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May 13th, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds Tapped by Governor Cuomo for Statewide Heroin Task force


FCA is proud to announce that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has chosen Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO of Family & Children's Association, for a newly-launched statewide heroin task force aimed at combatting the ongoing heroin and prescription opiod crisis currently plaguing New York State.

With the help of Dr. Reynolds and his peers, Governor Cuomo's task force will identify ways to expand awareness of heroin and opioid addiction; enhance statewide prevention efforts; increase access to treatment; and improve support for those in recovery.


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FCA Receives 2016 "Paychex Fan Favorite Award"

FCA is proud to announce that it was one of six nonprofit winners at the 4th annual Long Island Imagine Awards, offered by the prestigious Long Island-based accounting firm of Cerini & Associates LLP. 

FCA was presented with a $2,500 check from Paychex.

Click here for LIBN article.


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FCA to Provide Mentoring and Job Placement Services to Disavantaged Residents of Long Beach

In a continuing effort to provide economic empowerment to its most disadvantaged millennial residents, the City of Long Beach will be partnering with Family & Children’s Association (FCA) to offer comprehensive training program for young adults in Long Beach. The program is designed to help residents between the ages of 16 and 24 get on their feet by providing career coaching and job placement services with the creation of the program, Long Beach Ladders to Success.

Click here for LIBN article.



Business Dynamics Helps Sponsor FCA at 2016 Mini Mighty Man Triathlon
It might have been a mini triathlon, but gigantic hearts were exhibited by the 250 philanthropic athletes (22 for Team FCA) who came together recently at Eisenhower Park to participate in this year's annual Mini Mighty Man Triathlon.

The participation of FCA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was made possible through the generosity of Business Dynamics, led by Barbara Cataletto, who sponsored the dynamic group this year.


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PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured in the photo above is Angelica Cintron, Human Resource Manager of Business Dynamics, who was there to lend support to Team FCA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) at this year's Mini Mighty Man Triathlon held at Eisenhower Park. 

The athletes pictured (from left to right) are: Ali Rebollo (12th grade), Travis Nelson (11th grade), Christian Escobar (12th grade).
 
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FCA Partners with Syosset High School to Show 'We Care'

On Monday, May 2nd, the staff of FCA's Nassau Haven and Street Outreach Project were honored by the Syosset High School's Awareness Club and were the recipients of the 'We Care' initiative.

With the leadership of the Awareness Club, Syosset High School and their community gained awareness of the Runaway Homeless population of youth on Long Island and our efforts at FCA to provide services to this important group of young people.


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FCA Holds Successful Fundrasier at Raymour & Flanigan

FCA would like to thank Raymour & Flanigan (Garden City) for hosting another successful fundraiser on our behalf.

With refreshments on tap and an exuberant atmosphere (thanks to Raymour's warm & welcoming staff), a great time was had by all!

At the end of the event, FCA was presented with a $600.00 check.


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FCA Launches New and Improved Gift Catalog 

Family & Children's Association recently revamped its online gift catalog, which offers the opportunity to purchase essential items for young people in need. The items available for purchase include metro cards, meals, textbooks, gym memberships, gift cards, housing and more.

When you purchase an item from our gift catalog, you're making a difference in a person's life.


Click here to browse through our gift catalog!
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 Hot Off The Press:

Homeless Mother of Four Celebrates Mother's Day with her Case Managerand Friends She's Met Through FCA


Grace Keynotes "International Mother's Day" Event Featuring Foods From Around the World

(VALLEY STREAM, NY)... Grace Watkins, 38, spent this Mother’s Day offering words of encouragement and support to other young mothers who might find themselves in her situation – homeless, unemployed, and in need of encouragement.

After giving birth to her fourth child in July of 2015, Grace found herself suddenly unemployed (after years of consistent employment). Although separated from her husband, he died of cancer leaving Grace to totally provide for her children as a single parent. Alone with four children, and without financial support, Grace was evicted from her Levittown home on February 1st, 2016.

Thankfully, Grace and three of her children were helped by the Department of Social Services (DSS), which placed them in a homeless shelter in Hempstead. Her older daughter volunteers with Americorps, and is currently stationed in Louisiana.

Frightened and alone, Grace sought assistance from the Family Ties program offered by Family & Children’s Association (FCA). Through their efforts, Grace and her children received assistance through a variety of social service support systems. She is at home in the shelter, and her children are attending school. Most importantly, she is expecting to hear about housing and is hoping to enroll in college courses.

On this Mother’s Day, Grace shared her message of hope, and thanked FCA and her case manager for connecting her with life-altering programs and services. Her message was clear to other mothers in distress… remain strong and be the best possible mother you can be. Your children need you.

This event took place at the Gateway Christian Center, which hosted an “International Mother’s Day” event where cuisine from more than 18 different cultures/nationalities were displayed and enjoyed by the hundreds of congregants in attendance.


Click here for FiOS 1 News coverage.

 

FCA Scholarships Provide Lifeline to Success to Deserving College-Bound Teens

 

(MINEOLA, NY)... Family & Children’s Association (FCA) is proud to honor several of Long Island’s most gifted and talented young scholars at our annual Scholarship Fund Reception, being held at the Sand Castle in Franklin Square, NY on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM.

 

Each year, FCA acknowledges the achievements of its college-bound students, many of whom have overcome overwhelming challenges, such as homelessness, foster care or failing schools. To help these brave youngsters achieve a promising future, FCA provides them with generous scholarships for college or trade school. This year, FCA will be presenting over 40 scholarships to our deserving students.

 

The event’s keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Regina Calcaterra, whose memoir, Etched in Sand, appeared on The New York Times best sellers list for 16 weeks in a row. A powerful and gripping story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s triumph over her past, as she fought to keep her brother and three sisters together.

 

According to Ms. Calcaterra, “Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, people can rise above their past if they have the desire and the determination to succeed.”

 

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Association, said, “FCA is delighted that Ms. Calcaterra will be joining us for this inspirational event. Her story embodies everything that our young scholars appreciate… perseverance, determination, dedication, and the desire to succeed. Ms. Calcaterra serves as a reminder to all of us that failure never has to be an acceptable option, and that we can all rise above life’s challenges and difficulties if we choose to do so.”

 

To learn more about the reception, or to RSVP, please call (516) 746-0350 or visit: http://www.familyandchildrens.org/event/fca-scholarship-reception/.
 





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Family & Children's Association Announces 31st Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at The Creek Club
 
(MINEOLA, NY)... Registration is now open for Family & Children’s Association’s (FCA) 31st annual golf and tennis tournament, which will take place on May 26th at The Creek Club in Locust Valley.

Golf aficionados will know that the Creek Club, located at 1 Horse Hollow Road, has been featured in Golf Digest’s “America’s Greatest Golf Courses”, largely because of its breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound.

The annual event will once again raise funding and awareness necessary to support the vital mission of FCA—to offer help and hope to the neediest of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations, especially children, families in crisis, seniors, and veterans.

This year’s honoree will be Thomas H. Canty, vice president and general manager for labor, government, and special accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield. (The company is one of the NY area’s largest providers of health insurance for labor unions, handling plans that cover about three million union members).

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President and CEO, said , “We are very pleased to extend this honor to Tom Canty, who has spent his life working to improve the delivery of  critical health care services to the working people of New York by making gigantic strides in the insurance arena.”

Mr. Canty, a long-time friend of FCA, said, “I am very proud to be honored by Family and Children’s Association. For more than 130 years Family and Children’s has been helping Long Island’s most vulnerable populations. It is my sincere desire that FCA continue to provide help and hope to our disenfranchised communities for decades to come.”

The Tournament begins with brunch at 10:30 am followed by an afternoon of play. Guests hit the links with a 12:30 pm shotgun start or they can choose to participate in a tennis tournament that begins at 1 pm.

The day rounds out with lunch at the 9th hole, an outdoor cocktail reception at 5:30 pm and a delectable dinner buffet, along with an exciting Chinese and silent auction. A few of the prizes will include New York Mets tickets, round trip airfare anywhere in the U.S. and Caribbean, NY Islanders and NY Mets memorabilia, and much more.

Not a golfer or tennis competitor? Those unable to play can still support FCA by attending the cocktail reception or making an online donation at www.familyandchildrens.org/donate

Costs:

$650 per golfer (includes brunch and cocktail buffet)
$325 per tennis player (includes brunch and cocktail buffet)
$150 cocktail reception only

People interested in registering for the event should go to this website: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2016fcatournament

To learn more about the annual event, contact Marisa Paladino, Manager, Events and Special Projects, Family and Children’s Association, 516-746-0350 x 4364.
 

Family & Children’s Association Seeks Participants for 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon
 
(MINEOLA, NY)... Grab your swimsuit, bike and running shoes for an epic race in New York City!  Family & Children’s Association is actively recruiting athletes with a heart to join “Team FCA” in this year’s Panasonic New York City Triathlon, taking place on July 24th in Manhattan (the event starts on 99th street and Hudson River).
 
For those who don’t know, the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon is an Olympic Distance race consisting of a 1500m swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run. This year’s route will take participants into the waters of the Hudson River, along the streets of Manhattan’s West Side and through the beautiful scenery of Central Park.
 
The 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon is eagerly anticipated every year; in fact, last year’s event included hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators who followed the athletes and provided moral support along the grueling route.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA’s President/CEO, believes that competing on the FCA team adds another level to the athletic experience. For this reason, he, too, is training for the upcoming event and will be one of many representing ‘Team FCA’.
 
“For over 130 years, FCA has been providing vital social services to the most vulnerable members of our community…infants, children, veterans, seniors, the homeless, and people living with a variety of challenges. These are the people without a voice who need to be championed by those who are more fortunate. The NYC Triathlon brings together the strongest, most dedicated athletes in New York…why not harness that strength to help our neighbors who cannot help themselves,” he added.
 
Slots are now open, but limited (we currently have three open slots, and one team available for reservation). To join Team FCA, please call (516) 746-0350. To learn more about the many programs and services offered by FCA, please visit our website at:
www.familyandchildrens.org.
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What's Happening Next:
 

FCA PI Open House 
 
Project Independence Suffolk Open House
*Date Change*

Please join us on Wednesday, May 18th, from 8:30 - 10:00 AM, for our Project Independence Open House! Project Independence is a comprehensive, non-residential program design to prepare youth between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care.

Call (631) 580-0334 for more information.

Location: 4400 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 201
                Holbrook, NY 11741

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2016 Golf & Tennis Tournament
Please join FCA staff and clients on at the luxurious Creek Club in Locust Valley on Thursday, May 26th, for our annual golf and tennis outing. Registration & brunch will be at 10:30 AM, followed by Shotgun at 12:30 PM. Tennis will start at 1:00 PM, followed by a cocktail hour at 5:30 PM!
Please register here: 

To bid on our online auction items, please visit:


2016 Scholarship Fund Reception
 
Please join us on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM at The Sandcastle in Franklin Square, NY as we acknowledge the achievements of Long Island’s young scholars who’ve overcome many challenges including homelessness, foster care or failing schools to continue their education and attend college or trade school. Come and meet our students and be inspired by their tenacity and willingness to battle against the odds to realize their dreams.

This year’s keynote speaker is New York Times best selling author Regina CalcaterraRegina Calcaterra’s memoir, Etched in Sand, appeared on The New York Times best sellers list for 16 weeks in a row. A gut wrenching and gripping story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, one can rise above their past if they have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon

FCA employees, board members and supporters are training for the NYC Triathlon set for July 24th. They’ll be joining thousands of other athletes who will swim 1500m in the Hudson River, bike 40K along Manhattan’s West Side highway and then run 10K in New York’s famed Central Park. Our athletes are training hard to embody the spirit of determination necessary to transform one’s life or reach a goal, something our clients accomplish every day. 
 
Every athlete running on behalf of FCA is raising money in support of our mission... to protect and strengthen LI’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. They believe in our clients, our mission and themselves. 
 
*FCA is currently seeking participants for this year's triathlon*
 
To join our team, please visit: 
http://www.nyctri.com/new-york/officialcharityprogram/athletes/family-childrens-association/ 
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