FCA Receives Grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Mar 4, 2020 | Press Release

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has awarded a $139,209 grant to FCA to support the organization’s new Newcomers Resource Center.  This collection of programs within the center will guide newcomers and those immigrants already residing in Nassau County on their journey to successful lives here in our communities.

Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, commented, “Mother Cabrini spent her life devoted to those who faced the greatest struggles, and the Foundation named in her honor is proudly carrying on her legacy.  From supporting pediatric cardiac care units in children’s hospitals to expanding mental health services to enhancing immigrants’ access to services, our inaugural grants are already making a difference in communities across New York State.”

In response to the growing need for services for the immigrant and refugee population, FCA is proud to announce the launch of these much needed empowerment services including case management and referral services, supportive counseling, school advocacy, legal guidance, vocational/educational training (including ESL) and short-term child care.

The Newcomers Resource Center will provide struggling young immigrants with greater access to the necessary services needed to begin and build their lives for not only themselves but also their families in their new home on Long Island. FCA anticipates serving 100 families annually across the collection of newcomer services.

The Newcomers Resource Center’s bilingual program staff are prepared to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking parents and children.  FCA’s Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op childcare program will also be available to participants to provide additional family support as part of this initiative. As parents attend classes and receive other WISE services, their children can thrive at the Nursery Co-op and enjoy an educational, safe, and nurturing environment.  The Co-op fulfills a significant need as most of the newcomer families are young parents without the support of family nearby to help care for their children.

FCA is deeply aware of the needs of these individuals and families. They come to FCA from struggling and, often dangerous, regions in Central America and around the world seeking safety and are determined to offer their children a better life.

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President and CEO, commented, “We are grateful for the support of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.  We look forward to seeing life changing opportunities present themselves for these families within the Newcomers Resource Center with the support of this great foundation!”

FCA looks forward to supporting and empowering this population through the Newcomers Resource Center starting immediately in Hempstead, NY and further exemplifying the organization’s mission of making Long Island an even better place for all to live.

About FCA

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For the last 135 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

FCA believes in the potential of Long Island – a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.

For more information about FCA, visit FCALI.org.

About Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of the vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. The Foundation – which is named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor – provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/.

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