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Bowling to THRIVE

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. 

Click to register: THRIVE Bowl-A-Thon Registration


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.



Program Updates

11th Annual Inter-Generational Event Youth Advisory Council Hosts Prom for Hempstead Seniors

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.

To support community programs and events like the intergenerational event for Hempstead seniors, become a recurring donor by visiting the following page: Donate Today



Press Releases

Joni E. Howe Elected to FCA’s Board of Trustees

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

Family and Children’s is dedicated to protecting and strengthening 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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Client Stories

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    Verizon Fios1 Long Island Valentines Day Story: From FCA’s Youngest to our Eldest – Heart and Soul February 2017 brought many smiles to seniors across Nassau County. A unique collaboration between Family and Children’s Association and 1-800-Flowers led to 15 bouquets… Read More

  • Homeless Teen Fights for Her Future

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    While most 17 year olds were thinking about their high school graduation or contemplating which college they will go to in the fall, Jessica* was struggling with unstable housing conditions along with her father when she first entered Family &… Read More

  • Nursery Co-op Program

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    Dear Miss Lynn, I am writing this letter in appreciation of your nursing program at Family and Children’s Association. All of the teachers Lynn Vanderhall, Ana Castillo, and Anita Wilson were very professional in providing a caring and nurturing environment… Read More

  • Rent Assistance

    Rent Assistance

    Thank you so much for the assistance on my rent. I was in a rough patch in my life being a single mom with 2 boys. I appreciate all the attention and time you guys have given to my family.… Read More

  • SAGE Group

    SAGE Group

    I was referred to FCA by Kings County Family Court after my arrest for assault with intent to harm and endangering the welfare of a child. I was arrested because I’d had an argument with my wife in front of my seven year… Read More

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    Rebuilding Our Family

    We were at a loss of how to deal with our son Branden, a boy we hardly recognized. The good student who laughed easily had become sullen and angry, missing school and ignoring curfews. We knew the yelling, grounding and… Read More

  • Set for a Bright Future

    Set for a Bright Future

    Nachela came to us back in 2011 at the age of 14 because she was suffering from neglect: she was not enrolled in school and was not living in appropriate housing. She had just been removed from her home and… Read More

  • My Life Matters

    My Life Matters

    I am the only child of a teenage mother who was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. During my childhood I felt depressed, worthless, misunderstood and ashamed; I had thoughts of suicide. I thought that suicide would bring me peace… Read More

  • Keeping My Granddaughter Safe

    Keeping My Granddaughter Safe

    My ten-year-old granddaughter Iyona lives with me, and sometimes she wishes she had her mother, father, sister and brother to play with. Her parents are not able to care for her because they’re dealing with various issues and Iyona was… Read More

  • Getting Back to Normal

    Getting Back to Normal

    After giving birth to my third child, my joy quickly turned to fear when I was told that my new baby would require multiple surgeries to correct a birth defect. My whole world suddenly turned upside down. I had to… Read More

  • From Foster Child to Grateful Mom

    From Foster Child to Grateful Mom

    I was placed in foster care at a very young age. I lived with my first foster family until the age of 10 when my foster care father passed away. I then moved to a wonderful family with whom I… Read More

  • Saving Our Family

    Saving Our Family

    For my family, the last fourteen weeks have been a rollercoaster ride and not the fun kind. We were at a loss of how to deal with our son Simon, a boy we hardly recognized anymore. The good student who… Read More

  • Fleeing Violence

    Fleeing Violence

    In 2006, my family made the difficult decision to leave our home in Iraq because of increasing violence and death threats. We had to leave everything we had behind as we struggled to escape a terrifying and escalating situation. Thankfully,… Read More

  • Finishing High School

    Finishing High School

    I promised my daughter that one day I would finish high school and even though I’m 50 years old, I decided it was time to get my life straightened out; it hasn’t been easy. After years of relying on alcohol… Read More

  • Fighting For My Country

    Fighting For My Country

    I was 19 when I became homeless back in 2013. My dad, stepmom and I were fighting so much that they finally asked me to leave their house. I couldn’t go live with my birth mom because she left me… Read More

  • Back On My Feet

    Back On My Feet

    When I was 70 years old, living alone and dealing with Diabetes, I fell and injured my neck and was placed on a ventilator for six weeks. I then spent a year in rehab due to injuries related to the… Read More

  • A Home Of Our Own

    A Home Of Our Own

    After years of suffering physical, financial, and emotional abuse from my husband, I finally found the strength to divorce him. After the divorce, however, I was unable to pay my bills and lost my home; suddenly becoming homeless with my… Read More


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