Family & Children’s Agency Participates in Norwalk Food Drive
Nov. 16-24 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) is participating in a food drive in collaboration with Greater Norwalk Opening Doors–an alliance to prevent and end homelessness. FCA’s two Norwalk locations will be collecting nonperishable food items this week from the community. Stop by FCA, or any of the four participating agencies, during normal business hours.
Family & Children’s Agency
9 Mott Ave. OR 140 Water St.
Westport City Hall
110 Myrtle Ave.
Norwalk City Hall
125 East Ave.
Keystone House, Inc.
147 Main St.
What Can You Donate?
Peanut butter – Canned tuna – Breakfast cereal – Canned fruit – Canned vegetables – Instant oatmeal – Powdered milk – Powdered drink mix – Canned pasta sauce – Hearty soups – Boxed meals (e.g. hamburger, chicken, tuna helper, Betty Crocker Complete Meals) – Chef Boyardee (e.g. ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, family-size cans) – Jelly and jam – Crackers – Ketchup – Mustard – Salad dressing – Mayonnaise – Salt and pepper – Sugar
A Taste of Fairfield County to Benefit Homeless Services a Huge Success!
A Taste of Fairfield County, held Thursday, Nov. 21 at Aitoro Appliances, was a great success. Family & Children’s Agency would like to thank all who came out to enjoy the evening. A special thanks, as well, to the Agency’s Junior Board of Directors for hosing this special event to support Homeless Services.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
FactSet Research Systems
A Dash of Salt
The Kiddie Kitchen
The Brownie Factory, LLC
Di Mare Pastry Shop
Norwalk Community College
Jill and Alex Dimitrief
Kris and Jeff Heryln
Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
Ginny & Bob Martin
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) invites you to kick off the Thanksgiving season with A Taste of Fairfield County, an evening of food and drink from local restaurants at Aitoro in Norwalk. The event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 21, is hosted by the Agency’s Junior Board of Directors and will support Homeless Services at FCA.
“As we begin to reflect on what we’re thankful for this holiday season, we ask everyone to remember those within our own community who are less fortunate,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “A Taste of Fairfield County is an opportunity for guests to celebrate Fairfield County, while raising support and awareness for a challenged demographic.”
Attendees will enjoy live music and sample food and drinks from various restaurants from around Fairfield County including Capriccio Café, A Dash of Salt Catering, Jeff’s BBQ & Catering, The Kiddie Kitchen and Paella.
Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at www.FamilyAndChildrensAgency.org. A Taste of Fairfield County will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Aitoro, 401 Westport Ave. in Norwalk. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Homeless Services food pantries.
FCA would like to thank FactSet Research Systems for generously sponsoring this event. The Agency would also like to thank our raffle and event donors including Barcelona, Diageo, DiMare Pastry Shop, Flipside Restaurant, Garden Catering, The Kiddie Kitchen, Marcia Selden Catering & Events and Norwalk Community College.
For more information or to register, please contact Janina Serrao, Director of Development, at (203) 855-8765 or email email@example.com.
401 Westport Avenue
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets are $40 per person. Buy your tickets today!
For additional information on A Taste of Fairfield County, please contact Janina Serrao, Director of Development, at (203) 855-8765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) Awarded Family & Children’s Agency’s 2013 Family Strengthening Award
The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) & Independent Living was awarded the 2013 Family Strengthening Award by Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) on Oct. 22 at FCA’s annual meeting. SWCAA has been a core funder of many of the services offered by FCA’s Home Care Services for Seniors, including Personal Alert, Carpentry and Home Modification, Assisted Transportation, Homemakers and Home Health Aides. SWCAA’s relationship with the Agency has continued for more than two decades, and their support for the Personal Alert response system has been in existence for nearly three decades.
SWCAA Executive Director Marie Allen, left, with SWCAA Board Chair Alice Pisani.
“Our partnerships with the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging is one of our most important and longstanding relationships,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA.
SWCAA, based in Bridgeport, is a private nonprofit organization that is a designated agency on aging by the Older American Act of 1965. SWCAA is a primary funding source for federal and state dollars for the elderly in the 14-town region of Southwestern Connecticut. In the last two years alone, SWCAA has provided almost $6 million for services to seniors in Fairfield County.
The Family Strengthening Award at FCA recognizes and celebrates individuals or organizations in the community whose outstanding contributions have dramatically impacted FCA’s ability to strengthen and stabilize families and offer help in all phases of life.
Charles W. Pieterse Awarded Family & Children’s Agency’s 2013 Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award
Family & Children’s Agency presented Charles (Charlie) W. Pieterse, Vice Chair of the Agency’s Board of Directors, with the Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award at its annual meeting, held Oct. 22 at Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk. Charlie is a partner with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC, where he has worked for 24 years and focuses his practice on trust and estate litigation, as well as business litigation.
Board member Charles W. Pieterse (right) with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC colleague, Cynthia Lloyd, accepting the 2013 Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award.
Charlie’s history with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) began in 1999 when he and his wife, Sara, adopted two children through the Agency’s Korean Adoption program. In 2005, Charlie joined FCA’s Adoption Support Foundation and later became its co-chair. He was instrumental in successfully integrating the Foundation’s work into the Agency’s development efforts. Since 2007, Charlie has been an active Board member, with him and his firm providing literally hundreds of hours of legal consultation to FCA, all on a pro bono basis.
“Charlie is always willing to provide his and his firm’s legal talents and expertise to FCA on any issue while also offering important guidance and support on the strategic direction of the Agency,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA.
Charlie has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Due to his extensive pro bono work, he has been included on the Connecticut Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono Honor Roll numerous times. In 2008, Charlie received the Robert G. Krause Pro Bono Award from the Greenwich Probate Court. In April 2011, the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies awarded Charlie the 2011 Connecticut Family Champion award in recognition of his work on the Board of FCA.
The Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of volunteerism on behalf of FCA. The award is named in honor of Anne Cary, who has been involved in every aspect of volunteerism at the Agency for more than 25 years. Anne was also a Board member during the 1990’s and currently serves on its Advisory Board.
Expressive Arts Class Motivates Youth in the After School Program
The Rowayton Arts Center has partnered with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) to promote creative expression through the arts in the youth we serve. The Expressive Arts Class, a six-week program underwritten by the Rowayton Arts Center, offers students in the After School Program the opportunity to study visual arts and enhance their personal expression. Art created by these select students will be displayed at the center from Nov. 1-Nov. 8. A reception for the gallery opening will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at 5:45 p.m. at the Rowayton Arts Center.
“It is amazing to see the impact of exposure to the arts in the young people we work with,” said Jennifer Barahona, Director of Youth Development at FCA. “Time and time again, we witness the power of visual and creative arts in drawing out a young person and developing self-esteem. That kind of social and emotional learning is priceless. We have kids who are like whole new people in the hour they are in the art program.”
The After School Program serves 50 Norwalk middle school youth on the campus of Norwalk Community College Monday-Friday. Students served through the program potentially face multiple barriers to success. In addition to academic support, the Program offers enrichment activities, helps promote character development, reinforces executive functioning skills, and prepares students for a successful transition into high school.
“Self-esteem in young people is built by learning new skills, discovering exciting and creative aspects of themselves, and having the satisfaction of a finished product,” says Jennifer. “To then have it displayed in a professional gallery is a source of enormous pride that is obvious to all.”
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 and for regional artists in all media to exhibit and sell their work. 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. The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue and is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday’s 1-4pm. Admission is free. For information call 203-866-2744 or visit the web site at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
For more information regarding the After School Program at FCA, please contact Marion Herbert, Manager of Communications, at (203) 523-5777 or visit www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.
Join us for a shopping event at Eileen Fisher in Westport!
Shop at Eileen Fisher in Westport on Saturday, September 21 for their Fall Event and support the Girls’ Challenge program at Family & Children’s Agency. 10 percent of the day’s proceeds will support Girls’ Challenge. The event will last all day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Girls’ Challenge is a component of the After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency. It helps girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade explore issues and topics relevant to their lives, such as self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, self-care, and stress management. They also work on team building, cooperation, and communication to build leadership skills. Development of personal value systems and participation in community service projects is also a central theme in the program. The senior group of eighth-grade girls work to prepare for the transition into high school and further explore personal interests and life goals.
160 Main Street
Join Family & Children’s Agency on Sep. 9 for the 2013 Golf & Tennis Classic!
The 2013 Golf & Tennis Classic on Sep. 9 was a great success! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather at Brooklawn Country Club and support Family & Children’s Agency!
89 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping our clients.
See pictures from the event!
Local Organizations Donate to FCA Back to School Supply Drive
Organizations and friends of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) have donated school supplies to clients of FCA for the upcoming school year. The Service League of Boys (SLOBs) of New Canaan, the Sciarretta and Lord Families of Wilton, FactSet Research Systems, Professional Media Group, LLC (PMG), and members of the Agency’s Junior Board of Directors are donating supplies to children involved in a number of programs across the Agency, including Specialized Foster Care, Mentoring, Counseling and the After School Program. Supplies include backpacks, pencils, rulers, notebooks and folders. The youth receiving the supplies range in age from elementary to high school.
Both the Service League of Boys of New Canaan and the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton are in their sixth year of donating back to school supplies. The “Tools for School” drive, conducted by the Wilton families, collects backpacks filled with supplies, which are given to sixth grad students in the After School Program. The tradition began when one student in the family began to collect school supplies in lieu of birthday presents six years ago. In its second year, FactSet Research Systems had a “giving tree” with over 100 request tags for employees to take. When assembled together, the donations create over 50 backpacks filled with supplies. For the first time, employees of PMG of Norwalk are donating supplies with a corporate matching grant for all supplies donated. Likewise, members of the FCA’s Junior Board will be donating additional supplies at their next meeting.
“We are so thankful to the Service League of Boys, Sciarretta and Lord families and FactSet Research Systems for their continued support, and to PMG for joining the back to school drive this year,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO. “These donations will be greatly appreciated by both the students who will use them and the parents who may be struggling to afford them.”
Many of us take for granted having back to school supplies. These supplies not only allow students to be prepared to be successful in the school year, but an opportunity to fit in with their peers and take on the school year with confidence.
To learn more about Volunteer Services, please contact Mayx Holmes, Manager, Volunteer Services, at (203) 855-8765 or email@example.com.
Thank you for being a friend!
The first week of August is National Friendship Week, a time to acknowledge, thank and appreciate those who are a good friend to you. Friendship is the crux of Family & Children’s Agency’s Mentoring program—so much so that the program is called “Project Friendship.” Both Project Friendship, with adult mentors, and Junior Project Friendship, with teen mentors, are community-based mentoring programs in the Greater Norwalk area.
Anne Schneider, Coordinator of Mentoring Services, says that she sees close friendships evolve in all mentoring matches. In many cases, the mentee becomes part of the family.
One pairing is that of Rachel, a 10-year-old girl in Norwalk who began mentoring services four years ago at the age of six. At the time, Rachel was paired with Sarah, a Big Friend in the Junior Project Friendship program and a local high school student. Rachel and Sarah formed a close connection, and when Sarah went to college two years ago, her mother, Susan, assumed the role as Rachel’s mentor. Susan’s family now has to relocate out of state for work, but she wants Rachel to remember all the memories they’ve made over the last four years so she is making Rachel a scrapbook to surprise her.
Click here to learn more about Project Friendship or contact Anne Schneider, Coordinator, Mentoring Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Adoption Information Meetings – Hartford
Learn about U.S. and International adoption opportunities. Everything you need to know to get started. There is no fee for the meeting, but advance registration is required.
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TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 151 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
REGISTRATION: Register online or contact Jane Coughlin at (860) 586-2365 or via email at email@example.com.