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Family Service welcomes two board members

August 18, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

Family Service Association of Bucks County has elected Joseph Stoll and Bernadette Handler to its board of directors. Stoll, a managing director and relationship manager at Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia, brings more than 30 years of management experience to Family Service. The Churchville resident has served the community as a board member of the Council Rock Baseball Association and as a program coordinator at the Philadelphia Senior Center.

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A Bucks County Teen Decided To Make One Last Call Before He Planned To Commit Suicide

August 17, 2016 | Amanda Burg | LevittownNow.com

A teenage boy is having thoughts of suicide. Home alone, he’s prepared to write a note sharing his feelings of overwhelming sadness and cutting and find a place to end it all; but then, he grabs the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a number his summer school teacher had given him and encouraged him to call.

With one call, his life is saved.

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Giving back

August 15, 2016 | Bucks County Courier Times

National Penn, now part of the BB&T financial institution, recently donated $15,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 24,000 people in need annually. In the photo (from left), Deborah B. Van Aken, second vice president and Michael J. Mattie, president, both members of the Family Service board of directors; Todd Alderfer, director of commercial banking, and Martha (Marti) Green, former vice president of commercial lending, both of National Penn.

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Family Service’s Helpline Volunteer Answers Call and Saves a Life

August 15, 2016 | Family Service Press Release

A young teenage boy recently called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) after his summer school teacher had given him the number and suggested he call. One of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s volunteer listeners answered the phone. The boy told the listener that he was home by himself and that he had been thinking about cutting and suicide a lot lately.

The boy said he had shared his feelings of overwhelming sadness and thoughts of cutting with a friend, but his friend didn’t seem to care. His plan now was to leave a note for his parents and go find a place to kill himself.

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Bernadette Handler Elected to Family Service Board of Directors

August 11, 2016 | Family Service Press Release

Bernadette Handler, JD, RN of New Hope was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.

Handler attended Fitzgerald Mercy School of Nursing, Gwynedd Mercy University and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Her career has included work as a nurse, a publishing editor and the coordinator of Family Service’s Guardianship program, from which she retired in 2007. Handler has a long history with Family Service, having joined the agency as a volunteer in 1991. In her retirement, she serves on the planning committee for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter’s annual benefit and the Board of Directors of Bucks Villa, a group residence in New Hope for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Joseph Stoll Elected to Family Service Board of Directors

August 11, 2016 | Family Service Press Release

Joseph Stoll, JD, MBA of Churchville was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.

Stoll, a Managing Director and Relationship Manager at Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia, brings more than thirty years of management experience to Family Service. He attended LaSalle University where he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s of business administration. Stoll then went on to attend Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He has served the community as a board member of the Council Rock Baseball Association and as a program coordinator at the Philadelphia Senior Center.

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Noteworthy: Meridian Bank donated $5,000 to Family Service

August 11, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

Meridian Bank donated $5,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 24,000 people in need each year. Meridian Bank’s donation will support Family Service programs, including the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, a temporary residence for individuals and families who have lost safe and stable housing.

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Wells Fargo gives Housing Link $10,000

August 04, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

Wells Fargo has made a $10,000 grant to the Bucks County Opportunity Council for the Bucks County Housing Link, the central point of information, assessment, and referral services for all Bucks residents experiencing a housing crisis.

The Housing Link is a collaborative program between the Bucks County Opportunity Council, the Bucks County Housing Group, Family Service Association of Bucks County and the Keystone Opportunity Center. It includes a call center and several assessment centers which serve all persons experiencing a housing crisis in Bucks County.

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William Penn Bank Community Foundation Awards $80,000 in Grants

August 04, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

As part of an on-going commitment to make the community we serve a better place to live, the William Penn Bank Community Foundation recently awarded $80,000 in grants to the following non-profit organizations: Lower Bucks County YMCA; Welcoming the Stranger; No Longer Bound; Family Service Association; YWCA of Bucks  County; Ivins Outreach Center; Bucks County Housing Group; Credit Counseling Center; Destined for a Dream; A Woman’s Place; Habitat for Humanity; Advocates for the Homeless; Snipes Farm Summer Camp; and Solid Rock Youth Center.

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National Penn Donates $15,000 to Family Service

August 01, 2016 | Family Service Press Release

National Penn, a community bank with locations throughout the region, has donated $15,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that serves more than 24,000 people in need each year.

Family Service offers a variety of programs that help people gain the skills needed to reach their full potential. Services include emergency help, parent education, mental health services, job support and more.

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