Dear FCSN Families and Friends,
I hope you are doing well during this tough time. The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted for almost a year now, and the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb. Even though a vaccine is on its way and beginning to be administered, we may not be back to normal for a while, so please be patient. If you need any support, please contact our family support representative, Dora Chou. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use LINE/WeChat to contact her.
During the past six months, FCSN was able to continue to host our annual events online. We held a virtual annual meeting in June, a special needs talent showcase in August, and a virtual fundraising gala in November. We also have online classes for our adult day program and enrichment program. Our flexible subject tutoring classes have become quite popular, and we have received positive feedback from many families. We may continue this class online after the pandemic, since some students learn better in an online format.
FCSN receives a lot of support from our community, and in turn we try to give back to the community as well. The FCSN board has recently approved an emergency relief fund and a college scholarship fund. FCSN staff and clients in need of financial support may apply for the emergency relief fund. Any college or graduate student whose major is human services-related is eligible to apply for the college scholarship fund, although FCSN volunteers will have priority in receiving the scholarship. These two funds are currently a work in progress and will become available in 2021.
To serve our families better, the FCSN board has established the Site Search Committee and the New Program Committee. Our East Bay adult day program has reached its capacity limit, so the Site Search Committee is in charge of looking for a new location. Since the new site may become our future headquarters, we are hoping to find a 15,000-20,000 square feet building in either Fremont or Milpitas. The New Program Committee is working on an adaptive skill training program which will aim to serve more severely-disabled individuals. This is a new area we are exploring, and we have high hopes that it will be successful.
2020 has been a stressful year, to say the least. Please do your best to stay well and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Our staff and volunteers have worked very hard to make FCSN even better. With all the help we have, and all the effort we have put in, I believe 2021 will be a bright year for FCSN.