Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank You To Fairview Firefighters

Thank you to our amazing friends Mark Bendel and Robert Ridley from the Fairview Fire Department for the tremendous donation of food to our Crime Victims Assistance Program and also to our Battered Women's Services program. Your support is sincerely appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Teen Parenting Program Job Opening

The Family Services Teen Parent Program assists young mothers and fathers in attaining increased self-sufficiency through advocacy, education, and support. We provide comprehensive case management services to pregnant and/or parenting teenagers throughout Dutchess County. We are a home visiting program. We have one Part-time Case Manager position available. Flexible schedule (22 hours per week) and benefits available. Great for graduate students. Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in related field and have a valid driver’s license and car.

Please fax cover letter and resume to (845) 485-1932. Attn: Leanne Lawson, Program Coordinator Family Services Teen Parent Program

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Adopt A Family

This week our post comes from Leanne Lawson, Family Services' Teen Parenting Program Coordinator. Are you interested in making the holidays special for a local child?

The Family Services Teen Parent Program is looking for sponsors for our 2010 Adopt-A-Family drive. Our program helps young parents in our community learn parenting and self-sufficiency skills. We served approximately 170 pregnant and/or parenting families throughout Dutchess County each year. Many of our families have limited resources and live at or below the poverty level. If you would like to make the holidays brighter for a child and a young mother or father in our community, please consider adopting a family.

This is a great group activity as well! Many church groups, offices, classes, etc. will adopt a family together.

If you decide to adopt a family, we will give you all the pertinent information to help you select gifts (age, clothing size, gender) and arrange a date for the drop off of the gifts by mid-December. The gifts can include clothing, toys, toiletries, food, etc. Since we must assure the confidentiality of our clients, names and personal information will not be included.

Here is a profile of one of our families:

Mom is 19 years old and has a 2 year old son. Mom is working a full time overnight job and is saving up money to get an apartment. Mom dropped out of high school, but plans to start GED classes in January. Her little boy loves music and interactive toys. Mom has to use a lot of her paycheck to cover her transportation costs (buses/cabs) to get to her job, but is intent on working. Mom would greatly appreciate any help in making the holidays special for her son.

For more information, please contact Leanne Lawson, Family Services Teen Parent Program Coordinator at (845) 452-1110 x3173 or llawson@familyservicesny.org