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.
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.
More than 100 golfers teed off at the 2015 Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Golf Classic at Rumson Country Club on June 29th to raise over $40,000 for essential community programs and services, including home care and caregiver relief, financial management assistance, and childhood obesity prevention. Learn more
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.
The 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…)
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.