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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Virtual Healing: Family Service League’s Innovative Support Groups for Sexual Violence Survivors

FSL’s SAVE has established a series of online support groups for sexual violence survivors to provide a safe space to pursue trauma healing.

In an era where virtual connection is more crucial than ever, the Family Service League (FSL) has been making significant strides in providing critical support for survivors of sexual violence. 

Through their Sexual Violence Assistance, Education, and Empowerment (SAVE) program, they have established a series of online support groups designed to offer a safe space for survivors to process and heal from their traumas.

Virtual Support Group for Female Survivors of Sexual Violence

One of the notable initiatives under the SAVE program is the Virtual Support Group for Female Survivors of Sexual Violence. This group, available via Zoom, offers female-identifying survivors a confidential platform to share their experiences and seek solace amongst peers who understand their pain. The group meets twice weekly, with different attendees and group leaders for each session to ensure a diverse range of perspectives and experiences.

Virtual Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Identifying Survivors of Sexual Violence

In addition to this, FSL also acknowledges the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence. They have set up a separate support group specifically for individuals within this community, providing them with a judgment-free zone to talk about their experiences and find shared understanding. This group meets once weekly and is also free and confidential.

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Addressing Needs of Diverse Communities

The Family Service League’s commitment to addressing the needs of diverse communities is truly commendable. Their work is a testament to the power of empathy, understanding, and solidarity in the face of adversity.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is strength in numbers, and there are people ready to listen and provide the support you need. Whether you identify as a female or are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, the FSL’s virtual support groups are here for you.

Learn more about FSL’s Virtual Support Groups. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. You are not alone.

Urban League Empowering The Community Through First Time Homebuyer Workshops

ULEC’s impactful First Time Homebuyer Workshops offer insights and guidance on homeownership, empowering the community.

The Urban League of Essex County (ULEC) is making a significant impact in the community through its First Time Homebuyer Workshops. These free, virtual workshops offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the housing market and the steps to becoming a homeowner from certified HUD counselors. ULEC’s HUD-approved program counselors are dedicated to addressing current housing concerns, preparing individuals for homeownership, and providing guidance to protect homes from foreclosure.

Comprehensive Workshop Topics

The workshops cover essential topics such as budgeting and homebuyer basics, understanding credit and money, finding and working with lenders, and special assistance programs. The knowledge offered through these workshops equips attendees with the necessary tools and information to navigate the home buying process effectively.

Visit ulec.org/housing to learn more about upcoming workshops.

ULEC’s Impact on the Community

The contribution of ULEC goes beyond offering informative workshops. By empowering individuals with the knowledge and resources needed to achieve homeownership, ULEC is playing a crucial role in strengthening the community and promoting financial stability among residents.

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Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting ULEC’s Mission

As a supporter of ULEC, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a vital role in enabling the agency to continue its impactful work within the community. 

To support the valuable initiatives of the Urban League of Essex County, consider donating to the Holiday Fund today. Your contribution will directly impact the lives of individuals and families, fostering a stronger and more empowered community for all.

Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

Nutley Family Service Bureau’s Commitment To Mental Health Support

Nutley Family Service Bureau supplies mental health support through more than 5,254 counseling sessions, fostering strength and well-being.

During the month of March, we are reminded of the dedicated efforts of social workers in transforming lives and fostering well-being in every area of life. National Social Work Month serves as a timely reminder to recognize and honor the crucial contributions of social workers and human service professionals across our communities.

Honoring Nutley Family Service Bureau’s Impactful Work

Today, we are shining a spotlight on the impactful work of Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), an organization dedicated to addressing a wide range of mental health challenges and providing essential support to individuals in need. 

With counseling sessions exceeding 5,254, NFSB has been instrumental in fostering emotional and social well-being for countless members of the community.

A Closer Look at Nutley Family Service Bureau

Founded on the principles of compassion and empowerment, Nutley Family Service Bureau is a safe place for those facing mental health challenges and seeking support. Their team of skilled clinicians and dedicated professionals work tirelessly to provide comprehensive care and guidance, ensuring that individuals receive the necessary assistance to navigate their mental health journeys.

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The social workers at Nutley are essential in identifying and addressing individuals’ needs through collaborative case management, encompassing advocacy, communication, education, support, and service coordination. They determine eligibility for assistance programs, assist with paperwork, and ensure that individuals receive the necessary help. This underscores their vital role in empowering individuals and creating positive change within the community.

Supporting the Cause: The Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a proud partner of Nutley and their mission to strengthen the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families.

By donating to the Holiday Fund, you too can join us in transforming lives through the power of collaboration. 

Take Action: Make a Difference Today

In the spirit of National Social Work Month, we urge you to join us in celebrating the impactful work of Nutley Family Service Bureau and expressing gratitude to the dedicated social workers and human service professionals who continue to transform lives across New Jersey. 

Together, let’s empower individuals, foster resilience, and create a more supportive and compassionate community. 

You can make a tangible difference by contributing to the Holiday Fund today. 

Embracing Volunteerism: American Express Employees Support Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Newark received incredible support from 19 American Express employees, reflecting compassion and service values.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) recently received a heartwarming gesture of support from 19 volunteers representing American Express Global Commercial Services—Eastern Region. The impact of their contribution resonates deeply within the community, reflecting the core values of compassion and service upheld by CCAN.

Uniting for a Meaningful Cause

The volunteers’ dedication went beyond geographical boundaries, as they traveled by train, plane, and automobile to converge at CCAN’s 47 Miller Street location in Newark. Welcomed by the Office of Volunteer Services Director, the group was introduced to the agency’s comprehensive services before being divided into three teams, each tasked with unique initiatives.

Making a Difference, One Act of Kindness at a Time

One team channeled their efforts into organizing the storage room at Pathways to Housing, enhancing the functionality of the shelter. Meanwhile, another team assisted the staff at St. Bridget’s Residence in inventorying a room filled with essential supplies. The third team embarked on creating a festive holiday vibe for clients at the Behavioral Health Outpatient/Partial Care Program, decorating the space with a beautiful Christmas tree and handmade stockings.

A Sincere Expression of Gratitude

The collaborative energy shared by the AMEX volunteers left a positive and lasting mark on the initiatives they supported. A special acknowledgment is extended to Mary Keefe, AMEX Field Development Manager, whose coordinated efforts with the CCAN Office of Volunteer Services made this impactful experience possible.

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Supporting the Work of Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, alongside the Holiday Fund’s other ten partnering agencies, spearhead initiatives that uplift individuals and families in need within the Newark community. Their commitment to providing vital services and fostering a sense of belonging has a profound impact on the communities they serve. This dedication not only ensures essential support but also creates a strong sense of community and unity.

How You Can Join the Cause

You can contribute to the meaningful work of Catholic Charities by supporting the Holiday Fund. For over 80 years, we have provided services of care, hope, and kindness to northern New Jersey.  We want to help even the most impoverished and marginalized in our community find hope all year long. 

Every donation is funneled to eleven social service agencies in northern New Jersey who are best-in-class and pre-screened. Your generosity makes their incredible work possible. 

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.

Nutley Family Service Bureau: Changing Lives With Mental Health Services

More than 1,200 individuals find support through NFSB’s vital mental health services and programs. 

In honor of National Social Work Month, it’s crucial to recognize the invaluable contributions of Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) to the community. As mental health support becomes increasingly critical, NFSB has emerged as a leader, providing essential services to those in need. 

In one year, more than 1,200 individuals have found solace and support through NFSB’s comprehensive mental health and social service programs. That’s something to celebrate! 

The Importance of Mental Health Services

The comprehensive mental health and social service programs offered by Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) play a crucial role in addressing the diverse and complex needs of individuals within the community. 

Research indicates that community services and school-based mental health programs are vital in promoting mental health awareness, reducing stigma, and providing essential support to individuals facing mental health challenges. NFSB’s programs align with these findings, as they not only provide counseling and therapy but also foster a sense of community and understanding through outreach initiatives and support networks. 

By offering a holistic approach to mental well-being, NFSB contributes to creating a more compassionate and supportive environment for individuals seeking guidance and empowerment.

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Community Struggles Without Mental Health Services

In communities that do not have dedicated agencies for comprehensive mental health and social services, individuals experience increased isolation, limited support, and heightened stigma. This absence may also create a gap in care for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, making it essential to have organizations like NFSB to provide the necessary support and resources for effective mental health care. Thankfully, Newark boasts several agencies that work every day to care for individuals and families who are impacted by mental health struggles. 

Support from the Greater Newark Holiday Fund

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

By donating to the Holiday Fund, you join us in providing essential support and services to New Jersey individuals and families living with mental health challenges. 

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.

Transforming Lives In The Greater Newark Community With The Fresh Air Fund Experience

Newark Day Center’s Fresh Air Fund experience has positively impacted Newark families by providing life-changing summer camps for inner-city children.

Did you know that the Fresh Air Fund, spearheaded by Newark Day Center, has been positively impacting the lives of individuals in the Greater Newark community for over 137 years? This initiative, supported in part by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, is dedicated to providing life-changing summer camp experiences to inner-city children, including those with special needs.

Newark Day Center: Empowering Young Lives

Newark Day Center (NDC) stands as a dependable agency in the community, committed to improving the lives of young people. Through initiatives like the Fresh Air Fund, the organization has demonstrated unwavering dedication to addressing the needs of the rapidly-increasing population of families in the city. 

By offering transformative summer camp experiences, NDC is actively contributing to the well-being and development of inner-city children, ensuring they have access to rest, relaxation, and the rejuvenating effects of fresh air.

Discover how NDC helped a child with his learning and development.

The Fresh Air Fund: Goals and Outcomes

The Fresh Air Fund has set forth a comprehensive list of goals and outcomes for the campers it serves. These goals ensure that each child not only benefits from the program but also experiences personal growth and enrichment. Some of the key objectives include:

  • Providing healthy meals while at camp
  • Offering activities that stimulate cognitive and physical growth
  • Creating opportunities to expand the network of friends
  • Ensuring a fun and memorable experience for every child

Enriching Camp Experiences

The Fresh Air Fund meticulously selects certified and accredited camps, ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality. Additionally, these camps are evaluated annually by Fresh Air Fund staff to maintain excellence in their offerings. Children with special needs, whether physical or neurological, are thoughtfully placed at camps designed to accommodate their unique requirements.

Diverse and Engaging Activities

Camp days are filled with a diverse array of activities tailored to engage and inspire the campers. From computer literacy and reading to nature and science, the program aims to provide a well-rounded educational and recreational experience. Other activities include conflict resolution, cultural awareness, biking, arts and crafts, hiking, sports, drama, swimming, music, environmental awareness, and much more.

Give Back to Newark Day Center

Your contribution to the Holiday Fund, a proud supporter of NDC, can make a tangible difference in the lives of young individuals in the Greater Newark community. Through your donations, your support can help transform the lives of children and create a positive impact on the community.

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities for the future generations. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.