FCS Blog

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…)

Older Americans: Blazing A Trail

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FCS Reading Buddies

May is Older Americans Month, an opportunity for us to recognize the perennial contributions of older Americans to our communities.  Today older Americans are living longer and more healthfully than ever before. Many are blazing trails, pursuing fulfilling second careers or finding inspiration through meaningful volunteer work. At FCS, (Family & Children’s Service,) we are enormously grateful for the contributions of our more than 300 Retired and Senior Volunteers who are the mainstay of our Reading Buddies, Healthy Buddies and SHIP programs. We are also appreciative of the hard work provided by many of the older volunteers who help guide our agency and raise funds for our programs and services. But as a nonprofit social service agency, we recognize that many older Americans face significant challenges as they age, challenges that they may not be able to meet on their own.

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Do Your Parents Need Help? Look for These Warning Signs

FCS’s Adult Protective Services Program Expands to Middlesex

Perhaps you’ve started to notice that mom’s getting more and more forgetful.  Her once organized house seems a bit less tidy and she is even missing important appointments.  And dad’s not getting around like he used to.  Getting up from a chair is harder for him and he seems unsure and unbalanced walking.  You notice these changes, but aren’t sure if it’s anything to worry about, or what to do.  (more…)