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RE-IMAGINE 2015 to be held May 30

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Family & Children’s Agency is thrilled to announce its spring benefit will see a transformation! This year’s event, RE-IMAGINE 2015, will be held on Saturday, May 30 at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT.  The evening will highlight Family & Children’s Agency and the 10,000+ individuals we impact throughout Fairfield County.  With a chic new venue, inventive cuisine, and entertainment by Broadway star Liz Callaway, you won’t want to miss RE-IMAGINE!

As you may know, RE-IMAGINE is our largest annual fundraising initiative; we host hundreds of guests from Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Westport, Wilton and surrounding communities for an evening of dining, entertainment, silent auction, as well as a compelling program.  Since 1942, Family & Children’s Agency has been helping individuals in our community build better lives. As a leading nonprofit human service agency, we are committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients. We provide solution focused services that meet the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle, including children, families, youth, adults and seniors.

To learn more about RE-IMAGINE 2015, click here.  

We hope you’ll consider joining other businesses and community leaders in supporting RE-IMAGINE. Opportunities to support RE-IMAGINE include:

To print a hard copy of the RE-IMAGINE 2015 packet, please click here.

Weston Women’s League Hosts 7th Annual Baby Shower for New Moms

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Weston Women’s League hosted its annual Baby Shower for new and expecting mothers on May 7 at Christ Church in Norwalk. Approximately 30 mothers participating in Family Support & Prevention services at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) were treated to a healthy lunch and received gifts, such as clothing, toys, diapers and other baby essentials. This is the Weston Women’s League’s seventh year hosting this event. Weston Women's League

“Many of these women did not have a baby shower of their own and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate becoming a mother,” said Mary Kate Locke, Director of Adoption and Prevention Services at FCA. “We are grateful to the Weston Women’s League for all their hard work in planning this beautiful event.”

Family Support & Prevention services at FCA provides support and guidance to parents and their young children through the Nurturing Family Network, Fatherhood Initiative, Maternal Outreach and Mentoring Service (MOMS) program, Healthy Start and Child FIRST. The program’s trained staff educates parents so they can build a strong foundation for their family’s growth. All programs are offered free of charge in English and Spanish to families in the Greater Norwalk area and are on a voluntary basis.

FCA Home Care Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month

The month of May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month, a time to honor the contributions of older adults in our communities. This year’s theme is “Get into the Act” and focuses on how older Americans are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and making a positive impact in the lives of others. FCA Home Care offers a wide spectrum of services providing aging adults with peace of mind, security and dignity. A service that is unique to FCA Home Care is the Caregiver Support program, which provides free individual counseling and in-home support to family members caring for aging adults. This program is offered free of charge with support from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA).

According to Megan Haque, LCSW with FCA Home Care, caregivers can feel burnt out, stressed or overwhelmed with the role they have taken on. “The Caregiver Support program allows family caregivers to speak freely and express how they are feeling in this role without fearing judgment,” says Megan. “It gives them the opportunity to connect with a trained therapist and to meet in the comfort of their own home.”

The Caregiver Support program also offers referrals to doctors and home care providers for aging seniors.

To learn more about the Caregiver Support program, contact Megan Haque, LCSW with FCA Home Care, at (203) 831-2900 or email mhaque@fcagency.org

FCA Home Care provides peace of mind, security and dignity for you or your loved one. We provide a continuum of care to allow adults to remain safe and independent in their own homes. We are your trusted Fairfield County nonprofit Home Care provider, and our services include Personal Alert emergency response system, Live-In Care, Home Health Aides, Homemakers and Companions, Assisted Transportation and Home Modification. Our staff is licensed with the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and thoroughly vetted. As part of a larger human service agency, our knowledge of adult care is unparalleled.

FCA Home Care to Host Alzheimer’s Discussion on April 30

On Thursday, April 30, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) Home Care team will lead a discussion on elderly memory loss, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This event is free and open to the public. Megan Haque, LCSW, and Barbara McNair Odeh, R.N., will provide information and insight into the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, progression of the disease and tips for successfully caring for a loved one.

FCA Home Care provides peace of mind, security and dignity for you or your loved one. We provide a continuum of care to allow adults to remain safe and independent in their own homes. We are your trusted Fairfield County nonprofit Home Care provider, and our services include Personal Alert emergency response system, Live-In Care, Home Health Aides, Homemakers and Companions, Assisted Transportation and Home Modification. Our staff is licensed with the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and thoroughly vetted. As part of a larger human service agency, our knowledge of adult care is unparalleled.

Wednesday, April 30
6:30 p.m.
Family & Children’s Agency
140 Water St. Norwalk, CT

Please call (203) 831-2900 to RSVP

For more information, please contact Megan Haque, FCA Home Care LCSW, at (203) 831-2900 or email mhaque@fcagency.org.

Minks to Sinks’ Spring Sale

Thank you to Minks to Sinks for another successful Spring Sale!

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Minks to Sinks, often referred to as the greatest treasure hunt in town, will kick off its spring sale this weekend on Saturday, May 2 at the corner of Danbury Road (Route 7) and School Road in Wilton. An auxiliary of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), Minks to Sinks holds two tag sales per year offering an incredible variety of clothing, furniture, kitchen items, art, books, athletic equipment, toys and more. Proceeds from each sale benefit FCA.Website

Minks to Sinks has its roots in Wilton, having taken place since 1931. Today, the sale brings out nearly 200 volunteers from the Wilton community, many of whom have been involved in Minks to Sinks for over 30 years. During the semi-annual sale, volunteers work tirelessly to price, ticket, organize and display the thousands of items that are donated or consigned for the sale. Volunteers don the trademark red, white and blue striped aprons.

“Family & Children’s Agency’s relationship with Minks to Sinks dates back as far as the 1950s. In that time period, Minks to Sinks has donated roughly $2.9 million to FCA,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are grateful each year for their wonderful work.”

Minks to Sinks sale hours are:

  • Saturday, May 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4 : 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday and Monday dates are half-priced bargain days, with all items for sale at 50 percent off the marked price. On Monday, all shoppers may fill a bag with any merchandise at the sale for only $7.

For additional information on the Minks to Sinks sale, visit www.minkstosinks.info.

After School Program Students Ask for Luggage Donations

The After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) serves 50 Norwalk middle school youth throughout the school year. Character building is a large component of the Program’s curriculum, and recently the students learned about “citizenship” by hearing about other programs at FCA, including Specialized Foster Care and Homeless Services.

As they learned more, the students realized that many youth in foster care and homeless adults do not even have luggage to carry their belongings from home to home and rely on garbage bags. Duffle bags and luggage are items that so many of us take for granted. Arriving at a new foster home or taking steps to transition out of homelessness can be daunting, but having something as simple as a duffle instead of a garbage bag can help an individual navigate these transitions with dignity and confidence.

FCA is so proud of our After School Program students. Please help us in spreading the word to get local organizations to donate luggage of any kind to help these students help others.

To donate luggage, contact Anne Schneider, Coordinator of Mentoring Services, at (203) 523-5776 or email aschneider@fcagency.org.

 

Family & Children’s Agency Celebrates Week of the Young Child

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The third week of April is recognized nationally as the Week of the Young Child, a period to celebrate and increase attention on early childhood programs and services that meet the needs of young children and their families. This year’s theme, as deemed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners.” Many events will be held throughout the greater Norwalk region this month, and to kick off the week Family & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) Family Support & Prevention services held a Literacy Day on Friday, April 10. This annual event was hosted by students and volunteers from Pear Tree Point School in Darien.

Pear Tree Point School students read to young children on Literacy Day.

Pear Tree Point School students read to young children on Literacy Day.

“It’s so important to read to young children, even at early ages,” said Mary Kate Locke, Director of Adoption and Prevention Services at FCA. “These early years help shape their learning and development. Literacy Day created a fun environment for families with young children to come together and promote reading.”

Approximately 20 students from Pear Tree Point School and adult volunteers hosted the event at Christ Church in Norwalk, which included a healthy lunch, crafts and live music for children to sing along. Students from Pear Tree Point School paired off with families with young children and read stories aloud.

In addition to Literacy Day for FCA families, other Week of the Young Child sponsors in the greater Norwalk region include the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Early Childhood Council, Norwalk School Readiness Providers, and Norwalk Early Childhood Office. Visit their websites for upcoming events and activities.

Family Support & Prevention services FCA provides support and guidance to parents and their young children through the Nurturing Family Network, Fatherhood Initiative, Maternal Outreach and Mentoring Service (MOMS) program, Healthy Start and Child FIRST. The program’s trained staff educates parents so they can build a strong foundation for their family’s growth. All programs are offered free of charge in English and Spanish to families in the Greater Norwalk area and are on a voluntary basis.

For more information, please contact Mary Kate Locke, Director of Adoption and Prevention Services, at (203) 855-8765 or email mlocke@fcagency.org.

Celebrating Extraordinary Women!

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Your honoree will receive a card with this painting created by a client in the Community Connections Center Art Program at Family & Children’s Agency for adults experiencing homelessness.

Honor someone in your life this Mother’s Day by supporting at-risk mothers and children in our community. With your donation, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) will mail someone you’d like to honor a card that showcases artwork by an Agency client.

Sent in early May, the notecard will explain that you have chosen to honor them by making a donation to support programs at FCA that benefit at-risk mothers and children in our community.

Some ways in which your donation can support mothers and their children are:

  • In-home instruction for a first-time mother and her infant
  • Educational resources for a parenting group
  • Pre-natal education to increase the incidence of full-term, healthy births
  • Prevention programs to reduce childhood abuse and neglect

$50 – 1 Honoree / In Memory Card
$100 – 3 Honorees / In Memory Cards

Click here to send someone special a card this Mother’s Day.

Please reply by May 2.

Building Better Lives through Bridge

Thank you to everyone who supported Build Better Lives through Bridge! It was a wonderful morning and a great success!

 

Join Family & Children’s Agency on April 8 at Wee Burn Country Club for a morning of breakfast and bridge! Build Better Lives through BridgeBridge Front Cover welcomes experienced and novice bridge players to come together for an exciting morning to support FCA.

Click here to register!

Wednesday, April 8
Wee Burn Country Club
410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien

9 a.m. Registration and Raffle
9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Program
10 a.m. Sanctioned Duplicate and Social Bridge

Special thanks to our dedicated committee!
Jill Dimitrief
Rita Marber
Ginny Martin
Lisa Moseley

Thank You for Supporting FCA on Fairfield County Giving Day!

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Thank you to everyone who supported Fairfield County Giving Day!

Previous post: Thursday, March 5 is the second annual Fairfield County Giving Day, powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. It’s 24 hours to give where you live. Be a part of something big and  support Family & Children’s Agency and help turn your $10 donation into $25,000.

Fairfield County Giving Day will be held from 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. on March 5. Hundreds of nonprofits throughout Fairfield County will be competing for a grand prize of $25,000. The organization  with the most donations wins, so whether you give $10 or $100, you can help make a difference! Contact Janina Serrao, Director of Development, with any questions regarding your donation at (203) 855-8764 or jserrao@fcagency.org.

Click here to make a donation!

 

 

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