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Virginia Fresh Match doubles the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helping customers to afford healthy fruits and vegetables at Fairfax County farmers markets. There’s still a couple more weeks to use your EBT card (SNAP benefits) at local farmers markets. It's the healthy way to stretch your SNAP.
The Medicare Election Period is October 15-December 7. This is the time to review current Medicare health and drug plans. The plans can change costs and coverage, and providers and pharmacies covered by the plan. Attend one of the county's Medicare 101 events to make the best choices for 2020.
Applications for Crisis Assistance are being accepted November through mid-March. This program helps eligible households (Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church) to offset heating expenses. Assistance applies to heating emergencies and can be used to pay bills for utilities that are in danger of being disconnected.
Many parents want their children to experience the wonder of the holiday season, and then worry that they are not doing enough. Helping children to set realistic expectations during the holidays can go a long way toward reducing the stress of the season for the entire family. Check out a few tips from DFS Parenting Education Programs’ staff for how to help children know what to expect during the holidays.
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season. This season can provide opportunities for loved ones to spend time together to give thanks. Try some new strategies from the experts with the Parenting Education Programs to reduce stress and find joy during the holidays.
Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? If you answered “yes,” you are a kinship caregiver. The Kinship Family Institute (KFI) connects kinship families to supportive services and offers seminars, trainings and workshops to help build a community network of kinship caregivers. Check out upcoming events.
Pocket Dad Videos - The Value of Making Good Friends
In the most recent Pocket Dad Videos, learn the importance of how parents who share value systems that can positively impact their children’s social interactions. Grow your appreciation for connecting and having conversations with your children. Investing in a good relationship with your child will help them build better relationships with others.
Sharing Our Stories - Competitive Sports at Any Age
County residents share how much fun they’re having competing in softball, pickleball, track and field, and even horseshoes. "It keeps you active, it keeps you social and it gives you a feeling of belonging.” Parks Authority president, Bill Bouie, talks about the growing popularity of competitive sports among older adults.
On the latest Fairfax 50+ Podcast, Senior Medicare Patrol's Martin Bailey discusses how Medicare Fraud is costing us $60-90 billion a year - considerably more than the costs of Homeland Security and NIH-sponsored medical research. Bailey tells us what Medicare beneficiaries can do to fight back.
Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) Open in North County
The Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) now offers advocacy services at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center. Services, available Fridays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., are free and will include an onsite, bilingual (English and Spanish) victim advocate. As with all DVAC sites countywide, walk-ins, appointments and call-ins are welcome.
Golden Gazette - Fairfax County's Senior Community Newspaper
In the recent GG, read about a 94-year-old veteran and retired Fairfax County math teacher who learned a childhood lesson that helped him survive World War II; how to find a free caregiver consultation; upcoming Medicare 101 trainings; preventing dryer vent fires; and a delicious recipe for Budapest Chicken Paprikash.
The Department of Family Services (DFS) promotes the well-being of the County's diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of children, adults and families through supportive services, education and advocacy.
This Department of Family Services agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work and play in Fairfax County.