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Family Services Teen Resource Activity Center hosts annual MLK Peace & Love Tournament and Community Day

January 11, 2018 11:32 am

POUGHKEEPSIE — Family Services Teen Resource Activity Center will host the second Annual MLK Peace & Love Tournament and Community Day 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie.

Family Services’ Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) will hold its second annual MLK Peace & Love Basketball Tournament and Community Day. The event will be held in the Family Partnership Center Gymnasium and Cafeteria. The event is free for the community.

During this event, children and families will be able to enjoy basketball and music by a DJ, participate in the Child ID Safety Program, eat pizza and ice cream, and have access to multiple community resource tables.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” “The MLK Peace & Love Tournament brings our community together for an event the whole family will enjoy and supports the great talent of our city youth” said Jessica Wallach, Youth Services Coordinator.

TRAC has been a safe haven for adolescents in Poughkeepsie since 1999. Now serving more than 200 teens each year, TRAC offers a free, supervised place for youth to come afterschool. In the program, youth engage in basketball or performing arts, eat a nutritious dinner, and relax with friends, all while gaining exposure to positive adult role models. For more information about TRAC, please visit www.familyservicesny.org.

Part of the community since 1879, Family Services has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 135 years. Family Services provides programs and services in the Hudson Valley such as: Youth Services, Family Programs, Victim Services, Prevention, Community Safety and the Family Partnership Center; all designed to strengthen individuals, families and community.

A key program of Family Services is the Family Partnership Center, a 100,000 + square foot center in Poughkeepsie where currently 19 not-for-profit and related organizations are brought together in partnership for the purpose of collaboration toward a unified approach to human services and building community.

The mission of Family Services is to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration, and advocacy. Last year over 8,500 children, adults, and families benefited from Family Services programs. Family Services has programs in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, as well as an affiliate, Hudson Valley Mental Health which provides behavioral health services throughout Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Family Services is committed to Providing Hope, Improving Lives and Strengthening Community.