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
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.
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.