June 20th, 2018. Save the date for FCA’s 33rd annual Mission Moment Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at the NYIT deServersky Mansion in Glen Head, NY.
To register or become a sponsor, contact Marisa Paladino: 516.746.0350 x4364 or email@example.com
Friday, December 1st marks World AIDS Day, uniting people in the fight against HIV. The global health day provides opportunities to show support for people living with the virus, and pay tribute to those who succumbed to an AIDS-related illness.
In Hempstead, located steps away from the Hempstead Bus Terminal, is a warm, safe haven dedicated to delivering vital services to women with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS with histories of trauma, substance use and/or mental health challenges. The women, ages 16 and older, are invited to attend HERTURN, a program funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and operated by the Mineola-based nonprofit, Family & Children’s Association (FCA). Launched in 2016, the new program stands for Health. Empowerment. Resiliency. Treatment. Understanding. Recovery. Network. It aims to provide support, education and outreach to Nassau County communities where barriers to treatment are common for many women.
“Statistics show that a large percentage of women living in Hempstead, Roosevelt and Uniondale are less likely to seek HIV care due to their socioeconomic status or insufficient access to transportation and childcare,” explains Jeanne Cacciatore, LMSW, Program Director, HERTURN. “These are also communities where crime, violence, homelessness, substance abuse and teen pregnancy put women at a higher risk of developing the virus.”
Cacciatore’s team, supported by FCA’s Addiction, Treatment & Recovery AVP Jaymie Kahn-Rapp, MPA, MSEd, LMHC, CRC, consists of three case managers and a bilingual social worker/outreach specialist working together for program participants to find and link to essential services delivered through FCA and the agency’s community partners, including doctors and care coordinators who specialize in the care of HIV positive individuals. Partners are (but not limited to) NuHealth and the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC), The Safe Center and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.
“Without our intervention, many women would have difficulty attending their appointments and navigating challenging systems to seek benefits that they are eligible for. Our goal is to get them where they need to be,” Cacciatore says. HERTURN even provides a van to transport women to their appointments. MetroCards are distributed to further facilitate access to care.
Other services include two weekly support groups, HIV testing, as well as health education and trauma-informed care workshops. Childcare is provided at FCA’s nursery for mothers of young children (ages two to five) on weekday mornings (excluding Mondays). HERTURN also connects program participants to mental health services and provides onsite bilingual therapy once a week to survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Linkage to a vocational program is also available to previously incarcerated women looking to re-enter the workforce, as well as linkage to FCA’s GED Program and its Chemical Dependency (CD) Programs (including but not limited to FCA’s own enhanced Bi-lingual Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment and Recovery Centers).
“With the support of our internal and external community network, HERTURN’s mission is to let these women know that somebody cares,” Cacciatore says.
HERTURN is now providing outreach at a local soup kitchen, Mary Brennan INN, as well as its Center for Transformative Change (CTC), to raise awareness about HERTURN services. So far, the outreach plan is working and feedback has been strong. For one program participant, HERTURN has been “a blessing,” connecting her with important services that have helped to enhance her life and “add another layer to staying sober.”
Mirroring those sentiments, Nikita Wells says, “At HERTURN, I can come in and talk to my case manager and feel her heart listening to my every word.” Wells credits the supportive staff for helping her with the application process for a training course she is about to take to become a substance abuse counselor. “They assisted me every step of the way and I am now awaiting my start date. HERTURN helps you to realize that you are here for a purpose.”
HERTURN is located at 126 North Franklin Street in Hempstead, New York. All females who believe they are eligible for HERTURN supportive services may walk-in or schedule an appointment for an intake at 516-486-7200 Ext. 5246. Any providers who would like FCA to provide outreach information at their site, or who would like to visit HERTURN’s offices, are invited to reach out as well. For further information, please visit www.familyandchildrens.org.
Story written by Kelly Kass, Senior Writer, Marketing Works
Pictured: Myriam Rivera, Bilingual Outreach Specialist; Sasha Garcia-Rivera, Bilingual Case Manager; Sarah McLean, MSW, Clinical Case Manager; Standing left to right, Johnnetta Allen, Case Manager, Jaymie Kahn-Rapp, MPA, MSEd, LMHC, CRC, AVP Addiction, Treatment & Recovery; and Jeanne Cacciatore, LMSW, HERTURN Program Director.
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, December 4, 2017-For more than a decade, Mineola nonprofit Family & Children’s Association (FCA) has organized their successful Adopt-a-Family campaign, spreading good cheer to some of Long Island’s most vulnerable families during the holiday season.
Now in its 11th year, the initiative provides opportunities for individuals, families, schools, organizations and corporations to donate gifts to FCA families in need. Participants may also “adopt” an individual or an entire FCA program.
Items are distributed according to a wish list of essential items needed. To date, more than 100 families per year have received presents, including clothing, televisions, tablets, home goods and toys. Among the donors who have contributed are Northwell Health, City MD, Burn Elementary School, Notre Dame Parish, SupplyHouse and Paw it Forward.
“Seeing the reaction of someone who has received a gift during the campaign is priceless,” said Marisa Paladino, FCA Special Events Coordinator. “Our seniors are especially grateful to be remembered and are often left speechless when witnessing the mounds of presents that come in. Tears of joy commonly accompany the thanks!”
Commenting on the Adopt-a-Family campaign, FCA President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, said, “This initiative is a shining example of community spirit at its best. A heartfelt thanks to our generous donors who have helped brighten the holiday season for so many individuals in need.”
For more information on contributing to FCA’s Adopt-a-Family campaign, visit www.familyandchildrens.org/get-involved/adopt-family.
About Family & Children’s Association
Family & Children’s Association 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, Family & Children’s Association 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.
Family & Children’s Association 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 Family & Children’s Association, visit www.familyandchildrens.org.