FCS is currently accepting applications for its free Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) class to be held this summer, July 5th through the 26th at Keyport High School in Keyport, NJ. The 76-hour training program, which can cost upwards of $1,500, is being offered at no cost to students through generous grants from Investors Bank™ and the Mary Owen Borden Foundation. The grants also include funds to cover many of the associated costs and fees normally absorbed by students, including educational materials, application and licensing fees. (more…)
“Our Home Health Aides are our ambassadors in the community. They are in the field, leading us in our Mission to provide compassionate care and helping us pursue our Vision to protect and preserve the dignity and independence of people in need.” – Delly Beekman, FCS CEO
Compassion. Empathy. Professionalism. Kindness. These were just a few of the adjectives used to describe six very special people who were recognized this month for their outstanding work on behalf of FCS (Family & Children’s Service) and their patients. Certified Home Health Aides Pierre Cambry, Velvet Taylor, Mary Edwards, Joyce Ross-Gunter, Gloria B. and Supportive Care Aide Jean Fields were named Aide of the Month in appreciation for all they do to meet the needs of individuals in their care. (more…)
“The grants that support our home care services are often the last option for people, and we are haunted by the thought that many people in real need are hidden in our community and do not even know about these services that could make a profound difference in their lives.”
FCS CEO Delly Beekman recently testified before the Monmouth County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services on the need for sustained funding of critical services for vulnerable adults in our community. FCS receives county funding to provide home care, supportive care services and Adult Protective Services to adults in the county. In recent years, that funding has been reduced.
As I write this, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has posted coastal flood watches and warnings due to the impact of Hurricane Joaquin on our area. All up and down the Jersey Shore, residences and businesses are busy boarding up windows, lying sandbags and restocking emergency supplies in the event of possible flooding and power outages. Television news stations have set up live trucks in flood-prone towns and everyone is monitoring the forecast on their mobile devices. It’s an all too familiar scene. With memories of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, we know the potential damage a hurricane can wreak on our homes, our livelihoods and our communities. Even as we hope for the best, we prepare for the worst. (more…)
Larissa Frenkel knows what it’s like to experience loss. At 62, she has lost two parents and two husbands to terminal illness. She also has had to say goodbye to her only daughter after leaving her homeland for a new home, thousands of miles away.
Growing up in her native Ukraine, Larissa was just 11 years-old when her mother died, leaving her to care for a grieving father and siblings. Running a household at such a young age forced Larissa to grow up quickly and leave childhood behind, but she says, “I did what I had to do.”
Family & Children’s Service recently honored four outstanding FCS Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) during a special staff recognition ceremony. Donna Moody, Venicia Louissant, Georganna DiPierro and Lydia Rivera were each selected as “Aide of the Month” for the months of March, April, May and June respectively. FCS CEO Delly Beekman presented the aides, all of whom have more than a decade of service to the agency, with award certificates and recognition pins. (more…)
When Norma Whiskey was a little girl growing up in Trinidad, she dreamed of becoming a doctor.
“I was a good student, very bright, and I always loved taking care of people,” Norma recalls. “When I was just 8 years-old, the neighbor would ask me to help her and I would go. My mother did not always like it, but I would go. It was something I was called to do.”
Norma, like many from her island nation, was forced to leave school at an early age and abandon her dream of becoming a doctor. But Norma’s desire to care for others never faded.