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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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Local Suicide Calls Spike, Will Bucks Volunteers Answer?

March 31, 2015 | James McGinnis | Bucks County Courier Times

A “fallen angel,” possessed by the devil and coughing up blood, is holding on extension 4. It’s 7:15 on Friday night at Family Service Association’s suicide call center where a single hotline operator, Maria Picciotti, is juggling multiple callers suffering from psychological problems and emotional distress. The phone rings again, and Picciotti is forced to prioritize. The fallen angel, also a frequent caller, will have to wait.

More and more people are phoning this tiny Richboro office, no larger than a studio apartment. On Feb. 15, SEPTA began a public awareness campaign with signs for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline now posted at many local bus and train stations. Calls to that national number, 1-800-272-TALK, are forwarded to FSA phone lines and call volume has increased 30 percent in a month, according to the organization.

Problem is — there’s not always someone available locally to answer the calls. Nearly half of all shifts are manned by a single operator, according to FSA.

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Commissioners Unanimously Approve 27 Contract Resolutions during March 18 Business Meeting

March 18, 2015 | buckscounty.org

Convening for perhaps the last time in the first floor Community Room of the Bucks County Administration Building (former Courthouse), the Board of Bucks County Commissioners conducted a brisk, 35-minute meeting on the morning of March 18, 2015. Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW approved 27 resolutions without dissent, including 11 change orders related to the construction and completion of the new Justice Center at 100 N. Main St. In early April, the commissioners will take to the road in their annual program that aims to move business meetings around the county and hear different community concerns.

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Fighting Homelessness at The Fuge

March 12, 2015 | Bucks County Herald

Family Service Association of Bucks County will host a benefit to raise funds for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter on Saturday, March 21 at The Fuge in Warminster.

The benefit will begin at 7 p.m. with live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a live auction. Guests can also tour The Fuge, which houses one of the largest human centrifuges, and have their photo taken inside the gondola of the actual centrifuge used by America’s early astronauts including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn.

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Ensuring There Will Be Shelter for Those Who Need It

March 06, 2015 | Betsy N. Rendall | Bucks County Courier Times

I recently learned of three people who currently reside at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown. When asked how they ended up at the shelter, all had very different reasons.

The first was a single mom of two young children who left a job to further her education. She tried, without success, to find a new job that worked with her school schedule, so she lost her apartment because she couldn’t pay the rent. The second was an unemployed (but actively job-seeking) man in the middle of a divorce. His wife and son are living in his old house, but he is no longer welcome there. The third was a woman who was living in a shared apartment that turned into a domestic violence situation.

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