Happy 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.
More 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.”
Congratulations 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.”
Our 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.
Kindergarten and First Grade students at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School got a special treat this week. Instead of their usual visit by their Reading Buddies volunteers, the children were given the opportunity to read aloud to a very important guest – a tiny four-legged visitor named Jackie.
We are pleased to announce that FCS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Anna DeJesus has been selected as a finalist for a CFO Innovation Award sponsored by CFO Studio Magazine. Congratulations Anna!
Anna is one of 63 CFOs in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut region to be nominated for the Innovation Award, which is given to a CFO who “successfully applies creative and innovative solutions to significant organizational challenges, whether internal or external.”
Congratulations to former FCS Board member Susan Sorokolit of Rumson, and Alan and David Robinson, principals of Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, for being named Honorees at the agency’s annual fundraising gala, “Eh Komo Mai Hawaii,” or Welcome to Hawaii, to be held Saturday, October 24th at the Navesink Country Club.
FCS’s largest benefit, the Gala raises critical funds for our programs and services, including home care for the frail and elderly, homeless prevention services for the mentally, physically and developmentally disabled, and literacy and nutrition programs for children in underserved communities. Learn more
Golf enthusiasts are invited to help support essential services for the vulnerable in our community by participating in the annual Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Golf Classic, Monday, June 29 at the beautiful Rumson Country Club.