Monthly Archives: April 2024

Catholic Charities Of Newark Serving Hilltop Seniors: Empowering The Community

An unforgettable Valentine’s Day for Hilltop Seniors in Newark, thanks to CCAN and Mayor Tony Vauss.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) has once again demonstrated its commitment to serving the community, as an unforgettable Valentine’s Day event unfolded for the Hilltop Seniors in Newark. 

The generous sponsorship of Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss made this heartwarming occasion possible, showcasing the incredible impact that collaborative community efforts can achieve.

A Day of Cherished Memories and Community Spirit

The seniors at Hilltop Seniors in Newark experienced a day filled with joy and meaningful connections, creating cherished memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. 

An exciting auction led to seniors winning a limousine ride and a group dinner with the mayor and winning police officers. The seniors had an absolute blast and, as a proud partner of CCAN, we’d like to extend sincere thank you to everyone involved in making this heartwarming event possible!

More about CCAN: Feeding Our Elders: A Key Focus During National Senior Independence Month

Embrace the Spirit of Giving

You too can join in the incredible work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark by supporting their impactful initiatives. 

By donating to the Holiday Fund, individuals have the opportunity to directly contribute to the continuation of CCAN’s invaluable work and ensure the sustained support of senior services and other impactful programs.
Consider making a meaningful contribution to the Holiday Fund today, and help uphold the spirit of compassion and service within our community.

Addressing Stress: Family Service League’s Contribution To Community Well-being

Family Service League provided numerous counseling sessions to sexual violence survivors, showcasing their commitment to promoting psychological well-being.

Emphasizing Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time to focus on supporting individuals dealing with stress and its impacts on well-being. This month, we shine a light on the challenges faced by those affected by stress within our community and the significance of offering support.

Family Service League’s Contribution

Family Service League (FSL) is at the forefront of promoting psychological well-being and healthy relationships within our community. Their efforts have resulted in 3,403 counseling sessions provided to 256 survivors of sexual violence. This demonstrates their dedication to solving the challenges faced by those highlighted in this month’s theme.

Overview of Family Service League

Family Service League (FSL) provides free, confidential, round-the-clock access to support and services for families and survivors of sexual violence. Their services include advocacy, accompaniment, information, referrals, and counseling. FSL strives to help families identify and access their own strengths and resources that will nurture healthy, lasting relationships.

More about FSL: Driving Change: Family Service League Provides Rides To Survivors

Partner Support: Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a dedicated supporter of Family Service League. By donating to the Holiday Fund, you can directly contribute to the impactful work of Family Service League and make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

Join us in making a positive impact during Stress Awareness Month by donating today at to uplift and empower individuals in our community.

Spreading Joy & Kindness At YCS’s George Washington Carver School

Ms. Deanna Craig at George Washington Carver School fosters kindness and cooperation through her therapy canine visits and more.

For years, Ms. Deanna Craig has been visiting George Washington Carver school with her therapy canines, establishing herself as a beloved and integral member of the GW Family. Her dedication and impact on the community have been truly remarkable.

Fostering Kindness & Cooperation 

Recently, Ms. Craig delighted the teachers by gifting an electronic copy of the book “The Jelly Donut Difference.” This heartwarming gesture introduced the students to the powerful messages of kindness and the importance of cooperation. 

To further reinforce these valuable lessons, Ms. Craig went the extra mile by personally requesting each student’s favorite doughnut flavor and surprising them with these sweet treats, thoughtfully provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, during a recent visit.

The Role of Youth Consultation Service

The Youth Consultation Service Educational Division plays a pivotal role in nurturing and educating students, grades K–8, with diverse behavioral issues at the YCS G.W. School. Classified students are referred to the YCS schools through Child Study Team referrals or residential placements, where they benefit from a structured program tailored to their needs.

More about YCS: YCS School Supply Drive: Empowering Children Through Community Support

Impacting George Washington Carver School & Beyond

The contributions of the Youth Consultation Service have been instrumental in fostering a supportive environment for both the students and the staff at the G.W. School. Through their dedicated efforts, they continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the students they serve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting YCS

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund stands as a strong supporter of the Youth Consultation Service, recognizing the vital role it plays in the community. By contributing to the Holiday Fund, you can help support the impactful work of organizations like the YCS, ensuring that they continue to provide essential services and create a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is dedicated to changing lives and building stronger New Jersey communities. Your support will make a significant impact. Consider donating today at

Don’t forget to honor the dedication of Ms. Deanna Craig by spreading kindness and generosity. How will you spread joy today?✨

Stress Awareness Month: Supporting Survivors In The Community

Highlighting Family Service League which is supporting survivors of sexual violence in innovative and creative ways. 

In the spirit of Stress Awareness Month, it’s crucial for our community to focus on supporting individuals facing stress and trauma. This month, we highlight the need to come together and uplift those who may be struggling with various life events, including survivors of sexual violence. This month especially, let’s raise awareness, show compassion, and take action to support those in need.

The Role of Family Service League (FSL)

As a Holiday Fund partner, Family Service League (FSL) plays a pivotal role in addressing the challenges faced by individuals highlighted in this month’s theme of Stress Awareness. 

In fact, in 2021, FSL initiated a program with Uber to provide rides for survivors of sexual violence to counseling sessions and accompaniments. Even after the pilot program ended, FSL maintained its commitment to providing rides to survivors and their significant others. In 2023, FSL provided an incredible 575 rides to survivors and their significant others for counseling and accompaniments.

FSL’s overarching mission is to strengthen and support those seeking counseling for any life event, provide sexual violence advocacy services, and offer educational programs to combat sexual violence. The organization strives to help families identify and access their own strengths and resources that will nurture healthy, lasting relationships. All of FSL’s services are open to individuals, their significant others, and family members, reflecting its client-centered approach and commitment to making services available to all in the community.

More on FSL: Family Service League Supporting Survivors At The 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

The Holiday Fund: Supporting Survivors by Supporting FSL

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund stands as a key supporter of Family Service League, contributing to the vital work of providing support to survivors. Through this collaboration, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund and FSL are making a tangible difference in the lives of those who rely on these essential services.

Take Action: Support FSL

As we shine a light on the critical work being done by Family Service League and other Holiday Fund partners, we encourage you to join us in making a difference. Your contribution can make a profound impact on the lives of those in need. Show your support by donating to the Holiday Fund today and help create a community where individuals facing stress and trauma can find the support and care they deserve.

Let’s come together to uplift and empower those in our community during this Stress Awareness Month by donating today at