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Fitzpatrick Recognizes Pennsbury School District Commitment to Student Health

February 22, 2018 | Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick | YouTube

Watch on YouTube as Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick recognizes Pennsbury School District’s commitment to student health.


Lower Bucks County Nonprofit Leader Passes Away

February 21, 2018 | Tom Sofield | LevittownNow.com

The social worker who helped grow the Family Service Association of Bucks County passed away Monday night.

Audrey Tucker, 73, of Upper Makefield, had led the Family Service Association of Bucks County as CEO since 1987 but begun work at the Middletown-based agency as a social worker in 1978.

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‘Visionary’ nonprofit leader dies, leaves legacy of service

February 21, 2018 | Freda Savana | Bucks County Courier Times

Words such as visionary, tireless and leader were among those used to describe Audrey J. Tucker, the longtime chief executive of Family Service Association of Bucks County, who died Monday. She was 73.

Tucker, who shared a home with her husband, Tom, in Upper Makefield, joined the Middletown social services agency as a social worker in 1978 and became its CEO in 1987. For four decades, she embodied the organization’s mission of “We listen, care and help. Every day,” said the nonprofit, in a statement.

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Audrey J. Tucker (Sobel) – Obituary

February 20, 2018 | Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home

Audrey J. Tucker of Washington Crossing, PA died peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at St. Mary Medical Center. She was 73.

Audrey was the beloved wife of Thomas N. Tucker for 47 years.

Born in Sycamore, IL and raised in Easton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Morton and Betty Kotzen Sobel.  She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Audrey’s career was dedicated to the service of the community.  Audrey was affiliated with Family Service of Bucks County for over 40 years, serving as its CEO since 1987.  In that role, she managed the growth and development of the agency, which now serves nearly 26,000 Bucks County residents annually from multiple locations throughout the county.

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In Memory: Audrey J. Tucker, MSW, LSW

February 20, 2018 | Family Service Statement to the Media

It is with great sadness that Family Service announces the death of Audrey J. Tucker, MSW, LSW, our Chief Executive Officer. She passed away last night.

Audrey joined Family Service in 1978 as a social worker. She was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 1987. In November 2017, Family Service celebrated Audrey for having led the agency for 40 years. Audrey lived the mission of Family Service: “We listen, care and help. Every day.”

Audrey was a visionary who partnered with public and private agencies to solve challenges facing Bucks County. She was a teacher, a mentor and a leader for those within Family Service as well as for members of the community.


Short-term housing, wraparound services help Bucks cut homeless rate by 20 percent

February 16, 2018 | Aaron Moselle | WHYY

Efforts to reduce the number of homeless people in Bucks County appear to be paying off.

In 2017, the county’s annual point-in-time count found 511 people were living on the streets, in a shelter, or transitional housing.

A year later, the same data shows that total has dipped to 397 people, a roughly 20 percent drop.

A combination of factors explains the decline, with a shift toward rapid-rehousing programs perhaps playing the biggest role, according to experts.

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Pennsbury partners with St. Mary, Family Service to provide on-site mental health counseling

February 12, 2018 | Bucks Local News

Pennsbury has launched an on-site mental health counseling program on Mondays and Fridays for students and families at the high school level in conjunction with the district’s newly-formed Addiction and Mental Health Task Force.

In a partnership with St. Mary Medical Center and Family Service Association of Bucks County, clinical counseling at Pennsbury High School East began this month through a grant from St. Mary Medical Center to Family Service. The District will continue to work with St. Mary and Family Service in order to build capacity and expand the service to middle and elementary students and families, as well.

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Shelters Making Difference for Homeless in Bucks County

February 08, 2018 | Rick Rickman | Lower Bucks Live

Bucks County seems to be effectively handling its homeless problem. A recent count of the homeless population showed a decrease from January, 2017.

The numbers are acquired through a method called a “Point in Time” count, which is federally mandated and counts the number of homeless people found in a single night. The PIT found 397 people in emergency shelter, transitional housing or outdoors in Bucks County. This is a 22.3 percent decrease from the 2017 count of 511.

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Bucks County’s 2018 “Point in Time” Homeless Count Numbers Reflect 22.3 Percent Decrease From 2017

February 07, 2018 | BucksCounty.org

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, community volunteers performed Bucks County’s annual federally mandated “Point in Time (PIT)” Count. The one-day PIT is a count of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in January compiled by the Bucks County Department of Housing Services. The preliminary 2018 results that will be reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflect a significant decrease over the January, 2017 Bucks County count.

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Family Service Opens Family Units at Homeless Shelter Thanks to Matthew P. Pellegrino II Memorial Foundation

February 07, 2018 | Family Service Press Release

Family Service recently opened two new family units at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, thanks to a $150,000 donation from the Matthew P. Pellegrino II Memorial Foundation and support from Bristol Township.

Family Service, a non-profit organization that serves more than 26,000 people in need each year in Bucks County, offers a variety of programs and services including emergency housing, suicide prevention, parent education, recovery support, counseling, job coaching and more. Family Service also operates the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, a temporary residence for individuals and families who have lost safe and stable housing.

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