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FROM OUR CEO

The year is certainly off to a chaotic start and if I had to guess, I’d say that 2017 is going to be a challenging year for FCA and for all charities. Given what the last few weeks have been like, it’s probably going to be a tough year for our nation.  Our country has never been more divided and the discourse at times, has been uncivil. Hot-button issues like reproductive health care, civil rights and entitlement programs are all on the table, emotions are high and it’s easy to get caught up in the fray while watching 24/7 news channels, surfing social media or even while enjoying a family dinner. 

In truth, we all want the same things: safety, security, good health and economic prosperity. Picking the best strategies for achieving or maintaining those things and who gets to share in them depends squarely on your worldview. That’s where things get tricky, but that’s also the essence of democracy. 

As a 501(c)(3) non profit agency, we steer clear of electoral politics and will always be a non-partisan organization. We are, however, also committed to advancing social and economic justice. That means speaking out about policies that adversely impact youth, women, people of color, recent immigrants  and the poor. That means bringing to bear, our 132 years of experience serving vulnerable populations. That means empowering and giving the individuals, families and communities that have the most to lose, the tools and means to have their faces seen and their voices heard.

Here at FCA, we’ll have to work even harder and smarter in the weeks and months ahead. That’s fine; in fact, it’s energizing. We’re 100% ready and I hope you’ll join us.







Jeffrey L. Reynolds, PH.D, CEAP, SAP 

President/CEO
Long Island’s First Addiction Recovery Center THRIVE LI
set to open March, 2017

With the heroin epidemic continuing to sweep through homes across America, Family and Children's Association and agency affiliates LICADD, F.I.S.T. ad LIRA are proud to announce Long Island's first addiction recovery center to fully open March 2017 in Hauppauge, NY. The funding for the new recovery center was made possible through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  Stay tuned for more updates on the grand opening.

Click the video link above for a sneak peek into the birth of THRIVE LI:

Program Spotlight: FCA Seniors Division
Alzheimer's Caregiver Program
Through an acquired grant from the New York State Department of Health, FCA and Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) are spearheading a new Alzheimer’s Caregiver Program which focuses on aiding under served Alzheimer's Disease (AD) caregivers in Westbury, Freeport and Hempstead, NY. The program provides AD caregivers with the latest educational materials regarding AD and more importantly connecting them with other AD caregivers in fun and social settings. Additionally, LIAF provides education and support groups at Amber Court Assisted Living. Contact us if this program could benefit you or a loved one.
UPCOMING EVENTS
3/31: President/CEO
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, PhD, Guest Speaker, TEDx Adelphi University
FCA President/CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, PhD will take the TEDx stage at Adelphi University on March, 31to discuss Long Island’s historic heroin crisis.  
4/23:  Team FCA Mini Mighty Man Pool Triathlon at Nassau Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY
Calling all athletes and prospective athletes! Interested in trying your first triathlon? Register for the Mini Mighty Man Triathlon Race for a great cause! 
2017 Golf and Tennis Tournament Fundraiser

Honoring Mr. Joseph Mannion, President of The Sanitation Officers Association, this years Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament, one of FCA’s largest fundraisers, will be held at the prestigious Creek Club, featured in Golf Digest as “America’s Greatest Golf Courses”. Kick-off Brunch at 10:30 am, shotgun start 12:30 pm, tennis tournament 1 pm. For information on Corporate Sponsorships, contact Marisa Paladino, 516-746-0350 x4364 or email: mpaladino@familyandchildrens.org to reserve your sponsorship.

FCA HAPPENINGS
Safe and Warm Quilt Initiative
Hero of the Month   
FCA's latest fundraising campaign is the Safe and Warm Quilt Initiative! At $25 a square, participants can sew, paint or decorate their contribution to what FCA hopes to be Long Island's largest quilt. All particpants are invited to the unfurling ceremony Fall 2017. Corporate sponsors are encouraged to participate with a four-square logo. #FamilyQuilt
Seven years ago, a large catered lunch was delivered to the office of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP in Uniondale which made Mr. Forchelli pause and think about those less fortunate who live on Long Island – such as the many runaway and homeless teenagers that Family and Children’s Association serves. 
Adopt-a-Family Campaign Brings Added Joy To Long Island's Vulnerable Families
Hempstead High School’s first QuestBridge Scholar from FCA's Youth Advisory Council
A beautiful story of hope and prosperity from a family who engaged with FCA's Safe Transitions and Reunification Services (STARS) Program. 
Travis Nelson, a member of FCA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) became Hempstead High School’s first QuestBridge scholar, receiving a full four-year scholarship to Columbia University.  
FCA GETS SOCIAL!
Staff from Business Dynamics (above) gave up their sense of fashion over the holiday season and instead donated to FCA's #GiveUp2Give campaign.
For individuals and companies looking for a way to give back to Long Island's most vulnerable communities, FCA's #GiveUp2Give campaign is fun, simple and impactful!

#GiveUp2Give brings FCA's social media presence into 2017. Companies such as Business Dynamics (pictured above) got creative by giving up their sense of fashion to and instead donated to FCA!
The number of our Long Island neighbors who turn to us for help is growing. While we can provide professional services to those struggling with economic, emotional and social challenges, their quality of life is greatly enhanced by the kindness of others. We invite you to join our  community of caring, so please get involved!
The mission of Family and Children's Association is to protect and strengthen Long Island's most vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family and Children’s Association provides help and hope to under served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives.

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