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Senior Corps Programs Convene in DC

Staff from FCS’s Volunteer Services program joined leaders from hundreds of nonprofit and volunteer organizations from across the country in Washington, D.C. this month for the 2018 “National Senior Corps Convening” hosted by the Corporation for National and Community for Service (CNCS). The three-day event brought together directors and staff from the Corps’ Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to network with peers, learn best practices and hear from national experts in the fields of aging.

FCS wins big at annual Day at the Races

When Arlene and Maurice “Butch” Lospinoso throw a party, everyone shows up!  This past Sunday, despite the blistering heat and humidity, the Middletown couple rallied more than 180 of their closest friends and family to attend their annual “Day at the Races” fundraiser at Monmouth Park Racetrack benefiting FCS.  Butch, an avid horse racing fan, and Arlene, a former Chair of the FCS Board of Directors and president of the agency’s Navarumsunk Auxiliary, have been organizing “Day at the Races” for more than 20 years to raise funds for essential FCS programs and services, including protection for vulnerable adults, home care for the frail and elderly and school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being. Their efforts have resulted in thousands of dollars in support for the agency.

Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse

Friday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; a day set aside for communities around the world to raise awareness about elder abuse, and to shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, escalating problem. Jessica Reyes, FCS Director of Adult Protective Services for Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, recently testified before the Monmouth County Office on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services on the need for sustained funding of services to protect the growing number of vulnerable adults in our community. Here is her testimony:

The Gift of Literacy

When it comes to summer, reading may not be the first thing on a child’s mind, but it is an important activity for maintaining beginner reading skills. Research shows that low-income children often lose reading skills over the summer due to lack of access to reading materials, causing them to fall behind their more advantaged classmates.  To help level the playing field, Reading Buddies volunteers at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School are giving away free books to every child in their classrooms , regardless of income.

Annual Fashion Show raises $10,000 for FCS
Model Tiffany Senft

Thank you to the more than 200 guests who turned out to support the Navarumsunk Auxiliary’s 61st Annual Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, May 9th at Branches in Long Branch. The event is expected to raise $10,000 to benefit for FCS programs and services, including protection for vulnerable adults, home care for the frail and elderly and school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being.

On Being a Nurse

Kathleen Rosa is Registered Nurse with FCS Home Care Services, part of a team of four registered nurses who oversee the daily care needs of our nearly 200 Home Care clients. As part of National Nurses Week, we asked Kathleen, whose nursing career has spanned five decades, to share her thoughts on being a nurse. 

This week is National Nurses Week — a significant week for me as this year marks 50 years since I finished nursing school and began my nursing career!

I graduated from the Central Islip State School of Nursing, a hospital-affiliated nursing school, in 1968 and landed my first nursing assignment at New York Hospital in the pediatrics unit. A second pediatrics assignment followed at the Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, (now the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, an affiliate of the New York Medical College School of Medicine). I enrolled in the Baccalaureate program at Long Island University, and soon after, was inspired to change my focus by one of my nursing professors. She taught Public Health and had a newspaper photo of herself at work in Brooklyn on a bicycle with her nursing bag in a basket in the back. What could be better than that?!

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.

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.