This statement of purpose expresses the agency’s reason for being. It identifies our contribution to the communities we serve.

    Dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.


    This guides The Children’s Home as we seek to fulfill our mission and operate the agency on a day-to-day basis.

    The philosophy of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie begins with the belief that all children have the right to a protective, nurturing environment, and that society has an obligation to assure that right. Knowing that childhood is a critical time in which to develop the skills necessary to become competent, self-reliant and productive citizens, we strive to provide an optimum setting for this development. We do this for each child by creating a corrective living experience supervised by caring adults.

    We are committed to the fact that children who have experienced neglect, abuse or disruption of parental relationships will benefit from therapeutic services including temporary residential care.

    Consistent with our goal of returning a child to the community, extensive use of community activities and organizations, including public education, is emphasized. We are also aware that these children and their families benefit from parenting education and counseling. Family services are an integral factor in accomplishing our goal.

    It is essential that our professional and financial resources are directed toward reuniting a child with his family, community family or independent living. It is also essential that we help each child develop a sense of self-reliance, order and fulfillment.


    Our core principles guide us in fulfilling our mission and operating on a daily basis.  We live by these values and use them to focus our decisions:

    Integrity We will act ethically, honorably and with commitment in all that we do.

    Stewardship We will manage our resources responsibly to ensure ongoing sustainability.

    Respect We will show compassion and respect for ourselves and others.

    Opportunity We will foster resiliency and seek to create growth opportunities.

    Laugh It Up! Comedy Club to Host Toy Drive

    Poughkeepsie, NY – Laugh It Up! Comedy Club is proud to present its first annual “Laugh It Up! Toy Drive” to benefit the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie at a special show on December 5, 2015. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the show for a ticket discount. All toys collected will be donated to the Children’s Home.

    This event will be headlined by the hilarious John Tobin, formerly of “The Coop and Tobin Show” on 101.5 WPDH. Special guest for the evening will be club owner Dan McRitchie from “The Gong Show”, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Hosting this hysterical evening will be Rosario Scanio who has performed at The Chance Theater, Steiner’s Ballroom, and is one of Laugh It Ups favorite regional performers!

    Laugh it Up! selected the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie for this charity event because it’s important to us that these children get to celebrate Christmas, said Dan McRitche, club owner. Each year, I donate my time playing Santa for a few local charities and schools. It is a time of giving and I feel that putting smiles on the faces of these children on Christmas Day is the best way for us to give to the community.

    Tickets are $10 with a new unwrapped toy, and $15 without. Reservations can be made by calling Mahoney’s at (845) 471-7026 or online at https://tobintoys.eventbrite.com. To get the ticket discount, enter promo code “tobintoys” and bring the toy donation to the show.

    Laugh It Up! Comedy Club is located inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse at 35 Market Street, in Poughkeepsie. This event is 21+ to enter. Seating will begin at 8:30 pm; show starts at 9:00 pm.

    For more information at Laugh It Up! Comedy Club, visit our website at www.laughitup.net.