Family & Children’s Agency Recognizes Local Community Members with Annual Family Strengthening and Volunteer Awards

NORWALK, CT - Thursday, October 18th, at its annual meeting, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) honored Homes with Hope and its President & CEO Jeff Wieser and FCA Board member Rachel Lieberman with their William O. Murphy Family Strengthening and Anne C. Cary Volunteerism awards. Lieberman, who works as Synchrony Financial’s Chief Counsel of Labor, Employment & Benefits was awarded with the Agency’s Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of volunteerism on behalf of the Agency. “It would literally be impossible to estimate the number of invaluable hours Rachel has given FCA all on a pro bono basis,” said Rob Cashel, the Agency’s President & CEO. “Rachel has been crucial in helping our Agency with legal advice, among many other things.”

Rachel, who has volunteered with the Agency for more than 15 years, connected with FCA through the Pro Bono Partnership in 2002. Rachel later joined the Agency’s Board of Directors and served as a key expert in helping the Agency to navigate through changing labor laws and issues.Wieser of Homes with Hope, was awarded with the Agency’s, William O. Murphy Family Strengthening Award. This award recognizes individuals and/or organizations whose contributions have supported FCA’s work and mission in the community. “All who know and work with Jeff attest to his skill and humility in working with the often forgotten in our community,” Cashel said.

Jeff has worked very closely with the Agency’s Director of Community Connections and local collective impact groups, including Opening Doors Fairfield, to reduce the number of homeless in Fairfield County and to end veteran homelessness in the state.



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