Family Service Seeks “Holiday Gift Shop” Donors and Volunteers

November 16, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Year round, thousands of individuals and families turn to Family Service Association of Bucks County to help meet a variety of needs. During the holiday season, needs are greater and these same people turn to Family Service to help make their holidays a little brighter.

Family Service is now accepting new, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages. In mid-December, Family Service will display all of the gifts donated by the community and will invite residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless shelter and other clients with demonstrated need to “shop” for each member of their family. Last year, Family Service was able to brighten the holidays for more than 1,052 children and adults.

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Family Service says thanks to those who helped the agency

November 13, 2015 | Liz FIsher | Bucks County Courier Times

The Family Service Association of Bucks County held its annual luncheon Thursday to mark the advances in improving the quality of life for the under-served, issue its annual report, and honor its partners who contribute their time and money to help the organization grow.

The keynote speaker for the event was Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery, who talked about the county’s role in providing human services, which include help for the homeless, those providing elderly care, adults with an intellectually disabled child, intellectually disabled adults, grandparents raising their children, and those facing mental health issues.

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Fashion mistake will help homeless in Bucks County

October 09, 2015 | WFMZ 69 News

A fashion faux pas in Bucks County will end up benefiting the homeless this winter, all because of a mistake with a prison’s clothing order. When workers at the Bucks County Jail opened boxes of jackets meant for inmates they found a surprise. “It was discovered that the jackets were the wrong color and too closely resembled our correctional officer staff,” said Christina Finello, Bucks County deputy director of human services.

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Coats ordered for Bucks County prison inmates to end up with county homeless

October 09, 2015 | James McGinnis | Bucks County Courier Times

Orange may be the new black. But hundreds of prison coats, delivered to Bucks County in an unfortunate shade of blue, will be distributed instead to the region’s homeless.

The county prison said it’s turning a shipping error on 400 new coats into a homeless outreach project, following some corrective tailoring by ladies at the Women’s Correctional Center in Doylestown Township.

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Bucks County nonprofits partner to spread suicide-prevention awareness

September 20, 2015 | Anthony DiMattia | Bucks County Courier Times

A teenage college student sat in his apartment last month contemplating whether he should use the loaded gun in his hand to take his life. A woman who fell on hard times after losing her job recently planned to end her life by slitting her wrists. They both called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Volunteers from Family Service Association of Bucks County receive similar calls daily through the lifeline, which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 1-800-273-TALK.


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Bucks County Homeless Shelter celebrates new bathroom unveiling

September 17, 2015 | Anthony DiMattia | Bucks County Courier Times

New toilets, bathtubs, sinks, showers, mirrors, lights, floors, walls, ceilings and plumbing. Name the bathroom fixture and the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township is sure to have it.

A few dozen people got their first glimpse Wednesday during a tour of the new facility that was built from the kind donations of Bucks County residents.

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Bucks County’s homeless shelter to display newly renovated bathrooms

September 11, 2015 | Anthony DiMattia | Bucks County Courier Times

Who wouldn’t want an updated bathroom? It’s a top selling point for real estate. But for those living in a homeless shelter with dozens of others, a top priority is simply a bathroom that is functional and available when a child needs a bath.

That wasn’t the case for Bucks County Homeless Shelter residents, who had to deal with bathrooms that were falling apart, sometimes didn’t work and had just two tubs.

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Family Service’s Helpline Volunteer Saves a Life

August 21, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Each and every day, Family Service Association of Bucks County receives calls from people in distress via their CONTACT Helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

A few weeks ago, a man was walking along the road feeling suicidal, and he was planning to jump in front of a car. As a final thought, he called the Lifeline and a volunteer listener answered the phone. The volunteer kept the man on the line and simultaneously contacted emergency responders who were able to find the suicidal man based on the location and description provided by the volunteer.

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Summer interns serve Bucks nonprofits

August 20, 2015 | Bucks County Herald

Fifteen local college students from Bucks County who participated in Foundations Community Partnership’s Summer Youth Corps were treated to a picnic at the conclusion of their internships at local nonprofit human service agencies in Bucks County.

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Sheltered by generosity

August 19, 2015 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

As project superintendent of the renovation and reconstruction project of the decrepit bathrooms at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township over the past four months, Mike DiMaio felt the eyes watching.

DiMaio, proprietor of Milex Construction, in Morrisville, noticed many of the 75 shelter residents — men, women, children — observing the teams of workers rebuilding the crumbling bathrooms as the residents themselves attempted to do the same with their own lives in disrepair.

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