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Comcast Newsmakers Interviews FSA President and CEO, Cindy Herdman-Ivins

October 27, 2017 



What is Faces of Hope?
October 25, 2017

FOHDid you know that 3,800 children and families in Atlantic County receive public assistance and that nearly 17,000 of your neighbors live below the federal poverty line? For a great number of our consumers, many have lost hope in the system and even, the world around them.

This holiday season you can deliver HOPE to those who need it most.

Faces of Hope is the time for us to honor great champions of charity in our community. This year we are honoring the Glenn Family for outstanding and continuous support of the community. The evening benefits our neighbors in greatest need – children and families in poverty who are struggling to find housing and employment.

Please join us by attending Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm at the Atlantic City Country Club to honor the Glenn Family and hear the amazing stories of impact. Proceeds help families move toward independence and a brighter, more stable future.

Click here to purchase tickets.

FSA Promotes Veronica Ford to Director of Youth & Family Services
September 12, 2017

We’re excited to announce Veronica Ford, former Program Manager of the Family Life Center, was promoted to the agency’s Director of Youth & Family Services!

Ford has been with the agency since 2006 and currently oversees FSA’s Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Program, Parents as Teachers, Family Life Center and the Teen Center where adolescents acquire critical life skills that prepare them for the future.

Veronica’s wealth of experience and her passion to help others makes her the perfect fit for this position. We’re excited to see her take on this new role and continue to serve our community.

Along with 14 years of field experience, Ford holds a PhD in General Advances Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University, a Master’s degree of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Services.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of an association that strives to improve our community’s well-being,” said Ford. “As Director of Youth & Family Services, my dedication to serving these families will only grow stronger.”

Family Service Association Awarded $35,000 from Bank of America Charitable Foundation
August 18, 2017

It’s a great honor to announce we have been awarded $35,000 by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to fund pathways in creating economic mobility within our community. Today, more than 48 million people are living in poverty and struggling to meet their needs while facing tough choices on where to place limited resources.

While conditions have improved over the past several years, there are many still facing barriers to economic success, including working families and individuals who are underemployed. Bank of America has a vested interest in assisting those individuals and families living on the margins and unable to create a better life for themselves and their families through good jobs or affordable housing.

The grant provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation will help us build pathways to economic mobility by addressing the issues of workforce development & education, basic needs and community development.

Torrina Bennett-Michael, our Chief Development Officer, said that “at Family Service Association, we recognize that basic needs must be met in order for families to advance economically. Providing workplace training and development are critical to connecting them to tools that will help them grow and prosper. We are extremely grateful that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is supporting our work in building a thriving community.”

Family Service Association Launches Campaign for Change: $20.17 for 2017
August 3, 2017

We’re excited to introduce the Campaign for Change: $20.17 for 2017 initiative!

This program offers donors the opportunity to make a difference by donating $20.17 and enabling FSA to continue delivering high quality programming for a happier and healthier community. Continued support through initiatives like Campaign for Change help make a difference in the lives of families in our community. Donating a small gift can create a large impact.

Each year, we assist more than 7,000 individuals by providing outpatient counseling services and support groups based on the needs of the community.

If you think about it, a donation of $20.17 means purchasing five breakfast sandwiches at Wawa or five cups of Starbucks coffee! We can use that same $20.17 to buy diapers for an infant or a meal for a struggling family. That’s a huge impact you make in the community for a small donation!

To make the change this $20.17, click here.

Clarifi Moves In
July 31, 2017


Welcome to our community partner Clarifi! Now located in our EHT building, Clarifi offers financial counseling to help individuals improve their financial wellness, credit and reduce debt.

They’re also certified by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a comprehensive housing counseling agency. Whether you are excited about being ready to buy or you’re in trouble with your mortgage, Clarifi is a fantastic resource to guide you away from default and work to avoid foreclosure.

To learn more about our community partner, visit their website.

FSA Welcomes Sile Keane as Vice President of Behavioral Health
June 12, 2017

Keane, SileWe’re excited to announce our newest team member Sile Keane of South Seaside Park as Vice President of Behavioral Health! Keane oversees FSA’s Outpatient behavioral health counseling and psychiatry services, the First Day program for individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues, and the Rainbow Place and Safe Harbor programs for children and teens experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.


Sile’s extensive experience in behavioral health and administration make her the perfect person for this role, and we’re happy to welcome her to our leadership team!

Keane has a master’s in social work and bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Kean University, and is a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey. She previously served as the director of Adult Outpatient services at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and was Outpatient Supervisor at Ocean Mental Health Services in Bayville, N.J.

Keane say’s, “she is committed to upholding FSA’s high standard of care and looking forward to developing new ways to serve our clients.”

13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
June 6, 2017

We’re so glad to have seen such a great turnout for our 13th annual Charity Golf Tournament, with a hole-in-one giveaway sponsored by Kindle Auto Plaza on Thursday, May 18. More than 50 golfers attended.

Every year we hold a youth clinic as part of our charity golf tournament, which gives students a chance most of them wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics from a pro and develop an appreciation for a great game.

Students from Egg Harbor Township High School took instruction from a golfing pro at Mays Landing Country Club, listening intently to the advice and watching the demonstration of a proper stance and swing.

Youth Clinic

Egg Harbor Township High School students practice hitting golf balls as part of Family Service Association’s Youth Clinic on Thursday, May 18 at Mays Landing Country Club.

First place in the golf tournament went to the Harring Fire Protection group of Eric, Nathan and Nicholas Harring.

First place in the golf tournament went to the Harring Fire Protection group of Eric, Nathan and Nicholas Harring.








Family Life Center Expanding
May 1, 2017

We’re excited to welcome clients to the new Family Life Center as we expand this program to service a growing need in Atlantic County. We recognized how much of an impact this program has on our community, so we are pleased to see that FSA already had a space that fit the purpose and need of the Family Life Center program.

I know we have built so many great relationships in our community through the Bargain Boutique and we are confident that the Family Life Center will benefit from its space.

Before we open the Family Life Center, please take advantage of our sales until Friday, May 26th, when we begin the transformation!

13th Annual “Bubbles 4 Autism”
April 13, 2017

Bubbles for Autism

It’s humbling that our community has helped to make this event possible. This was the 13th year “Bubbles 4 Autism” was able to bring smiles, support, awareness and new friends to the lives of so many in our area.

At our New Day Family Success Center, children, parents and friends enjoyed blowing bubbles together to support autism awareness and acceptance, in support of this global initiative to educate others about autism and help people see the world a little differently.

Thanks to Stacey Lear, Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator at New Day Family Success Center in Galloway, for taking this great selfie of the smiling faces and bubbles of joy and hope.

“Shop for a Cause”
April 8, 2017

April 7th we held “Shop for a Cause” in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month with St. John at Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City. The turnout was wonderful and we made so many new friends, with new outfits! We are happy to see this benefit make so many ripples in our community.

These kinds of events, gives local supporters a chance to network, while enjoying a nice evening shopping.

March “Dadness”
April 5, 2017

More than just “Dad jokes” were abundant during March “Dadness” at the Egg Harbor City Community School. Guests listened to stories that taught the importance of fathers influencing their children’s lives.

Through stories, pizza and games, fathers and their children learned lessons to help strengthen the bond between father and child.

Marion McLaurin, Chief Administrative Officer of Family Service Association, encouraged fathers in the audience to fulfill their role as parents.

Marion McLaurin






Ladies’ Night Out: The Fun’s Out of the Bag
February 24, 2017

Elizabeth and JanetJessica Kowal





Great food, good wine and friends laughing is part of a great night, but throw in a chance to win your favorite designer handbag? That makes for an even better night! That’s exactly what Ladies’ Night Out was.

Women from all over the area came out in style to the Atlantic City Country Club to show their support for our mission to help children and families in South Jersey with programs that work! We had a great time and we’re glad the ladies who dined with us did too!

Family Service Association Awarded Gold by GuideStar
February 24, 2017

I’m very proud to announce that Family Service Association of South Jersey has been designated a Gold Participant organization by the nonprofit information service GuideStar!

GuideStar is the largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits, with a searchable database of more than 2.2 million organizations. According to GuideStar, only the top 0.5% of nonprofits qualify for a Gold Participant rating.

Being a Gold Participant indicates a high level of transparency according to GuideStar’s requirements. Communication and ethics are a major part of our core values, moving us to keep the community informed and to operate all programs and services with integrity and social responsibility. We’re committed to staying accountable to our clients and supporters.

You can view our GuideStar profile here.

Cindy Herdman-Ivins
President/CEO, Family Service Association of South Jersey

Interview with Cindy Herdman-Ivins about the Energy and Economic Assistance Expo
February 22, 2017