Family Service’s School-Based Counseling program receives gift from memorial fund

The Young family, of Yardley, recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of their School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 18 schools across eight school districts to provide counseling to children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day. The gift from the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund will be used specifically to provide middle and high school students with mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and prevent possible deaths from occurring.

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Family Service’s School-Based Counseling program receives gift from memorial fund

The Young family, of Yardley, recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of their School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 18 schools across eight school districts to provide counseling to children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day. The gift from the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund will be used specifically to provide middle and high school students with mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and prevent possible deaths from occurring.

Drug abuse is a major public health problem that affects communities and families nationwide. A recent national survey on drug use reports that by the 12th grade, about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once. Locally, there were 103 accidental deaths involving drugs and alcohol in 2014 in Bucks County alone, shared Dr. Joseph P. Campbell, Coroner of Bucks County.

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Family Service seeks sponsors for children this back-to-school season

The back to school season can be difficult for children and families in need. You can help by sponsoring a child or by donating new clothes, backpacks and other supplies.

If you become a sponsor, Family Service will provide you with the grade level, age and clothing sizes of a specific child so you can fill a backpack with supplies, a lunch box and a new outfit. This is a great option if you’re already planning to shop for your child or grandchild, and Family Service is happy to honor age or grade level requests depending on availability. Groups or companies are welcome to sponsor multiple children.

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Drive for Youth Golf Outing to benefit Family Service

Over the past 15 years, Family Service Association of Bucks County’s Drive for Youth Golf Outing has raised over $610,000 for programs and services that directly benefit children and families in our community. Last year, Family Service provided direct services to over 1,400 children and teens in need. You can help Family Service continue to meet the needs of children and teens in our community by supporting the 16th annual Drive for Youth Golf Outing on Monday, June 8th, at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope.

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Suicide Prevention Steering Committee seeking members

Family Service Association of Bucks County is seeking additional members for its Suicide Prevention Steering Committee that shapes, informs and enhances community-wide suicide prevention efforts. The Steering Committee, formed in September 2013, focuses on advocacy around suicide prevention and awareness of suicide in our community.

Meetings are held monthly at Family Service’s Langhorne office located at 4 Cornerstone Drive. Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia is the Chair of the Steering Committee.

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Brad Phillips elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Brad Phillips, of Doylestown, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Phillips, a retired retail executive, attended Waynesburg University and worked for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. from 1976 to 1997 where he served as Vice President, Eastern Operations for more than a decade. He then became President and CEO of Superpetz LLC from 1997 to 2011.

“Each board member brings a unique talent to our organization, and Brad is no different,” says Michael J. Mattie, President of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “Spending most of his life in senior management for nationally recognized firms, Brad draws upon this experience to guide our audit and development efforts, among other areas.”

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