FCS Blog

Honoring our Volunteers
Reading Buddies volunteers at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School

Happy National Volunteer Month! What a great time to reach out and say THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time to volunteer, especially to the nearly 200 dedicated individuals who serve with our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  As the Director of Volunteer Services here at Family & Children’s Service (FCS), I am privileged to partner with our RSVP volunteers to deliver programs and services that have a lasting impact in our community. (more…)

Social Workers. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.

March is National Social Workers Month, a time to highlight the important work of social workers in our community. This year’s theme, “Social Workers. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” speaks to the various roles social workers play in bringing people together to help society solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Samantha Schween, one of 17 professional social workers who work at Family & Children’s Service (FCS), reflects on how this year’s theme applies to her work with the most vulnerable. (more…)

Black History Month: What it Means to Me

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.


Continuing our Commitment to the Vulnerable

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. (more…)

The Season of Giving

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…)

Services to Keep you Safe at Home

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. (more…)

Leaders in the Field of Aging

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!