Jan 14

FCSSC Annual President Message

FCS LogoOver the last few years, it seems that  not a week goes by, without hearing about a shooting, brutal attack, bullying situation, suicide or some other horrific event that many of us have a hard time understanding.  How do we explain it to our children?  How do we prevent our children from experiencing these unimaginable events themselves?  How do we prevent them from happing locally, in our own community?

To start with, it is important to try to find commonalities in these situations.  Some think it is related to laws in our great country, or laws in our state and or community.  Some think it is education.  Some think it is around the accountability many of us have as parents.  These all certainly play into the debate.  The piece of the puzzle that keeps the Staff and Board of Directors awake at night, surrounds mental health.  Mental health has been an area that has seen budget cuts over the past recent years, and while there is no definite correlation to the number of horrific events, it is certainly easy to see an increase in events during a decrease in funding.

At Family and Community Services of Somerset County, we strive to provide mental health assistance to our friends, neighbors and family members in Somerset County.  This cannot be done “in a vacuum”.  It needs to be done as part of a team.  The staff members and board of directors partner to raise funds so that those who cannot afford it, can receive it.  We try to partner with local community leaders, such as religious leaders, politicians and others, in order to make people aware of the services available.  And, importantly, we try to partner with members of the local community, to help fund the agency.  The agency cannot survive without grants, financial support, and volunteer efforts.

31b104cThank you to everyone that has helped Family and Community Services of Somerset County survive during an economic downturn the past few years.  Your generosity with your time, financial support, and enthusiasm has helped our entire community.  Remember, helping our community, helps our friends, neighbors and family members, here in our own backyard, in Somerset County.  Let’s continue to work together to find ways to prevent these senseless acts, both nationally, as well as in our own backyard!

– Howard Hessel, Family & Community Services Board President

Dec 07

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339 West 2nd Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

(732) 356-1082

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Dec 01

Holiday Newsletter

To start off the holiday season, please join us in giving back to the Family & Community Services of Somerset County. Help support our organization provide services to those in need of mental health and addictions. Please view the below message and use our printable PDF form or PayPal link below. Thank you for your support!

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FCS Holiday Give Back – PDF

Donate Here – PayPal

Jul 08

Save the Date for FCS 4th Annual “Don’t Fall…Let’s Run 5K”!

1384383_435718579871997_20231832_nSave the date….Our 4th Annual “Don’t Fall…Let’s Run” 5K run/walk & kid sprint will be held on Saturday, October 24th at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. This day is A New Jersey Grand Prix Event and is on a USATF-NJ Certified & Sanctioned Course. Registration and Packet Pick up will start at 8 AM, with kid sprints and walkers events starting 9 AM and runners starting around 10 AM. Free shirts to all pre-registrants. Registration will be available shortly. There are many ways your business or family can be recognized at this event. Your chosen name can be placed on a banner, mile mark sign, or on the official 5K T-shirt.   You can also be recognized by sponsoring runner’s prizes, water and cups, post-race food or goody bag items. Register for the event now using the 2015 Race Application.

Tickets are in the process of being printed for our annual GRAND Raffle! Our Grand Raffle will be pulled during the awards ceremony of our 5K Don’t Fall…Let’s Run event on October 24, 2015 at approximately 11 AM. Tickets for the Grand Raffle will be on sale soon where first prize will be 30% of gross tickets receipts, 2nd prize is 15% of gross ticket receipts and 3rd Prize is 5% of gross ticket receipts.  Good luck to all of our future winners!!!

Jun 20

Thank you Donors!

This past year, several organizations and/or individuals donated and supported the FCSSC programs. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide the resources and care our clients deserve.

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Johnson & Johnson Somerset County Companies – $10,000

Investors Bank – $10,000

United Way – $9,000

Novartis US Foundation – $8,800

Board of Friends of Somerset County Youth, Inc. and the Board of Children’s Hope Initiative – $4,000

Suplee Clooney & Co – $3,500

Magyar Bank – $2,000

Dr. Jim Bremner, D.C.

Special acknowledgement to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their unwavering support of our organization.

Jun 13

7th Annual Charity Golf Event

232323232fp93232>uqcshlukaxroqdfv3-;nu=3237>6-->6-->WSNRCG=3762683369338nu0mrjHave we got a great Mother’s Day(and Father’s Day) idea for you!  Give the gift of golf!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Royce Brook Golf Club “West”

201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough

Come enjoy a day of golf and give back to YOUR community by supporting Family & Community Services of Somerset County.  Each Golfer will enjoy lunch, a great day of golf, and an awards dinner that features many silent auction items. There are many ways to advertise your business at this event by becoming an event sponsor, hole-in-one sponsor, driving range sponsor, putting green sponsor or a single hole sponsor.  11:30 AM registration, driving range, putting & grilled lunch.  1 PM shotgun start.  6 PM Dinner, Silent Auction & Awards.  Hole-in-One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin Contests.

Foursome- $650, Individual(each) $175, Dinner $60.

Event Sponsor $3, 000, Hole-in-One Sponsor $1,500, Driving Range Sponsor $1,500, Putting Green Sponsor $1,500 or Individual Hole Sponsor $150.

Contact our office to register or for more information:

Family & Community Services of Somerset County, 339 West 2nd Street, Bound Brook, NJ  08805.  Attn.:  Amy Herrick, aherrick@fcssomerset.org, (732) 356-1082

 

Jun 06

Depressive Disorder

FCS treats patients who experience depression. Take a look at some information about depression disorders and contact us if you feel you need help or have any questions.

Symptoms:

  • Persistent sad or empty mood; low self esteem
  • Feelings of pessimism, hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure, lack of motivation
  • Sleep issues – insomnia, disrupted sleep/restlessness or oversleeping
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Loss of energy, increased fatigue
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Difficulties functioning, Difficulties making decisions
  • Persistent somatic symptoms such as headaches, chronic pain, stomach problems
  • Self Harming

Depressive Disorder Types/Diagnoses:

  • Major Depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Adjustment Disorder with Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

Contributing Factors:

  • Environmental Factors – trauma, loss, grief
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Brain or Chemical Imbalances
  • Substance Abuse

Treatment:

  • Counseling/psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Alternative Supplements
  • Lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise