Greetings This Holiday Season!
December 2nd is Giving Tuesday — a day that is dedicated as a national day of “giving”.
Giving Tuesday was launched two years ago by NYC’s 92nd St. YMCA and the United Nations Foundation to counteract the mass consumerism associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Family & Child Service of Schenectady welcomes the opportunity to participate in Giving Tuesday, which helps bring awareness to the thousands of charities and not for profit organizations that work hard throughout the year to make a difference in the lives of others. Here at FCSS, I’d like to tell you about the work we do which has made a significant impact on the life of one client…
Social Activity Program
The FSS program held a Social Activity Program (SAP) on Wednesday, October 15. SAP was developed to give the individuals we provide service to an opportunity for socialization. It also gives them the opportunity to make new relationships and do new activities they may not have otherwise been able to experience.
Family Support Services Program (FSS)
The FSS program has several components to it.
They are: respite care; community habilitation; family grants; Integrated Behavioral and Family Intervention Program.
Respite Care: This service provides supervision to consumers with developmental disabilities in order for their primary caretaker to take a break from the stress of providing full time care to a dependant with special needs.
Each consumer is assigned and is eligible for a number of hours of respite care to be used at the discretion of the consumer and their primary caregiver.
A trained and qualified homemaker provides a specific level of care as defined by the New York Department of Health as "Personal Care Level One".
Homemaker services include: