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.
FCA’s Youth Advisory Council alum and Hempstead High School students hosted a fun and lively inter-generational event for senior citizens in the village of Hempstead. The inter-generational event is fondly called “senior-senior prom” was held at Kennedy Memorial Park. Seniors from Hempstead dressed in all white and enjoyed a night of dancing, giveaways and raffles. The night was full of laughs and smiles. Lisa Stern, AVP Seniors Division, FCA, also took the time to share new and innovative programs at FCA meant for seniors. The programs include FCA’s Alzheimer’s caregiver program, friendly visiting program and link-age program.
Towards the end of the event, students selected a prom king and queen, allowing seniors to either have the prom the never had as teens or relive their youth past experience of attending prom. This intergenerational event, directed by Donna Raphael, Senior Director of Advocacy and Community Relations, FCA, has been an annual event for the past 11 years with strong support from the Village of Hempstead. The event committee included the Village of Hempstead, Nassau County Minority Affairs, and Operation Get Ahead.
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MINEOLA, NEW YORK, May 26, 2017 – Family and Children’s Association (FCA), a leading human services nonprofit on Long Island, welcomed Joni E. Howe as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Joni is the Director of Specialty Sales at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and is described by her colleagues as an enthusiastic professional who always hits the ground running and has an amazing ability to handle complex jobs involving the welfare of thousands.
Joni’s compassion for people is evident in her commitment to various charities and community groups. She has supported and worked diligently with Family and Children’s Association for the past 15 years and is also involved with the Coalition for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) and Connecting Our Paths Eternally (COPE). Family and Children’s Association honored Joni at its 2015 FCA Golf & Tennis Outing which raised over $165,000 to further FCA’s mission to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and their communities.
“I’m especially pleased to welcome Joni Howe to our board as she’s been a longtime friend to FCA and a steadfast supporter of community based services for Long Island’s families,” said Board Chair Drew Crowley.
Joni Howe is also a single mother of two beautiful children. Joni’s daughter currently attends Binghamton University as a Spanish Major. Joni always says that her daughter Allie is her rock. Unfortunately, due to a tragedy, she lost her son Steven at the age of 22. Steven was a very accomplished young man who had his mother’s smile and surely continues to smile down upon her from above. Steven graduated from Binghamton University in 2009 with honors. He received a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee and was to major in Child Psychology. In 2013, he would have become a Doctor of Psychology.
“I am so excited to now be on the board of Family and Children’s Association, an organization I have been proud to be involved with for the past 15 years. This organization helps our communities on Long Island in so many ways, and I can’t think of a better way to give back then to be a part of an organization doing so many great things. This is a very proud moment for me,” said newly elected FCA Board Member Joni Howe.
Joni is driven to continue the work of her son Steven, to help all children in need. She spends the majority of her spare time helping to organize events that will benefit children and keep her son’s legacy alive. Together with the students and faculty at Binghamton University they organized a “Walk Your Heart Out” event in Steven’s memory to raise money for the Drug Addiction Crisis Center. Half the proceeds from this event are given to the Institute of Child Development, where her son Steven spent many hours as a volunteer. Monies raised help underprivileged families receive care for their children diagnosed with Autism and ADHD.
Addiction prevention, treatment and recovery is at the heart of Joni’s commitment to community service. She’s been a strong regional advocate, joining forces with US Senator Chuck Schumer and has appeared with him on several occasions to help fight the drug addiction crisis.
“I met Joni after her son passed away and have been continually impressed by her willingness and desire to help keep vulnerable families safe,” said FCA President/CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. “She’s turned her grief into direct action and we are fortunate to have her on our team.”
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 Family and Children’s Association, visit https://www.familyandchildrens.org/.