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Operation Sleighbells Needs Your Help

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Toys for Operation Sleighbells

The Holidays may be several months away, but FCS staff and volunteers are hoping for an early Christmas gift. The agency is in critical need of at least 5,000 square feet of space to house and operate its signature holiday gift giving program, Operation Sleighbells, or face the possibility of serving fewer needy families and children this holiday season.

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Smile and “E Komo Mai o Hawaii!”

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Gala photographer Scott Frederick prepares to take a photo of the 2015 Gala Committee.

Donning flower leis and dressed in festive tropical colors, the 2015 Gala Committee recently kicked-off the agency’s October fundraising gala with a luau breakfast at McCloone’s Pier House in Pier Village. “E Komo Mai o Hawaii” or “Welcome to Hawaii” is less than three months away! The annual fundraiser will be held October 24th at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ and will honor former FCS Board member Susan Sorokolit of Rumson and Alan and David Robinson, principals of Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork.

 

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Celebrating a Healthy Year!

IMG_4090The school year is quickly drawing to a close and with it, the end of another successful year for Family & Children’s Service’s (FCS) new in-school volunteer program, Healthy Buddies. To celebrate, students at the four participating Healthy Buddy schools were treated to an end-of-year party complete with a variety of healthy snacks, of course! Modeled after FCS’s highly-regarded Reading Buddies program designed to advance childhood literacy, Healthy Buddies partners specially trained volunteers, age 55 and older, with students in the classroom, helping children learn the attitudes and behaviors needed to maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  (more…)


Honoring Older Americans

Adult Protective ServicesHappy Older Americans Month, and Happy Birthday to the Older Americans Act! Fifty years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act into law, creating and funding a nationwide network of services for the aging that help older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. At Family & Children’s Service, these services include home care, caregiver support, respite care, elder abuse prevention, and much more. While our services are designed to help the client, in many cases, they also help the family. FCS Board member Brian Duffy explains how the agency’s intervention and care more than a decade ago profoundly affected his family.

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Hundreds Turn Out for Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show

IMG_3556More than 200 guests turned out in style to celebrate the long-anticipated return of spring at the 58th Navarumsunk Auxiliary Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, Wednesday, May 6 at Branches in Long Branch. The annual event is expected to raise more than $10,000 for Family & Children’s Service.

“For 58 years, the Navarumsunk Auxiliary has been hosting a luncheon to raise funds for essential FCS programs and services, such as child literacy, caregiver relief and homeless prevention,” FCS CEO Delly Beekman said. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such dedicated women who are still so devoted to FCS and the people we serve.”

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Venicia Louissaint, April “Aide of the Month”

VenetiawCongratulations to our April Aide of the Month, Venicia Louissaint! A native of Haiti, Venitia has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with FCS Home Care Services for more than a decade, a program that serves nearly 160 seniors and disabled clients, a majority of whom qualify for home care grant assistance from the Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veteran’s Affairs. Venicia says she became a CHHA to “help those who could not help themselves” and “lift their burdens.”

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FCS Delivers New Bikes for Highlands Elementary School students

HighlandscOur Health Buddies program recently expanded to Highlands Elementary School, and now students there have an extra incentive to lead healthier lives — new bikes!  The agency teamed with employees of Wells Fargo Advisors® and representatives of the Highlands Business Partnership to deliver twenty new bicycles and bicycle helmets yesterday to Highlands Elementary, a school where many of the students and their families are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

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