What's Happening at FCS
February 13, 2019
Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency today announced that its Board of Directors has named Colleen Verriest, MSW, LCSW, as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Verriest brings to the agency more than 15 years of leadership experience in social services delivery in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including directing the development and expansion of essential programs and services designed to enrich the lives of children and families in the community. She becomes the 18th leader of FCS since the agency’s founding in 1909. (more…)
January 16, 2019
2019 is a significant anniversary for Family & Children’s Service (FCS); it marks 110 years since the agency’s founding in 1909 when a group of Long Branch community leaders came together to purchase gifts for impoverished children at Christmastime. Initially incorporated as “The Long Branch Society for the Improvement of the Poor,” the group quickly expanded it mission to meet other critical needs, offering clothing, housing, medical and legal assistance to those who could not afford it. (more…)
December 20, 2018
Hundreds of Monmouth County families enjoyed a brighter holiday season this year, thanks to dozens of area businesses, organizations and individuals who partnered with FCS to support our annual toy drive, Operation Sleighbells. The program, which traces its roots to our founding in 1909, provided thousands of donated toys, books, coats, pajamas and infant necessities to more than 1,700 local children in need.
February 21, 2019
The following was written by Kia Pratt, a social worker with FCS’s Community Support Services.
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans, many of whom overcame tremendous adversity to positively impact the future of our world. As an African American woman, I am especially interested in raising awareness of the too-often neglected achievements of African American women — women like pioneering social justice reformer Mary Church Terrell.
February 6, 2019
Congratulations to Jean Delva, January’s Aide of the Month! An eight year veteran of FCS Home Care Services, Jean began his career as a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) after immigrating from his native Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Prior to coming to the U.S., Jean was a government accountant, but without a license to practice in the U.S., he was unable to find work in the field. A friend encouraged Jean to attend an open house at FCS, and after meeting the staff, he decided to give Home Care a try.
January 14, 2019
Congratulations to Jolanta Waskiel for being named FCS Home Care Aide of the Month for December, 2018! A Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) for seven years, Jolanta received her CHHA training from our registered nurses in 2012 and has been with the agency ever since. She is being recognized for her exemplary service; in particular, caring for a challenging couple with psychosocial issues.
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