Family and Children's Association

Here for Long Island. Here for You.

aka FCA   |   Garden City, NY   |  https://fcali.org

Mission

FCA's mission is to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

FCA has served Long Islanders since 1884 through some difficult and challenging times and we continue to do so today in ways that limit health risks to clients, staff, volunteers and vendors. While most people were isolating at home, many FCA staff, especially those who work in our residential programs, came to work every day. We had young people and adults in our 4 residential programs who were depending on us. Taking all necessary precautions, we were able to keep residents and staff safe through the early days of the pandemic. In our other programs, including our addiction treatment clinics and our children’s mental health services, staff almost immediately pivoted to providing telehealth services – via phone, Zoom and other online applications. They never missed a beat. We are so proud of the fact that in over 136 years we have never closed our doors – not for two weeks, not for a month, or three months, not ever.

Ruling year info

1998

President and CEO

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds

Main address

377 Oak Street

Garden City, NY 11530 USA

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Formerly known as

Childrens House Properties

Family Service Association of Nassau County

EIN

11-3422018

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Combating poverty, homelessness, addiction, violence, economic inequality, health care disparities and other issues that affect Long Island. At FCA, we envision a Long Island where a legacy of optimal health, educational success and economic security passes from one generation to the next.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prevention & Family Support

FCA’s Prevention team provides vital services to children and families who are vulnerable and at risk, homeless or struggling with a host of difficulties including chemical dependency, mental health trauma or lack of resources.

FCA staff empower our youth and families in their decision-making abilities and assist them in developing the skillsets needed to live independently and successfully. The team’s synergy supports best-practice delivery of services utilizing community resources and FCA’s wrap-around services in creating and enhancing successful outcomes.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Children’s Mental Health & Wellness Division offers an array of services and supports designed to promote the health and wellness of children and their families.

Services are for individuals up to 21 years of age with or who are at risk of developing a mental health diagnosis and are always free, voluntary, family-driven, strength-based, and culturally competent with location and scheduling tailored to each family’s needs. Services are usually home and community based but can also occur in the office or any other site comfortable for the child and/or family.

We provide support for individuals with mental and/or behavioral health issues and their family. Our programs promote resiliency through therapy services, rehabilitation services and family peer support services via the utilization of support groups, individualized action plans, home visits, respite services, and community resources and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

We protect and strengthen Nassau County's seniors through services that ensure safety while maximizing independence, respecting the right to self-determination and improving overall quality of life. The caring professionals at FCA help more than 10,000 seniors a year to improve their quality of life.

Our mission is to protect and strengthen Nassau County’s seniors through services that ensure safety while maximizing independence, respecting the right to self-determination and improving overall quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults
Caregivers
Widows and widowers
Victims of crime and abuse

24/7 Emergency Youth Shelter for ages (10-20)
Transitional & Independent Living Skills Program
NYS Licensed Residence for Adults with Mental Illness
NYS Licensed Residence for Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

At FCA, our programs take on addiction from every angle, beginning with prevention.
Prevention programs include:

(2) OASAS Licensed Outpatient Clinics - help individuals with substance use disorders, as well as their family, friends and significant others.

Recovery Community & Outreach Center - ​​​​​​​Long Island’s first center of its kind focuses on Transformation, Healing, Recovery, Inspiration, Validation, and Empowerment.

SHERPA, Certified Recovery Peer Advocates for Overdose Survivors: For overdose survivors and their families, our SHERPA Certified Recovery Peer Advocates team provides non-judgmental support for navigating a path forward.

Prevention Team: Focuses on families and individuals with a holistic and wellness approach. We provide education, support and counseling for families and youth at risk for substance use disorder.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Families
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Awards

Top Long Island Workplaces 2019

Newsday

Top Long Island Workplaces 2020

Newsday

Affiliations & memberships

Catholic Health System (CHSLI)- Partners with FCA's Sherpa services 2020

Families in Support of Treatment (FIST)- THRIVE Partner 2020

Family Support Coalition 2020

Geriatric Mental Health Alliance 2020

Governor Cuomo's Heroin and Opioid Task Force Statewide Member 2020

Health and Welfare Council of Long Island 2020

Hempstead Promise Neighborhoods 2020

Huntington Town Opioid Task Force 2020

LI Regional Planning Committee Long Island Board Member 2020

LICADD, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 2020

Long Island Advocacy Center 2020

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless 2020

Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA)- THRIVE partner 2020

Long Island Regional Planning Consortium 2020

Long Island Youth Mentoring 2020

Long Term Care Council of Nassau County Health and Human Services 2020

Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS) 2020

Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force 2020

Nassau County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 2020

Nassau County Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Workgroup 2020

Nassau County Office of Youth Services 2020

Nassau County Senior Service Providers Coalition 2020

Nassau County SPOA (Single Point of Access) Children’s Mental Health Services 2020

National Adult Protective Services 2020

National Alliance on Mental Illness 2020

National Association of Social Workers 2020

National Board of Certified Counselors 2020

Runaway and Homeless Youth Continuum of Care in Nassau County 2020

Safe Center LI, Inc. 2020

Suffolk County’s Heroin/Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel 2020

Youth Peer Advocate Leaders (YPAL) 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Families of origin, Foster and adoptive children, Transitioning children

Related Program

Prevention & Family Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FCA’s Prevention team provides vital services to children and families who are vulnerable and at risk, homeless or struggling with a host of difficulties.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Mental Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children's Mental Health and Wellness programs and are always free, voluntary, family-driven, strength-based, and culturally competent with location and scheduling tailored to each family’s needs.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Adolescents, Caregivers, Foster and adoptive children, Out-of-home youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of clients served across all FCA programs annually.

Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Adolescents, Children, Foster and adoptive children, Immigrants

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We saw a significant increase in 2020 due to the addition of our Family First school-based services as well as the addition of our COVID Immigrant Helpline.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Seniors, People with disabilities, Low-income people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Senior & Adult Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FCA case managers offer in-home services for seniors age 60 and over. They connect seniors to available community resources that will help them remain safely and independently at home.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of our Long Island neighbors who turn to us for help is growing. FCA relies on our dedicated volunteers to assist us in furthering our mission.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Preteens, Adolescents, Multiracial people, Families of origin

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Within our various programs, attendance at family support and treatment groups and workshops continued to remain high, even during the pandemic when services transitioned to virtual.

Number of nursing home visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Caregivers

Related Program

Senior & Adult Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FCA's NYS Ombuds program is a resident-centered and directed advocacy program for seniors in nursing homes. 2020 saw a decline due to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Number of overdose survivors and family members who received life-saving services thorough FCA's Sherpa program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers, Families

Related Program

Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SHERPA is a team of peer and family recovery advocates who are trained to meet with overdose survivors and families in the community as well as in emergency departments.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Adolescents, Young adults, LGBTQ people, Homeless people

Related Program

Residential Care

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent the population of runaway and homeless youth served in our emergency and transitional shelter programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At the present time our immediate goals are addressing the opioid overdose epidemic and increase in mental health issues which has been amplified since the pandemic; working to reduce the incidences of gun violence in our communities; and continuing to assist seniors in Nassau county – the largest growing demographic on LI and nationally.

We work in partnership with other community organizations, healthcare providers and community members to create innovative programming to address issues and needs across LI. We use evidenced based interventions and evaluate and measure our success and/or to modify as needed.

FCA's strategic plan is an overarching management plan for FCA - a roadmap for success in 2020. It’s not designed to be a ‘to-do list,” but instead creates a lens for assessing new opportunities, directing resources and reviewing agency performance in a way that goes beyond financial reports and program service units.

The plan has eight specific goals: Lead with vision; Govern for the future; Execute on mission; Measure what matters; Partner with purpose; Innovate through enterprise; Invest in capacity; Engage all voices.

We know that placing clients, their families, staff, volunteers and other key stakeholders at the center of decision-making and goal-setting achieves the most meaningful and durable outcomes. FCA’s practices, policies, and relationships all reflect a person-centered, asset-based orientation, so that all stakeholders can provide feedback that shapes their own paths and that of the organization and broader community.

We have 136 years of experience addressing the needs of our communities. We hire staff who are trained and have expertise in their areas and we are constantly implementing new evidenced-based practices. We also have an in-house training department – ALPHA – that provides professional workshops and trainings for all FCA staff and other professionals

In 2020, 79 children and 50 underserved families were provided with an array of advocacy and case management services; including a structured childcare setting to improve the economic & social stability of their families in FCA’s
Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op.

Addressing the goals identified above – ongoing recovery efforts across LI and specifically on the East End; continuing to address and meet the COVID related needs of our communities; grow our reach into the immigrant and newcomer population.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    FCA is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing help and hope to Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    THRIVE Nassau, a free, non-clinical center was created in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic sweeping across the country. Due to the success of THRIVE Suffolk, and the continued need for services and support on Long Island, THRIVE Nassau, in Westbury, was opened in June 2019.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Family and Children's Association

Board of directors
as of 5/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Drew Crowley

Signature Bank

Term: 1996 - 2021

Robert Schwerdel

Board Treasurer

Judy Sanford Guise

Board Secretary

Donald Abrams

Community Advocate

Donna Bacon, Ph.D.

Nassau Community College

Alison Brennan

First Development Corporation

Daniel Brown

Cresa Global Inc.

Sylvia Cabana, Esq.

Richard Cavallaro

Gilbane Building Company

Rosanne Cavallaro

Community Advocate

John Cerrato, DMD

Garden City Dental Group

H. Richard Grafer

Pathway Investments, LLC

Joni Howe

Healthplex, Inc.

April Intrabartola

Eastman Cooke Construction

Dorothy Jacobs, LCSW

Retired Social Worker & Social Work Instructor

Angela Jaggar, Ph.D.

Angela & Scott Jaggar Foundation

Gerard Jones

National Organization of Industrial Trade Unions

Joshua Lafazan

Nassau County Legislator

Calvin Lawrence, Jr.

Newsday

Donna Lewis, Esq.

Legal Aid Society

Michael Monahan

CohnReznick LLP

Joseph Patellaro

SS&C Private Equity Services

Patricia Pryor-Bonica

Pryor Associates

Delores Smalls

Nassau Community College

Charles Strain, Esq.

Farrell, Fritz

Rita Thakkar

Bristol Myers Squibb

Arakel Torosian

Goldman Sachs

Scott Treiber

Treiber Family Foundation

Wayne Wink, Jr.

Town of North Hempstead

Brigitte Wynn

PSEG Long Island

Calvin Lawrence, Jr.

Newsday

Rita Thakkar

Bristol Myers Squibb

Brigitte Wynn

PSEG Long Island

Calvin Lawrence, Jr.

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Rita Thakkar

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Brigitte Wynn

PSEG Long Island

Brigitte Wynn

PSEG Long Island

Brigitte Wynn

PSEG Long Island

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.