Monthly Archives: May 2023

The Incredible Progress of Tyler: A Story of Triumph

Tyler is a 13-year-old boy with autism who had become uncontrollable and was at risk of harming himself and his family.

After being placed in a Youth Consultation Service home, Tyler has made incredible progress. He is now toilet trained, able to speak in short sentences, and was even named student of the month at his school.

By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you can make a difference in the lives of children like Tyler!

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Homelessness to Hope: How the Urban League Helped Latisha Coleman

This is how Latisha Coleman overcame a troubled past with the help of the Urban League of Essex County.

After growing up in a household of domestic violence, she became a teenage mother and suffered from low self-esteem after spending years in an abusive relationship. However, with the support of the Urban League, she enrolled in a GED program, received career-readiness training, and secured an apartment for her family. Latisha expressed interest in becoming either a daycare worker or a home health aide because of her desire to help others and her love of children.

Latisha’s success shows that it’s never too late to turn your life around. Support organizations like the Urban League by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund today!

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From Substance Use Disorder to Full-Time Job: Beth’s Story

Beth sought help from the Mental Health Program at Nutley Family Service Bureau to cope with anxiety and depression while in recovery from substance use disorder.

Her symptoms worsened after a traumatic event involving her partner, and she struggled to network and find a job.

Through counseling and medication adjustment, Beth learned to take a step back and realize her partner’s difficulty was not her fault, reducing her self-blame. She also attended Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, building a support network and learning mindfulness techniques. Beth eventually found a full-time job and gained a more positive outlook on herself and those around her.

Consider donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund to support mental health programs like the ones at the NFSB!

Original story taken from the Nutley Family Services Bureau blog