Family and 

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A recent Newsday article highlighted the plight of homeless and disconnected youth in Nassau County, noting a rise in student homelessness to 3200 in 2013, up from 663 in 2008. While this total includes minor children living with their families in shelters, over 40 % of that total are youth who are runaways, disconnected from their families, in foster care or teetering on homelessness. Our Step UP to Success program aims to stabilize their transition to successful adulthood. YOU CAN HELP.

Please take a moment to visit our new gift catalog and make a purchase. The items for sale represent simple, basic needs that we all share, but which may be unattainable for at-risk youth. Staples such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter are featured in the catalog along with items needed right now by youth in our care who are ready to “step up”.

If you can just take a few minutes and click the links, your purchase will become the platform from which our youth can take their first steps toward independence. Do you know someone who loves to shop? Please share this e-Newsletter with them and encourage them to follow their passion on behalf of our neediest neighbors.

Happy Spring,



Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." Well, we think it's time to pick up your phone, tablet or laptop and click! We've created an exciting new way to help Long Island's vulnerable and homeless youth - a very special gift catalog. This gift catalog was created to help youth involved in our Step Up to Success initiative - a program designed to turn 'at-risk' youth into 'can do' adults.

Our new catalog features basic items that most of us take for granted, however, they can make an significant difference in a young person's life. The catalog highlights categories including clothing, education/life skills, food/shelter and transportation; everyday items that take on special meaning to young people struggling to thrive on Long Island. Please take a moment to visit our catalog and learn more about the participants of our Step Up to Success initiative.

Love to shop? Then, visit our gift catalog and purchase an item needed by our youth who are struggling with homelessness, foster care and joblessness!

Love to network? Then, become an Ambassador! Volunteer as a Family & Children's Ambassador and become a powerful voice for our Step Up to Success youth. Contribute to their future and celebrate their accomplishments by taking an active role in sharing their stories.

Get Started Now!

Click here to create an ambassador page which will allow you to share our information with your friends and family. You'll be able to email them about your interest and involvement and invite them to join you in helping Long Island's at-risk youth become "can do" adults.

Click here to donate an item via our gift catalog. You'll meet the participants and enjoy knowing that a life is changing because you care.

Golf & Tennis Tourny Celebrate Spring by joining us on May 22nd for our annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at the fabulous Creek Club in Locust Valley. The day includes brunch, lunch, shotgun start, tennis tournament, outdoor dining overlooking the LI Sound, prizes, raffles and more! Space is limited. To reserve your spot or foursome, email us or call 516-746-0350 x364.
Members of the LI Housing Crisis Task Force held an information sharing day with current and future homeowners. Pictured: Gnore Wright, housing consultant; Elizabeth Gormezano, Northport VA; Pat Edwards, Citi Community Development; Michelle DiBenedetto, LI Housing Partnership. Standing: Don Holden, Family & Children's Association; Paul Westphal, FEGS; Angela Harmon, EOC of Sufflok.


Home cleaning supplies are needed. Please drop off items to 100 E. Old Country Road, Mineola Ste 25.


May 22nd
Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at The Creek Club

June 19th
Scholarship Fund Reception & 130th Bday Bash at the Allegria Hotel

November 20
ThanksGiving Ball at The Garden City Hotel



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Chair: Drew Crowley
Vice Chair: H. Richard Grafer
Treasurer: Robert Schwerdel
Secretary: Judy Sanford Guise
Past Chair: Patricia Pryor-Bonica
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The mission of Family & Children's Association is to protect and strengthen Long Island's most vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. We offer assistance to those who are experiencing social, emotional and economic challenges.

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