Registration now open for The Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique, Saturday, April 29th at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

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FSW mourns the passing of past Board President Helene Handelman

It is with deep sadness that the FSW Family mourns the passing of one of our beloved supporters, Helene Handelman, who died Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Helene was such an inspiration and widely admired for her commitment to the FSW mission and those we serve.
Our thoughts are with her beloved husband Bill and all her family and friends during this difficult time. Helene will be dearly missed by all those whose lives she touched. She will remain in the hearts and thoughts of everyone here at Family Services of Westchester.

Astorino calls for expansion of FSW’s REAL Parenting Program

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FSW’s Star Gala 2017 Honors Bill Mooney and Helen Williams

Family Services of Westchester announces Star Gala 2017
Honoring Business leader William M. Mooney Jr.
and Philanthropist Helen Tinch Williams

Port Chester, NY (March 13, 2017) — Family Services of Westchester (FSW) announces its Annual Star Gala, honoring Westchester business titan William M. Mooney Jr. and philanthropist Helen Tinch Williams, mother of stage and screen star Vanessa Williams. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 20th, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.

William Mooney Jr. will receive FSW’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Helen Williams will be honored with this year’s True Reflection Award.

Several notable celebrities from the world of sports will join Mr. Mooney and Mrs. Williams as honorees at this year’s Star Gala. Courtesy of longtime sponsor Steiner Sports, FSW’s 2017 Community All Stars include Hall of Fame Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim and New York Yankee baseball legends Roy White, Ron “Boomer” Blomberg and John Wetteland. New York Football Giants Super Bowl MVP Ottis Anderson will host the Star Gala 2017’s live auction.

Proceeds from the event will fund social and mental health services for more than 30,000 individuals served by FSW each year through its 50+ human care programs.

“With so many stars on board to help us celebrate FSW and its accomplishments, this year’s Gala promises to be our most exciting yet,” said FSW President and CEO Susan B. Wayne. “The human care services FSW provides are more vital now than ever before. We are grateful for the kind and generous support of community leaders like Bill and Helen, who keep our mission in the forefront.”

For more than 50 years, Bill Mooney has been a prominent force in the metropolitan region’s business and banking community. Bill currently serves as President of The Westchester County Association (WCA), the county’s premier business membership organization. Beyond his many skills as a business leader, Bill is deeply committed to giving back to the community. His philanthropic efforts extend to many not-for-profit and educational organizations.

A former teacher in the Ossining School District, Helen Williams has devoted her charitable efforts to mentoring vulnerable young people and helping them achieve their dreams. Mrs. Williams is recognized for her commitment as a mentor for college students, caretaker for seniors, an advocate for a Bedford Women’s Correction Facility inmate and initiating the Dr. Richard Sheil Memorial Music Scholarship fund at SUNY Fredonia.

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Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a 62-year-old not-for-profit organization which provides a comprehensive and inclusive spectrum of human, mental health and social services to more than 30,000 individuals in Westchester County, NY throughout the life cycle. FSW’s robust outreach starts with early intervention for young children, guidance and mentoring for teens, services for returning veterans and formerly incarcerated individuals, and respite care for the elderly and their families who are dealing with a variety of issues and illnesses related to aging. FSW employs more than 450 staff with seven satellite offices across Westchester County, NY, with an annual budget of $22 million.


FSW’s Early Childhood Education Program’s Immigration forum RESCHEDULED for March 23

FSW’s REAL Parenting Program to be featured at 3rd Annual NY Fathering Conference

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Alphonso Simmons, director of FSW’s REAL Parenting Program, will be a featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Fathering Conference on Tuesday, April 4th, hosted by County Executive Robert P. Astorino.

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Theme of this year’s event is “Ready to Work: Navigating Home, Job and Community”

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that Mike Brady, president and chief executive officer of Greyston, a leading social enterprise whose world-renowned Greyston Bakery provides employment opportunities that help lift people out of poverty, will be the keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual New York Fathering Conference taking place April 4 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“Mike Brady offers a visionary approach to business growth and social empowerment,” Astorino said. “Greyston Bakery’s model of Open Hiring creates opportunities for everybody, regardless of their background or work history. It provides people who want to work with the employment, skills, resources and dignity they need to break the cycle of poverty while supporting the overall growth of the business. We are honored to have him as our keynote speaker at this year’s Fathering Conference.”
The theme of this year’s event is “Ready to Work: Navigating Home, Job and Community.” The program will include 21 workshops on topics such as job retraining, hiring trends, navigating government programs, men’s health and wellness, parenting skills, and ways to better engage fathers.
Up to 400 fathers and service providers are expected to attend, so please register in advance to secure your spot via Registration is $45 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages. The County Center is located at 198 Central Ave., White Plains, N.Y. For more information, please contact Joseph D. Kenner, Deputy Commissioner of Social Services, at
As president of Greyston Bakery in Yonkers for four years, Brady drove strategic business development with long-standing partner Ben & Jerry’s and with new partners such as Whole Foods Market. During this time, the Bakery realized nearly 100 percent revenue growth and became New York State’s first registered Benefit Corporation. Brady recently took responsibility for all Greyston’s programs and businesses, including Workforce Development, Community Gardens, Housing, Health Services and Early Learning Center.
Brady’s passion lies in the integration of business and social good, particularly through the scaling of Open Hiring throughout the country.
“Open Hiring has the potential to create opportunities all across the country for people facing barriers to employment,” Brady said. “Our commitment to the community and to the people is at the core of everything we do and I look forward to sharing our approach with everyone at the Fathering Conference.”
Following the morning keynote address, a panel discussion will focus on the theme of the conference, “Ready to Work: Navigating Home, Job and Community,” featuring:
• Moderator: Donald Somerville, The Children’s Village
• Mike Brady, President and CEO, Greyston
• Dion Drew, Greyston Bakery employee and father
• Rosa Boone, DSS Deputy Commissioner
• Alphonso Simmons – R.E.A.L. Parenting Program Coordinator/Family Services of Westchester

Organized by the New York Fathering Conference Planning Committee, a collaboration of government and non-profit leaders, the conference is part of Astorino’s ongoing #DadBeThere fatherhood initiative. The goal is to target the full spectrum of fathers, from those who are present in the home to those who are not.
One of the highlights of Astorino’s fatherhood initiative is the R.E.A.L. Parenting Program, which is helping participants to find and keep employment, manage their child support payments, improve their parenting and relationship skills and most importantly, to be the positive role models their children and families need. To learn more, please visit
“The role of a father is critically important,” Astorino said. “Families are stronger when a dad is actively involved, and society is stronger as a result.”

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FSW featured on FIOS Newsbreakers!

FSW CEO and President Susan Wayne, along with Board Member and longtime supporter Lisa Copeland, sit down with RNN news host Andrew Whitman for an in-depth look at the vital services FSW provides. Click the photo to see the full interview:

FSW’s Mount Vernon Clinic relocates to Gramatan Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

FSW’s Mt. Vernon Clinic is moving on Tuesday, Feb. 7th. Click the flyer for more information.





FSW’s My Second Home receives Respite grant from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America



NEW YORK (January 27, 2017) The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia and their families, has awarded a $5,000 Phyllis and Milton Berg Respite Care Grant to Family Services of Westchester’s My Second Home, Mt. Kisco and White Plains,  non-profit organizations in Port Chester, N.Y. 

“The Fall 2017 Respite Care Grants are awarded to nonprofit member organizations who play an instrumental role in helping families get the respite care that they need,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer.  “As costs of caring for a loved one with dementia continue to soar, this much needed relief can go a long way towards maintaining the physical and emotional wellbeing of caregivers.  These grants will afford family caregivers an opportunity to send a loved one with dementia to an adult day program or hire an in-home aid, and lightens their caregiving load, allowing them time to recharge. We are proud to help Family Services of Westchester’s My Second Home, Mt. Kisco and White Plains, further its efforts in serving the people of Westchester as they will disperse the funds to families in their community, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, to give them a much-needed break.”

“Anyone who has a loved one who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease knows the value of respite care,” said Susan Wayne, President and CEO of Family Services of Westchester. “This generous grant will allow us to continue providing the much-needed time-out for those caregivers who are dealing directly with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in a family member.”

Family Services of Westchester’s My Second Home, Mt. Kisco and White Plains provide a variety of resources for seniors, including home health care, geriatric mental health, service coordination, elder abuse prevention, education, and transportation.

Respite programs, such as adult day programs, offer caregivers a much-needed time-out from their caregiving duties, while providing stimulation for individuals with Alzheimer’s. 

Caregiving can be a highly demanding and stressful responsibility.  Caregivers need support and attention to maintain their own health and well-being.  Respite care provides caregivers with a temporary rest from their caregiving duties.  The benefits of respite care include helping to avoid burnout, relieving stress, renewing energy, renewing a sense of purpose, restoring a sense of balance to your life, helping to keep things in perspective, and enjoying yourself.  Even being able to run your errands during the week, while not having to worry about the stress of leaving a loved one all alone, is a great source of relief.

AFA is able to provide vital services, like this grant, as a result of the generosity of individual contributions, sponsorships and fundraising activities. To help support these initiatives, visit For more information about AFA membership and grant opportunities, visit

Manhattanville Athletic Teams win national award for volunteering at the Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique

Cleveland, Ohio: The Manhattanville College Department of Athletics received the highest level of national recognition for its community service efforts from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA), as Manhattanville was named the Winner in the “One-Time Project” category as part of the annual NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards, the NADIIIAA announced on Wednesday.
 The honor marks the third straight year and the sixth time in the last 10 years that Manhattanville has earned national plaudits for its wide-ranging community service efforts, but the first time that Manhattanville (or any MAC Freedom institution) has earned a top honor. In addition to receiving a commemorative trophy at the NCAA Convention on January 18, NADIIIAA and Jostens will also make a $1,000 contribution to Manhattanville’s general scholarship fund.
 “I am thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal said. “It always gives me great pleasure to see our athletes making a difference, but even more so to see our students having a direct and personal impact on the lives of young people in our area. To be recognized on a national level once again for this work is a tremendous honor and reflects all that our 300-plus student-athletes do in the community.”
Manhattanville earned the prestigious honor for its work with The Sharing Shelf’s annual “Teen Boutique”, a Family Services of Westchester program that helps to provide less fortunate girls in the Westchester County area with warm and clean school clothes that they otherwise would not be able to afford. Members of the Manhattanville women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams sorted and arranged the donated clothing before the event, and then served as individual mentors to the teenagers as tandems picked out outfits and accessories together for the girls to take home.
“It’s a really unique and rewarding experience that is very different from other community service work we do; usually you’re helping out at some big event, but this one is much more personal,” said senior women’s lacrosse goalie Lauren Cassidy (Oceanside, N.Y., Oceanside). “The one-on-one interactions with the girls give you the opportunity to really get involved with people and see first-hand how the little things can really make a difference in someone’s day and life.”
With its sixth honor since 2007, only four Division III institutions have earned more NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards than Manhattanville over that span. The department previously earned an Award of Merit in the “One-Time Project” category for the 2006-07 school year, and has also has earned four honors in the “Array of Projects” category: one Award of Merit (2007-08) and three honorable mentions (2006-07, 2013-14 and 2014-15).
The Manhattanville Department of Athletics has a long tradition of giving back to the local community through service activities, encouraging our student-athletes to engage in activities designed to support the surrounding Westchester County, New York and Southern Connecticut communities. During the 2015-16 school year, Manhattanville athletic teams volunteered over 2,500 hours of time, enthusiasm and energy that raised money and awareness for a number of important causes.
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