Monthly Archives: April 2024

Celebrating One Simple Solution For Stress Relief

Learn about the impact of stress and discover one easy way to eliminate its effects and experience stress relief.

What’s your favorite laughing emoji? Its influence might just surprise you. 

Research has demonstrated that smiling can elevate mood, reduce stress, and potentially enhance the immune system. When you smile, your body releases endorphins and serotonin, which act as natural pain relievers and mood enhancers. 

Furthermore, the physical act of smiling can lower the body’s stress response, leading to decreased levels of cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone. 

This remarkable connection between smiling and its positive effects on both mental and physical health underscores the powerful influence of this seemingly simple gesture. 

Why not put on a smile right now?! 😆🤣😀 

Understanding the Impact of Stress

As we enter Stress Awareness Month, it’s crucial to recognize the profound impact that stress can have on individuals within our community. Stress not only affects mental and emotional well-being but can also take a toll on physical health. 

According to the American Institute of Stress, recent findings reveal that 57% of US respondents experience such intense stress levels that it leaves them feeling paralyzed, highlighting the profound emotional and psychological toll that stress can exert.

Moreover, the workplace emerges as a notable source of stress, with 63% of US workers expressing a willingness to quit their jobs to escape the burden of work-related stress. Chronic stress is alarmingly common in professional environments, as evidenced by a staggering 94% of workers reporting feelings of stress while on the job. These statistics shed light on the pervasive nature of stress and its detrimental effects on individuals’ overall well-being, emphasizing the urgent need for proactive measures to address this critical issue.

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These sobering statistics serve as a stark reminder of the pressing need to raise awareness, advocate for mental health support, and foster resilience within our communities. By acknowledging the widespread impact of stress, we can strive to create a more supportive and understanding environment that empowers individuals to manage and overcome the challenges posed by stress.

Fostering Support for Those in Need

This month, our focus turns to supporting individuals who are battling the challenges of stress. It’s imperative for the community to come together and provide a network of support and resources to help those who are navigating the complexities of stress. The collective effort to raise awareness and extend a helping hand holds the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

Partner Agencies Making an Impact

In addressing the challenges highlighted during Stress Awareness Month, the invaluable contribution of the eleven Holiday Fund partner agencies cannot be overstated. These organizations play a pivotal role in providing support and solutions to the individuals and families who are most affected by stress within our community. In addition to providing food, clothing, and shelter to thousands of individuals, their dedication and initiatives are instrumental in creating a support system that uplifts and empowers those in need.

Learn about one of our partners: Driving Change: Family Service League Provides Rides To Survivors

The Role of Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Holiday Fund channels resources to the partner agencies and facilitates their efforts in addressing the challenges of stress within our community. By contributing to the Holiday Fund, individuals have the opportunity to directly impact the lives of those who are battling stress and its associated difficulties.

Spread Joy & Reduce Stress

Your donation to the Holiday Fund supports each of the eleven Holiday Fund agencies. Give now and boost the mood of individuals and families in New Jersey today! ⭐

Why not try this easy de-stressor right now? And while you’re at it, show us your favorite laughing emoji! 😄

Fostering Empowerment: A Visit To The Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Building

Members of the CAFS STRIVE program recently visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Building in Newark, N.J.

Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS) has been making a profound impact on the community, providing essential support services to individuals across a diverse spectrum of abilities and specialized needs. 

Recently, members of the STRIVE program embarked on a meaningful community outing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Building in Newark, N.J. This excursion, made possible by CAFS, fulfills its mission to foster inclusivity and empowerment.

Unveiling Dr. King’s Legacy

During their visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Building, the STRIVE members had the opportunity to learn about the legacy of Dr. King, guided by the dedicated STRIVE staff. As they admired the 22-foot statue in honor of Dr. King, the staff shared insights into his enduring impact, inspiring the members with his message of equality and justice.

The Mission of STRIVE

At the core of Children’s Aid and Family Services’ initiatives is the mission of STRIVE, which aims to facilitate access to a wide array of support services for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through community-based activities and tailored support, STRIVE endeavors to empower individuals, nurturing their personal growth and facilitating their active participation in society.

More about STRIVE: Enriching Lives Through The STRIVE Day Program

Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Vital Supporter

The impactful work of CAFS is further bolstered by supporters such as the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. This organization plays a crucial role in enabling CAFS to continue its mission to protect and support vulnerable children, adults and families. 

By contributing to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, individuals and businesses can directly contribute to the enrichment of community members’ lives through the various programs and initiatives facilitated by CAFS.

Together, let’s strive to create a thriving, inclusive community where everyone has the opportunity to flourish. Remember, your generosity has the power to transform lives and uplift the community as a whole.

Join us in supporting the Greater Newark Holiday Fund and be a catalyst for positive change.

Supporting Mental Health With A Crisis Lifeline

MHANJ’s Crisis Lifeline provides high-quality care and innovative mental health practices, supporting individuals in need.

As we recognize Stress Awareness Month this April, it’s crucial for our community to focus on supporting individuals who may be experiencing stress and mental health challenges. This month serves as a reminder to prioritize mental well-being and offer support to those in need.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Contribution

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey plays a vital role in addressing the challenges faced by individuals highlighted in this month’s theme. 

Their Call Center is one of five of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline crisis centers in New Jersey, ensuring the provision of high-quality care and innovative mental health practices. Nearly 98% of people who reach out to the 988 Lifeline receive the crisis support they need without requiring additional onsite services at that moment.

Organization Overview and Impact

The MHANJ is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental illness, and improving the care and treatment of people living with mental illness. Their commitment to providing essential services and support to individuals in crisis is invaluable to the community.

Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Supporter of Mental Health Association in New Jersey

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a proud supporter of the MHANJ. Through their partnership, they work towards creating a positive impact and providing crucial resources to those in need.

Read more: MHANJ Partners With Organizations To Support Military Families’ Mental Health

Take Action: Give to the Organization

You can make a difference by supporting the Mental Health Association in New Jersey with a contribution to the Holiday Fund. Your donation will help them continue their vital work in addressing mental health challenges and providing support to individuals in crisis. Be the one to take action and help those in need.

Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help and resources are always available at the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. You are not alone!

Take action today with a contribution to the Holiday Fund and show your support for those in need. 

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 holidayfund.org/give 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 holidayfund.org/give

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 holidayfund.org/give.