Mount, Newburgh Ministry celebrate successful alliance
March 28, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Left to right: Dean Goldberg, associate professor of
communication arts and film studies, and vice president of the
Newburgh Ministry Board of Directors; and his wife; Colin Jarvis,
executive director of the Newburgh Ministry; and Dr. David Kennett,
president of Mount Saint Mary College.
Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Ministry chronicled
the success of their longstanding alliance on Thursday, March 23 at
The event brought together both organizations – as well as
members of the local community – to celebrate the longstanding
Newburgh Ministry is a culturally diverse, grassroots
organization located in the City of Newburgh’s east end. It offers
dignity and hope to those who enter seeking shelter, resources,
solace, and fellowship. In an atmosphere of care, hospitality, and
non-violence, the ministry strives to improve living conditions,
transform lives, and honor God.
For years, Mount faculty and students have been engaged in
service learning through volunteering their time, energy, and
expertise at the Newburgh Ministry, aiding the underserved in the
City of Newburgh.
Colin Jarvis, executive director of the Newburgh Ministry,
addressed the crowd after an introduction from Mount President Dr.
David Kennett. The synergy between the Mount and the Newburgh
Ministry has not only benefited both organizations, he said, but
the Newburgh community as a whole.
“The collaboration was made in heaven,” he said. “We continue to
serve the poorest of the poor and help them transform their lives –
and the City of Newburgh. There’s a lot of work to be done and the
partnership we have now with the Mount will further advance what
we’re all trying to do.”
Dean Goldberg, associate professor of communication arts and
film studies, serves as vice president of the Newburgh Ministry
Board of Directors.
“For many years, the Mount has been very important to the
Newburgh Ministry, and vice versa,” said Goldberg. “The Mount is
very much steeped in the tradition of service, and the Newburgh
Ministry is a great reflection of that. We do a lot together.”
Goldberg noted that Mount Saint Mary College has participated in
many Newburgh Ministry projects and services. Through the college’s
Campus Ministry, students regularly donate hundreds of food and
clothing items per year, as well as volunteering their time.
The Mount’s School of Nursing has assisted Newburgh Ministry’s
physician in charge through the aid of nursing students, who temper
their classwork with the real-life experience. The School of
Business has also volunteered their time and students, including
helping the underserved complete their taxes in February, March,
and April though the Tax Aide program.
The college’s Sigma Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the
International Honor Society of Education, has recently initiated
the literacy program at the Newburgh Ministry. After less than six
months, it is already a great success.
The Division of Arts and Letters’ public relations students have
also worked with the Newburgh Ministry, as have members of Mount
Media, the college’s creative agency made up of students. The group
created a video for the 30th anniversary of the Newburgh Ministry
that aided in the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP, Mount Saint Mary College Board vice
chair; Sr. Patricia Sullivan ‘64, OP, professor emerita of
mathematics; and Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., campus chaplain and
director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry, are all currently serving
or have served as members of the Newburgh Ministry board.