Literacy Zone is a program sponsored by the New York State Education Department. There are currently fifty-one literacy zones in New York State dedicated to “providing services to enable learners to achieve a higher level of proficiency, leading to better educational, social and economic outcomes.” Patricia P. Rajala, President and CEO of Literacy Volunteers of Westchester and Rockland Counties serves 600-700 adult students in multiple ways including: classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, small group sessions, U.S. Civics for Immigrants Curriculum, and U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class.
Spanish Speaking Parents Group – meets the first Wednesday of every month during the school year at the Haverstraw Elementary School. The purpose of the group is for Spanish speaking parents to be involved with their children’s education by participating in a group for their population that addresses specific needs that they encounter in their navigation of school bureaucracy. For more information please contact Mirna Franco 845-429-5731 ext. 17
Unity in the Community – Haverstraw Center, in conjunction with the Haverstraw Collaborative, hosts a special event during the winter or spring school recess, entitled “Unity in the Community.” The Center is open to school-aged youth for a variety of special programs and events to keep young people safe and occupied during the day while parents and caregivers are at work. Examples of activities include sports tournaments, knitting, dance, arts and crafts, fire safety, and others.
Haverstraw Mental Health Clinic – The Rockland County Department of Mental Health has an outreach clinic at the Haverstraw Center every Wednesday from 10-5. Appointments may be made by dropping by the Center, or by calling (845) 429-5731, ext. 27.
Center for Safety and Change (CSC) – CSC has a counselor available every Thursday and Friday at the Haverstraw Center from 10-5, for anyone who is affected by domestic violence. Drop-in appointments are welcome, or you may call (845) 634-3344 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.