Save the Date! Our 65th Anniversary Star Gala is April 9th

Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating our 65th anniversary in the Westchester community!

For more information, call (914) 305-6836.

Pizza with a Purpose for RideConnect is September 19!

The Sharing Shelf’s Chili Cook-Off is October 5!

 

My Second Home’s Annual Golf Outing is Monday, October 7!

My Second Home (MSH) is an award-winning, dementia care, intergenerational adult day program — the only one of its kind in Westchester County and a model for the nation. MSH is a program of Family Services of Westchester and is celebrating over 20 years in operation. Since 1998, MSH has offered an affordable alternative to assisted living or nursing home care. MSH’s highly trained staff provide stimulating activities that help older adults continue to find joy and meaning
in their lives.

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a not-forprofit organization that provides a comprehensive and inclusive spectrum of human, mental health and social services to more than 30,000 individuals annually in Westchester County. 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 highly qualified staff that care for individuals in every stage of the life cycle.

 

To reserve your Journal Ad for the 2019 Golf Outing, please click here.

Dinner and Cocktail Sponsors are SOLD!

FSW Partial Hospital Program launches in Yonkers!

Verizon FiOS1 News was on hand to cover yesterday’s Open House celebrating the launch of FSW’s innovative Partial Hospital Program for Young Children, located at Saint Joseph’s Family Health Center, 81 S. Broadway in Yonkers.

Watch FSW CEO Polly Kerrigan, Vice President of Clinical Services, Karen Fink and Partial Hospital Program Director, Darnyell Eveillard talk about achieving FSW’s five-year dream of creating Westchester’s first and only program to help young children experiencing trauma and behavioral difficulties stay with their families and avoid hospitalization.

Working in partnership with Saint Joseph’s Medical Center and funded by grants from the Westchester Community Foundation and the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Program, FSW’s Partial Hospital Program will provide a structured, nurturing classroom setting staffed by therapists, teachers and a psychiatrist for young children, pre-K to 2nd grade.

Family Services of Westchester Receives $2.25 Million Grant Award for At-Risk Youth Mentoring Initiative

PURCHASE, NY, Dec. 17, 2018 – Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to be the recipient of a $2,250,000 grant award for the Community Credible Messengers Initiative (CCMI).

CCMI is a mentoring initiative created by OCFS that is designed to help youth in the juvenile justice system. The goal of the program is reducing recidivism and dissuading youth from further anti-social behavior through the development of regionally placed mentors known as “Credible Messengers” and “Parent Partners.” These “Credible Messengers” and “Parent Partners” are men and women who have had experience with the juvenile or criminal justice system and are able to use their experiences to steer youth in the right direction.

OCFS awarded grants to four nonprofits in four regions – Buffalo, Rochester, Mid-Hudson and Long Island, for the program. The grant will be disbursed annually in increments of $450,000 for a term of five years.

The young people in the juvenile justice system present significant challenges reengaging in positive community opportunities and supports so they require innovative interventions and solutions. Throughout the years, “Credible Messenger” initiatives across the country have been found to be impactful and effective in reducing violence, preventing recidivism and improving overall life outcomes for these youth.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to provide such an impactful program to the at-risk youth in Westchester as well as nearby communities. Programs such as this are vital in helping these young people effectively transition back to their communities and stay out of the justice system,” stated Polly Kerrigan, president and CEO of FSW.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, New York since 1954. With nearly 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. Learn more about FSW here: www.fsw.org.

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The Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique Provides Free Clothing to Hundreds of Teenage Girls in Westchester

PURCHASE, NY, Nov. 14, 2018 – Over 200 teenage girls hailing from all Westchester County attended The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester’s Teen Boutique this past Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. Each left the event with a week’s worth of clothing and a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

The Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique is a free, one-day pop-up clothing boutique that provides free clothing for teenage girls ages 13-19 from low-income households throughout the county. Racks of new and gently used clothing, comprised of thousands of donated items, are set up to create a trendy boutique atmosphere and girls are invited to choose and take home a week’s worth of clothing, shoes and accessories.

The event has become a mainstay in the community because although Westchester County has one of the highest median family incomes in the country, there are many families that live in poverty and new clothing is a luxury that they simply cannot afford. The Sharing Shelf works to fill this need by collecting new and gently-used clothing items throughout the year and organizing this biannual event – one in the fall and one in the spring. Girls are referred to attend the event by social service agencies, schools, food pantries, and other nonprofits that partner with the program.

This Teen Boutique, like all others, would not have been possible without the support of the community. The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound was the primary partner for the event and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle hosted the event at their Remington location. Over 200 volunteers spread across eight shifts and three days helped put the event together. Monroe College, Manhattanville College, Iona Preparatory, Remington Women’s Club and the Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester all sent volunteers. Delivering Goods donated new clothing, Scarsdale Synagogue and the Sunshine Committee at Ward Elementary School donated toiletries, and Miller’s of Mamaroneck donated a truck and driver to transport donated items for the event. Many community members also ran clothing drives for the event.

“I am wowed by the volunteerism and the spirt of generosity that powers this event. Teen Boutique brings together so many people, each working to benefit our wider community,” stated Deborah Blatt, Program Director.

For more information on Teen Boutique and how to get involved, please visit: www.fsw.org/teenboutique.

About The Sharing Shelf
Founded by Deborah Blatt in 2009, The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. The clothing is distributed at no cost to local children through more than 50 area nonprofits, schools and hospitals that partner with the program. To learn more about The Sharing Shelf, contact Deborah Blatt at (914) 305-5950 or by email at thesharingshelf@fsw.org.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, New York since 1954. With over 40 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. Learn more about FSW here: www.fsw.org.

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Retro Favorites the B-52s Join the Harlem Gospel Choir to Headline The Really Big Show 2018

PURCHASE, NY, Oct. 17, 2018 – From the soaring vocals of “Amazing Grace” to the unmistakable opening guitar riffs of “Rock Lobster,” every music fan will be dancing in the aisles when the world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir joins “the world’s greatest party band,” the B-52s, for The Really Big Show on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, N.Y. at 7:30 p.m.

Back for its third blockbuster year, The Really Big Show — recently named Westchester County’s best nonprofit event by Westchester Magazine — will channel the ‘60s variety show classic, “The Ed Sullivan Show,” to benefit the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester.

Also performing will be Matt Schuler of The Voice fame, whose stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” became a top ten hit on iTunes; 16-year-old blind pianist Matthew Whitaker, hailed by Savannah Guthrie of “Today” as the next Stevie Wonder; the Jazz House Kids and The Really Big Show Singers.

The evening will honor Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director, Chad Johnson, Head of National Sales for Morgan Stanley Private Bank, N.A. Morgan Stanley Managing Director and award-winning children’s book author, Sandra L. Richards, will act as master of ceremonies.

Individual tickets are $175 per person, with sponsorship opportunities available at all levels. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/ReallyBigShowTickets and sponsorships by calling (914) 937-3779. Major sponsors include Shoreline Foods, Eaton Vance, Thuzio and ACK Asset Management LLC.

“We are extremely grateful that The Really Big Show has become such a hit in our Westchester community,” said Valerie A. Brown, BBBS Executive Director. “We would not be able to continue our vital work on behalf of Westchester’s youth without your enthusiastic support. We hope you’ll join us for an unforgettable evening!”

Note to Editors:
Complimentary press passes are available to attend The Really Big Show and we have a limited number of slots still open for interviews with the evening’s performers. For information, please call (914) 937-3779.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a youth mentoring program operated under the umbrella of Family Services of Westchester. Since 1958, its mission has been to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers (Bigs) and young people, ages 7 – 17 (Littles). Learn more about BBBS here: www.bigswestchester.org.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, N.Y.azws since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. Learn more about FSW here: www.fsw.org.

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The Really Big Show 2018 Will Feature the B-52s to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW

PURCHASE, NY, Sept. 19, 2018 – The Really Big Show — named Westchester County’s best nonprofit event by Westchester Magazine — will return to the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, N.Y., on Nov. 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. for an exceptional evening of music and entertainment headlined by “the world’s greatest party band,” the B-52s.

Known for their zany, retro hits like “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” and “Private Idaho,” the B-52s will top an outstanding lineup of variety acts that includes the world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir, the Jazz House Kids, Matt Schuler, Matt Whittaker, and The Really Big Show Singers.

The Presenting Sponsor is Morgan Stanley and all proceeds from The Really Big Show will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester’s youth mentoring programs. Now in its third year, The Really Big Show was originally inspired by the ‘60s variety show classic, “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

The Really Big Show 2018 will honor Morgan Stanley Managing Director, Chad Johnson, Head of National Sales for Morgan Stanley Private Bank, N.A. The master of ceremonies for this year’s event will be Morgan Stanley Managing Director and award-winning children’s book author, Sandra L. Richards. This year’s event co-chairs are Big Brother Big Sisters Advisory Council members Deborah Boillot and Jackie Meisenberg.

Individual tickets start at $175 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $350 to $50,000. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online through this link to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website or by calling (914) 937-3779.

“The Really Big Show is a wonderful evening of music and entertainment that brings everyone together to give back and show support for those in our community who need it most. I am overjoyed by its success and excited that we are back again this year,” said The Really Big Show creator and founder Richard J. Franchella, Managing Director – Wealth Management and Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Central and Eastern Pennsylvania Complex.

“We are extremely grateful that The Really Big Show has been such a success the last couple of years. We would not be able to continue the important work that we do without the support of Morgan Stanley and our wonderful Westchester community,” stated Valerie A. Brown, BBBS Executive Director. “Please join us for a night of unforgettable performances and fun in the name of BBBS and the children it serves. You will not be disappointed!” Additional supporters include Shoreline Foods, Eaton Vance, Thuzio and ACK Asset management LLC to name a few.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals at every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a youth mentoring program operated under the umbrella of FSW. Since 1958, its mission has been to help children realize and reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBS matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with young people, ages 7 – 17 (Littles), to create meaningful and enduring relationships that have been proven to positively impact youth throughout their lives. Learn more about BBBS here.

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Alex Payan Joins Family Services of Westchester as Director of Advancement

PURCHASE, NY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Payan as Director of Advancement. Payan will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and nurturing FSW’s initiatives and programs, leading the design of fundraising programs for philanthropic and government grant support, and communicating FSW’s compelling stories and messaging to a diverse set of existing and potential stakeholders and partners.

Payan brings experience and a proven track record of success in the areas of marketing, government, education, and nonprofit. Payan has over 15 years of marketing research experience in the corporate sector with an array of worldwide companies. Prior to accepting this position, he served as the director of Port Chester Cares and as a consultant for the Town of Rye. He graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY with a degree in marketing management and has master’s degrees in professional studies, education, management and public administration.

“I am deeply committed to the success of FSW as I have seen what a tremendous impact our programs have on families, youth, and individuals,” said Payan. “I am excited to be joining the talented FSW team and I know that together we can truly change the lives of those most vulnerable in Westchester County.”

“We are thrilled to have Alex join our team,” said Polly Kerrigan, FSW’s Acting President/CEO. “From day one, he understood the challenges we face, and the Board and I feel confident he has the knowledge, energy, and passion to meet those challenges. I am confident that Alex will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to FSW.” He will be reporting to Valerie A. Brown, Executive Director.

In addition, Payan has been actively involved in numerous civic organizations— Westchester Library System Board Trustee, Chair of the Village of Port Chester Board of Ethics, Advisory Member of the Port Chester Salvation Army, Board member of the Clay Art Center, Board member of Carver Center and member of the Port Chester/Rye Brook Rotary Club International, Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education, Alpha Beta Gamma – International Honor Society in Business, among many others. Payan is also the executive director/founder of Port Chester Community Gardens, Inc. He resides in Port Chester, NY.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) founded in 1954, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Westchester County with a broad range of social and mental health services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals of every stage of the life cycle. Whether placing a child for adoption in a loving family, matching a youth in need with a Big Brother or Big Sister, providing clothing for the children of a formerly incarcerated mother, or offering support groups for veterans as they return home from deployment, FSW’s dedicated staff is there – from Yonkers to Mt. Kisco, from Sleepy Hollow to Port Chester – to meet these varying needs. For more information about FSW, visit www.fsw.org.

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