Individual and Family Counseling
Professional help is available for individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties in areas such as marital problems, relationship concerns, parent/child conflicts, separation/divorce, difficulties in the workplace, and aging issues. Most insurances are accepted; sliding fee scale is available.
Substance Abuse Treatment
Services include initial evaluations, outpatient treatment, referrals to inpatient alcohol treatment facilities, codependency counseling and aftercare support. An extensive program for Adult Children of Alcoholics provides therapy groups life education workshops and individual counseling.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP Services include individual, marital, or family counseling to employees and/or their dependents, assessments and referrals to drug/alcohol treatment facilities, management training in early detection of problems, and case management. Services offered through contracts with businesses and organizations.
Second Time Around Parents (STAP)
STAP is a program for grandparents raising grandchildren due to parental substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, incarceration, homicide, HIV/AIDS, and, more recently, military deployment. Services include case management, counseling, and separate educational/support and therapy groups for grandparents and grandchildren (services are also provided to families headed by other non-grandparent relative caregivers).
Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth Ages 10-14
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) for Parents and Youth 10-14 is provided to children, and their families, attending schools in the Upper Darby, Chester Upland and William Penn school districts in Delaware County. SFP is an evidence-based family intervention which enhances parents’ general child management skills, parent-child affective relationships, and family communication. SFP is based on a developmental model and starts with the assumption that increasing the family’s protective processes while decreasing potential risk factors can have a positive impact on a child’s future, with the result that problem behaviors are reduced or avoided. In addition, SFP serves to delay the onset of adolescent alcohol and substance use by improving family communication and parenting practices.
Permanent Supportive Housing Program
FCS partners with the Delaware County Housing Authority (DCHA) by providing intensive case management services to single adults or families with children who have been homeless due to mental health and/or substance abuse problems. DCHA awards selected participants with Housing Choice vouchers which are used to obtain an apartment and provide an ongoing rental subsidy. Intensive case management services assist participants with budgeting, household management, attendance at appointments with treatment providers, and other individual goals.
HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management and Supportive Services
Medical case management, counseling, education, advocacy, and assistance with transportation, food and nutrition, and emergency needs are provided to persons living with HIV and AIDS, and their family members and loved ones.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Education Program
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education is provided to adolescents, adults and senior citizens who reside in Delaware County. Presentations are provided to students attending Delaware County schools and colleges, and to other interested groups and organizations including churches and senior centers. FCS offers an HIV prevention presentation specifically tailored to the concerns of senior adults entitled “Over Sixty, Sexy and Susceptible: HIV Information for You and Your Grandchildren.” This workshop has been presented to participants at senior centers within the County and is endorsed by the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging.
“Wellness Works” (Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services) is an evidence-based approach that provides individual prevention counseling to persons living with HIV/AIDS. This service is proven to be effective in promoting the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle for participants, while serving to reduce the spread of the HIV virus in the larger community.
Ralph Moses House – HIV/AIDS Supportive, Transitional Housing
The Ralph Moses House, located in the City of Chester, provides supportive, transitional housing for homeless men living with HIV/AIDS. The program connects residents with ongoing medical care, life-sustaining medications, and supportive social services. Residents gain skills required to manage their health more effectively and live as independent and self-sufficient members of the community. Residents generally stay at the House for about nine to twelve months before moving on to permanent housing. Following housing placement, to support them in making a successful transition to independence, the House’s former residents then receive nine months of case management utilizing the evidence-based Critical Time Intervention (CTI) approach. The project is named for Ralph Moses, a lifelong Chester resident, HIV/AIDS activist, and person living with AIDS. Ralph is a former long-time member of the Agency’s Board of Directors.
Emergency Food Assistance
This program provides emergency food assistance to needy individuals and families through a network of twenty food centers located in churches, faith communities, and social service agencies. FCS provides support to the twelve member food centers of the Delco Interfaith Food Assistance Network (DIFAN), which is structured as an Advisory Committee to FCS’s Board. Working together with FCS, the DIFAN food centers collectively provide food assistance to residents of all of Delaware County’s communities.
The DIFAN member food centers are: Chester Eastside Ministries, New Jerusalem Church (Chester), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Chester), Upper Darby Food Center, First United Methodist Church (Media), Church of the Nazarene (Collingdale), Mt. Zion CME Church (Sharon Hill), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (Broomall), Bernardine Center (Chester), True Vine Missionary Full Gospel Baptist Church (Chester), Christ Tabernacle Church (Morton), and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (Prospect Park).