The holidays are almost here and once again, we are asking for your help in granting the wishes of area children whose families may not be able to provide gifts this holiday season. Family & Children’s Service is collecting new coats, hats, gloves, toys, books, gift cards and infant necessities for children taking part in Operation Sleighbells, our signature holiday giving program.
“Despite the relative prosperity of our area, many families, including working families, still struggle to make ends meet,” says Samantha White, program coordinator and FCS Director of Volunteer Services. “Operation Sleighbells helps fill the gap. By providing relief to families during what can be a stressful time of year, we are upholding our Mission to support people during challenging times.”
Thank you to the hundreds of friends, family and supporters who turned out for our annual fall fundraising Gala to help celebrate 106-years of Family & Children’s Service and honor three of our most charitable supporters, former FCS Board member and Rumson resident Susan Sorokolit and Alan and David Robinson, principals at Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork.
The Hawaiian themed event, “E Komo Mai o Hawaii” or “Welcome to Hawaii”, drew more than 200 people to the Navesink Country Club on Saturday, October 24th for a festive evening of dining and dancing. This year’s Gala is expected to raise over $125,000 to support critical community-based programs and services, including intervention services for neglected and exploited adults, home health and respite care for families seeking a way to care for an aging loved one at home, and financial management services for those at risk of homeless.
Today marks the start of Medicare Open Enrollment, the period of time from October 15th through December 7th when eligible Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage plans without penalty. Seniors who have questions about their Medicare options for 2016 are encouraged to call Family & Children’s Service (FCS) to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of our qualified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors. Learn more
August Aide of the Month Peggy McGirr
Peggy McGirr has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Home Care Services for 30 years. For more than half of that time, Peggy has been taking care of only one client, seven days a week, 365 days a year. She is so devoted to her client that Peggy frequently stops by during her off hours just to check on her. During Superstorm Sandy, Peggy went so far as to stay by her client’s bedside for three consecutive days until the storm passed and power was restored. It’s one of the many reasons she is being recognized as August’s Aide of the Month. Learn more
Materials for the interactive presentation
Often the best way to understand what another person is experiencing is to walk in their shoes, or in this case, see the world through their eyes. Recently, more than 50 Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) and Supportive Aides from our Home Care Services program had the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges and frustrations facing many of their clients while taking part in a special interactive training designed to simulate the experiences of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? We are currently seeking compassionate, enthusiastic and mission-driven volunteers to join our agency in the upcoming fall season through several of our programs including the FCS Thrift Boutique, Reading Buddies and Healthy Buddies. Learn more
Congratulations to FCS Home Care Services! Home Care recently received re-accreditation from the non-profit Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) which sets the standard for home care in New Jersey. CACH gave FCS Home Care Services full accreditation in every category including clinical supervision, case monitoring and risk management, all factors that contribute to a higher standard of care for clients and their families.
Friends of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) gathered on Friday, July 31 to enjoy a beachfront view of the sunset and conversation about the agency. Hosted by FCS Board member Paul Stach and his wife Judy, the event attracted both new and long-time FCS supporters and focused on several of the new services the agency has implemented this year, including its Medicaid Application Assistance Program (MAPP) and the Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC), both programs that provide help to the elderly or disabled throughout Monmouth County.
From time to time, FCS hosts get-togethers at various locations in order to thank donors, introduce community members to the agency, and report on how donor support is making a difference in our community. Also present at the event were Board members Jill Gemmel, with husband Bill, and Donna Robinson, with husband Alan. Through storytelling, FCS CEO, Delly Beekman explained top guests the positive impact the agency has had on many clients and the value that has given to their often challenging lives. FCS has several additional gatherings planned over the coming months.