FCS Blog

Celebrating Black History Month

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.


Meet Jean Delva, Aide of the Month

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.


Jolanta Waskiel named Aide of the Month

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.


Giving is Personal. What motivates you to give?

Did you know that there are thousands of non-profit or 501(c)(3) organizations across Monmouth County: from parent-teacher organizations, garden clubs, and fraternal organizations, to hospitals, social service agencies, and local chapters of national organizations.  Non-profit staffs and volunteers work tirelessly to fulfill their organizations’ missions by advocating, educating, and raising funds that are essential to creating and sustaining programs and services that help people, save animals, provide food, preserve history, protect the environment, provide information so others can make informed decisions, and so much more.  (more…)

Navarumsunk Auxiliary Rings Out Another Big Year. Looks Ahead to the Next

At the recent Navarumsunk Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon, held at Rumson Country Club, the auxiliary’s 25 dedicated members took the opportunity to look back on another successful year of fundraising for FCS: recapping each event, reflecting on the auxiliary’s long history of support for the agency’s most vulnerable clients, and making plans for 2019. Deeply committed to strengthening, protecting and preserving the dignity and independence of people in need, the auxiliary also took up its yearly membership appeal, raising funds for the purchase of adult diapers for frail elderly and disabled Home Care clients who are unable to afford the supplies they need.  (more…)

Diane Tornquist, Aide of the Month
November Aide of the Month Diane Tornquist (center) with FCS Client Care Coordinator Lois Gidaro (left) and Director of Nursing Linda Mac Pherson

Diane Torquist has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Home Care Services for more than two decades. She trained with the agency in 1996 right after graduating from high school. At that time, Diane thought she would work as an aide for a few years, but to her surprise, she fell in love with the work.


The Benefits of Bridge

Playing Bridge is a great way to stay healthy as you age! Research shows the game can keep the mind sharp, enhance social life and nurture partnerships. That’s good news for the 120 guests who signed up for this year’s 2018 Benefit Bridge Luncheon, Wednesday, September 12th at Rumson Country Club hosted by the Navarumsunk Auxiliary. Most of the players who participated in the afternoon tournament were in their 70’s and 80’s and several were in their 90’s! (The American Contract Bridge League estimates the average age of today’s competitive U.S. bridge player is 71.) (more…)

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.