Poughkeepsie, NY

Restoring dignity to homeless, addicted women of the streets of Poughkeepsie, NY, through relationships of unconditional love & unlimited grace.

Every Saturday morning at 8:30 and Saturday evening at 6:00, we set up tables and tents on the corner of Main & South Clinton Streets to provide a hot meal, hope, love, prayer, clothing, food, and personal care items to whomever walks by.

A steaming cup of coffee, a kind word, a dry pair of socks. It doesn’t take much, but it means everything.

HOAM is a home-grown, nationally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is fully focused on sharing love, respect and dignity with the homeless, marginalized, and addicted people of Poughkeepsie. We place a special emphasis on serving homeless and vulnerable women by building relationships of grace, based on practical help and unconditional love.

Donations provide women with a meal or clean, dry clothing upon request, 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional monies go toward HOAM’s daily operations, as well as toward its long-term goal of creating a space of refuge for women affected by homelessness and addiction.


Photographer: Tyler Blodgett

The Founder

In 2013, Cara Mia Bacchiochi found herself looking through the bars of the same jail cell that had held her over 20 years before.

Two years later, having been rescued from a lifelong cycle of substance use, recovery, and relapse, she made up her mind to start a program that would bring help and comfort to other women who are caught in the same cycle of homelessness, abuse, and addiction with which she was so familiar.

Her ministry, begun with prayer, a few pairs of flip-flops and a case of water, now reaches hundreds of homeless and underprivileged people in Poughkeepsie every week.