Monthly Archives: January 2024

Unwavering Support: The Family Service Bureau’s Contribution to Our Community

The Family Service Bureau’s contribution since 1882 has been pivotal in enhancing lives and addressing mental health & substance abuse issues in northern New Jersey.

The Family Service Bureau (FSB) has a singular, unwavering mission—to preserve, educate, support, strengthen, and enrich family life. A division of the New Community Corporation, FSB’s strategies for achieving this are as diverse as they are effective, focusing on prevention, intervention, and community education programs that assist families, children, and individuals.

Over a Century of Service: FSB’s Historical Impact

Since 1882, FSB has been an active presence in our northern New Jersey community, serving its needs without fail. As a licensed outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center, FSB has been a safe and healing place for those grappling with these issues, welcoming the use of medication-assisted treatment and psychiatric intervention.

A Lifeline for Many: FSB’s Services

FSB is committed to providing each consumer with the resources needed to improve their quality of life. For Substance Use Disorder Treatment, FSB offers an array of services including:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • 2 Groups per week (Standard Outpatient, ASAM Level 1)
  • 3 Groups per week (Intensive Outpatient, ASAM Level 2.1)
  • Co-Occurring Treatment

These services are designed to offer holistic support to those struggling with substance use disorders, providing them with the help they need to navigate their journey towards recovery.

Join the Cause: Your Chance to Make a Difference

Now, more than ever, your support can make a tangible difference in the lives of those served by FSB. By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you are directly supporting FSB’s mission and enabling them to continue providing these vital services. Your generous contribution can change lives, strengthen families, and enrich our community.

Join us in supporting the Family Service Bureau by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

Empowering Residents With Substance Abuse Workshop

The New Community Corporation and Family Service Bureau aid residents with mental health and addiction issues through a beneficial substance abuse workshop.

As trusted partners of The Holiday Fund, the New Community Corporation (NCC) and its affiliate, Family Service Bureau (FSB) of Newark, have been making a positive impact in our community for many years. 

In this article, we’ll celebrate one way their efforts have played a vital role in empowering residents and providing the resources they need to overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges.

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Substance Abuse Workshop: A Beacon of Hope

The Family Service Bureau conducted a Substance Abuse Workshop for New Community Corporation residents during the 2023 calendar year. This workshop was designed not only to raise awareness about the comprehensive services provided by FSB but also to create a safe space for residents to discuss their experiences with substance abuse.

The workshop offered participants the opportunity to learn about various treatment options available at FSB. These include short-term mental health psychotherapy, substance abuse OP/IOP, anger management groups, parenting groups, youth counseling, and domestic violence interventions. The knowledgeable staff from FSB shared valuable information, answered questions, and helped residents better understand how they could seek help for themselves or their loved ones.

By bringing together individuals from different backgrounds, the workshop emphasized that no one is alone in their journey toward recovery.

The Role of FSB and NCC in Building Resilient Communities

At the Holiday Fund, we recognize the vital role that organizations like FSB and NCC play in supporting our community. We remain committed to partnering with these crucial New Jersey agencies to ensure that our residents have access to the resources they need to overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Taking the First Step Towards Recovery

If you or someone you know is seeking assistance, we encourage you to reach out to FSB through their website or contact their offices directly. Together, we can create a healthier and more resilient community.

Your Support Matters

When you donate to the Holiday Fund, your contribution can help organizations like the Family Service Bureau and New Community Corporation continue their vital work. Donate now and join us in creating a stronger, healthier community. Every dollar counts!

ULEC: Pioneering Energy Jobs And Revitalizing Lives in New Jersey

ULEC is transforming New Jersey’s energy sector by training 2,000 for energy jobs, helping reduce local unemployment.

The Urban League of Essex County (ULEC) is making waves in more ways than one. This incredible organization is not only changing lives but also significantly altering the energy landscape in New Jersey.

A Catalyst for Change in the Energy Sector

As a dedicated training site for PSE&G’s Clean Energy Program, ULEC is preparing up to 2,000 urban residents for jobs in the ever-growing field of energy efficiency. Their work goes beyond education; they’re shaping a new generation of energy-conscious professionals who are ready to step into the green economy. This initiative is a significant step towards alleviating the local unemployment issue, offering new hope for many.

A Major Boost from the Citizens Philanthropic Foundation

In April 2023, the Citizens Philanthropic Foundation announced a commitment to workforce development programming. A generous donation of $100,000 was set to support the Urban League of Essex County’s Clean Energy Job Program. This partnership with PSE&G aims to train and place individuals in clean energy jobs, creating a ripple effect of positive change throughout the region.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting ULEC’s Vision

Your support can make a tangible difference in someone’s life. By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you’re supporting ULEC’s mission to empower individuals through job training in the clean energy sector. 
Let’s work together to build a greener, job-rich future. Donate now and be part of this exciting venture.

Giving Back: An Impactful Family Connections Thanksgiving Initiative

What happened when two institutions teamed up to support families struggling with mental illness through a heartwarming Thanksgiving initiative.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, two local entities in our community—Family Connections and Glen Ridge High School—embarked on a meaningful mission. Together, they organized a dinner donation drive that warmed not just the bodies, but also the hearts of many families dealing with mental illness.

Family Connections has been consistently dedicated to serving individuals and families struggling with mental health issues in northern New Jersey. Their steadfast commitment to bettering lives is truly commendable. The collaboration with Glen Ridge High School for this Thanksgiving initiative is another testament to their tireless efforts.

A compassionate organization dedicated to transforming lives, Family Connections offers a variety of programs designed to combat challenges like trauma, mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, and child abuse, thereby providing much-needed support and resources to individuals and families in need.

Bringing Joy During the Holidays

The dinner donation drive was just as much about providing meals as it was about spreading joy and hope during a season when families should be celebrating rather than worrying about their next meal.

This act of kindness resonates deeply within the community, reminding everyone of the power of unity and compassion.

Support Family Connections

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been a significant supporter of Family Connections and its noble cause. Their contribution has helped to transform many lives and bring smiles to countless faces during the holiday season.

The Holiday Fund ensures that organizations like Family Connections can continue their essential work. We partner with 11 premier agencies in northern New Jersey who provide much-needed relief and support to those who need it most. 

As we approach the holiday season, let’s remember the families who need our support. By donating to the Holiday Fund, you can help Family Connections continue their impactful work.

Every contribution, no matter how small, counts. Let’s join hands and give back to our community. Your generosity could make a world of difference to a family in need. Please donate today.

Empowering Future Coders: The Impact Of ULEC’s Newark Kids Code Program

Newark Kids Code Program changes the tech landscape for hundreds of New Jersey students.

Since 2018, the Urban League of Essex County (ULEC) has been making a significant impact in the tech education landscape of New Jersey. Through their Newark Kids Code Program, they have successfully introduced over 250 young individuals to the world of coding. In an era where technology is increasingly shaping our future, initiatives like these are vital in equipping our youth with the necessary skills to thrive.

The Challenge of Tech Education Access

Despite the clear need for tech education, access remains a significant hurdle for many in New Jersey. However, ULEC is committed to changing this narrative, one young coder at a time. Their mission goes beyond just teaching coding skills; they are dedicated to empowering the community and building a brighter, more inclusive tech future for New Jersey.

ULEC: A Multifaceted Approach to Community Empowerment

From early childhood education and summer camps to employment services and financial opportunity centers, ULEC works tirelessly to create jobs, teach new skills, and educate future generations. Some of their key areas of service include:

  1. Educational Empowerment: Ensuring that children are well-educated and equipped with the necessary job skills for the 21st century.
  2. Civil Rights Advocacy: Eradicating all barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of America through seminars, community outreach events, voter education, and civic action opportunities.
  3. Neighborhood Revitalization: Undertaking resident-driven plans to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization in all communities.
  4. Economic Self-Sufficiency: Helping adults attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, home ownership, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

As you can see, ULEC’s commitment to community empowerment is evident in their diverse range of programs.

Support from the Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a proud partner of ULEC. Their support has been instrumental in enabling ULEC to carry out their mission and make a positive impact on the community.

By donating to the Holiday Fund, you too can join us in transforming lives through the power of code. Together, we can support ULEC’s mission and contribute to a brighter, more inclusive tech future for New Jersey.

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

Children’s Aid & Family Services: Enriching Lives Through The STRIVE Day Program

The STRIVE Program empowers those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their potential.

Children’s Aid & Family Services provides essential services and programs to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, enriching their lives and helping them reach their full potential. One such individual is Jessica, a member of the STRIVE day program.

Meet Jessica: A Creative Soul Flourishing With STRIVE

Jessica is a vibrant, creative, and intelligent individual. With an infectious sense of humor and a heart full of compassion, she brings joy to everyone around her. Her love for stuffed animals is evident, as she carries her adorable friends everywhere and even designs their outfits.

However, Jessica’s creativity isn’t confined to her stuffed animals alone. She’s also an avid participant in the activities organized by the STRIVE team. The team works tirelessly to provide opportunities that help Jessica and others like her to stay busy, learn new skills, and engage with the world around them.

Jessica’s Journey of Growth and Empowerment

Through the STRIVE program, Jessica has been able to expand her social circle and find her purpose. She volunteers at Valley Hospital with her Support Coach, delivering mail and sharing smiles. And every afternoon, it’s Jessica who dismisses the members of STRIVE. These activities have not only helped Jessica become more social but have also given her a sense of responsibility and purpose.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting the STRIVE Program

Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS) is dedicated to supporting vulnerable children, adults, and families. Each year, they impact thousands of individuals and families seeking assistance through a variety of programs, including finding adoptive families for children, teaching life skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing therapeutic foster families for neglected children, and supplying essential items to families facing financial hardships. In addition, they educate teens about substance abuse dangers and provide support services for teen mothers and their babies, building brighter futures for children and families in their community.

Stories like Jessica’s are a testament to the incredible work done by CAFS. But they need our support to continue making a difference. 

By giving to the Holiday Fund, which supports 11 first-in-class organizations in New Jersey, you’re investing in the future of individuals like Jessica and helping them lead fulfilling lives.

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

Driving Change: Family Service League Provides Rides To Survivors

Family Service League provides rides to sexual violence survivors, fostering healing and symbolizing support.

In 2022, Family Service League (FSL) made an extraordinary contribution to their community. They provided 362 rides to survivors of sexual violence and their significant others, facilitating access to crucial counseling sessions and accompaniments. This act of service has become a source of hope and support for those navigating through the challenging journey of healing.

The Impact of FSL’s Work

In 2021, Family Service League piloted a program with Uber to provide rides for survivors of sexual violence to counseling sessions and accompaniments. When this pilot program ended, FSL maintained this commitment to provide rides to survivors and their significant others, providing more than 360 rides in 2022. 

FSL’s work means so much to the community. By offering transportation, they’re removing barriers that might prevent survivors from receiving the help they need. Each ride given is more than just a trip; it symbolizes comfort, support, and a step toward recovery.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting FSL’s Mission

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a proud supporter of FSL. Their mission aligns with the core values of FSL—providing assistance during times of need. The Holiday Fund recognizes the significance of FSL’s work and aims to ensure this critical service continues to support survivors in the community.

We extend our deepest gratitude to YCS for their tireless work in our communities. However, the need for support remains high. Will you join us in making a difference?

You can contribute to the continued success of Youth Consultation Service and ten other critical agencies in New Jersey by donating to the Holiday Fund

With your generous donation, we can unite to transform lives and strengthen our communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

Celebrating Unity & Music: Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert

Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert featured the Sensational Soul Cruisers to support their homeless programs.

Last fall, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) hosted their 6th Annual Benefit Concert. The event featured the Sensational Soul Cruisers, a band known for their soul-stirring performances. The night was filled with great music and unity, all in support of CCAN’s homeless programs.

CCAN’s Impact on the Community

CCAN is a place of healing, respite and hope for many individuals and families in the northern New Jersey community. Their dedication to providing aid and resources for homeless individuals is truly inspiring. The annual benefit concert is an evening of entertainment as well as a testament to the organization’s commitment to making a difference.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Vital Supporter

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund gathers resources and directs them toward organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Our mission is not just about raising funds, but about creating a network of support for ten critical New Jersey nonprofits that strive to make a difference every day.

By focusing our efforts, we help to ensure that these organizations have the necessary funding to keep their programs running. This includes everything from food pantries and shelters to counseling services and educational programs.

Band Together for Good: Your Contribution Matters

As we approach this season of giving, we invite you to join us in making a difference. Your contribution to the Holiday Fund can significantly impact the lives of those who are supported by CCAN and our other partner agencies.

When you donate, you’re not just giving money, you’re providing hope, support, and the promise of a better tomorrow to those who need it most. And the best part? You can easily make your donation online at holidayfund.org/give.

Let’s band together for good this season. Give today, and become a part of this incredible community effort. Donate now at holidayfund.org/give.