Every family, regardless of fortunate or challenging circumstances, will need help sometime. We know this by looking at our own families and remembering when we all struggled with trying times emotionally, financially and socially.
In your family, who was there for you...friends, church, neighbors, community services? For many families in Massachusetts, the answer has been Family Continuity.
For over 25 years, Family Continuity (also known as FCP Inc) has helped families, you and your neighbors in over 200 communities, to meet the challenges that people face every day, raising children, caring for an elderly parent, finding housing, confronting mental health, domestic violence and substance abuse issues, living through a crisis. From its five hub sites in Beverly/Peabody, Hyannis, Lawrence, Plymouth and Whitinsville/Worcester, Family Continuity provides an effective array of mental health, home-based and family support services to families in need.
In our work, we are supported by a committed Board of Directors, strong partnerships with other community agencies, and funding through contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and private insurance companies. Nonetheless, the need is far greater than the resources we have available. Every day, we are unable to support individuals and families whose important needs "fall between the cracks". Too often, it is only when a crisis is upon them that funding becomes available. Costs go up every year for insurance, transportation, office and other expenses. Combine this with the need to constantly recruit, train, and retain quality staff professionals able to do this challenging work and it becomes apparent why your support is so critical.
To continue to be as effective as our history has demonstrated, we need your support. Your tax deductible gift to Family Continuity will allow us to:
- provide summer camp support to a needy child,
- support a family caring for an elderly parent,
- help a parent learn to manage a child's challenging behavior with love and support,
- provide mental health services for uninsured and underinsured families,
- create the strongest staff training and in-service education program anywhere,
- advocate for the needs of our families and all families throughout Massachusetts,
- expand our services into communities where the need is the greatest, creating many more opportunities for us to meet our mission of "Supporting family success in every community".
Family Support Fund
As part of our mission to support family success in every community, Family Continuity has established a fund that we can utilize to assist individuals and families when their needs exceed our funding, when every day issues arise that may be small, but can be nonetheless critical in keeping families together and thriving.
For example, The Family Support Fund will help:
- Provide childcare so that parents can attend necessary meetings
- Assist a family member in receiving rehabilitation support not covered by insurance
- Purchase medications when there is a lapse in insurance coverage
- Ensure continuity of therapy services during a lapse in insurance coverage
- Assist families in purchasing needed medical equipment
- Assist families with the costs related to hospitalization (transportation, room, food)
- Send a child to a local camp, art classes, YMCA or other activity
- Help families with costs during the holidays and back to school: Groceries, clothing and gas for the car
- Acquire passes to movies, mini-golf, bowling, museums, whale watches for staff to take persons served out and experience outings they might never have otherwise
- Purchase proper child safety and booster seats
Monies donated to this fund will help Family Continuity provide the above services to help our families access the resources they need to stay together and make ends meet during difficult financial times. You may designate your donation to stay in a certain region (Cape and Islands, Worcester, Merrimac Valley, North Shore or Plymouth) or be used where ever needed.
Diruhi Mattian Memorial Fund
The Diruhi Mattian Memorial Fund was established in February 2008 to honor the life and work of Diruhi Mattian. To honor the joy, strength and dedication to her life and work, Family Continuity created this fund to provide ongoing training, staff development and career ladder programs that assist the staff at Family Continuity who continue in her legacy. The Senior Administrative Team and Board of Directors determine how the money will be spent on a quarterly basis to further educate the staff in their area of expertise.
In September of 2012 a library in Armenia, Diruhi's home country, was opened in her honor. The memorial was conceived and carried out by Diruhi's two daughters Armine & Ani Nalbandian. Read the biographical tribute written by Armine for the library dedication and view photos of the event here. Donations to the library can be coordinated through our Development Office.
Celebrate birthdays or anniversaries with a tribute gift, or honor the life of a loved one with a memorial gift and please consider remembering Family Continuity in your will.
Stocks and Securities
Contributing appreciated stocks, property and other assets can help Massachusetts families and benefit you at tax time.
Many companies encourage philanthropy by matching their employees' donations. Please check with your employer about matching gift guidelines.
Pledging a contribution by installment is an excellent means of sustaining support. You can specify length of the pledge period, amount, frequency and method of payment.
You may either give to provide general support to Family Continuity programs across its service area or designate a gift to a specific program or community served. Either way, your gift will be helping many families, children and adults.
GoodSearch and GoodShop
Use GoodSearch and GoodShop to raise money for Family Continuity. See below at Search Shop for a Cause! for more information and links.
Shaw's Community Rewards Program
Now when you shop for groceries at Shaw's or Star Market, you can help raise needed funds for Family Continuity!
All you need to do is link your Shaw's Reward card to our identification number at shaws.com/communityrewards. Family Continuity's identification number is 49001022706.
Just shop on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday using your Shaw's Reward Card and 1% of your eligible total will be donated to Family Continuity by Shaw's. It's that easy!
Family Continuity is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit agency. Its programs are primarily supported through funding from contracts with the Commonwealth and its public human service agencies, cities and towns, as well as a number of private and public behavioral health insurance carriers including Mass Health.
While this continued service support is central to paying for the work we do in every community, it is not enough. To ensure our ability to respond to family needs, even those that are not adequately funded by public programs, we need your help and the help of individuals, private foundations and businesses.