Governor Wolf Awards $1.35 Million in Innovation and Expansion Project Contracts

January 06, 2017 | Office of Governor Tom Wolf | Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Today, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) recently awarded $1.35 million in contracts to fund 10 Innovation and Expansion Projects across the state. These programs will assist students with disabilities in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

“These projects will empower students with disabilities to successfully transition to employment after graduation,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society who make important contributions to our state’s workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community.”

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Greater Newtown Exchange Special Holiday Ornament Sale Begins Nov. 26

November 21, 2016 | Max Bennett | Newtown Patch

Each year, the Greater Newtown Exchange holds a Christmas ornament sale to benefit charity organizations. Those ornaments feature historic locations in Newtown and this year’s location is the Brick Hotel at 1 E. Washington Ave., Newtown.

The sale begins Nov. 26 and you can purchase an ornament for just $10 at Newtown Hardware House, McCaffrey’s of Newtown, Acme of Newtown, Countryside Framing (2 S. State St.), and five First National Bank & Trust locations.

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Family Service Association of Bucks County Is Collecting Gifts For Families

November 21, 2016 | Erich Martin |

A local nonprofit is working to collect donations to make the holidays a little brighter for those who need it most.

Family Service Association of Bucks County is once again collecting donations in the form of unwrapped gifts for distribution later this holiday season. After the donations are complete, by early December, the gifts will be displayed so that residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless shelter and other clients with demonstrated need will be able to pick and choose gifts for their immediate family.

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A “phenomenal organization”

November 17, 2016 | Bridget Wingert | Bucks County Herald

When Michael Mattie, president of the Family Service Association Board, welcomed friends and staff to the organization’s annual meeting, he warned that he could sing the group’s praises for a long time. Mattie is passionate about Family Service’s record and its positive effect on Bucks County – the group has served 27,550 people in the past year and it has been doing the same kind of work for 63 years. FSA today has a presence in seven school districts and 22 schools.

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M&T Bank Donates $5,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County

October 24, 2016 | Family Service Press Release

M&T Bank has donated $5,000 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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Wolf visits Family Service Association of Bucks County

October 02, 2016 | Jenny Wagner | Bucks County Courier Times

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday visited the Family Service Association of Bucks County in Middletown for his latest stop on a tour of the state’s new Centers of Excellence, designated to improve access to opioid addiction treatment.

“(Fatal drug overdoses are) a really big problem,” Wolf said, citing statistics from 2014, when 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses, and last year, when that number was closer to 3,500.

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Gov. Tom Wolf Visits Levittown-Area Center In Trenches Of Opioid Epidemic

October 01, 2016 |

Gov. Tom Wolf visited a Middletown nonprofit to talk about his administration’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic. The Democratic governor visited the Family Service Association of Bucks County, which was designated a Center of Excellence by Wolf’s administration for its efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Wolf highlighted $20 million in state funding for the Centers of Excellence program, which designates facilities that serve as “central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves,” according to his office. Centers like the one operated by the Family Service Association of Bucks County help offer those with opioid problem by offering behavioral and physical health care and any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.

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Family Service’s Helpline Listener Answers Call & Saves a Life

September 24, 2016 | Lower Bucks Leader

An older woman, who had recently been diagnosed with a mental illness, called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) because she was frightened by auditory hallucinations caused by her illness. One of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s listeners answered the phone. The woman shared that her medication was not helping ease her fears, and she felt the only way to stop the voices in her head would be to end her life.

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Leader Lottery Winner: Walter Burgess

September 24, 2016 | Lower Bucks Leader

Walter Burgess, of Collins Grant Court in Yardley, was our Leader Lottery winner for 2016 Issue #12 of The Lower Bucks Leader. Leader Lottery is a feature of every issue, in which readers can win money for themselves and free publicity for their favorite charity or community cause.

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School-Based Counseling program receives gift

September 15, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

The Young Family recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of its School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 20 schools across eight school districts to provide counseling for children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day.

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