The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood works to create sustainable school-community solutions for children and families within the Hudson City School District through partnerships that value our diverse community and unify efforts to improve academic achievement, strengthen parental engagement, promote physical, emotional, and social well-being, develop leaders for 21st century careers, and establish safe, healthy environments.
Model / Approach
The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood believes in the Theory of Change; if educational and community support are continuous from before birth through college to career, then children will successfully break through the intergenerational cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.
By utilizing the strengths-based perspective and valuing the dignity and worth of every person, GHPN is able to focus on building the community of the Hudson City School District to ensure that children and families are given adequate opportunities to thrive from cradle to college to career.
We believe that in a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members of society are physically and psychologically safe and secure.
We believe that it is possible to live in a community, and a society, in which one’s racial identity will no longer predict how one fares in life.
The Dignity & Worth of Every Person
We believe that everybody is unique and worthwhile and that all of the members of our community are valuable.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
We believe in providing two-generation programs that work with children and parents to assure educational and occupational success to help families break generational patterns of poverty.
The Importance of Education
We believe in setting high expectations and supporting our children from cradle to college and beyond.
The Power of Community
We believe that the answers to the challenges in our community are found within its members as the experts; we believe that the hearing the voices of our community members is essential to assessing their needs and developing relevant programming and supports.
In December of 2011, the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood was chosen as one of fifteen communities in the United States to be awarded a Promise Neighborhood Planning grant through the U.S. Department of Education.
Since then, the GHPN has launched various programs and initiatives to support the youth and families of the Hudson City School District from birth through college and career.
Additionally, we have partnered with several organizations to build a pipeline of high-quality programs to ensure that students reach their full potential.
Who We Are
Friends of The Promise Neighborhood
The Reverend Kathryn Beilke serves as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson. Rev. Beilke holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degree in Religion and Social Work from Baylor University. She is also certified in Spiritual Direction through Southern Methodist University. Kathryn is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor by background, having completed three of her four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey where she came on staff as a spiritual caregiver before being called to Hudson. Rev. Beilke’s special interests in ministry include engaging congregations in community service, activism, and initiatives that address economic, racial, and social justice.
David Hyman graduated with his B.A. in Literature from Bard College in 2011. Since then, he has founded his own real estate company, Second Street Dart LLC, and is currently working toward his Master’s in Clinical Social Work at NYU. David works with various local organizations and schools, including Astor Home in Rhinebeck and the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, to help raise funds and awareness for programs that support social betterment.
Kamal grew up in Hudson N.Y. and graduated from Columbia Greene Community College in 2005 and SUNY New Paltz in 2007, with degrees in History and Early Childhood Education. Kamal has a background in various after-school/summer programs and is well-respected by youth and others in the Hudson community. Kamal works in various forms of the agency Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, and is the coordinator of the POPS Fatherhood Initiative. When not at RSYP or GHPN, you can find Kamal on the radio show WGXC Drive Time on 90.7.
Wanda graduated from Antioch College with a BA in the Art of Education. She is certified in the field of Biography and Social Art. Wanda has spent much of her adult life within centers of the international Camphill Movement, living and working to build and maintain vibrant communities for mutual help--social-therapeutic settings including people with special needs. She is currently engaged in teaching, mentoring, retreat- and biography work. She has a life-long interest in issues of social justice and enjoys being a part of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.
Kari grew up in Hudson, NY and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return after living in North Carolina, Arizona, and Oregon. She is now a Senior Policy Analyst for the Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy, where she conducts policy analysis in areas related to child welfare, in order to promote programs and policies that will positively impact the lives of New York's children. She previously worked with a number of community, arts, and education organizations on program delivery, development, and administration. Kari earner her Master's degree in Public Administration with specializations in Nonprofit Management and Global Leadership from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, and her Bachelor's degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ruth graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a BS in journalism but soon realized that I’d rather participate in the making of news than writing about it. She was involved in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements of the 1960s and 1970s and went to the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago where she earned a master’s degree in Community Organization. Shortly after, she became the Executive Director of a Settlement House in the Bronx, NY and introduced a daycare center, after school care, senior citizen programs, teen programs and a food coop.. In the 1980s Ruth started and ran a computer training company using social work concerns to help the office workers, predominantly women, to transition from typewriters to computers. Ruth is very interested in sharing her knowledge and experience with the Promise Neighborhood in Hudson.
- Maria Suttmeier - Superintendent, Hudson City School District
- Michael Cole - Director of Community Services, Columbia County Department of Human Services
- Jeff Rovitz - Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties
- Tina Sharpe - Executive Director, Columbia Opportunities
- Kathy Clark - Director, Hudson Bluehawk Nation After School Program
- Erin Cannan - Deputy Director of Bard College Center for Civic Engagement
- Deborah Amerling - Director of Services, Columbia County Department of Social Services
- Tiffany Garriga - 2nd Ward Alderman City of Hudson
- William Hughes, Jr. - 4th Ward Supervisor Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Hudson, NY
- Theresa Lux - Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties
- Roxanne Carpenter - Division Director of Children and Family Services, Mental Health Association of Columbia - Greene Counties
- Candace LaRue - Candace LaRue & Associates
- Ken Hollenbeck - Commissioner, Hudson Department of Youth
- Eric Bell - Director, Hudson P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Corps (AmeriCorps), Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties
- Mary Daggett - Director of Community Health Services & Grants, Columbia Memorial Health