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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.

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.

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!

 

 

Painting With a Purpose

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!

 
 
 
 
afternoon-at-the-lighthouse_watermarkThursday, February 26
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Painting With a Twist
1460 Post Road East – Westport
 
Seating 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.

FCA to Provide VITA Services this Upcoming Tax Season

This tax season, Family & Children’s Agency will offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at its 140 Water St. location in Norwalk. The VITA Program provides free income tax preparation to low-to-moderate individuals and families earning less than $52,000 per year. FCA is part of a coalition sponsored by the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), which coordinates VITA campaigns across Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties.

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.

Crocheting in Community Connections

“I’m so happy that I’m able to give the gift of tranquility,” said Angelina Vescio, Family & Children’s Agency Community Connections Center Relief Worker. This “gift of tranquility” is something so simple, yet significant, to clients experiencing homelessness: crocheting. 2288

This past June, Angelina was speaking to a woman at the Community Connections Center of her love for crocheting and she had expressed an interest in learning about the craft. Quickly after, a weekly crocheting class evolved with the number of attendees increasing each week. Angelina plays calming, classical music during the classes and makes the environment as therapeutic as possible.

The Community Connections Center allows men and women experiencing homelessness to receive case management, vocational counseling and support during daytime hours. For many, the ability to focus their energy on crocheting is incredibly beneficial and relaxing.

“The people in this group have found a new passion in life,” said Angelina. “It’s amazing how something as simple as crocheting has impacted their lives and allowed them to have a better outlook on life and experience calmness.”
Many clients have spoken to Angelina about the benefits they’ve experienced with this class. Individuals with insomnia and depression have found that this exercise helps them relax and feel rewarded by creating something with their own two hands.

To donate crochet needles and yarn to the Community Connections Center, please contact Chris Jachino, Director of Homeless Services, at cjachino@fcagency.org or call (203) 855-8765.

FCA Summer Enrichment Program Receives $20,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Summer Enrichment Program, a component of the After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), has received a $20,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF). The Summer Enrichment Program serves Norwalk youth four days per week over the course of six weeks during the summer break.

Students and high school volunteers from FCA’s Summer Enrichment Program this past summer took a virtual trip around the world participating in cross-curriculum learning while strengthening their character.

Students and high school volunteers from FCA’s Summer Enrichment Program this past summer took a virtual trip around the world participating in cross-curriculum learning while strengthening their character.

“Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Family & Children’s Agency, in particular our services for youth,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “Last year, the Summer Enrichment Program expanded to serve 30 middle school youth. Funding for this program is critical to ensure the Program’s continuation and growth.”

The Summer Enrichment Program provides students with ongoing opportunities for daily reading and learning during the summer months. The Program offers educational, hands-on activities for students to explore interests, develop new skills and participate in learning not typically offered in a classroom setting. The Summer Enrichment Program is a component of the After School Program, which helps provide a successful transition into high school for 50 Norwalk middle school youth.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

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