Garden City, N.Y., July 12, 2022 - On a bright sunny day on Long Island, a team of volunteers from Goldman Sachs’s Community TeamWorks initiative helped bring new life to Nassau Haven, FCA’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Emergency Shelter. The volunteers worked together to paint the multiple porches which serve as the entry points for Nassau County’s only shelter for youth experiencing homelessness. The wear and tear on these porches is representative of the constant influx of youth who turn to FCA for support when they have nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to. Nassau Haven has been in operation since 1982, and relies on donations and volunteers, like the group from Goldman’s Community TeamWorks, in order to keep the property in good condition.
This is not the first time that volunteers from Goldman’s Community TeamWorks initiative have come to FCA’s residences and traded their office days for a day of fun, giving back, and some hands-on home improvement. Staff of the program enjoyed speaking with the volunteers and sharing stories about the incredible work being done by FCA. FCA has 4 residential programs in total: two NYS Office of Children and Family Services RHY programs (Nassau Haven and Walkabout) and two NYS Office of Mental Health Community Residences (Lakeview House and West Nassau). Nassau Haven and Walkabout are both voluntary programs which rely on community and self-referrals. If you know a youth (ages 10-20) in need of a safe place to stay, they can call Nassau Haven at any time at 516-221-1310. Interested in volunteering or donating to these programs? Contact FCA’s Chief Development Office, Craig Pinto, at CPinto@FCALI.org.
FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 34,000 Long Islanders each year. For the last 137 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.