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NEWBURGH’S COLIN JARVIS NAMED CITIZEN OF THE MONTH

NEWBURGH’S COLIN JARVIS NAMED CITIZEN OF THE MONTH

Jarvis recognized for his dedication to some of the most vulnerable in the City of Newburgh

Colin Jarvis, Executive Director of the Newburgh Ministry, has been named the county’s February Citizen of the Month for his many contributions and dedication to the city and its residents. “Colin Jarvis is a kind and generous man who cares deeply about helping those in need,” County Executive Steve Neuhaus said. “Through his service at the Newburgh Ministry, he has had a positive impact on hundreds of Newburgh residents.”  Over the past month Jarvis spent much of his time making sure that the Newburgh homeless population had a safe place to stay during the harshest weather, and a caring ear to speak their concerns to.  The ministry provides shelter, emergency meals, financial assistance and counseling to residents in need. Jarvis has served as the Newburgh Ministry’s Executive Director for six years and has worked in the Social Services field since the early 1990s. He said his own humble beginnings growing up in Antigua inspired him to help people. One of eight children, Jarvis and his family grew up poor. In 1992, he moved to the U.S. permanently, earning his master’s degree in Human Services at the Metropolitan College of New York. “Poverty doesn’t always have to mean doom and gloom,” Jarvis said. “Struggles tend to build character. I grew up dirt poor and I consider my story a miracle, but in the grand scheme of things nothing is impossible. The sky is the limit.” He and his family live in Newburgh and Jarvis, who sits on the Boards of  Cornerstone Family Health Center and Independent Home Care, has said that some of his proudest work has been accomplished in the bustling city.This is also about the people in Newburgh. They are some of the poorest folks, but they are genuine and have big hearts.”

 

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