“My goal is a more just world, and I love being with people from other countries, so I feel very lucky to be able to do both in my own community. I’m also fortunate to help Kingston be a place that embraces diversity. And, finally, I am excited about immigrant friends helping to make Kingston a more vibrant, inclusive community.”

In December, Daniel Woodham became UIDN’s first employee. Working part-time he manages the helpline and caseload. An Ulster County native, Daniel was born in Kingston Hospital. He attended Tillson Elementary School, Bailey Middle, and Kingston High School. He then lived elsewhere — mostly Oregon and North Carolina — while also spending time in Belgium, Germany, South Asia, and many Central and South American countries.

Daniel returned to this area almost five years ago, moving to Kingston with his wife Andrea and son Miles. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

In an earlier life Daniel provided crisis intervention and mental health services to youth and adults. He also worked as an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher with Montagnard immigrants from Vietnam. For the last 11 years Daniel has been a full-time organic vegetable farmer. He will continue farming as an outdoor counterbalance to working with UIDN.

“I feel honored to work with UIDN,” Daniel says. “The volunteers demonstrate an incredible commitment to solidarity and helping ‘our community of friends.’ I am bolstered and amazed by the work that they have done in the last five years. My goal is a more just world and I love being with people from other countries so I feel lucky to be able to do both in my own community.

“The Kingston community has a markedly different face than when I was growing up here. I’m fortunate to now help Kingston be a place that embraces a diversity of people. I also am excited about immigrant friends helping to make Kingston a more vibrant, inclusive community.”