How did Always There begin? In 1970, Ulster County Homemaker Services, Inc. (now doing business as the Always There Family) was created as a seed project by The Junior League of Kingston. The Junior League was approached after a local community survey was completed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. That particular survey identified a great need for an agency to assist people in personal care and homemaking services. The Junior League stepped in and started the project to meet those needs. At the start, this newly founded agency employed one part time Executive Director, along with members of the Junior League, who volunteered their services throughout the day and night to fulfill the needs for the community.
Back in 1970, Always There was located in the YWCA of Kingston, eventually moving to Main Street, then to Aaron Court, and finally to Greenkill Avenue. In December of 2009 Always There relocated to their newly expanded 15,000 square foot office space at 918 Ulster Avenue in Kingston, New York. It is quite a remarkable accomplishment to come from the office at the YWCA. In celebration of this accomplishment, In September of 2010, Always There presented the 40th Anniversary Making A Difference Award to the Junior League. Accepting the award for the Junior League was Judith Embree and Carol Cruz (both former members of the original Board of Directors for Ulster Homemakers and also Junior League members).
Now, in 2010, forty years later, Always There annually assists over 1,900 Ulster County residents and employees over 200 dedicated staff. In just ONE Year Our compassionate personal care aides provided over 107,500 hours to clients in their homes, and nurses and therapists made over 42,000 skilled visits. Our Adult Day Programs provided over 6,100 client days.
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Above Right Top to Bottom: Junior League Vice President Jude McGrath-Chidester receives congratulations from Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.
Original Board Members Judith Embree & Carol Cruz receive the 2010 Making A Difference Award.
Junior League Vice President Jude McGrath-Chidester.
The 2010 Junior League Table celebrate at the Third Annual Evening In Tuscany.
Below Left: A News Article from the Daily Freeman about the Junior League & Ulster Homemakers, Inc.
(DBA Always There).