Family Service Society of Yonkers (FSSY) was founded in 1883 as the Charity Organization Society of the City of Yonkers. Since its establishment, our organization has provided support for families and individuals in the Yonkers vicinity through a range of programs and services.
Re-named Family Service Society of Yonkers (FSSY) in 1936, our agency has become the premier provider of an extensive array of human and social services to underserved communities in Westchester County.
We provide permanent supportive housing for the disabled homeless, home safety modifications for the elderly and disabled, and home weatherization repairs for low-income elderly. We also offer a case management program for elderly and disabled residents living in Yonkers Municipal Housing.
FSSY is appointed by the New York State Supreme Court to act as legal guardian for incapacitated adults in danger of neglect, abuse and/or financial exploitation. We provide support for families of incapacitated adults who need to petition for Guardianship for their loved ones.
Our agency provides Westchester County’s most extensive programs and services in support of grandparents and other non-parent relative caregivers. The Kinship Support Program provides support, free legal counsel, parenting education, respite for caregivers, holiday and summer programs for children and more for kinship families. The GrandPower Advocacy Project trains seniors and grandparents to organize neighborhood-based advocacy efforts on behalf of the kinship families; the Advocates work diligently with local, county, state and national legislators to increase benefits for the relative caregivers and their children.
We are Westchester’s leader in intergenerational volunteering, literacy and academic support programs, impacting the lives of thousands of children and families and serving hundreds of older adults in six communities across Westchester County. Some of the needs we address are: literacy and academic support in the public schools; older adult civic engagement; intergenerational understanding and programming, and ethnic/cultural understanding and acceptance. We continue to expand and customize our programs and services to meet the growing needs of the local communities we serve.
We continually address new opportunities and challenges by adapting existing programs and collaborating on initiatives with other organizations to meet critical community needs. Always, FSSY is dedicated to finding effective and innovative ways to improve the lives of individuals residing in Yonkers and the greater Westchester area.