Editor:

Family Service Association greatly appreciates the generosity of businesses, faith communities and individuals who made it possible for us to provide assistance in more than 2,900 cases in 2017. But we are not only thanking you just for your support, but thanking you for the difference you helped make in families’ and individual’s lives.

Family Service Association has been strengthening families since 1910. We assist families and individuals facing situations beyond their resources. We are also grateful for our tireless and valuable volunteers who support our small staff.

Our services and programs are expanding and reaching more people. We have our “Partners For Success” program, in which families work hard and celebrate successes with us as they move toward self-sufficiency in this challenging world. We celebrated the 19th year of our “Feet First” program, which provided new shoes to children starting school in September. A new vendor this year helped us to provide new shoes and socks to 400 children! This program is supported by fundraising and sock drives at area businesses. We thank everyone who helped these children start school with their best foot forward.

Our "Adopt A Family" program depends on the generosity of sponsors who adopt families in need and provides gifts, toys and food for the holidays. We also have a unique “Emergency Christmas” program for families who are referred to us by a caseworker due to a crisis. Thanks to the generous donations from sponsors and the community, we were able to help more than 600 children and their families through the holidays. We did not have to turn a child away! Thank you.

Kind words sent to us by a family: "Thank you for helping my family while in need. Thanks so much."

Happy New Year.

Kimberly Sopczyk, Family Service Association of Glens Falls

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