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Federal Funds Help Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter Upgrade Facility

October 11, 2017 | Tom Sofield | LevittownNow.com

A community development block grant has helped the Family Service Association of Bucks County rehabilitate portions of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

The $99,975 in federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development were awarded to Bristol Township and handed down to help the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter rehabilitate the HVAC system and dorms at the facility located near the Levittown Library and Bucks County Technical High School.

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FSA to use $15,000 donation to help battle opioid addiction

October 11, 2017 | Joan Hellyer | Bucks County Courier Times

The Family Service Association of Bucks County will use a $15,000 donation from Worth & Co. to help fund its Center for Excellence programs.

The center serves adults 18 and older who have an opioid use disorder or are actively using opioids and who have or are eligible for Medicaid, spokeswoman Nicki Bedesem said. The facility helps people with opioid-related substance use disorders stay in treatment, receive follow-up care and support from the community.

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Two family suites added to Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter

October 08, 2017 | Joan Hellyer | Bucks County Courier Times

Dozens of area volunteers were up and working before dawn Saturday to give local families in need some new, temporary spaces to rebuild their lives.

The approximately 100 volunteers spent much of the day building a 600-square-foot addition onto the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township. The addition houses two family units, each measuring about 140 square feet, project coordinator Franco D’Andrea said. Up to four people can stay in each unit.

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This Compass points Philly-area nonprofits and business pros toward one another

October 04, 2017 | Diane Mastrull | The Inquirer

Alcohol, hors d’oeuvres, soft lighting, men and women moving from table to table and getting to know one another — all the markings of a speed-dating event. Indeed, the gathering was a matchmaking exercise. Yet the goal of this particular event held Sept. 28 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts wasn’t a love connection, but a way to bring together nonprofits in need of free strategic help with business professionals willing to provide it.

Compass Philadelphia is a unique volunteer program that debuted here five years ago in what was the first expansion of a program founded in Washington 15 years ago. Despite its time demands and highly selective screening process — just because you’re interested in volunteering doesn’t mean you’ll be selected (just like dating!) — Compass Philadelphia has been so impressive that it gave organization leaders in D.C. the confidence to start a program in Chicago last January and to begin a search for other suitable cities.

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Worth & Company Donates $15,000 to Family Service’s Center of Excellence

September 26, 2017 | Family Service Press Release

Worth & Company, Inc. recently donated $15,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that serves more than 27,000 people in need each year in Bucks County.

Family Service offers a variety of programs and services including emergency housing, suicide prevention, parent education, recovery support, counseling, job coaching and more. The funds from M&T Bank will go directly to Family Service’s Center of Excellence.

The Center of Excellence helps ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorders stay in treatment, receive follow-up care and are supported within the community. Family Service’s team consists of Care Coordinators, many of whom are Certified Recovery Specialists, and a Nurse who work with clients to get their lives back on track and achieving their goals.

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Fighting the epidemic

September 12, 2017 | Samantha Bambino | Langhorne Times

The number of deaths caused by opioid-related overdoses rose nearly 50 percent from 2015 to 2016. With these rates continuing to climb, the opioid crisis in not only Bucks County, but Pennsylvania as a whole, is becoming an epidemic. So what can be done?

At Family Service Association, a Langhorne-based nonprofit organization, it’s all about staying ahead of the curve and making sure people don’t fall through the cracks. Last fall, Family Service became one of 50 agencies across the state to open a Center of Excellence, the brainchild of Gov. Tom Wolf to help ensure people with opioid-related substance use disorders stay in treatment and receive the necessary support. Recently, Customers Bank donated $40,000 to help Family Service expand its center’s space to accommodate all who need its help.

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Joseph C. Bondi elected President of Family Service Board of Directors

September 12, 2017 | New Hope News

Joseph C. Bondi was recently elected President of the Family Service Association of Bucks County Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term.

Mr. Bondi, Vice President of Finance at Johnson & Johnson and active community leader, has served as a member of Family Service’s board for five years. Prior to joining Family Service, he served as Treasurer of the American Red Cross of Bucks County and as a member of St. Mary Medical Center Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Co-parenting program started for divorced parents

September 07, 2017 | Bucks County Herald

Family Service Association of Bucks County recently launched Parenting Together, a co-parenting program for parents or caregivers experiencing problems with communication.

The co-parenting classes are designed to help parents work together effectively to promote the best interests of their children following separation, divorce or other conflicts.

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Volunteers needed to answer helpline calls

August 31, 2017 | Bucks County Herald

Every 13 minutes, someone in the country dies by suicide, and for every person who dies, there are 24 more who attempt suicide.

Over the past three years, 249 Bucks County residents have died by suicide according to reports from the Bucks County Coroner’s Office.

Fortunately, suicide is preventable. Each and every day, Family Service receives calls from people in distress via its Contact Helpline (215-355-6000) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK). Trained staff and volunteers answer these calls for help and ultimately save lives.

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Customers Bank donates $40K to Family Service Association’s Center of Excellence in Bucks County

August 30, 2017 | Bucks Local News

Customers Bank, a community-based bank with locations throughout the region, is donating $40,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that serves more than 27,000 people in need each year in Bucks County.

Family Service offers a variety of programs and services including emergency housing, suicide prevention, parent education, recovery support, counseling, job coaching and more. The funds from Customers Bank will go directly to Family Service’s Center of Excellence.

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