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Family Service is thriving after 65 years

November 16, 2018 | Samantha Bambino | The Times

It’s been a bittersweet year for Family Service Association of Bucks County.

On the one hand, the nonprofit served a record number of people — 30,807 to be exact — through services such as housing assistance, counseling and addiction treatment. But at the same time, it was in mourning. On Feb. 20, Audrey J. Tucker, who led the organization as CEO for 40 years, passed away suddenly but peacefully.

Despite the devastating loss, Family Service kept moving forward. It’s what Tucker would have wanted. Last Thursday, staff, volunteers and elected officials gathered at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland to not only celebrate Tucker’s impact, but also Family Service’s 65th anniversary.

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Newtown podiatrist launches Holiday Sock Drive to benefit youth and homeless shelters

November 16, 2018 | Bucks Local News

Newtown podiatrist Dr. Lawrence Kalker is partnering with Valley Youth House in Warminster and the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown for its 6th Annual Holiday Sock Drive to benefit both shelters.

The Sock Drive will take place through January 1.

Since 2013, the Sock Drive has been a huge success collecting nearly 5,000 pairs of socks. Socks may be dropped off at Kalker Podiatry, 6 South Sycamore Street, Newtown. Dr. Kalker specializes in geriatric, pediatric and family foot care and treat all conditions affecting the foot and ankle including sports injuries and diabetic foot disorders.

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Bucks nonprofit Family Service names new CEO

October 29, 2018 | Bucks County Courier Times

Dina Della Ducata, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has been appointed CEO of Family Service Association of Bucks County, effective Dec. 10.

In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of the Middletown organization, in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the board president and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service.

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Family Service Announces Dina Della Ducata as New Chief Executive Officer

October 22, 2018 | Levittown Patch

Dina Della Ducata, MS, PHR of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County effective December 10th, 2018. In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of Family Service in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the Board President and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service

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Family Service Announces Dina Della Ducata as New Chief Executive Officer

October 22, 2018 | Family Service Press Release

Dina Della Ducata, MS, PHR of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County effective December 10th, 2018. In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of Family Service in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the Board President and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service.

Della Ducata is exceptionally well qualified for this leadership role, bringing over 25 years of diversified experience with a strong track record of success in the behavioral health field. She is currently a Senior Executive in Philadelphia at Citizens Acting Together Can Help, Inc. (CATCH), a non-profit agency providing Community Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. Della Ducata has dedicated her life’s work to serving the needs of the most vulnerable populations. In addition, she is an active community leader and serves on the Boards of several local non-profits including St. Rita of Cascia National Shrine, Casa Farnese Housing for Seniors, Michaels Helping Hand (Founding Board Member) and Adelphia Lions Club, Philadelphia Chapter. Della Ducata is also a member of the prestigious Forum of Executive Women.

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As Bucks County fights homelessness, some entrenched camps hide in plain sight

October 07, 2018 | Vinny Vella | The Inquirer

A quiver of anger crept into James Fonde’s voice as he surveyed the bleak, littered patch of woods where his mother’s life ended, an overlooked corner of Croydon between Route 13 and a residential neighborhood.

“She wasn’t supposed to die back here,” he said. “I hate it when people say this is God’s plan. His plan was for her to die here, in the mud by a tree? Don’t tell me that.”

A few feet away, his brother, Brian Winder, sat on a stump, lit a cigarette, and hung his head in silence. Their mother, Beverly Winder, died on that spot last month when a storm-damaged tree Winder was cutting down struck another as it fell, changing direction and landing on her.

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TODAY, Inc. awards $10,000 to Family Service to help fight opioid addiction

September 19, 2018 | Samantha Bambino | Langhorne Times

TODAY, Inc., a local provider of behavioral health services, recently granted $10,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that served more than 26,000 people last year.

For nearly 65 years, Family Service has been helping children and families improve their lives, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. The organization provides mental health treatment, recovery support, emergency shelter, parent education, suicide prevention services and more. The funds from TODAY, Inc. will go directly to Family Service’s Center of Excellence.

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TODAY, Inc. Awards $10,000 to Family Service to Help Fight Opioid Addiction

September 12, 2018 | Family Service Press Release

TODAY, Inc., a local provider of behavioral health services, recently granted $10,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that served more than 26,000 people last year.

For nearly 65 years, Family Service has been helping children and families improve their lives, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. The organization provides mental health treatment, recovery support, emergency shelter, parent education, suicide prevention services and more. The funds from TODAY, Inc. will go directly to Family Service’s Center of Excellence.

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Family Service bestows Champion for Youth Award

August 30, 2018 | Bucks County Herald

Family Service recently honored the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) with its 2018 Susan N. Altomari Champion for Youth award.

The Susan N. Altomari Champion for Youth Award recognizes an individual or group that positively impacts the lives of youth in Bucks County through Family Service. The Bucks County Chapter of PASR was selected to receive the award in recognition of the organization’s leadership and contributions to Family Service’s Back to School Drive over the past 13 years.

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215 Mopar Donates Nonperishables to Family Service Food Pantry

August 15, 2018 | Family Service Press Release

215 Mopar, Philadelphia’s premier car club, recently made a large donation of nonperishable goods to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that served more than 26,000 people last year.

215 Mopar has donated more than 7,500 pounds of food to Family Service to date. The nonperishables will be utilized by Family Service’s food pantry in Langhorne, which distributes food directly to clients and other Bucks County residents who need it.

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