Doylestown/Levittown, PA (April 2, 2013) – Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors has approved a $25,000 grant to support Family Service Association of Bucks County’s Service Learning Center, which addresses the employment-related challenges common among individuals with Asperger’s, PDD/NOS, and High Functioning Autism. Located in Levittown, the Service Learning Center at Déjà vu Thrift provides real work experiences that prepare program participants for competitive employment.
The program offers social skills, job readiness/workplace and literacy training, as well as assistance with resume preparation, interviewing, job searches and other job related activities.
“We are pleased to support Family Service Association’s mission to give young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome the chance to receive on-the-job-training in a real-world environment to help put them on a path of self-sufficiency,” says Ron Bernstein, executive director, Foundations Community Partnership.
“Finding a job isn’t easy and it is even more difficult for young adults with developmental disabilities,” says Amy Conte, MS, Coordinator, AACES Program, Family Service Association. “With the support of Foundations Community Partnership, our Service Learning Center is able to help young adults who face challenges develop workplace skills and confidence in order to find employment opportunities.”
Since 1953, Family Service Association of Bucks County (FSA) has provided a wide range of services to children and families in Bucks County, including counseling, crisis intervention, child abuse prevention, parenting education, case management, and self sufficiency services. The mission of Family Service is: ‘To protect, maintain, strengthen, and enhance individuals, families, and children and their social and psychological functioning.’
Foundations Community Partnership is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. Foundations Community Partnership provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research.