For the third consecutive year, the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) has partnered with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) to promote creative expression through the arts. The Expressive Arts Class is a six-week elective underwritten by the Rowayton Arts Center for ASPIRE middle school students. Students have the opportunity to study visual arts and enhance their personal expression. Their artwork was unveiled at RAC on October 29 and will be on display for the public until November 12.
Danny stands with his artwork, which is featured at the Rowayton Arts Center.
“The Rowayton Arts Gallery offers our students a positive art experience that teaches both technique and self-exploration,” Amy Jeffereis, ASPIRE Manager. “Having the opportunity to see their art hanging in gallery and talk about their work strengthens their confidence and self-esteem.”
Family & Children’s Agency seeks to improve the lives of Norwalk youth by increasing their ability to be productive, independent young adults. The ASPIRE program is FCA’s after school program, located on the Norwalk Community College campus, and includes a middle school, high school and summer enrichment component. In addition to academic support, students in the ASPIRE program participate in electives throughout the school year. It is a multi-faceted, longitudinal program that promotes academic success and positive youth development.
For more than 50 years, the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) has been a community cultural hub that provides a welcoming environment for the exchange of arts-related ideas. Located on the banks of the scenic Five Mile River, the Arts Center hosts exhibitions, lectures, musical events and other activities. In its second-floor studio, RAC offers year-round classes and workshops for creative people of all ages and at all ability levels. RAC also underwrites arts education programs throughout Norwalk. For information call 203-866-2744 or visit the web site at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
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.
“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.
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
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 email@example.com.
Thank you to Minks to Sinks for another successful Spring Sale!
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.
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.
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 Bridge welcomes experienced and novice bridge players to come together for an exciting morning to support FCA.
Thank you to everyone who supported “Painting with a Purpose” at Painting with a Twist in Westport! Such a fun evening with friends of FCA. Special thanks to FCA’s Junior Board for all their hard work. View pictures of the event below!
Thursday, February 267 – 9:30 p.m.Painting With a Twist 1460 Post Road East – WestportSeating Limited – Register Now!
$40 per person
Hosted by FCA’s Junior Board of Directors
Sip…Paint…Relax…all while supporting a great cause. Join the Agency for a fun night out and learn how to paint “Afternoon at the Lighthouse”. 50% of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the After School Program at FCA.
FCA will be providing wine and snacks, but please feel free to bring your favorite beverage, if you prefer. Cups, wine openers and ice buckets will be provided, as well.
Payment online or via phone is required to guarantee your reservation. If you are unable to pay online, please call the studio at 203-955-1855 to pay by phone.
Please Note: This class is intended for adult painters, although painters aged 15-20 will be permited, if accompanied by an adult. You must be at least 21 to consume alcohol in the studio.
VITA Program services will be offered on Tuesdays between 5-9 p.m. beginning January 27 through April 7. These services are open to any individuals or families in the greater Norwalk region who earn less than $52,000 per year. Those participating in the VITA Program should bring the following items to their appointment:
Valid photo ID
Social Security cards or official Social Security number (SSN) verification letters for yourself, spouse and any dependents, or Individual Taxpayer Identification number with letter for you and anyone else to be on your tax return
All income statements from work or from self-employment, Social Security or pensions, including W-2, 1099-R, 1099-Misc.
All interest, dividend and capital gain statements from bank(s)
Education expenses and student loan payments
Total dollars paid for child and dependent care, in addition to the day care provider’s address and tax ID number
Copy of checking and savings account numbers, and routing numbers for tax return direct deposit
Mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid
Other deductions, property taxes paid to the town
Copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
The VITA Program is provided by IRS-trained volunteers that are certified to prepare basic tax returns using TaxWise Online software. VITA sites also connect families to programs and services that can help them to maximize their tax refunds, such as matched savings programs, budget coaching, financial education and benefits screenings.
To schedule a tax appointment with FCA, contact Crystal Charlton at (203) 523-5336. No walk-ins will be taken after 8:45 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who came together to donate to FCA families this holiday season. You have made the holiday season warmer and brighter for so many families. A holiday program of this magnitude is only made possible through our dedicated community and corporate partners who continue to support FCA clients each year.
Holiday Gift Giving and Sponsor a Family Programs
Family & Children’s Agency’s Holiday Gift Giving Collection received over 1,200 gifts for children and families of all ages this holiday season. In addition, our Sponsor a Family program provided 15 entire families with gifts.
Nine holiday meals and events were held for FCA families of all ages, including Family Support and Prevention, Homeless Services, the After School Program, Specialized Foster Care, Project REWARD and Home Care Services for Seniors.Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers!
Chaz & AJ Toy Drive
For the third year in a row, Family & Children’s Agency has participated in the Chaz & AJ Toy Drive at the Webster Bank Arena, sponsored by 95.9 The FOX and Connoisseur Media. The radio stations of Connoisseur Media have been longtime friends of FCA and we thank them for their continued support!
Thank you to everyone who supported A Taste of Fairfield County, held Nov. 13 at Aitoro in Norwalk. The event was a huge success for Family & Children’s Agency and the After School Program. Special thanks to our Junior Board of Directors for all their hard work!