FCS Blog

Saluting our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

FCS Volunteer Harry Scher

When Harry Scher turned 95 last year, he celebrated by doing something he does every week; volunteering! For nearly 30 years, the Manalapan senior has volunteered with our SHIP program (the State Health Insurance Assistance Program), helping his peers find answers to their Medicare questions. He is one of more than 200 senior volunteers who come to FCS through our Retired and Senior Volunteer Service (RSVP) program, a federally-funded program of The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). RSVP leverages the lifetime of skills and experience of older volunteers to improve the lives of others in our community. Unfortunately, it and all other CNCS programs are designated for elimination under the Federal 2018 budget.

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Stand Up for Social Work

APS Director Lisa Barnes speaks with LSW Michelle Russell

March is National Social Workers Month, a time to raise awareness of the contributions of professional social workers throughout the nation. The theme, “Social Workers Stand Up” reflects what most social workers do on a day-to-day basis, stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Arlene Lospinoso, a Woman making a Difference

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Arlene Lospinoso

We are so pleased to announce that former FCS Board Chair and our current FCS Navarumsunk Auxiliary President Arlene Lospinoso was recently awarded the Junior League of Monmouth County’s 2016 Women Making a Difference Community Volunteer Award!  The JLMC initiated the award three years ago “ …to recognize the many valuable contributions being made by women volunteers in our local community.” Arlene was one of 15 women nominated for the award by representatives of area nonprofit organizations. (more…)

Gaining Strength through Adversity

FCS CEO Delly Beekman

Happy Fall everyone! We at FCS are looking forward to the change of season, especially in light of a very challenging summer.  Last month over the Labor Day holiday weekend, a plumbing failure caused more than 33,000 gallons of water to flow continuously throughout our office building, flooding hallways, the kitchen, Board room, server room, several offices and our reception area.  (more…)

Congratulations to our 2016 CHHA Graduates!

IMG_2388It’s not often that a graduation brings so many tears, but the students enrolled in FCS’s first free Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) training class have formed a very special bond. The group of 17 men and women proudly paraded in cap and gown into a Keyport High School classroom on Tuesday, July 26th, in front of family and friends to receive recognition for passing the exams need to become CHHAs. The students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they brought a mutually-shared enthusiasm to learn. (more…)

Advocating for the Vulnerable in our Community

“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.
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Wrapping Up another Healthy School Year

Healthy BuddiesThe battle against childhood obesity is making headway in five Monmouth County public elementary schools thanks to a special program led by volunteers from FCS, (Family & Children’s Service), Monmouth County’s oldest private, nonprofit social service agency. Now in its fourth year, Healthy Buddies partners adult volunteers with students in the classroom, guiding them in making healthy choices by leading nutrition lessons, promoting physical activity and providing healthy snacks. (more…)