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The Interfaith Council sends a
representative to attend this Council which is dedicated to addressing
the needs of our aging population. Members of the Aging Council have
requested our participation with the belief that members of our faith
based community are important to fulfilling the mission of determining
the best resources to meet those needs.
The Dutchess County Interfaith Council Office was located in the Family Partnership Center from April 2006 to March 2011. This move was inspired by the 2006 report of the Poughkeepsie Institute which demonstrated that Poughkeepsie's Houses of Worship sustain a large amount of social service work. Moving to the "Partnership" and becoming one of the 'partners' with 30 other social service agency's which operate from the Partnership, was seen as a proactive move towards helping to channel the resources (human, goods, services, and monies) towards disadvantaged persons in our communities. Despite the return of the DCIC offices to Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, the DCIC still supports and continues to work with the many Partners at FPC including Dutchess Outreach.
The DCIC sends a representative to attend the Advisory Committee meetings. With recent major changes in the welfare system, citizen input was requested by several area agencies which serve people who are in economic need. Again, the organizers of this group felt that a representative of the faith community was needed.
This group's purpose is to "perpetuate the values and goals for which Rabbi Zimet (a founder of the DCIC) stood and to which he devoted his life. These include his love of Judaism and encouragement of Jewish learning, interfaith dialogue and education, Holocaust education of Jews and non-Jews alike, and a strong sense of social justice." DCIC's Executive Director Emeritus, Ed Koziol is a member of this committee.
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