kingston NY 12401
Attn.:  K. Leahy