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Family Service Prepares to Launch Street Healthcare Mobile Unit

Family Service Association of Bucks County is preparing to launch a Street Healthcare Mobile Unit in partnership with several agencies in Bucks County, including Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership. This innovative mobile program will enable a licensed practitioner to provide low barrier access to treatment, with on-site medical, mental health, and substance use evaluation and treatment to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Bucks County community. This prevention-based approach aims to reduce the number of emergency room visits and promote mental health and wellness and proactive treatment in the community.

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21 Bucks County nonprofits received grants

January 02, 2019 | Bucks County Courier Times

Foundations Community Partnership has awarded $165,000 in grants to 21 Bucks County nonprofits to support their work improving the lives of underserved youth and families.

The grants included 10 Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants, which support organizations that are developing innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in Bucks County; and eight Capital Improvement Grants to support nonprofit organizations’ capital campaigns. Three organizations received technical assistance grants for specific work plans developed with a local non-profit technical assistance organization.

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Newtown ‘angels’ deliver more than 1,000 gifts to the less fortunate in Council Rock and Lower Bucks County

December 19, 2018 | Jeff Werner | Bucks Local News

More than 1,000 gifts are being distributed this week to children and parents in Lower Bucks County thanks to Paul Salvatore and his band of Christmas angels.

Through the Angel Tree project, which Salvatore has organized for more than two decades, 98 children in the Council Rock School District along with homeless children and their families in Lower Bucks will have a merrier Christmas this year with gifts to open and enjoy.

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Eagle Scout candidate from Falls aims to fight hunger and food waste

December 17, 2018 | Bucks County Courier Times

As part of his Eagle Scout service project, 17-year-old Pranav Chivukula created the Wheels4Meals program to connect restaurants, homeless shelters, food pantries, charities and volunteer drivers to deliver food to those in need.

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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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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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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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