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Crowded Bucks County Homeless Shelter Snags Construction Grant

May 28, 2015 | James McGinnis | Bucks County Courier Times

The last of the school buses pulls away, parents head off to work and soon the only sounds echoing through Bucks County’s Emergency Homeless Shelter are the din of construction drills and the shouts of men laying concrete.

On Wednesday, a five-man team from Milex Construction in Morrisville began laying the foundations for 11 new bathrooms bankrolled by a community’s generosity and, now also, a state grant.

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Keeping Kids Safe in the Summer Time

May 21, 2015 | Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance | Press Release

Once summer time arrives, many parents are faced with the decision of when to leave a child home alone. Many people look to the law for help in making this decision, but there is no “legal age” when a child can or should be left alone. It’s up to each parent to decide what’s best for their family. PFSA offers some things to consider in making this decision.

Once summer time arrives, many parents are faced with the decision of when to leave a child home alone. Many people look to the law for help in making this decision, but there is no “legal age” when a child can or should be left alone.  It’s up to each parent to decide what’s best for their family.

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Better Quality of Life Under Construction

May 03, 2015 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

The plight of the homeless in Bucks County is one that brought Mike DeMaio to his knees, literally and figuratively.

There was DeMaio, the co-owner of Milex Construction in Bensalem, among those companies involved in demolishing and rebuilding 11 bathrooms in disrepair at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township. He was on his knees outside one of the small bathrooms on the women’s side of the shelter a few days ago, trowel in hand to smooth freshly poured concrete at an exit door near where one of the crumbling bathrooms once stood. Figuratively helping smooth over the uneven lives of shelter residents.

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Bucks County Crisis Hotline Straining to Answer Calls

May 01, 2015 | WHYY News | NewsWorks | newsworks.org

Twice a week Mike Keller helps someone through a crisis.

From his little cubicle in the upstairs offices of the Family Service Association of Bucks County, Keller answers the phones for CONTACT, a suicide and crisis helpline. Tonight he’s talking with a woman who received some bad news from her doctor. Many of her loved ones have passed away and now, she says, she’s thinking about suicide.

It’s an intimidating call, but Keller is more than up to the task.

“I enjoy talking with people. I enjoy helping them to see that whatever it is today is not necessarily what it will be tomorrow,” said Keller.

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Family Service and SEPTA Partner to Prevent Suicide

April 21, 2015 | United Way of Bucks County

In February, Audrey J. Tucker, CEO of Family Service Association of Bucks County, joined Scott Sauer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Chief Officer of System Safety, and other participants at the Langhorne train station for the unveiling of new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline signs posted on the platform. The installation of the signs at the Langhorne station marks the completion of this initiative that began in September 2014; the Lifeline number is now posted at all SEPTA locations including rail, trolley and subway stations.

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Partnering with Purpose Leads to Community Solutions to Homelessness

April 21, 2015 | Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities member Family Service Association of Bucks County in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is finding success in engaging the Alliance’s Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations. The Commitments are the Alliance’s framework of practices and approaches that lead to organizational excellence and lasting positive change with children, families, and communities.

Comprised of 10 distinct areas, the Commitments address leadership, strategy, and values that contribute to nonprofit impact. Family Service is seeing results from applying the Commitments Partnering with Purpose and Investing in Capacity.

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Local Mothers ‘Showered’ with Parenting Tips in Bensalem

April 19, 2015 | Anthony DiMattia | Bucks County Courier Times

Pamela George is still getting used to the area after recently moving to Bensalem. To make things more challenging, she’s also seven months pregnant.

To help George and other expecting or new mothers, a “community baby shower” was held Friday by the Catholic Social Services at Our Lady of Fatima Church off Street Road.

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Drive for Youth Golf Outing to Benefit Family Service

April 13, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Over the past fifteen years, Family Service Association of Bucks County’s Drive for Youth Golf Outing has raised over $610,000 for programs and services that directly benefit children and families in our community.

Last year, Family Service provided direct services to over 1,400 children and teens in need. You can help Family Service continue to meet the needs of children and teens in our community by supporting the 16th annual Drive for Youth Golf Outing on June 8, 2015 at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, PA.

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Family Service and SEPTA Partner to Prevent Suicide

April 08, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

In February, Audrey J. Tucker, CEO of Family Service Association of Bucks County, joined Scott Sauer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Chief Officer of System Safety, and other participants at the Langhorne train station for the unveiling of new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline signs posted on the platform. The installation of the signs at the Langhorne station marks the completion of this initiative that began in September 2014; the Lifeline number is now posted at all SEPTA locations including rail, trolley and subway stations.

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Bucks Non Profit Needs Volunteers at Its Call Centers

April 03, 2015 | WNPV 1440 Radio, Inc.

A non-profit that answer calls from distraught and very often, suicidal people, needs help at its call centers. Call Center Coordinator for the Family Service Association of Bucks County, Maria Picciotti says, the Family Service Center currently has nearly 40 active volunteers.

“But we could probably use double what we have, because our calls are increasing. We want to cover all our hours that we are here from 8am to 8pm every day and we also like the possibility of extending our hours as we get enough volunteers.”

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