Advocates from Family Service League (FSL) meet victims right where they’re at — quite literally.
Whether it’s meeting them at the hospital after an assault and providing critical resources, or providing assistance to homeless families with a safe environment and the support needed to secure permanent housing, FSL wants to serve.
THE WAYS FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE HELPS
Originally founded in Huntington in 1926 as a social service agency, FSL helps individuals, children, and families to mobilize their strengths and improve the quality of their lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community.
FSL’s assistance improves relationships through counseling, prevention outreach, and education.
More than 50,000 Long Islanders’ lives are improved daily as a result of the 60 programs at 20 locations offered by FSL. Examples include:
- Addiction services
- Children’s Services
- Family and Community Support
- Housing and Homeless Services
- Mental Health and Integrated Care
- Senior and Caregiver Services
- Trauma and Crisis Counseling
- Training and Employment
In a recent newsletter, Karen Boorshtein, LCSW President & CEO of FSL wrote:
The impact that our ‘FSL Family’ has had in the face of this crisis is inspiring. Working together, FSL continues to make a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable, like 11-year-old Danny, who is now receiving weekly counseling care for depression, which was heightened by the seclusion of COVID-19, or Christine and her infant, struggling with poverty. She received prenatal care, links to tangible resources, and counseling to overcome the trauma she experienced due to years of neglect during her own childhood.
Today, FSL continues to evolve and create innovative care in all areas to best meet the changings needs of the community.
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IMPACT THROUGH ALLIANCES
Developing alliances has become a hallmark of FSL’s leadership and vision in its goal to build networks of care for those in need. For example:
- Management of a Suffolk county homeless shelter that provides housing for 400 individuals every day
- Development of integrated health care, which makes it possible for clients with complex behavioral health difficulties to receive mental health and substance abuse counseling and primary care services in one location
- Collaboration with local school districts as the largest community-based provider of universal pre-kindergarten in Suffolk county
- Partnership with Southside Hospital Northwell Health for a new health and wellness care facility being constructed on the South Shore.
FSL CELEBRATES VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are the heart of Family Service League: Without their commitment to the mission and their passion for helping those who need it most, FSL wouldn’t be able to touch so many lives.
- Administrative support
- Transporting food
- Transporting toy drive goods
- Special event assistance
FSL also provides training for volunteers who want to advocate for the seniors in NJ communities.
Learn more about joining the FSL family of more than 400 volunteers.
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE COMES ALONGSIDE VICTIMS
When 32-year-old Michelle sought medical treatment at a hospital after an assault, FSL’s Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate was called through the 24-hour emergency hotline.`
With the assistance of the advocate, Michelle made next-step decisions and received needed help as she walked through the steps of pressing charges. The FSL advocate was there to hold her hand, wipe her tears, supply her with fresh garments and other necessities, and provide the victim with the gift of her presence.
Working as advocates and supporters of people in need, FSL has been restoring hope and rebuilding lives for 95 years with the help of the caring people in the Long Island community.
Whether it be seniors seeking help, the homeless seeking shelter, or those suffering from addiction, or facing the challenges of mental illness, Family Service League wants to offer help when it’s needed most.