What's Happening at FCS
The Leading Lights Gala committee cordially invites you to join them on Saturday, October 27, at Navesink Country for the annual Leading Lights Gala, celebrating 109 years of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) and honoring our 2018 “Leading Lights”, Kathy Goullet, Ron Gillaspie and Monmouth Park Race Track. Tickets to the event may be purchased online at accel events or by contacting FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-22-9111 ext. 134 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Jersey Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) has granted full accreditation to Family & Children’s Service’s (FCS) Home Care Service, giving it high marks for maintaining the highest standards of quality care for its clients and their families. CAHC is a nonprofit accrediting body that insures industry standards for home care services throughout the state and accredits agencies that meet those standards. (more…)
Medicare Open Enrollment is right around the corner! That’s the period of time from October 15 through December 7 when eligible Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage plans without penalty. Seniors and other eligible beneficiaries who have questions about their Medicare options for 2019 are encouraged to contact FCS at 732-728-1331 to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a qualified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. (more…)
Nearly 100 golfers turned out to support the 2018 FCS Golf Classic, Monday, August 27th at Rumson Country Club. The annual event, originally scheduled for July 23rd, had to be postponed this year due to rain. Golf committee co-chairs Tony Frigoletto and Mark Stoll said despite the rescheduled date, turnout was great and the event generated more than $45,000 for the agency; funds that will directly impact the 8,000 clients served annually by FCS. To view photos from our 2018 FCS Golf Classic, visit our photo gallery.
FCS is proud to announce we will honor two outstanding volunteers, former FCS board member Kathy Goullet and former FCS Golf Classic co-chair, Ron Gillaspie, and our long-time community partner, Monmouth Park Race Track at the 2018 Leading Lights Gala, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Navesink Country Club (NCC). The honorees were announced at a kick-off reception for the gala Thursday, August 2nd at Navesink hosted by gala committee co-chairs Madonna Goss Robinson and Tiffany Senft. Check out our photo gallery for more photos from the event!
Delly Beekman, CEO of Family & Children’s Service (FCS), has announced that she will be retiring after what will be six years at the helm of Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency. In a message to the FCS board of directors and her staff, Ms. Beekman cited confidence in the agency’s current position and the board’s ability to find a qualified successor. (more…)
The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will host a special art exhibition and sale on Saturday evening, August 25th at the historic Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club to benefit FCS. The show, entitled Coastal Living, will run from 5 – 8 pm and feature more than 150 original works of art from more than 20 local artists, many of whom are nationally recognized. (more…)
End-of-year school celebrations don’t have to include sugary snacks! Students enrolled in our Healthy Buddies program know that healthy treats are not only good to eat, they are good for you!
This year, thanks to a generous donation from Foodtown, Healthy Buddies students were treated to healthy “snack packs” at their end-of-year party. The packs contained two pieces of fruit, a nut-free granola bar and a bottle of water — all “Go” foods, that is, foods children are encouraged to eat almost anytime. Foods heavier in sugar and fat content are called “Slow” and “Whoa” foods under the evidence-based curriculum shared through Healthy Buddies.
FCS developed RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Healthy Buddies in response to the startling increase in childhood obesity nationwide and the growing numbers of young children and adolescents who are at-risk for obesity here in New Jersey. Mimicking the format of our RSVP Reading Buddies childhood literacy program, Healthy Buddies partners adult volunteers in the classroom with third and fourth grade students to help them develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Specially trained volunteers guide students in making healthy choices. This unique partnership helps promote healthy lifestyle experiences that can be shared across generations, bringing empathy and compassion to a topic sometimes fraught with anxiety and frustration.