Ty-Kiera Brown is a Development and Marketing associate at FCS and a passionate volunteer. In 2017, Ty-Kiera was honored by the Long Branch chapter of the NAACP with its “President’s Community Service Award.” This April, she will be honored with Trinity AME Church’s “Millennial Innovator Award” during its Remarkable Women Luncheon. Ty-Kiera shares with us her thoughts on Black History Month and what it means to her.
This year I became the most recent in a long line of board chairs who have proudly served Family & Children’s Service (FCS) over the past 109 years. It is a position I value highly and I am honored to be part of an organization that continues to be so vitally important to helping people in our community. I am grateful to our outgoing chair, Paul Stach, my board colleagues, and FCS CEO, Delly Beekman, for positioning the agency to best address the needs of our community today, while providing a solid foundation for the future. I look forward to working with them and our dedicated staff to fulfill the agency’s mission to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to people during challenging times in their lives.
As we celebrate the holiday season, please consider those in our community who struggle daily with physical, mental or developmental challenges and often lack the financial and educational resources to get the help they desperately need. Some have no reliable family to count on for help. Many have been caregivers who are now unable to care for themselves. And most live lives that make them extremely vulnerable and put their health and safety at risk.
More than 100 caregivers and their family members turned out for the eighth annual Caregiver Retreat on Saturday, October 28, at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown. Hosted by Monmouth County’s Office on Aging, the event featured nearly two dozen local care providers who offered information and advice about the various social services to help seniors and individuals regain their independence in the community.
Samantha White, FCS Director of Volunteer Services, was recently named a 2017 “Leader of Distinction in the Field of Aging” by SCAN, the Social Community Activities Network, an organization which provides activities and resources for those over age 50 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Samantha, who directs our in-school RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) programs Reading Buddies and Healthy Buddies, as well as our Medicare counseling service, SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) was was recognized for her service to the senior population during SCAN’s annual luncheon, Tuesday, October 17 at Seabrook’s Town Square Building. Congratulations Samantha and to all the 2017 honorees!
Our 2017 Leading Lights Gala was an overwhelming success, raising nearly $150,000 for FCS programs and services! More than 210 guests gathered at Navesink Country Club in Middletown on Saturday, October 14, to celebrate 108 years of FCS and pay tribute to six exceptional individuals: former FCS board president Dolores Klein, former FCS board member Donald Bush and members of the philanthropic rock band, The Docs of Rock, Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D, Dr. David Lessing, Dr. Kenneth Grossman and Dr. Scott Woska.
Get Ready for the 20017 FCS Leading Lights Gala!
The 2017 FCS Leading Lights Gala is just two weeks away! We’ve planned an enjoyable, exciting evening for our Honorees, former FCS Board President Dolores Klein, former FCS Board member Donald Bush and the talented and philanthropic Docs of Rock, their friends, family and all of our guests featuring outstanding gourmet fare, premium entertainment and two awesome auctions!