THRIVE, Long Island’s first recovery community and outreach center, will be holding it’s first annual Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Farmingdale Lanes. All proceeds from the event will further THRIVE’s mission to help individuals and families find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery from addiction. There is no better time than now to support the programs that are combatting the opioid epidemic on Long Island.
By becoming a lane sponsor, you will be instrumental in helping to support programs like THRIVE and ensure that our individuals continue on a successful path to recovery.
The bowl-a-thon is a family friendly event and will offer excellent community exposure! All donations are tax-deductible.
On March 4th, 2017, THRIVE Recovery Community and Outreach Center opened its doors in Hauppauge, NY. With funding from NYS OASAS, THRIVE is a program led by a partnership between Family and Children’s Association, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Long Island Recovery Association and Families In Support of Treatment. THRIVE offers peer-based support, navigation assistance and referral services; provides interactive educational programs that promote wellness, economic prosperity and civic engagement; and maintains a safe, welcoming haven for substance-free recreational and social activities.
On Monday July 10th, 2017, FCA held its annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at the Creek Club in Locust Valley. Clear skies paired with the Gold Coast’s most exclusive golf club made for a great day to swing the club or racquet. The 2017 Golf and Tennis Tournament raises awareness and funds to further FCA’s mission to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families and their communities. This year, FCA honored Joseph A. Mannion, President of the Sanitation Officers Association and raised $150,000!
As they arrived, guests were greeted with brunch and a robust spread of auction items. From exclusive vacations to sports memorabilia, jewelry to art pieces and more, the selection provided guests of all different interests an opportunity to make a charitable contribution while entering the drawing for one-of-a-kind items.
The 12:30 shotgun start sent golfers off to the course where they would not only enjoy beautiful weather and good company, but a chance to win awards and be recognized as the day’s top golfers in several different categories. The Creek Club was adorned with tee-signs from supporting business, partners, and individuals who take pride in spreading the word of FCA’s work for Long Island.
1st Place Low Gross: Scott Treiber, John Treiber, Drew Pohalski, Willie Treiber
1st Place Low Net: Kevin Levin, Myles Lewis, Kevin Heltzer, Carol Kayser
2nd Place Low Gross: Pat Adikes, Michael Hill, Jason Fiorentino, Juan Vasquez
2nd Place Low Net: Neil McDonald, Bob Murphy, Tom Schaudel, Dennis “Ben” Hogan
Closest to Pin #4: Dennis Hogan
Long Drive #7 Women: Gail Rubel
Long Drive #7 Men: Andrew Pohalski
The tennis tournament kicked off at 1 PM where players also enjoyed good company and the opportunity to be recognized as the day’s top tennis players.
1st Place Men: Mark Goldman
2nd Place Men: Vin Chiarucci
1st Place Women: Martha Troccoli
2nd Place Women: Charlene Prounis
As the evening came, additional attendees joined the day’s athletes as they enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner along with another opportunity to bid on auction items. FCA President Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds thanked the crowd for their participation and support of FCA’s programs and services. Dr. Reynolds briefly summarized the type of work FCA does and the families it serves. Board Chair Drew Crowley then thanked guests and introduced this year’s honoree, Joseph A. Mannion. FCA is proud to have honored Mr. Mannion at the event. He enthusiastically expressed the importance of FCA’s programs and services to make Long Island a better place for all of us. Mr. Mannion was graciously recommended to be an honoree by FCA’s newest board member, Joni Howe.
If you would like to make an additional contribution to FCA to make Long Island even better, please visit our donation page.
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, July 20, 2017 – Family and Children’s Association (FCA), a leading health and human services non-for-profit agency on Long Island is proud to announce that FCA employee, Nakita Jse’Ron Hyman has been awarded the Leonard I Saltzman Unsung Hero Award by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.
Nakita is the Day Transition Coach at Nassau Haven, FCA’s Emergency Shelter for youth ages 10-20. She has been excelling in this position for just under four years. A typical day in the life of a Day Transition Coach involves teaching youth independent living skills, prepping home-style cooked meals and picking youth up from school.
Nakita consistently goes above and beyond to help others and the community. Outside her role as Day Transition Coach, she is a volunteer Police Athletic League (PAL) basketball coach year round and works with youth both in and out of the PAL program to ensure they are safe, engaging in positive behaviors and decision making. Nakita volunteers regularly with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) for clothing drives and vigils. Nakita also includes her two sons in her volunteer efforts and as a family they have been able to raise funds and awareness to homeless youth on Long Island.
Nakita volunteers at many FCA fundraisers, at times with her sons. Whether it’s to hand water out to participants in a triathlon, spread her contagious smile at the annual golf event, or sharing their passion as a cheering squad at other events.
FCA President/CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds said of the news, “Nakita is the definition of an Unsung Hero. She is spoken of so highly within our agency and the clients she works with. Nakita’s joy radiates through the Nassau Haven house on a daily basis and the impact she makes on youth and staff through her continued passion and commitment is undeniable. We are truly honored to have Nakita be part of the FCA family.”
Nakita said of the award, “I was extremely surprised yet honored to receive such a prestigious accolade among all of my amazing colleagues. Going forward, I hope to continue to be a role model for the youth I work with and my community because all of my hard work is for the youth.”
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless awards the Unsung Hero Award on an annual basis at the Keys for the Homeless Conference each year. The award recognizes those who go above and beyond to help the homeless and at risk population on Long Island. The conference will take place at Touro Law Center on 10/20/2017.
More info: http://www.addressthehomeless.org/keys-conference
About FCA’s Runaway & Homeless Youth (RHY) Services
FCA provides a range of runaway and homeless youth services:
Nassau Haven is a 12 bed co-ed emergency shelter, providing short-term housing, case management and respite services to runaway and homeless youth in Nassau County. Since 1982, Nassau Haven has served young people ages 10 to 20. Nassau Haven staff is available 24 hours a day for intake and referral. Nassau Haven is a voluntary program. Residents work with staff to address those issues and problems which resulted in the need for housing and services. Youth must agree to accept services and should contact the program directly to request services.
Started in 1974 out of a community need to house and help adolescents who are homeless and in crisis, Walkabout for young men and women is a transitional house in Freeport, serving homeless adolescents. It provides ten young people (ages 16-20) with housing and services for up to eighteen months in order to prepare them for living independently in the community. Residence in the program is voluntary. Residents are expected to fulfill the guidelines of the program and actively plan for either living independently in the community or returning home to their family. Walkabout for Young Men and Women does not discriminate because of race, creed or national origin.
Lakeview House is a community residence for adolescents who suffer from significant, emotional impairments and are in need of a structured setting in the community that enables them to become involved in the responsibilities of daily living. Residence in this program allows for staff of both the referring agency and the community residence to plan for the youth’s future. The program is certified through the New York State Office of Mental Health.
West Nassau Residence is a home in Elmont for adults over 18 with persistent mental illness. West Nassau Residence is a 24-hour supervised community residence that serves men and women who suffer from mental illness. The residential program assists its consumers in learning the skills necessary to move on to a more independent living environment.
For more information about FCA’s residential care programs, visit https://www.familyandchildrens.org/programs-services/residential-care/
About Family and Children’s Association
Family and Children’s Association (FCA) is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Services; Educational Opportunities and Life Skills for Youth; Strategies for Building Family Success; Counseling, Services and Support for Adults and Seniors; Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth, Adults and Veterans; and Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Communities.
FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.
For more information about FCA, visit https://www.familyandchildrens.org/
About Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH)
Originally founded as the Nassau-Suffolk Partnership for the Homeless in 1985, the purpose of the coalition has expanded to include the coordination of homeless services provided by more than 125 agencies through the development of the Continuum of Care groups in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Since 1995, LICH has also coordinated applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for homeless funding. LICH’s successful coordination of the Continuum of Care applications have resulted in over $10 million in funding each year. LICH has also provided technical assistance to organizations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties whose services do not meet the criteria for HUD funding, but are essential for meeting the needs of the homeless.
For more information about LICH, visit http://www.addressthehomeless.org/