Dear Friends of FCSN,
FCSN began humbly in 1996 as a family support group, founded by a few families with special needs children and some kindhearted friends. In 25 years, it has grown to over 1000 families, serving over six hundred children and adults of many ethnicities with special needs/developmental disabilities. This year has been especially challenging due to the pandemic, with the centers shut down during much of the past 18 months; however, we are currently in the process of reopening our two centers and re-start our in-person programs.
Last year, during Shelter-in-Place, FCSN board decided to take action to address two of our most urgent needs of our organization – the lack of physical space to run programs and the long waiting list – by actively looking for another site. This summer, FCSN acquired a 17,000 sf commercial building on Osgood Rd. in Fremont, and we just hired an architect for the renovation project which is expected to cost $1.5-2M and take approx. 2 years to complete. We plan to raise >$1M over the next 3 years to finance this project. After the renovation, FCSN could expand its programs to serve more special needs individuals and families while maintaining the existing two centers.
FCSN will celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the re-opening of our centers and the acquisition of the Osgood property, with a fundraising virtual gala “Expand Our Dream” on Nov. 6, 2021. We warmly invite you and your friends to participate in this very special event. With your support, we can expand our facility and our dream to help many more special needs individuals and families.
James Chiao & Yee-Yeen Wang
Co-chairs, FCSN Board of Directors