News Archive

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Pictured Left to right: Debra Scocozza, FCS Exec. V.P., State Representative of the 189th District, Rosemary M. Brown, and FCS’s President & C.E.O., Elizabeth Koster

In recognition and celebration of FCS’s 45th Anniversary and “Building Brighter Futures” in the Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Northampton Counties, Rosemary M. Brown of the PA House of Representatives, 189th District, presented FCS with a plaque on behalf of the People of the County of Monroe & Pike Counties, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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FCS celebrated its 45th Anniversary Saturday, October 22nd at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg.

The past 4 ½ decades Fitzmaurice Community Services has grown from serving 6 gentlemen who had resided in White Haven State Institution in 1966 to serving well over 500 individuals today. The organization has seen its workforce grow from 2 in 1966 (Liz Koster, President & CEO & her Mother, Johanna Fitzmaurice) to over 250 in 2011.

Along with the steady growth Fitzmaurice has seen the steady progress in how the community supports persons with disabilities. Liz Koster, President and CEO added at the Gala…”Your generous spirit at fundraisers, like this event tonight, your hiring practices; some of our Consumers work for you, your welcoming spirit; some of our Consumers live down the street from you, go to church with you, or sit at the next table at the local restaurant.”

In addition to the Gala, Fitzmaurice Community Services celebrated those in the community that have dedicated themselves to the spirit and wellbeing of our community as a whole.

The Johanna Fitzmaurice Community Service Award was presented to The Bushkill Group’s Andrew Worthington, President & CEO for their volunteer services, providing a leadership role, advocacy and upstanding citizens in our community. The Bushkill Group, Inc. consistently maintains a strong presence in the community involving themselves with charitable causes. Whether it is donating manpower, supplies, time or money, through their benevolence, they not only benefit the community and charitable organizations, they promote a sense of involvement and teamwork among their employees.

Liz Koster presents Dale Kerzmann the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Other honorees of the evening included Dale Kerzmann who was presented with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Dale started a farm fresh egg

Kate White and Joan Groff honored for their volunteerism in our communit

business from scratch growing it to selling dozens of eggs to the community on a weekly basis. The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were presented to Joan Groff of the Fitzmaurice Community Services Foundation and Kate White of the Bushkill Group whom also serves on the FCS Foundation Board of Directors. Their vast knowledge of the non-profit sector and forging close relationships with those that have passion makes them stand out in a crowd.

The night ended with “The Best Beatles Tribute Band on Earth,” and everyone rocked the night away. Fitzmaurice Community Services thanks all who to shared in this special evening, and looks forward to its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

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Pictured Left to Right: Lorianne Mulvey, FCS HR Assist., Debra Scocozza, FCS Exec. V.P., and Margaret Schnatter, FCS HR Specialist along with Robert Phillips, President & C.E.O. of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce

Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. Takes Home 2011 Healthy Workplace Award…

On October 26th at the Sycamore Grill in Delaware Water Gap the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, ChamberChoice, and Blue Cross of Northeastern PA held a luncheon to recognize local businesses who are dedicated to wellness.

Fitzmaurice Community Services entered their nomination for “The Healthiest Workplace of the Year” for 100 employees and over, and took home the honors. FCS was evaluated on strength, results, and creativity of their wellness program which included such things as a smoke free workplace, Lectures and Trainings from local healthcare and wellness professionals, in addition to promoting wellness through incentives like weight loss program reimbursements, and gym membership reimbursements.

Fitzmaurice Community Services is considered a leading social service provider serving the needs of adults with developmental or behavioral health disabilities on Monroe, Carbon, Pike and Northampton Counties. To learn more about FCS visit www.fitzmaurice.org.

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Above & Beyond the Call of Duty…

September 20, 2011

Pictured Left to Right: Lynn Scocozza, Beth Booterbaugh, Liz Koster, Margaret Schnatter, Deb Scocozza & Loriann Mulvey

Margaret Schnatter, Human Resources Specialist, was the recipient of the FCS Important Piece of the Puzzle award on September 20, 2011.

Margaret selflessly took time out of her weekend in June and volunteered to assist a talented consumer in need. A local Church was holding a craft fair where FCS sponsored consumers to showcase their talents. A very talented consumer that creates jewelry and ceramic sculptures was unable to attend the fair, as she cares for her wheelchair bound husband. …Margaret stepped up to the plate! She stood in at the craft fair as “sales associate” for this consumer, and profited over $175 in jewelry sales.

On September 20th the Management Team of FCS surprised Margaret with balloons, a $100 gift certificate and a certificate of appreciation for her genuine consideration toward the needs of our consumers.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Way To Go Betsy & Janet…

..receiving special recognition as the First Quarter, 2011 Important Piece of the Puzzle!

Pictured Left to Right: Beth Booterbaugh; VP of Behavioral Health Services, Cheryl Berry; BH Program Director, Deb Scocozza; Exec. VP, Betsy Cruz; Program Manager, Janet Bardsley; Direct Support Professional, Liz Koster; President & CEO, Chris Bumford; Sr. BH Program Director, and Sherri Schenke; Fiscal Director

The Blue Bird Program Manager, Betsy Cruz, and Direct Support Professional, Janet Bardsley jumped into action when the two recognized that a consumer was unresponsive, and not breathing. As Betsy performed CPR, Janet contacted 911 and handled the emergency situation with professionalism and urgency.

On Wednesday, April 6th, staff and consumers were surprised to find the FCS Management Team at the door with balloons & certificates to recognize Betsy & Janet. Both received a $100 Visa Gift Card, and a certificate of appreciation. This recognition also qualifies them for the honor of Employee of the Year to be presented in November of 2011.

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FCS Showcase
Greater Pocono Chamber Business Expo 2011

President/CEO, Liz Koster, greeting all who stopped by

March 9 & 10, 2011

Liz present Louise McDermott with the FCS/Liztech Custom Pin

FCS was one of the 200 businesses showcasing its’ services at the Annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, March 9th & 10th at the Koehler Fieldhouse of East Stroudsburg University.

In addition to booth visitors learning about FCS’s services for clients and community members, one of the highlights was the chance to “Guess the Gems” in the treasure chest, and win an FCS/Liztech Pin valued at $55.

Justine Horvath shows off her prize

There were two lucky winners who guessed within hundreds of the 3,458 gems in the chest; Justine Horvath, and Louise McDermott both of the Stroudsburg area.  The two stopped by the FCS Administrative Offices to pick up their “treasures,” and were delighted with their winnings. Louise McDermott commented, …”I’ve always admired Liztech Jewelry, and was very pleased to have a custom Liztech design honoring FCS…”

Thanks to all who stopped by and checked us out at Expo 2011!

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Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. – Proof that Employee Retention is Alive in the Poconos

November 20, 2010

Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc., a leading organization for individuals with Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, honors senior employees serving fifteen years and over at its annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

Pictured Left to Right: Jeanette Allen; 18 years, Margaret Schnatter; 16 years, Tom Maltese; 15 years, Chris Bumford; 17 years, Annette Keenhold; 21 years, Lynn Scocozza; 24 years, Liz Koster; 35 years, Sherri Schenke; 26 years, Deb Scocozza; 17 years, Lisa Hoag; 16 years, Brian Kim; 15 years, and Nathaniel Hicks; 21 years. Not Pictured: Alina Ciesla; 17 years, Jaan Hagerup; 18 years, Yigo Diouf; 18 years, Roberta Reding; 19 years, and in Memorial of Graham Tynemouth; 17 years.

It takes a special kind of person to care for individuals with disabilities, and Fitzmaurice Community Services has retained the cream of the crop. Seventeen of Fitzmaurice’s “finest” were recognized for their commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and its consumers for fifteen years of tenor and over. Long time Direct Support Professionals who care for consumer’s daily needs up to Executive Management who have worked their way through the ranks were part of the recognition, including Fitzmaurice’s own Liz Koster, President & CEO clocking in at 35 years.

The Human Services field is a rewarding career path that can open many doors within the Social Services realm offering ongoing education and advancement to professional individuals that are not looking for simply “a job.” Annette Keenhold has been with FCS for the past 21 years beginning as a Program Manager for four of FCS group homes, and moved on to the Supported Living Program. She states, “…I see positive changes every day, and the most rewarding aspect of my position is to see the appreciation from whom I work with for my assistance. I enjoy participating in consumer’s interests and hobbies, and encourage them to follow their desires and reach their goals.”

Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. is a non-for-profit organization that has been Building Brighter Futures for over forty years for Adults with Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We pride ourselves with exceeding client and family expectations by providing environments that promote growth, success and friendships. This is accomplished by consumers, family members, and our staff and the community working together. To learn more on how you can make a difference with a rewarding career go to www.fitzmaurice.org/careers, or contact Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. at (570) 424-6223.

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Deb Scocozza congratulating Phyllis Cannon on her achievement

FCS’s Phyllis Cannon Recognized at MHMR Advisory Board Dinner
October 26, 2010

Making a difference in the community is what it’s all about, and FCS’s Phyllis Cannon was recognized for her unwavering dedication and care for consumers and staff .

Phyllis was presented with the MH/MR Advisory Board Direct Care Provider award Tuesday, October 26th at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn during the Annual MHMR Advisory Board Meeting & Dinner. The award was to acknowledge Phyllis’s contribution to our community as a 12 year veteran of FCS who handles her job as Receptionist with tact, professionalism, and most of all a smile. She was voted unanimously by the Carbon-Monroe-Pike MHMR Advisory Board to be recognized for her dedication.

Michelle Shaw, Advisory Board Member, presented the award stating, “…The front desk position does it all…they are the first person you see at any agency and they often set the tone for your visit. In Phyllis’s case visitors are greeted with an easy smile and an offer of assistance; and when she knows you there is a bit of chit chat or an inside joke. She not only has the heart for the job but the head as well…it is my sense that she is glue that holds the front desk area and…much more together.”

Congratulations Phyllis, and best wishes for many more GREAT years with FCS!

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Helping Hands in the Community…

Fernwood Hotel and Resort/The Bushkill Group recently donated $500 to the Fitzmaurice Community Services Foundation. Liz Koster, President & CEO commented, “…we are very appreciative of Fernwood’s ongoing support…”

Fernwood Hotel & Resort has been partnering with Fitzmaurice Community Services for many years. Their generosity has helped countless FCS consumers achieve a better life in our community. Fernwood Hotel & Resort and FCS…”Building Brighter Futures!”

Pictured Left to Right:  Deb Scocozza, FCS Exec. VP;
Liz Koster, FCS President & CEO,
Loretta Porvaznik, and Gina Bertucci of
the Bushkill Group
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Educator in the Workplace & Luzerne County Community College Partners with FCS…
June 24, 2010

Each year, FCS teams up with Luzerne County Community College to host an “Educator in the Workplace.” This year, FCS hosted two special education teachers from the Pleasant Valley school district.

Elizabeth Watson and Kristen Matweecha joined the FCS team on Monday, June 22nd through the 24th to shadow some of our exceptionally skilled staff members supporting our Developmentally Disabled clients. The job shadowing included working directly with a Residential Program Manager being directly involved with our clients, accompanying a Supported Living Specialist who supports clients living independently within our community, and also attended quarterly Individual Support Planning meetings.

The goal of Educator in the Workplace is for educators in our community who teach children with special needs interact with businesses, industry and community partners who support the adults with developmental & behavioral health disorders. The educators are exposed to new ideas, management strategies and requirements for success in hopes to make the classroom learning and curriculum more relevant and prepare students for success in the world of work and current skill demands.

“Building Brighter…” Green Space!

Matthew Lutz, a High School Senior with hopes of earning his Eagle Scout status chose FCS as his service project focus. With support from his parents, and Scout Troop 80 of Tannersville, Matt & Liz Koster’s planning and vision became reality.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is not an easy task, as there are certain requirements that must be accomplished prior to achieving Eagle Scout Status. Matthew was aware of FCS through his mother, Barbara Lutz who is a Fiscal Assistant with the organization. He understood that the organization just moved its office space to 2115 N. 5th St., but there was not a place outdoors where employees, consumers, as well as fellow community members can relax and enjoy nature.

Matthew approached Liz Koster, President & CEO of FCS, on his ambition to have green space at the FCS Administrative Building and build a picnic grove. Matt solicited the donations within the community for this project, and received assistance from Stroud Township, Masotti Family, Sgt. Riley of the Pocono Township Police Department, as well as a United Way Teen Works Grant for $500 toward the project.

After months of planning it came to fruition, and a beautiful area was erected with two picnic tables, benches, shrubs, and mulch among mature trees and landscape. Next time you pull into our parking lot you might see employees having lunch, consumers meeting with their support staff, and you just might find the UPS driver, or local post man having their lunch break there! Be sure to check out the peaceful area. A big thanks to Matthew Lutz, the Lutz Family, and all whom made this picnic grove possible.

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Friendly’s “Served it Up” for another GREAT FunRaising Night!

The tables were packed for yet another Friendly FunRaiser night to benefit the FCS Foundation.

The FCS Foundation received $270. thanks to community members, clients and staff stopping in for a bite the night of April 28th.

We’ll keep you posted for the next fundraiser…stay tuned!
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FCS Announces the First Quarter “Important Piece of the Puzzle,” 2010

The Staff and Manager of the HUD Program received special recognition as the First Quarter, 2010 Piece of the Puzzle Winners.

The nomination for the recognition was submitted by the Program Director of HUD, Roberta Redding. The staff has been caring for a consumer of HUD that is currently battling cancer. This individual is unable to eat solid food while undergoing intense treatments. The HUD staff along with Manager, Jeanette Allen, has gone above and beyond to continue to provide this individual with FCS Services. Everyone is pitching in with the personal care that is needed. The team comes in on their days off, and coordinates shifts to accommodate this consumer. The individual’s morale remains high as he is comfortable with the staff that he’s known for many years, and does not have to face the stresses of moving to another facility.

On Thursday, March 26 the HUD Staff, Management, and consumers were surprised with the entrance of President and CEO, Liz Koster, Executive VP, Deb Scocozza and Sr. Program Director, Chris Bumford. All received a $100 Visa Gift Card, a Bronze Puzzle Piece Pin, and a Certificate of Appreciation. This recognition qualifies everyone to be in the running for the honor of Employee of the Year to be presented in November of 2010.

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FCS Hosts BreakfastWith Santa in December FCS held it’s first Breakfast with Santa for children and grandchildren of FCS Employees. Children ranging in age from newborn through twelve were invited.  Over seventy children ran through the FCS corridors finding something to do in every corner. Holiday crafts, music, traditional carols and even Santa & Mrs. Claus were on hand.

Children were treated to a gift and a photo to remember their special holiday celebration at FCS.

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Congratulations Weir Lake!

Weir Lake was awarded the 4th Quarter Important Piece of the Puzzle award, and also received the Employees of the Year!

Each received a $100 gift card, a Piece of the Puzzle pin, a $25 Shoprite gift card and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Congratulations to: Program Manager, Maureen Jendrzejewski; Direct Support Professionals, Denise Hersh, Lisa Zbikowski, Michael Digilio, Yigo Diouf, Carla Dekis, Diana Anzelde, Riassa Lutz, and Aidette Villafane; and Program Director, Kimberly Burno.
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Pick-A-Star Campaign
2009 Thanks!

Thanks to generous contributions from the following donors, many FCS
consumers enjoyed a brighter holiday season!

Patricia & William Hibschman
Mountain Pest Control
Church Women United
Barrett Elementary Center, Ms. Aiello’s 1st Grade Class
PNC Bank of Eagle Valley, E. Stroudsburg
Duane & Pam Hubbard


Janice Crisafulli
Marlene Pawlikowski
Herb Society of Monroe County
Joan Groff
Arnold & Nancy Goldfuss
Robert Hibschman
Laura Volpe

Jaimie Robins
Christopher Loedel
Lorraine Banks
Ronald J. Mishkin
Kenneth & Linda Hoelle

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