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Achievers: Subrenie Thomas-Smith

June 28, 2015 | Bucks County Courier Times

Subrenie Thomas-Smith was recently elected to the board of directors of the Family Service Association of Bucks County. Thomas-Smith, a digital marketing consultant, brings more than 14 years of marketing experience to Family Service, which provides services to adults, children and families in need.

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Subrenie Thomas-Smith Elected to Family Service Board of Directors

June 23, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Subrenie Thomas-Smith of Doylestown was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.

Thomas-Smith, a Digital Marketing Consultant, brings more than fourteen years of marketing experience to Family Service. She attended the University of Florida and worked at Bristol Myers Squibb for seven years and Johnson & Johnson for more than a decade before joining Johnson Marketing Consultants, LLC in November 2014.

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Kiwanis Celebrates 100 Years with Picnic Along Delaware River

June 19, 2015 | Beth Fisher | Bucks County Courier Times

The Kiwanis Club of Washington Crossing-Yardley hosted members and representatives of organizations they support at a celebration for the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International on Thursday. Nearly 100 people gathered for a picnic on the scenic banks of the Delaware River.

Kiwanis is a charitable organization that serves children and families at the local, national and international levels. Members are both men and women of various ages and backgrounds.

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Family Service’s School-Based Counseling Program Receives Gift from Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund

June 17, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

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 their School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with eighteen schools across eight school districts to provide counseling to children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day. The gift from the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund will be used specifically to provide middle and high school students with mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and prevent possible deaths from occurring.

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Performer Returns to Philly for Fundraising Concert

June 11, 2015 | Jen Colletta | Philadelphia Gay News

Nathan Townsend’s concert next week is a homecoming of sorts, the out performer said.

“I ran away from Philly, I can say that now. I ran away to die, and I didn’t,” he said. “Now I’m back in the game, and I want to share my story.”

The 60-year-old New Hope resident is the housing coordinator at Bucks Villa, an independent-living facility for people with HIV/AIDS in New Hope. He is also a consultant for Merck, a role that allows him to share his experience with his HIV/AIDS diagnosis across the region.

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After 30 Years, Newspaper Leader Bidding Farewell

June 05, 2015 | Crissa Shoemaker | Bucks County Courier Times

Patricia Meagher-Walker, who has led the newsrooms of the Bucks County Courier Times, Intelligencer and Burlington County Times newspapers for seven years and has rallied the community to support those most in need, is retiring after almost 30 years with the company.

Her last day is Friday. Shane Fitzgerald, executive editor at the Beaver County Times, has been selected to succeed her.

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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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