FCS Board Launches Community Dialogue on Emerging Needs

Furthering Our Mission:
Family & Children’s Service Seeks
Input from Community Leaders
To help shape Agency’s Strategic Plan
Kicks off Initiative with Long Branch Community Leaders this week

FCS Board Launches Community Dialogue on Emerging Needs

FCS Board and Staff meet with Long Branch Community Leaders

Pictured (from left to right): Patricia A. Keating R.N., FCS Board member and Vice-President, Quality/Risk Management at Monmouth Medical Center; Dena Reger, Esq., Vice Chair, FCS Board of Directors; Marta Silverberg, CEO of Monmouth Family Health Center; Jason Roebuck, Director of Public Safety for the City of Long Branch; Nancy Wagner, a social worker with Monmouth Medical Center; Michael Salvatore, Long Branch Superintendent of Schools; Delly Beekman, CEO of FCS and Richard J. Angelo, Esq., member of the FCS Board of Directors.

LONG BRANCH, NJ, July 18, 2013 – Citing a desire to further its mission to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling, representatives from Family & Children’s Service (FCS) this week invited a number of Long Branch community leaders to join them in a dialogue about community needs and how the agency might help address them now, and in the future. The discussion, which took place Tuesday, July 16th at FCS’s offices in Long Branch, included Long Branch Superintendent of Schools Michael Salvatore; Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck; Marta Silverberg, CEO of Monmouth Family Health Center; Nancy Wagner, a social worker from Monmouth Medical Center; FCS CEO Delly Beekman; Dena Reger, Vice Chair of the FCS Board of Directors and FCS Board members Patricia Keating and Richard Angelo.

FCS is the oldest social service agency in Monmouth County and currently serves more than 18,000 clients throughout Monmouth County with a dozen different programs, including: Adult Protective Services, Representative Payee, home care, respite care, Medicare insurance counseling, volunteer services, child literacy and child obesity prevention programs. FCS Board member Richard Angelo, who resides in Long Branch, told those gathered that “Family & Children’s Service has been addressing the changing needs of this community for more than 103 years. Now we are asking you, what else can we do?”

The discussion covered a diverse range of topics and resulted in a number of suggestions, from providing services to victims of domestic violence, to offering medical case management to homebound clients, to creating more programs aimed at combating the alarming increase in childhood obesity.

Marta Silverberg, CEO of Monmouth Family Health Center, said there is hope. “When the communities get involved, we have been able to affect change.”

FCS Board Vice-Chair Dena Reger says Tuesday’s gathering was the first in a series of meetings FCS plans to convene with community leaders throughout Monmouth County as part of the agency’s strategic planning process.

“We were delighted to have the participation of these reputable and knowledgeable Long Branch community leaders,” Reger added. “We look forward to continuing this conversation in the other communities we serve, to ensure that the needs of the vulnerable are being addressed and met.”

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