Family Services of Westchester Raises $1,000,000 to Meet Challenge Grant

5/16/2013

FSW Hopes to Celebrate 60th Anniversary in 2014 with Opening of FSW ’s Lanza Family Center for All Ages

WHITE PLAINS – In May 2012, Family Services of Westchester  kicked off a Capital Campaign in an effort to raise $1, 000,000 to meet the Lanza Family Foundation Challenge Grant  to create an intergenerational facility in White Plains. FSW is pleased to announce that the non-profit raised the $1,000, 000 ahead of schedule and is now in contract to purchase a building on North Broadway in White Plains. “We are so excited  that  we succeeded in raising matching funds and that we are moving ahead to create an innovative  program that will serve the Central and Lower Westchester communities,” notes Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO of FSW. “We are so grateful to Pat Lanza and her family foundation for their generous donation, which was the catalyst for this worthwhile endeavor,” adds Wayne.   “The task seemed daunting at first, but we did it and we are so appreciative of   our Board and all the foundation and individual donors who helped us meet the Challenge,” notes Lynn Green, Vice President of Development for FSW.

A total of 141 donors whose gifts ranged from $25 to $150,000 helped FSW meet the $1,000,000 goal. FSW has hired Dennis Noskin Architects in Tarrytown to create architectural plans for  the new facility, which will accommodate 40 seniors in an intergenerational adult day program, teen initiatives and three early childhood Pre-K  classrooms. “We will be hiring a contractor to renovate the interior and exterior so we can modernize and aesthetically improve the site, retrofit the space to meet our needs and ensure that it is safe,” notes Green. FSW’s  new Lanza Family Center for all Ages, which is modeled on the nonprofit’s highly successful intergenerational adult day program in Mount Kisco called My Second Home, will hopefully open in early 2014, which aligns with FSW’s 60th anniversary.  “Although we have met the challenge, there are still plenty of opportunities to give prior to opening the Center’s doors,” notes Green. “We are eager for anyone who wants to be part of this groundbreaking endeavor to contact us.”

The Center will include an intergenerational adult day program with caregiver support, Early Childhood Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters activities as well as after-school and summer programs for youth and teens.  The custom-designed facility will provide toddlers and preschoolers the opportunity to learn in a bright, inviting space and teens the chance to enjoy healthy recreation after school and on weekends as well as programs to hone their leadership skills.  For older adults, the Center will provide socialization and stimulation in a safe, homelike environment.

Staff members throughout FSW are thrilled to see the project moving forward.  “It is wonderful that residents of lower Westchester, who have not been able to take advantage of the adult day care and intergenerational programming at My Second Home because Mount Kisco is simply too far away, will now have an opportunity to participate,” said Rina Bellamy, Director of My Second Home.  Darlene Glasel, Senior Director of FSW’s Early Childhood programs,  added that “allowing our youngsters to interact with seniors on a daily basis will offer a unique dimension to the educational and enrichment opportunities we already provide.  This is especially important since many of our children live far away from their own grandparents.”

To learn more about funding opportunities at the Center, contact Lynn Green at (914) 305-6875, lgreen@fsw.org.

Founded in 1954, Family Services of Westchester is a non-denominational, non-sectarian nonprofit that offers 50 social service and mental health programs that assist 30,000 Westchester children, teens, adults and seniors each year. To learn more about FSW, its mission and programs, check out www.fsw.org.

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PRESS CONTACT: Colleen D. Gardephe, (914) 305-6836