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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 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.

Brilliant blue skies and spring-like temperatures greeted the 30 teams of men and women golfers who registered to play in either the 9-hole or 18-hole tournaments at the 2014 FCS Golf Classic. The sold-out event raises funds to support FCS’s 11 different programs and services focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations, from Adult Protective Services and Home Care, to Reading Buddies and Healthy Buddies.

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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

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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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Protecting Our Seniors

APSThis Sunday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; a day set aside to draw attention to this serious, often hidden problem. Our Director of Adult Protective Services Lisa Barnes blogs about the growing epidemic of elder abuse, and how we can work to prevent it. Read more.


FCS Launches Blog

FCS CEO Delly Beekman

FCS CEO Delly Beekman

In the agency’s first official blog post, Family & Children’s Service’s CEO Delly Beekman talks about strategic planning, the agency’s new user-friendly website and celebrating two very special groups of people.   Learn more.


Reading Buddies “Nourishes the Soul”

Reading Buddies volunteer Marcy Maxwell gets a thank You card from Kindergarten students at Highlands Elementary School

Reading Buddies volunteer Marcy Maxwell gets a thank You card from Kindergarten students at Highlands Elementary School

When RSVP volunteer Marcy Maxwell recently told a group of kindergarteners at Highlands Elementary School that she is moving far away and will no longer be able to read to them every week, one student protested. “Not fair,” he said. “Who made up that rule?”

Marcy has been volunteering with Family & Children Service’s (FCS) Reading Buddies program at Highlands for four years. The 69-year-old retired computer programmer and former FCS employee is excited about beginning the next chapter in her life, but laments she will miss being a Reading Buddy. Learn more


Hundreds turn out for Annual Spring Fashion Show

Model Karen Katich shows off a beautiful spring dress.

Model Karen Katich shows off a beautiful spring dress.

More than 200 guests turned out in style to celebrate the return of spring at the 57th Navarumsunk Auxiliary Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, Wednesday, May 7 at Branches in Long Branch. The annual event is anticipated to raise more than $10,000 for Family & Children’s Service, Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency whose mission is to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people during challenging times in their lives.

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