Monthly Archives: November 2023

Celebrating 110 Years of Community Service: A Nutley Family Service Bureau Milestone

Congrats to NFSB on 110 years of service! They’ve raised their fundraising goal to $110,000 and need our support. 

Being there for their neighbors is not just a task for Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB); it’s a tradition that has been upheld for more than a century. The organization has consistently been a source of hope, strengthening the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families through affordable mental health counseling and social service programs. Their dedication to service goes beyond words; it’s a testament to their unwavering commitment to bettering lives and fostering community resilience.

A Nutley Family Service Bureau Milestone Worth Recognizing

We are extending our heartfelt congratulations to NFSB for marking its 110 years of tireless service in the community. This remarkable milestone not only represents over a century of dedication and commitment, but it also highlights the significant contributions made by NFSB to uplift the lives of many in northern New Jersey.

A Raised Fundraising Goal: A Call to Action

To commemorate their milestone anniversary and to address the increasing needs of the community, NFSB has significantly increased their fundraising goal to $110,000. This ambitious aim reflects the growing needs of those served by NFSB and the commitment of NFSB to meet them head-on. However, they can’t do it alone.

People in need are counting on NFSB, which means NFSB is counting on you – the donors. Your support will ensure that the organization continues its critical work for another century and beyond.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting NFSB’s Mission

Did you know that a donation to the Holiday Fund is a gift to 11 organizations in New Jersey, including Nutley Family Service Bureau? The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has long been a supporter of NFSB, recognizing the importance of its mission and the impact it has on the community.

Your donation to the Holiday Fund will go a long way in supporting NFSB’s initiatives, helping them reach their fundraising goal, and ensuring they continue their vital work in the community.

How You Can Help

Join us in supporting NFSB in their mission. Learn more about how you can contribute at holidayfund.org. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Let’s come together to uphold the 110-year tradition of NFSB, and help them continue their invaluable service to our community. 

Every contribution counts. Together, we can make a difference. Donate today at holidayfund.org.

Family Connections: Advancing Help with a Mobile Healthcare Unit

Celebrating Family Connections and their achievements, including a new mobile healthcare unit.

One of our agency partners, Family Connections, has just achieved the status of a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). 

This means that they won’t just continue to offer you top-tier mental health substance use services, but they will also collaborate with other community organizations and healthcare facilities to provide you with coordinated comprehensive support.⁠

Mobile Healthcare Units

One of the exciting new services now available to Family Connections’ CCBHC clients is a mobile healthcare unit, courtesy of their partnership with Newark Community Health Centers (NCHC). This mobile unit will be onsite twice a month, offering services such as COVID vaccines, flu shots, internal medicine, and dentistry.⁠

This mobile unit represents a significant advancement in ensuring your overall healthcare needs are met.⁠

Family Connections is overjoyed about this partnership and the opportunity it brings for access to primary health care services right on their premises.

You can celebrate this achievement for Family Connections⁠ by following them on social media and keeping up with their agency news. 

Join us in making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Your generous donation to the Holiday Fund can bring about transformative change. 

Give today, and be a part of this incredible journey of compassion and support.

Championing Financial Empowerment: The Urban League of Essex County

The Urban League of Essex County enables community empowerment and life changes through its Savings Programs, fostering financial independence and security.

The Urban League of Essex County is dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives. One way it achieves this is through its Savings Programs. These initiatives are designed to instill financial discipline and independence among participants.

Financial Empowerment Through Savings

This year, an impressive 66 individuals enrolled in ULEC’s Savings Programs have collectively saved a total of $30,765. This achievement is both about the monetary value saved as well as the potential for a more secure financial future that it represents for these individuals and their families.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund’s Role

The GNHF serves as a pillar of support for agencies like ULEC. Its mission centers around raising funds to aid social service agencies across northern New Jersey. By doing so, it enables 11 organizations to continue providing essential services to those in need throughout the year.

The GNHF recognizes the importance of financial education and independence, and ULEC’s Savings Programs align perfectly with this vision. By supporting the GNHF, you’re indirectly contributing to the success of initiatives like ULEC’s Savings Programs.

Will you join the movement and give today? Join the Greater Newark Holiday Fund in bringing hope to New Jersey residents in need. 

A Visit To The Baby Basics Program: A Lifeline For Parents In Need Of Essential Baby Supplies

The Baby Basics program by Children’s Aid & Family Services offers essential baby supplies and support to needy families, funded by generous donors.

The Baby Basics program of Children’s Aid & Family Services (CAFS) is more than just a program—it’s a lifeline. It provides not just diapers, formula, and clothing, but also a sense of security and dignity to families in need. Imagine the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your baby’s basic needs are taken care of, that they will be warm, fed, and dry.

Through the Baby Basics program, CAFS ensures that every child gets a fair start in life. It’s not just about providing material goods, but also about nurturing hope, promoting equality, and empowering families. Because every child deserves the best possible start in life, and every family deserves to experience the joy of seeing their child thrive.

The Impact of Your Generosity

This vital initiative is a core program supported by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, and it relies entirely on donations from generous individuals like you. Your kindness and generosity can make a huge impact on this initiative, offering much-needed assistance to struggling families.

Some of the Holiday Fund board members recently had a chance to visit Baby Basics, witnessing first-hand the incredible work being done behind the scenes!

Celebrating 25 Years of Baby Basics

With the help of donors, Baby Basics has been keeping babies happy, healthy, and dry for over 25 years! This program provides free nutritional formula and diapers for babies, newborn through two years of age. But it’s more than just supplying essentials – Baby Basics also provides a safety net of emotional support and referrals for low-income families living and/or working in Bergen County.

How You Can Help: Host a Supply Drive

If you’re looking for ways to support Baby Basics, consider hosting a supply drive. It’s an easy and fun way to make a significant difference. Local diaper drives enable us to collect thousands of diapers each year. This helps ensure that no parent has to choose between diapers and food, medicine, or paying rent. With your help, we can continue changing lives—from the bottom up! Learn more about CAFS on the Holiday Fund website

Your Call to Action: Donate Today

You can join the Holiday Fund board members and many others in supporting this amazing program, along with many others that are empowered by the Holiday Fund, by donating today. Your contribution means so much to our community and every donation helps us bring essential services to those who need them most. 

Visit holidayfund.org/give to make a contribution and change a life today.

Newark Day Center Celebrates Increased Tax Credit For Families

The Newark Day Center recently hosted two assemblywomen who announced an increased tax credit for New Jersey families.

Newark Day Center, a cornerstone of the local community, recently celebrated a significant milestone. The center played host to Assemblywomen Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Shanique Speight who came bearing exciting news about changes to the New Jersey Child Tax Credit.

A Big Boost for New Jersey Families

The assemblywomen announced that, with the new state budget, the tax credit has been increased to $1,000 for qualifying families. This change is set to make life more affordable for these families, offering them financial relief and security. It’s a crucial step forward in addressing economic disparities and ensuring every family can thrive in the state.

The Role of Newark Day Center

Newark Day Center has long been committed to aiding those in need within the community. This recent event underscores their dedication to being a platform for positive change. By facilitating such important discussions and announcements, the center continues to highlight its significance in the realm of social and economic justice.

Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Valued Supporter

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has consistently shown its support for Newark Day Center and the pivotal work they do. The fund is a strong advocate for community development and welfare, providing essential resources to organizations such as the Newark Day Center.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a critical role in enabling the center to continue its work. Their support empowers the center to carry out its mission of fostering a more equitable and prosperous community.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Would you consider supporting Newark Day Center with a contribution to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund? When you give, you’re directly supporting Newark Day Center and ten other best-in-class agencies who provide necessities to individuals and families in northern New Jersey. 

Whether it’s helping to facilitate important legislative updates like the NJ Child Tax Credit or providing direct support to those in need, your donation can make a real difference.

Join us in our commitment to creating a brighter future for all New Jersey families. Give to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund today, and together, we can make life in our state more affordable for those who need it most.

Spreading Thanksgiving Spirit: Nutley Family Service Bureau

Explore Nutley Family Service Bureau‘s embodiment of the Thanksgiving spirit, and learn how you can contribute to this noble cause.

Nutley Family Service Bureau, a place of hope and support in the community, once again showed its extraordinary commitment last Thanksgiving. In an impressive display of dedication, the organization managed to distribute as many as 177 dinners—a testament to their tireless efforts in making a difference!

Distributing so many dinners is no small feat, especially considering the challenging times we are living through. It’s organizations like these that remind us of the power of community and the impact of goodwill.

Thank you, NFSB for not only warming our hearts but also filling our bellies, providing much-needed sustenance and comfort during the holiday season. This effort truly embodies the Thanksgiving spirit, reminding us all to be thankful for our community and those who dedicate themselves to serve it. 

Need help sourcing food this holiday season? Contact NFSB for a confidential appointment. 

Addressing Food Insecurity

This certainly isn’t the first time that NFSB has consistently demonstrated its commitment to addressing food insecurity within the community. The organization operates a Food Pantry, providing essential goods to residents and families in need. This initiative requires substantial collaboration, from food drive collections to stocking shelves and distributing goods. 

Even during the statewide shutdown in 2020, NFSB partnered with the Nutley Public School District to distribute an impressive 16,000 meals to children in the community. Their sustained efforts attest to their mission of strengthening the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families.

Emphasizing Personal & Education Advancement

But NFSB’s achievement goes beyond the distribution of meals. In 2023, they celebrated the awarding of the Bedford Scholarship for 2023 to long-time volunteer and intern, Siri Bhat. This scholarship underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering personal development and educational advancement within the community.

Moreover, 2023 marks the 110th year of NFSB’s operation, an extraordinary milestone that attests to their enduring presence and vital role in the community. Throughout the years, NFSB has expanded its services to meet the evolving needs of the community, as evidenced by their diverse range of essential services offered during the challenging year of 2020.

At its core, NFSB’s work is about empowering individuals and families to overcome obstacles and create a future filled with hope and possibility. Each person they serve represents a story of resilience and transformation.

Congratulations to the Nutley Family Service Bureau for their outstanding work and continuous devotion to changing lives and shaping futures. Here’s to many more years of making a difference in our community!

Supporting NFSB By Donating To The Holiday Fund

The Nutley Family Service Bureau’s endeavors are bolstered by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. This fund plays a crucial role in supporting the organization, enabling them to carry out their vital work in the community. Their contribution is invaluable, providing much-needed resources and support to make initiatives like the Thanksgiving dinner distribution possible.

We encourage everyone to contribute to the Nutley Family Service Bureau, and ten other vital agencies in New Jersey, by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. Your donation, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. 

Together, we can make a difference. Visit Greater Newark Holiday Fund to make your contribution now

MHANJ Partners With Organizations To Support Military Families’ Mental Health

In 2023, MHANJ’s Angelini and Stephens conducted a mental health class for military families, supported by several organizations and the Greater Newark Holiday Fund.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has been a long-standing pillar of support, resource, and refuge for individuals grappling with mental health and substance use disorders. With its rich history and unwavering commitment to enhancing lives, it’s no wonder the community holds MHANJ in such high esteem.

MHANJ is known for its comprehensive services, which include emotional support, information dissemination, referrals, and community outreach. It also provides psycho-educational services, coping strategies, and linkages with other individuals, ensuring a holistic approach to mental health care.

Digital Therapeutic Programs

In a bid to keep up with the evolving times and needs, MHANJ partnered with GoMo Health to create personalized digital therapeutic programs. These programs aim to offer behavioral and mental health services to New Jersey residents, further broadening their reach and impact.

Advocacy and Support

The organization doesn’t just stop at providing services. They actively promote good mental health, work to reduce barriers that prevent people from seeking help, and strive to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Their advocacy extends to a broader scale, with the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) condemning violent attacks and extending their support in times of distress.

MHANJ and the Military Community

In 2023, Jaime Angelini and Neal Stephens from MHANJ conducted a class on mental health first aid for military members, veterans, and their families. This initiative, held at the SpectraCare Foundation and Carlton R. Rouh Veterans Center in collaboration with the New Jersey Hospital Association, exemplifies their dedication to all segments of the community.

Your Contribution Matters

Raising support for these vital causes and initiatives is the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. We are a proud supporter of MHANJ and ten other critical agencies that serve families and individuals in New Jersey.

Your partnership can make a significant difference. By supporting the Holiday Fund, you’re directly contributing to the invaluable work carried out by MHANJ and other critical organizations who offer a helping hand to clothe, feed, and shelter New Jersey individuals and families. Your donation can change lives, provide hope, and create a better tomorrow for those who need it most.

Consider making a donation today at https://holidayfund.org/give/ and be a part of this incredible journey towards better mental health for all.

Supporting Mental Health: A Salute to the Mental Health Association in New Jersey

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey provides a crucial lifeline through their hotline, demonstrating their commitment to supporting mental health.

In times of crisis, a single phone call or text message can make a world of difference. For those struggling with mental health issues, it can be the lifeline they so desperately need. In New Jersey, there’s one organization we want to recognize that has stepped up to provide this essential service.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has facilitated over 27,000 calls and texts via their dedicated mental health hotline. Staffed by caring professionals who are trained to provide support and guidance, this service is a beacon of hope for many individuals navigating the challenging terrain of mental health issues.

The Human Touch in Mental Health Support

MHANJ’s hotline isn’t just about numbers; it’s about the human touch. Each call or text represents a person who reached out for help and found a compassionate ear on the other end of the line. This dedicated team works tirelessly, responding to a high volume of requests for support. Their commitment to providing this lifeline is a testament to their dedication to the mental well-being of their community.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: An Opportunity to Give Back

While MHANJ does incredible work, they can’t do it alone. That’s where organizations like the Greater Newark Holiday Fund come in. This Fund offers crucial financial support to a range of social service agencies, including MHANJ.

Supporting mental health is a collective responsibility. By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you’re not just giving money; you’re giving hope. You’re helping to ensure that when someone reaches out in their time of need, there’s someone there to answer.

Join us in recognizing the incredible work of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Donate to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund today and help them continue their lifesaving work. Together, we can make a difference.

Visit Greater Newark Holiday Fund to make your contribution now. Remember, every little bit helps.