Rondout Community • Kingston, NY

Contact Information

Rondout
88 West Chester St. and 100 West Chester St.
Kingston, NY 12401
United States
Tel: 845-331-6281
Email:  rondout@bruderhof.com

Established: 2004

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About Us:
Rondout is one of the first “house communities” that the Bruderhof started when we wanted to explore this more urban model of living in Christian community. The small, historic city of Kingston is centrally located to several large Bruderhof settlements, and Rondout has evolved to spearhead our outreach efforts in the Kingston area. We also run a New York State–licensed child care program staffed by Bruderhof members. We care for about a dozen children from Kingston and surrounding towns, as well as children of members living at Rondout.

Setting:
We have two houses on adjoining lots atop a steep hill on the highest property in Kingston. The main house is a 1906 colonial with a pillared front porch, two side porches, and a widow’s walk that provides great views of Kingston and the Catskill Mountains. The second, smaller house has the childcare facility on the first floor and basement and living quarters on the second floor. The residential lots include a narrow strip of forest, flower and vegetable gardens, and play spaces for the children in the childcare. At the bottom of the neighborhood hill is Rondout Creek, a tributary of the mighty Hudson River.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Our childcare provides a natural setting for outreach through the families we connect with. In addition, we provide time, food, and meals to several organizations, including the People’s Place food pantry and store, the Caring Hands soup kitchen and warming center, Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department, and the Everette Hodge Center, which provides after-school care for disadvantaged children. And we often have friends and neighbors over for dinner or other fun events. 

Point of Interest:
Before the Bruderhof took over the property, the main house had had many uses. Originally built as a residence, it has also served as a boys’ home, and a bed and breakfast.

Several current residents describe life at the Rondout Bruderhof:
Caroline Durgin

Carolyn: Here in Kingston, New York, is a small intentional community of about twenty individuals living together, both families and single people. I am twenty-one years old and have lived here for almost two three years. Our community is unique from the larger Bruderhof communities in that our size allows for more flexibility in responding to needs in the neighborhood. These range from encouraging a friend in the hospital, attending a funeral, or painting faces at a local children’s festival. I appreciate every opportunity for contact with people from beyond our community through the Group Family Daycare that we run here at the Rondout House. Ultimately we hope to positively impact future generations of Kingston and of course, there is never a dull moment in childcare!

Johnny Scott

Johnny: My wife, Heidi, and I live in a small Christian community, Rondout House. It’s a beautiful spot on the highest point in the city. For that reason, we have built a deck on top of the house with a beautiful view of the city and a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. In the summer months we meet each day first thing in the morning on the deck, to enjoy God’s creation and start the new day together. We also have a beautiful yard where we can enjoy larger gatherings with neighbors during the summer months. Our main mission living here in the city is reaching out to those around us. We do that through our daycare but also are involved in after-school programs, visiting old folks in the area, and connecting with our many friends, from city officials to the poor. We also volunteer with projects in Kingston: trail clearing and maintenance, replanting the median on part of the main road in the lower city, fixing up an after-school neighborhood center, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and much more.