WNEP’s Library Cafe Visit
February, 2019

WNEP’s Laurie Monteforte dropped in the Library Cafe to see how we were doing Friday, February 8th – Click the link and see how it’s going!
WNEP Visits the Library Cafe

Camp Canadensis September, 2018

…Yet another Camp Canadensis trip under the belt for staff and clients of FCS.  From wall climbing, to a boat ride, to some fun indoor board games when the weather didn’t cooperate, it was a great time!

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FCS’s Library Cafe
…See’s the ABLE, not the LABEL with a Promotion

The Cafe Team (left to right): Korey, new Cafe Team Lead Will, Cafe Manager, Aileen, and Employment Services Director, Sean Donohoe

Will proved his ABILITY and took the leadership role within the cafe from the first few weeks of his employment. Will’s co-worker, Korey, commented “Will deserves the promotion! He worked hard for it… He’s dedicated to his work, always looking a step ahead, and is a great leader!” Stop by the Library Cafe and congratulate Will on his new position!

Baseball BBQ
June, 2018

FCS clients and staff always have a blast at the annual Baseball BBQ held at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg.  All enjoy catching up with friends, meeting new friends, playing some baseball and eating great burgers and dogs.


FCS’s Libarary Cafe
…the “Talk of the Town”
May, 2018

Kim chats with Korey and Will at the Library Cafe


Welcome Home

March 29, 2018

Ruby was welcomed to her new home in Stroudsburg!

Fitzmaurice Community Services welcomed two individuals from Hamburg State Center, and another client from Stroudsburg, opening a new group home in Kunkletown.

The individuals moving from the Hamburg State Center have been hospitalized for over 30 years.  FCS was very excited to introduce these individuals to a whole new world of possibilities, now living in a residential setting and becoming a part of our community.


FCS’s new group home in Kunkletown. The Welcoming Committee surprised FCS clients with personalized house warming gifts.

On March 29th, members of FCS’s Consumer Quality Council, Patty H., Scott K., Dale K., and President & CEO, Liz Koster delivered welcome packages to all that have recently been relocated.  Baskets with cozy pillows and throw blankets were gifted along with some of the client’s favorite things like nail polish, arts and crafts.  All were delighted by FCS’s hospitality and surprised with all of the new faces visiting their homes.

FCS’s Consumer Quality Council Welcoming Committee: Patty H., Dale K., Scott K. and President & C.E.O. of FCS, Liz Koster

FCS’s Consumer Quality Council offered the new clients contact information if needed to discuss advocacy, or have any questions about services and community involvement.  We’re building brighter futures, and making “being home” a reality.




It was a GRAND Opening!
December 15, 2017

IMG_0880Over 13 years ago Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. (FCS) presented a proposal to the Eastern Monroe Public Library to start up a coffee shop run by individuals with disabilities, and HERE WE ARE!  The first of its kind Library Café in Monroe County opened in December, 2017!

The Café supports individuals with disabilities who desire to work and seek inclusion and productivity in the community, while also providing library patrons quality coffee and snacks at an affordable price.  The amenity of coffee and refreshments served by individuals with disabilities will be an inspiration to all who visit.

All purchases support the mission of FCS to empower persons with disabilities to realize their abilities and have meaningful employment in their community.

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PAR Frontline Manager of the Year Award

Nathaniel Hicks has won the Frontline Manager of the Year Award for Pennsylvania’s Northeastern Region from PAR, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s leading disability provider and advocacy association for people with autism and intellectual disability. Hicks received his award at the PAR Annual Solutions Conference “We Are Worth It.” Awards Ceremony, on October 23, 2017, in Harrisburg, PA., at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.

Hicks is being honored and recognized for his extraordinary leadership for the past 28 years as a frontline manager for Fitzmaurice Community Services of Stroudsburg, PA, supervising a group N.HICKS.FCS2017home with four individuals who have an intellectual disability or autism. His colleagues at Fitzmaurice Community Services describe the efforts of Hicks and his team as embodying the very best of the Commonwealth’s Office of Developmental Program’s vision for enhancing and enriching individuals with autism or intellectual disability to live Everyday Lives.

Hicks leads a team that empowers individuals to embrace employment, community engagement, building social networks, and a wide variety of personal choices ranging from activities, home décor, visitors, food choices, and more. As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania moves to increasing individual choice and community integration, Hicks has put these best practices in place for years as the norm in the home he manages.

The families of the individuals supported by Hicks regard him as a caring and loving individual, a view shared by the Direct Support Professionals who work under his leadership. His employees tend to stick around, modeling his extraordinary style of engagement and consistency.


TEDx at the Eastern Monroe Public Library

On Saturday, October 7th FCS’s own Deb Scocozza presented at the TEDx (independently organized) event at the Eastern Monroe Public Library highlighting “Building an Inclusive Community to Bring out the Best in Everyone.”
TedXtalk.With the Library Cafe opening soon, and being run by Fitzmaurice Community Services, Deb focused her speech on “Tolerance…being patient, understanding and accepting of anything different.” Taking a quote from Helen Keller who was labeled as being different, but worked past her disabilities and used her ABILITIES to create a new form of communication.  In addition, Deb highlighted that National Disability Employment awareness theme for this year is “inclusion drives innovation”…  that supports just what FCS is doing.
Other area organizations involved in the TEDx event were Michael Albert of the United Way of Monroe County who talked about Collective Impact, Amy Leiser of the Monroe County Historical Association who spoke of Exploring History to Create a Better Future, and Michael Tukeva of Pocono Alliance who spoke of Challenging the Status Quo.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  Started as a four day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives.  At TED Conferences the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to speak for 18 minutes or less.  TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, and Philippe Starck to name a few.  To learn more on TED events, go to:  www.ted.com.


A Special Thanks to the Pocono Community Fundraiser….

Liz Koster, President & C.E.O., and Deb Scocozza, Chief Operating Officer accepted a check for $20,000 at the 14th Annual Pocono Community Fundraiser

Liz Koster, President & C.E.O., and Deb Scocozza, Chief Operating Officer accepted a check for $20,000 at the 14th Annual Pocono Community Fundraiser

Every year in the Poconos companies and individuals come together to raise money for local non-profit organizations. This year the 14th annual Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser is helping out five non-profits. The event was held at the Kahlahari Resort the night of July 20th where Fitzmaurice Community Services Foundation was the recipient of a $20,000 grant.

Fitzmaurice Community Service sought a grant proposal to fund equipment and start-up costs for the first of its kind Library Cafe in Monroe County.  The Cafe will be located inside of the Monroe/Hughes Library on North 9th St., and employ individual with disabilities through its current Employment Services Department.  The Pocono Mountains Community Challenge Fund honored FCS’s request for $20,000.

More about the Library Cafe:

The Cafe will support individuals with disabilities who desire to work and seek inclusion and productivity in the community.  FCS will assist these individuals through our Employment and Job Coaching services to enhance skills and maintain gainful employment.

FCS will provide library patrons quality coffee and pastries at an affordable price, adding to their overall library experience.  The amenity of coffee and refreshments served individuals with disabilities will be an inspirational to all who visit.

This new amenity will include catered coffee and refreshment services to businesses and organizations utilizing the conference area.

For more information contact Deb Scocozza at dscocozza@fitzmaurice.org, or call (570) 213-4316.


Celebrating Success with Golden Achievements

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Acceptance of the developmentally disabled and those with mental illness into northeastern Pennsylvania communities began in 1966.  That year was partly a period of freedom for those housed in state institutions and mental hospitals.  But, what came with this freedom was a growing need for shelter and services for those discharged from the institutions.

Programs were developed to address the growing need for homes and Johanna Fitzmaurice was contacted.  She decided to take six gentlemen from White Haven State Center into her home while they transitioned into their new lives.  This marked the beginning of the human service organization Fitzmaurice Community Services and its legacy of, “Building Brighter Futures for Adults with Disabilities.”community2

The last half century has been busy and productive for Fitzmaurice Community Services providing specialized services to adults with developmental and behavioral health disorders, the first thing on Koster’s mind as the organization’s 50th year anniversary approaches is how much things have changed within the community at large.  “I’ve been thinking about how services have evolved over these past 50 years,” said Koster.  Very few persons are living in state institutions or state mental hospitals in Pennsylvania today.   Support for families has greatly improved and convers are now finding that they are truly part of our community.

Watch our 50th Anniversary Video…