Elder Support: Ensuring Dignity and Independence for Our Seniors

As February nears, we value the elder support given to 184 seniors through initiatives by Jewish Family Services.

As February draws near, we prepare not only to spread love on Valentine’s Day, but also to pay homage to our older community members during National Senior Independence Month. This is a time when we focus on the challenges faced by our elderly community and the importance of supporting their independence.

The Need for Community Support

Independence in senior years is crucial to maintaining dignity, improving quality of life, and encouraging a sense of purpose. However, many seniors struggle with physical health issues and social isolation, making independent living a challenge. That’s where we, as a community, need to be aware of this struggle and do what we can to provide solutions. By providing support, we can help our elders overcome these hurdles and lead dignified, independent lives.

The Role of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest

Making a difference in the lives of the elderly, one house call at a time, is Jewish Family Services of MetroWest New Jersey. During the period from 2020-2021, they served 184 vulnerable seniors through their dedicated House Calls program.

This essential service provides in-home social work services and medical support, ensuring that our elders receive the care they need right at their doorstep. Such programs are instrumental in promoting senior independence, allowing older adults to continue living in familiar environments while receiving the necessary support.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting Essential Services

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been a staunch supporter of Jewish Family Services. By funding essential programs like House Calls, the Holiday Fund ensures that these vital services continue to reach our community’s elderly.

Your Role in Promoting Senior Independence

This February, during National Senior Independence Month, let’s salute the efforts of organizations like Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. But let’s not stop at applause.

You can join us in supporting this vital work! Your donation to the Holiday Fund can help the 11 partner agencies, including Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, continue to make a positive impact on our community’s older adults. Every contribution counts.

Donate today and help us champion the cause of senior independence. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of our elders, ensuring they enjoy the independence and dignity they deserve.

Strengthening Communities With Support Groups: JFS MetroWest NJ

JFS MetroWest NJ is a bridge to support groups, making a difference in the lives of individuals and families.

In the heart of New Jersey, an organization is making a significant difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community. Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS) serves as a crucial bridge to various support groups that address a wide range of needs. By providing counseling and support services, they empower individuals and families to overcome challenges and thrive. Let’s dive deeper into the remarkable work of JFS MetroWest NJ and how it is shaping the community.

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A Bridge to Support

At JFS MetroWest NJ, the focus is on creating opportunities for growth and healing. One such group is the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Family Support Group, which offers valuable information about additional programs for individuals, families, and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This support group equips participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of these conditions.

Another vital support group provided by JFS MetroWest NJ is tailored for parents and caregivers of adult children with disabilities. This group offers a safe space for individuals to connect with others facing similar situations, discuss advocacy strategies, and access resources. By fostering a sense of community and providing support, JFS MetroWest NJ empowers parents and caregivers to navigate the unique challenges they encounter.

But that’s not all—they also host groups for siblings with disabilities, Playgroups with a Purpose, and more. 

The Power of Connection

One of the most remarkable aspects of JFS MetroWest NJ’s support groups is that they are entirely free. This ensures that financial barriers do not hinder individuals and families from accessing the help they need. By removing this obstacle, JFS MetroWest NJ creates an inclusive environment where everyone can participate and benefit from the support provided.

Supporting JFS MetroWest NJ

JFS MetroWest NJ’s meaningful work is further amplified by the support of organizations like the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. As a vital partner, the Holiday Fund recognizes and celebrates the impact of JFS MetroWest NJ in strengthening individuals, families, and the community through their support services and counseling.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund understands the importance of supporting organizations like JFS MetroWest NJ that uplift and empower those in need. By partnering with the Holiday Fund, JFS MetroWest NJ can expand its reach and continue to provide essential resources and support to even more individuals and families facing various challenges.

Join the Cause: Donate Today

You too can join the cause and make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community by supporting JFS MetroWest NJ. Your contribution will enable them to continue providing invaluable counseling and support services, as well as expand their reach to serve even more individuals in need.

To make a donation and support the incredible work of JFS MetroWest NJ, visit the Holiday Fund website today. Together, we can strengthen communities and create a brighter future for all.

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

National Senior Independence Month in February focuses on supporting and feeding our elders.

Every month brings a new opportunity to focus on important causes and groups within our community. This February, as we observe National Senior Independence Month, it’s time to turn our attention to the challenges and triumphs of our senior citizens, including the importance of nourishing our seniors. 

Numerous agencies that are supported by the Holiday Fund are making commendable strides in this domain. One organization deserving special mention is the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Their unwavering dedication to eradicating hunger and bolstering the vulnerable within the Newark area is a beacon of inspiration for us all.

Spotlight on Catholic Charities: An Organization Making a Difference

In one year alone, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) distributed an impressive 178,671 pounds of food to 29,779 households. 

But their work goes beyond food distribution. They offer a comprehensive range of social services, aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals and families, regardless of their religious, racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.

Supporting Seniors: The Focus of National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month is a time to celebrate the resilience and strength of our senior community. It’s also a time to recognize the organizations that support senior independence, like Catholic Charities. Their services—from meal delivery to transportation and companionship programs—are crucial in maintaining the dignity and independence of our seniors.

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Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Pillar of Support

As we honor our seniors this month, let’s also remember the organizations that work tirelessly to support them. A donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a practical way to contribute to this cause.

Your contribution, regardless of its size, can make a significant impact. It has the power to change lives and create a wave of positive change throughout our community. By donating, you’re not just supporting Catholic Charities; you’re supporting our seniors and making a stand against hunger.

In the spirit of National Senior Independence Month, let’s resolve to be part of this change. 

Donate today, and let’s collectively work towards a community where everyone, including our seniors, can live with dignity and independence.

Family Service League Supporting Survivors At The 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

The breakfast focused on supporting survivors of human trafficking and recognizing their challenges.

The 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast: Addressing Human Trafficking in New Jersey was a success, thanks to the heartfelt support of the community. The event was hosted by the Global Center for Human Trafficking at Montclair State University, and it was expertly organized by Family Service League and their partners. The breakfast brought together a diverse audience consisting of experts, lawmakers, policymakers, professionals, and keynote speaker, New Jersey Attorney General Platkin. Throughout the morning, impactful conversations took place, focusing on addressing the numerous challenges faced by survivors of human trafficking.

A Place of Hope: Family Service League

Family Service League (FSL), a prominent nonprofit organization, has been making a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families in New Jersey for several years. Their commitment to providing support, advocacy, and resources to those affected by various forms of abuse, including human trafficking, has earned them immense respect within the community.

The organization’s mission is clear: to empower survivors and create lasting change through programs and initiatives that address the root causes of trafficking. By offering comprehensive support services, educational resources, and community outreach, FSL aims to break the cycle of exploitation and provide survivors with the tools they need to rebuild their lives.

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Host: Global Center for Human Trafficking

The success of the 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast would not have been possible without the generous support of the event host, the Global Center for Human Trafficking at Montclair State University. This esteemed institution has been at the forefront of research, education, and advocacy in the fight against human trafficking. Their dedication to eradicating this heinous crime and their partnership with FSL truly exemplify the spirit of community collaboration.

Join the Cause: Donate to the Holiday Fund

As we reflect on the impactful conversations and inspiring moments from the 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast, we invite you to join the work of Family Service League and others in making a difference. By donating to their Holiday Fund today, you can contribute to the ongoing efforts to support survivors of human trafficking and create lasting change.

Your donation will enable Family Service League to continue providing essential services, raising awareness, and advocating for policy changes that protect survivors and prevent future exploitation. 

Together, we can make a genuine impact in the lives of those affected by human trafficking and help build a brighter future for our community. Donate to the Holiday Fund today at holidayfund.org/give.

Recognizing Senior Independence and the Organizations Making a Difference

In February’s Senior Independence Month, we celebrate our seniors, highlighting a key organization that provided essential services to 667 older adults in 2021.

February is a special month dedicated to our seniors. This is the time when we celebrate Senior Independence Month, focusing on supporting our older adults in their journey towards fulfilling, independent lives. It’s an opportunity for us to appreciate their contributions to our communities and to ensure they receive the essential services they need. 

The Role of Catholic Charities of Newark

One organization making a significant impact is Catholic Charities of Newark. In 2021 alone, they served 667 older adults through 15 different programs. Their dedication to combating challenges faced by our seniors is inspiring and critical. Their work ranges from providing meals and health services to offering emotional support and companionship. They are committed to ensuring that Newark elders can enjoy the dignity and independence they deserve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Key Supporter

The efforts of Catholic Charities are greatly supported by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. This fund channels resources to 11 first-in-class agencies, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, enabling them to reach more seniors and provide them with crucial services. By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you’re directly contributing to these vital efforts.

Join Us in Making a Difference

As we celebrate Senior Independence Month, let’s remember the importance of our role in this endeavor. Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating resources, or spreading awareness about the cause, each one of us can make a difference.

This February, let’s honor our seniors and the organizations that support them. Make a difference today with a donation to the Holiday Fund

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.

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