Family Services of Westchester to Distribute Thanksgiving Meals to Westchester County Veterans

White Plains, NY – This Thanksgiving, 85 veterans and their families in Westchester County will receive a free holiday meal thanks to the collaborative efforts of Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW), Veterans’ Angels, the Patriot Housing Initiative and other veteran serving organizations.  FSW has facilitated referrals from nearly a dozen veteran organizations to ensure that the meals reach those in need; they are also responsible for coordinating the distribution of meals. On Saturday, November 21, veterans will be welcomed to FSW’s Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains where our Veterans Program is headquartered, to pick up the Thanksgiving meals. “This has been a great community effort,” says Jennifer Seager, Director of FSW’s Veterans Program. “We are thankful for all of the support we’ve received from our partner organizations in the veteran community and the Patriot Housing Initiative. We are particularly grateful to Veterans’ Angels, who worked so hard to secure in-kind donations.” For those veterans who don’t have access to transportation or are unable to travel, FSW has made arrangements to drop off the remaining meals.

FSW’s Veterans Outreach and Support Program, created in 2011, offers a unique set of programs to address the needs of Westchester County veterans.  Our Vet2Vet program, funded by a grant from the P.F.C. Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Project through the New York State Office of Mental Health, offers peer-to-peer support in a nonclinical setting, allowing veterans to stay connected with one another.  Vet2Vet offers both virtual and in-person support groups, combat meditation sessions and special recreational activities such as bowling nights and snow tubing trips.  Our case management program helps veterans address issues such as homelessness, medical benefits, mental health concerns and employment. The case manager conducts an initial assessment with each veteran and/or spouse to identify areas of concern and formulate goals, provide advocacy and outreach, and follow up to ensure that the issues are resolved. In 2015 alone, FSW’s Veterans Programs have served more than 500 veterans.

For additional information about our FSW’s Veterans program, please visit our website at: https://www.fsw.org/our-programs/veterans-outreach-and-support or call Jennifer Seager, Program Director at 914-872-5242.

FSW runs more than 50 mental health and social service programs that reach 30,000 children, teens, adults and families a year. FSW’s programs run the gamut from adoption services to elder care, from home health care to youth residences and include chapters of such national programs as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Head Start. The agency’s 450 employees and 350 volunteers operate out of seven offices throughout the county. To learn more about FSW, check out the agency’s website at www.fsw.org or contact Caitlin Halle (914) 305-6876 or challe@fsw.org.