FCS Blog

Meet Mariah Nelson, July Aide of the Month

Congratulations to our July Aide of the Month, Mariah Nelson! Mariah received her Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) training through Family & Children’s Service and has been with the agency for 12 years. When asked what inspired Mariah to become a CHHA she explained “I saw the need to help people and when I saw how gratified I felt after caring for my clients, I thought this is what I should do.” (more…)

Meet Gloria Valbrune, June Aide of the Month

Congratulations to our June Aide of the Month, Gloria Valbrune! Gloria has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with FCS Home Care Services for an impressive 24 years. Prior to working at FCS, Gloria worked at a nursing home where two coworkers suggested she apply for a job at FCS. Gloria remembers thinking “I don’t drive and I know they will ask me for a driver’s license. So, when I got my driver’s license I applied.”

Gloria recalls taking her certification class at FCS in 1995, proudly remembering “I took the class and started working right away. I finished on Friday and started working on Monday.” (more…)

FCS wins big at 2019 Day at the Races

For more than twenty years, Arlene and Maurice “Butch” Lospinoso have rallied an impressive crowd of their closest friends and family to turn out for their annual Day at the Races fundraiser at Monmouth Park Racetrack benefitting FCS. On Sunday, June 30, the guest list reached a record breaking 210 people who were brought together 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. (more…)

Meet Melissa Greiss, May Aide of the Month

Congratulations to our May Aide of the Month, Melissa Greiss! Melissa has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with FCS Home Care Services for two years, receiving her training through FCS in 2016. Formerly a pre-school teacher, Melissa has taken her passion for helping people and employed it to different demographic still in need of care and compassion.

Melissa describes how working for a nonprofit holds importance to her. “I feel like giving back, not working for a company that is just in it for the money.” She explains, “At the end of the day you are making a difference in someone else’s life.” (more…)

Meet Betty Gadson, April Aide of the Month

Congratulations to our April Aide of the Month, Betty Gadson! Betty has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with FCS Home Care Services for seven years. Formerly a trained Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) with a local nursing facility, Betty says she prefers providing care for her clients in the comfort of their own homes.

“I really get attached to my clients,” Betty explains. “I help take care of them, but what they really want is companionship. They enjoy having someone who they can talk to and share their stories.”


A Dream to be a Nurse

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of becoming a nurse.  After graduating high school, I happily enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York, but a family situation interrupted my plans. I moved home, enrolled in Katharine Gibbs Business School and for the next 20 years, worked as a legal secretary and legal assistant. (more…)

It Starts in the Heart

Grace Edmond is a Certified Home Health Aide with FCS Home Care Services. She is also an aspiring nurse, hoping one day to work in the field of pediatrics. It’s a goal she set when she was was just 14-years old after facing down a serious health scare.

“The whole thing was hard on me and my parents,” Grace recalls. “Seeing my parents have to go through all of that — a new illness, finding treatment, helping me learn how to manage it and live a life of optimum health. It was challenging.” (more…)

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! The name and purpose of this day of recognition has changed slightly over the years. It originated during World War II, when there was a need for skilled administrative professionals in the workforce. It helped to recognize the contributions that administrative personnel brought to the economy, as well as support their personal development and hopefully attract people to the field.