Dear FCSN Families and Friends,
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! What a year it has been. Although we are still in the middle of a pandemic, for most of us, our life has begun to return to normal. Our FCSN clinic offered booster shots in November last year, and most of our clients were able to return to in-person services. The reopening has been quite successful. Our staff and teachers follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help our clients stay safe. We are proud to have such a strong team, and we appreciate all the hard work from our staff.
2022 will be a busy year for us, and we have three main projects in the works. First, we are working on remodeling the new Osgood Center. After many conversations and drafts between the FCSN design team and the architect team, the final drawing is almost completed. Soon we will be able to apply for a permit and find a builder. We are hoping to have the Osgood Center grand opening in the second half of 2023.
Second, our East Bay adaptive skill training program has passed its review from the Regional Center, and we are now waiting for approval from the Department of Development Services to start this program. This new program is an adult day program designed for high-needs clients.
Third, we are working on living services for high-needs clients in the South Bay. Although San Andreas Regional Center does not allow us to apply for a new supported living services program, we are trying to apply for a health and safety waiver for these high-needs clients in order to acquire enough funding to build the support circle they need. With the backing of our staff, volunteers, donors, and FCSN families, we are optimistic about the success of this project.
When I became the FCSN president in June 2018, we were still using a manual system for our daily operations. Staff and teachers used pen and paper to record clients’ daily progress notes. Registration for our programs was done with paper forms and physical checks. Our Human Resources department worked independently to learn about new laws, and implemented corporate training with limited support. Over the last 3 years, we have made great technological upgrades. We now have our clients in an electronic database system and online registration. As for HR, we now partner with ADP, which provides management software and services, and we have a long-term corporate attorney assisting us. FCSN has grown a considerable amount from when we first started as a small parent support group. With a stronger foundation, we are ready to expand even more and to serve more special needs individuals.
Currently, FCSN is growing in two different ways. We want to increase the quantity of our operations, so we will launch a new center-based adult day program once the Osgood Center is ready. The second way is to diversify our clients’ spectrum by creating and offering a wider variety of programs to serve high-needs clients. In order to have the resources to continue advancing, we need to continue fundraising every year. I am delighted to let you know that at the 2021 gala, we raised over half a million dollars, and we thank all the donors for their support. With these funds, we will be able to continue on this strong trajectory and maintain the high quality of our programs.
Lastly, we need your help to spread the word that FCSN is hiring! We lost quite a few staff members during the pandemic, and unfortunately we are quite short staffed. Please refer anyone who might be interested, and please send a resume and any other questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.