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Getting Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment

The all-important fall Medicare Open Enrollment period gets underway on October 15th, but seniors don’t have to wait until then to receive answers to their Medicare questions. We offer free, impartial, confidential counseling to Monmouth County residents, regardless of income, through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Get the details on our blog.

County SHIP Coordinator Samantha White spoke recently with Comcast Newsmakers about the program, available to new and existing Medicare beneficiaries.

You’re Invited for a Night on the Blue Danube

BlueDanubeCoverwebThe public is cordially invited to Family & Children’s Service’s 2014 fundraising Gala, Blue Danube, Saturday, October 25th at the beautiful Navesink Country Club honoring Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund and former FCS Board member Nina Riccio. Join us for a celebratory night of dinner and dancing as we mark 105-years of service to the community. Contact Diane Gribbin for tickets and sponsorship information.

Golfers Tee Off for FCS at Annual Golf Classic

2014 FCS Golf Classic Chairs John O'Donoghue, Ron Gillaspie and Tony Frigoletto

2014 FCS Golf Classic Chairs John O’Donoghue, Ron Gillaspie and Tony Frigoletto

The calendar may have read Monday, July 28th, but the weather felt more like early June when more than 120 friends, family and supporters of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) took to the greens at Navesink Country Club to raise money for the 106-year-old nonprofit social service agency at the 2014 FCS Golf Classic.

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Preventing Homeless

Managing a budget is not an easy task, but for individuals struggling with physical, mental or emotional impairment, it is often impossible. Financial mismanagement can result in the loss of their utilities, housing and ultimately, their independence. FCS’s Representative Payee program helps prevent homelessness and improve the quality of life for more than 700 at-risk clients throughout New Jersey and the nation by managing their finances. Sue Thiers, Manager of Representative Payee Services, explains how and why the program works.

Giving New Life to Old Clothes, Campers visit the Thrift Boutique

FCS volunteer Manager Samantha White helps campers decide which donated vintage wedding dress to re-purpose for their Eco-Fashion Camp projects.

FCS volunteer Manager Samantha White helps campers decide which donated vintage wedding dress to re-purpose for their Eco-Fashion Camp projects.

Hoping to turn their fashion dreams into reality, campers from the Monmouth County Park System’s Eco-Fashion Camp dropped in on Family & Children’s Service’s Thrift Boutique recently to hunt for items they could repurpouse into outfit of their own design. The girls, ranging in age from 9 to 13, were asked to purchase one pair of denim jeans, a man’s tie, t-shirt and one formal outfit for under $20; a challenge that took some of them by surprise.

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Artist Group to “Paint it Forward” for FCS


Members of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) on a recent outing to Hartshorne Woods Park.

The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will host a special Art Exhibition and Sale from 5-8 pm on Saturday, August 16 at the historic Monmouth Beach, Bath & Tennis Club to benefit Family & Children’s Service. “Paint It Forward” will feature more than 150 original works from 30 local artists, many of whom are nationally known for their plein air work. Proceeds from the event will help support FCS’s 11 diverse programs and services, from homelessness prevention and childhood literacy, to home care and adult protective services.

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