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The Connection Center

Technology Center,
Room 8372 
845-574-4414
lifehaps@sunyrockland.edu

Staff

  • Joe Falco, LMFT, Coordinator
  • Andrew McIntosh, LMHC, Professional Counselor

We’re here for you when life happens.

OUR MISSION: The Connection Center provides empathic, non-academic supports for students and their families, when life happens. In addition to establishing mutually identified goals with students and family members, we maintain an environment that fosters understanding, warmth, acceptance, and inclusion. We encourage and promote self-advocacy, self-empowerment, and the overall well-being of those we help.

  • The Connection Center provides services to students and families in a judgment free space.
  • The two main non-academic struggles faced by RCC students are food and housing insecurity.
  • 1 in 5 adults struggle with a “mental health issue” (anxiety, depression, etc.) at some point in their life.
  • Life Happens to everyone. Some people think that they have to figure their problems out on their own; that asking for help is a sign of “weakness.” This is a fallacy.  Self-advocacy is empowering.
  • If we can’t help you directly, we know someone who can. Some of the resources are available on-campus; others, in the community.  We will help you identify and connect with the appropriate resources, based on your individual situation.
  • United Way’s 211 confidential, free Helpline is available in multiple languages 365 days a year. Visit the Connection Center on campus or dial 211 directly for more information on how to receive assistance in the following health and human services areas:
  • Housing
  • Childcare
  • Clothing: Clothes Rack on Main Campus & Haverstraw campus; Community Clothing Services
  • Legal
  • Food: Student Voucher Program; RCC Food Cupboard; Community Food Pantries; SNAP application assistance; Nutrition education
  • Telephone/Cell Phone
  • Mental Health/Crisis
  • Discussion Groups
  • Medical/Prescription
  • Employment/Unemployment
  • Utilities: electric, gas, water
  • Health Insurance
  • Individual Counseling

 

Before withdrawing from your classes, come speak to us.

Coffee & Community Sessions Held Regularly!

  • De-stress When Life Happens Discussion Group
  • LGBT+ Discussion Group
  • Food Cupboard: Located on 2nd floor, Student Union.  Summer Hours of Operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-1 or by appointment.  Additional food support services available at Haverstraw Center and Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center.  Contact us for more info.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • We have partnered with Catholic Charities to help you complete and submit SNAP applications.

SNAP Assistance Hours

Spring 2018 SNAP Assistance Hours until Friday, May 11, 2018
DayHours of OperationLocation
Thursdays Noon - 2 pm The Connection Center, Suffern, NY (Technology Ctr., Rm 8372)
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