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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.

“We are delighted that the PAPJC’s has selected our agency as the beneficiary of their annual art exhibition,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman, “This is a great opportunity to use the passion and creativity of the artist community to support those facing challenging times in their lives.”

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Plein Air of the Jersey Coast founder Judy Stach paints a peaceful cove at Hartshorne Woods Park.

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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.

“It nourishes my soul,” Marcy says of the program, which pairs older volunteer readers with beginner readers in the classroom. “I love the fact that I can work with a small group of children and actually have an impact on their love of reading. It’s a gift to be able share my love of books with them. It’s like being a grandparent!”

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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.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s luncheon,” said Maureen Hintelmann, who together with Auxiliary co-president Maureen Kachinski, chaired the event. “We received tremendous support from the local business community and our auxiliary members. The contributions to our chance auction were some of the best yet!”

See photos from the 2014 Spring Luncheon

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FCS Celebrates National Nursing Week

FCS Home Care Nursing Team, l-r: Julieta Doclosen, Director of Nursing Kathleen Vourlos, Kathleen Rosa and Ciamara Yvonnet. Not pictured: Tara Wall and Elizabeth Loughlin

FCS Home Care Nursing Team, l-r: Julieta Doclosen, Director of Nursing Kathleen Vourlos, Kathleen Rosa and Ciamara Yvonnet. Not pictured: Tara Wall and Elizabeth Loughlin

Family & Children’s Service is marking National Nursing Week, May 6-11, by recognizing its team of skilled, professional nurses who work diligently everyday to improve the lives of our clients.

We are very proud of our team of six dedicated registered nurses who together care for more than 210 medically fragile clients,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “Without our Home Care services, many of our clients would not be able to remain in their homes.”

“Our nurses help fulfill our mission to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people during challenging times in their lives,” Delly says.

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Investors Bank Helps FCS Fight Homelessness

Left to right: FCS CEO Delly Bekman; Susan Thiers, Program Manager; John A. Gibney, Vice President, Investors Bank and FCS Board Chair Dena Reeger

Left to right: FCS CEO Delly Bekman; Susan Thiers, Program Manager; John A. Gibney, Vice President, Investors Bank and FCS Board Chair Dena Reeger

Investors Bank believes in the good work of FCS, especially when it comes to our efforts to break the cycle of homelessness in New Jersey. The area bank recently awarded FCS a grant for $2,500 to help expand our Representative Payee program, a financial management program currently serving more than 650 clients across the state.

For the past 14 years, FCS has been designated an “Organizational Representative Payee” by the Social Security Administration, allowing it to manage the funds of beneficiaries who, due to mental or physical disabilities, are incapable of managing their own finances. Typical Representative Payee (or Rep Payee) clients are referred to FCS by a caseworker or medical professional after having continuously exhausted their funds and routinely losing their housing. The program has been proven effective in breaking the cycle of homelessness.

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