Ben is a retired homebuilder. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Livengrin Foundation.
Autism Awareness, Community-Education and Support program helps young adults with high functioning Autism
The Autism Awareness, Community Education, and Support (AACES) program of Family Service Association is celebrating three years serving transition aged youth and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism as part of Autism Awareness Month.
AACES designed to increase independence and decrease isolation among young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Each component of AACES supports the transition of transition aged youth and young adults with ASD, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS or High Functioning Autism, into adulthood.
AACES has expanded greatly in three years and while it continues to offer its initial program Coffeehouse Socialization it has added Tracks to Employment, groups, and community classes on a variety of topics for participants.
Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors has approved a $25,000 grant to support Family Service Association (FSA) of Bucks County’s Service Learning Center, which addresses the employment-related challenges common among individuals with Asperger’s, PDD/NOS, and High Functioning Autism.
Located in Levittown, the Service Learning Center at Déjà vu Thrift provides real work experiences that prepare program participants for competitive employment.
The program offers social skills, job readiness/workplace and literacy training, as well as assistance with resume preparation, interviewing, job searches and other job related activities.
“We are pleased to support Family Service Association’s mission to give young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome the chance to receive on-the-job-training in a real-world environment to help put them on a path of self-sufficiency,” says Ron Bernstein, executive director, Foundations Community Partnership.
Join the fun of “An Evening in the Emerald Isle,” benefiting Family Service Association of Bucks County, to be held Saturday, March 16th at the Doylestown Country Club.
The evening begins at 6:00pm and guests will enjoy an evening with authentic Irish flare including games, cocktails, Irish entertainment and a fabulous silent auction! The evening will cap off with dinner and dancing along with a live auction, a “Call to Action” special appeal to meet Family Service’s greatest needs.
Proceeds from “An Evening in the Emerald Isle” will benefit over 7,400 children, adolescents, adults, and seniors helped by Family Service programs each year.
Family Service reports that over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to client services. By attending, guests invest in futures filled with hope, and help deserving community members in need move towards healthier, more independent lives.
Sponsorship packages are available.
Tickets are $125 per person. Call Family Service Association at 215-757-6916, ext. 208, for more information or to purchase tickets.
Online registration is also available on FSA’s website at www.fsabc.org.
Family Service has been strengthening lives in Bucks County for 60 years!
Did you know…?
- Family Service began when Levittown was brand new and they opened their doors to help families who had loved ones returning from the war and in their transition to civilian life?
- Family Service helps people of all ages, from babies to seniors?
- Family Service is a county-wide agency? They have offices in Bristol Borough, Levittown, Langhorne, Doylestown, Quakertown, and in 10 different school districts.
- The Red Cross Homeless Shelter has been renamed the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter and is now a program of Family Service?
- Family Service operates The Teen Center (yes, there is a Teen Center) at the Oxford Valley Mall and it is free to any teen on Thursday and Fridays? (They are located by the fountain at the Oxford Valley Mall).
- Family Service operates several unique programs for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome that help them with socialization, job training, employment, and education?
- Family Service operates a thrift store in Levittown on the corner of New Falls Road and Veterans Highway called Déjà Vu Thrift Service Learning Center? Not only is it a great place to shop and donate, but it is a hands on work learning center for young adults in our Asperger’s program. Your purchases and donations support this important program.
- Family Service is the only case management agency for people living with HIV/AIDS? In addition to case management, they connect people to medical care, housing and transportation too.
- Family Service’s outpatient counseling program offers counseling for adults, teens, children, seniors, families, and couples? It also includes case management, nursing, psychiatry, wellness, and tobacco awareness components to help people physically and emotionally.
Visit their website for volunteer opportunities, to donate to their Wish List of Priority Needs, or join the fun of their events!
Here’s where to find them: www.fsabc.org, or www.facebook.com/FamilyServiceBucks.
Maggie Reid, a member of the Encores Club of Doylestown, along with her husband, drop off a collection of food for Family Service Association (FSA) families.
Encores Club of Doylestown is a community minded women’s social club, which promotes friendship and involvement in the Central Bucks area. Food donated to FSA is distributed to clients in all of their county-wide programs.
The “There’s No Place Like Home Gala” will raise money to provide individuals and families at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter with the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential.
The Gala, in its 13th year, will be held at Occasions at Union Square in New Hope, on Saturday, September 29th.
On any given day, 80 people live at the shelter; half of them are children. Your support of There’s No Place Like Home helps the homeless shelter provide individuals and families with services necessary to move toward self-sufficiency – and a home they can call their own!
There’s No Place Like Home will include:
- Open bar cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, photos and Silent Auction – 6:30-8:00pm;
- Seated dinner – 8:00pm;
- Live Auction – 9:15pm;
- Dessert, dancing, and fun – 9:45-11:00pm;
- Dress: cocktail attire.
Tickets are $150 per person; $200 to be listed in the program book. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. To purchase sponsorships, ads, or tickets visit www.fsabc.org.
For other additional information, contact David Ford, Director of Development at 215-757-6916 x208.
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, a program of Family Service Association, helps families and individuals who have lost stable and safe housing. This temporary shelter provides case managers to help residents to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Family Service’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Program provides an on-site mental health counselor.