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Family Service League: Celebrating Steps Towards Healing Through Counseling

Family Service League is pivotal in combating domestic violence by providing critical counseling sessions amidst high abuse rates.

In a world where the prevalence of domestic and family violence is alarmingly high, it’s organizations like the Family Service League of Essex County that play a pivotal role in fostering change. Let’s take a moment to recognize their recent contribution of successfully provided 871 counseling sessions to domestic violence/family violence clients.

Counseling For Justice

This is more than just a number, it’s a testament to the dedication and compassion of those working tirelessly to support individuals dealing with hardship. Each session represents a step towards healing, empowerment, and change. They symbolize the courage of survivors, the dedication of counselors, and the power of a community that refuses to be silent in the face of injustice.

The Critical Importance of Counseling Services

The importance of these counseling services cannot be overstated. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This equates to more than 10 million women and men each year. In the face of such staggering statistics, the work done by organizations like the Family Service League becomes all the more critical.

Support Family Service League And Others

As we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the Family Service League of Essex County, let’s remember that their work is made possible through the generosity of individuals like you.

The Holiday Fund supports the FSL and ten other organizations that provide crucial social services in New Jersey. These services range from counseling sessions for survivors of domestic violence, to food pantries for those facing housing insecurity, addiction, and so much more.

Donate to the Holiday Fund today and become a part of this wave of change. Together, we can make a difference.

Introducing New Community Career & Technical Institute: Empowering Students For Success

New Jersey post-secondary school is dedicated to empowering students for success in fields like allied health, building, automotive, and culinary arts.

One of the Holiday Fund’s esteemed partner agencies, New Community Corporation, is proud to operate New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI), an accredited post-secondary school dedicated to offering comprehensive training in various fields, empowering students for success. At NCCTI, they are committed to bringing relevant and affordable programming to the community, with a focus on allied health, building trades, automotive, and culinary arts.

A Conducive Learning Environment for Educational Excellence

NCCTI strives to provide an educational environment that is conducive to learning. Faculty members are experienced professionals who are passionate about their fields and dedicated to equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. NCCTIs understand that each student has unique educational goals, and they are eager to help you map out a plan for your career path.

Comprehensive Supportive Services for Student Success

As part of the New Community Corporation (NCC) family, NCCTI is able to offer additional supportive services to our students. These services include family and individual counseling, access to an emergency food pantry, transitional housing information, assistance with accessing a credit union, financial literacy and planning, and specialized training opportunities. NCCTI believes that comprehensive support is essential for student success, both inside and outside the classroom.

Stretching Beyond Limits: Expand Your Capacity and Development

NCCTI believes that education should not only be a means to acquire knowledge but also an opportunity to stretch beyond one’s limits and expand personal capacity and development. The school provides a safe and inclusive environment where students can explore their interests, discover their talents, and unlock their full potential. They encourage our students to embrace challenges, take risks, and push themselves to reach new heights.

Connecting with Prospective Students: NCCTI Holds Open House

Recently, NCCTI held an open house event to connect with prospective students interested in their programs. The event was a tremendous success, allowing potential students to learn more about the courses offered, meet faculty members, and get a glimpse of the vibrant learning community at NCCTI.

New Community Career & Technical Institute is committed to empowering students for success. Whether you aspire to work in the automotive industry, building trades, healthcare, or culinary arts, the institution here to support you in fulfilling your educational goals and achieving a rewarding career.

New Community Corporation: Celebrating Resolved Crisis Intervention Cases

Let’s take a moment and recognize the accomplishments of New Community Corporation. This NJ-based agency recently celebrated the successful resolution of 57 Family Crisis Intervention Unit cases. 👪

Each case closing signifies a family that has overcome crisis and regained stability and hope. It’s also a testament to the dedication, hard work, and compassion of the team at New Community Corporation. Their relentless efforts have ensured that these families received the support they needed during their challenging times.

Join us in supporting organizations like New Community Corporation in their important work. Every case closed brings us one step closer to a community where every family can thrive, even in the face of crisis.

Supporting NCC and the other Holiday Fund agencies is easy – simply give online.

A huge thank you to the team at New Community Corporation – your commitment to serving families in crisis is truly making a difference! 🙏

The Art of Giving: The Life-Changing Stories Behind The Holiday Fund’s Support

Donations to the Holiday Fund enhance lives through transformative programs like STRIVE, serving adults with disabilities and contributing to incredible, life-changing stories.

These words by Maria Ashkenazi, Supports Director at Children’s Aid and Family Services, encapsulate the tremendous impact of the STRIVE Day Program on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and beautifully illustrates why your support to the Holiday Fund matters.

“It was such an enormous sense of achievement for the STRIVE members. They were so proud that the pieces they produced themselves were appreciated and purchased. It was a huge success.” 

The Holiday Fund is a fundraising organization dedicated to supporting eleven charities across New Jersey, one of which is Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS). When you donate to the Holiday Fund, you’re not just contributing towards a cause; you’re helping to create transformative experiences that empower individuals, enrich our communities here in New Jersey, play a part in writing life-changing stories.

The Power of Art and Achievement

This spring, the STRIVE Day Program hosted an art show featuring artworks created by its participants. It was a grand event, opened by Paul Aronsohn, the NJ State Ombudsman for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The offices of CAFS were adorned with the beautiful creations of STRIVE members, inspiring admiration and sparking friendly bidding wars among attendees.

The art show wasn’t just about showcasing talent. It was about instilling a sense of accomplishment and pride in the participants, making them realize their potential, and encouraging them to express themselves creatively. The joy and satisfaction evident in the STRIVE members were a testament to the program’s success and the positive change it brings about in their lives.

Celebrating CAFS: Impact by the Numbers: Children’s Aid & Family Services in 2023

Preparing for the Future

But the STRIVE Day Program doesn’t stop at providing creative outlets; it also equips its members with essential life skills. A few weeks before the art show, STRIVE support coach Akilah Williamson organized a job interview activity. With proper guidance on communication skills, body language, eye contact, and appearance, the participants came prepared, dressed appropriately, and carried their resumes for a mock interview.

At the end of the day, each participant received a certificate of achievement, a token acknowledging their successful completion of the process. For them, it was more than just a piece of paper; it was a symbol of an important accomplishment, a boost to their self-esteem, and a stepping stone towards future part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities.

Your Contribution Matters

When you donate to the Holiday Fund, you are supporting these amazing transformation experiences and much-needed organizations like Children’s Aid and Family Services. Your contribution helps create a ripple effect of positivity and empowerment that reaches far beyond the immediate beneficiaries. It helps build stronger, more inclusive communities where everyone has the chance to shine and contribute in their unique way.

Let’s continue to spread joy and hope by making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Donate to the Holiday Fund today and be a part of this incredible journey of transformation.

The Holiday Fund Proudly Supports CAFS’ WISE Families Program: Expanding Support for Adolescents in Need

An Important Training Journey

In a significant development, the Children’s Aid & Family Services‘ (CAFS) WISE Families program is embarking on a crucial training journey in Oklahoma. This training aims to enable the implementation of ‘Problematic Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents’, which will expand the program’s support services to individuals aged up to 18.

Applauding Dedication and Making a Difference

The Holiday Fund proudly applauds the dedication of the WISE program in their tireless efforts to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable adolescents. By embracing this training opportunity, the program is demonstrating its commitment to providing essential support and care to those who need it most.

The WISE Program: A Beacon of Hope

Developed by Dr. Barbara Bonner and her esteemed colleagues at Oklahoma University’s Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, the WISE program stands as an evidence-based initiative that offers comprehensive assistance to families with children aged 8 to 15. Through a holistic approach encompassing assessment, education, treatment, and prevention strategies, the program aims to address and mitigate the impact of problematic sexual behaviors on both children and their families.

Expanding Support: A Step Forward

With the implementation of ‘Problematic Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents’, the WISE program will now be able to extend its support services to individuals up to 18 years old. This expansion represents a significant step forward in ensuring that vulnerable adolescents have access to the critical care and resources they need during challenging times.

Sensitivity and Commitment

As we navigate this sensitive topic, we hold the utmost respect for the courage and resilience of those involved in addressing problematic sexual behaviors. We acknowledge and honor CAFS’ unwavering commitment to improving the lives of children and families in need. Together, we can create a brighter future and foster a society where every individual is safe, supported, and empowered.

Joining Forces for Lasting Impact

The Holiday Fund is honored to support CAFS and their mission to uplift and empower vulnerable adolescents. By joining forces with organizations like CAFS and backing initiatives like the WISE program, we can collectively make a lasting impact on the lives of those who need it most.

Together, let us work towards a future where all individuals, regardless of their circumstances, have the opportunity to thrive and flourish. Join the movement today when you donate to the Holiday Fund.

Family Connections’ CLEAN AND COOL Program: Empowering Youth Towards a Drug-Free Future

🌟 Spotlight on success! We’re absolutely thrilled to share that an incredible 97% of youth who attended at least 3 sessions of the CLEAN AND COOL program by Family Connections achieved abstinence from drugs! 🎉

CLEAN AND COOL is more than just a program, it’s a lifeline for young people grappling with substance abuse. It’s an adolescent substance abuse treatment and life skills training program that provides the tools and support needed to navigate life’s challenges and make healthy choices.

In addition to getting equipped to abstain from drugs, it’s about empowering our youth to take control of their lives and build a future they can be proud of. Each participant represents a story of determination, and transformation.

Great job, Family Connections and the CLEAN AND COOL program for your exceptional work in changing lives and shaping futures. Here’s to continuing this important work and making a difference in the lives of our youth. 🙌

Join the Movement: 4th Annual Roll and Stroll Event Brings Hope and Healing

We are delighted to announce the upcoming 4th Annual Roll and Stroll event, organized by our esteemed agency partner, Family Connections. Presented by The GenWealth Group, this eagerly anticipated event is set to take place on Saturday, September 23. By participating in this event, you can make a meaningful impact by raising funds that will provide vital resources and support to individuals and families facing various challenges.

Family Connections: Empowering Lives

Family Connections, our dedicated agency partner, is at the forefront of providing essential services to individuals and families in need. With unwavering commitment and expertise, Family Connections offers resources and support to address a wide range of challenges. By participating in the Roll and Stroll event, you directly contribute to their mission of empowering lives and creating lasting positive change.

The GenWealth Group: Presenting Sponsor

We are grateful to The GenWealth Group for their generous support as the presenting sponsor of the Roll and Stroll event. Their commitment to making a difference in the community aligns perfectly with the goals of this event. Together with The GenWealth Group, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment where individuals and families can thrive.

How You Can Get Involved

Are you ready to join the movement? There are two ways to show your support for this worthy cause:

  1. Register for Roll and Stroll: Visit Family Connections’ website to register and be a part of this exciting event. Whether you choose to roll or stroll, your participation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing challenges.
  2. Make a Donation: If you are unable to attend the event but still wish to contribute to the work of Family Connections, you can make a donation today to the Holiday Fund at Your generous contribution will directly support the efforts of Family Connections and their partner agencies in providing vital resources and support to individuals and families.

Bringing Hope & Healing

The 4th Annual Roll and Stroll event is an incredible opportunity to come together as a community and support those in need. By participating in this event or making a donation, you can help bring hope and healing to individuals and families facing various challenges. Let’s join hands, foster hope, and create a brighter future for all. Together, we can make a difference.

Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Recovery Specialists: The Unsung Heroes in New Jersey’s Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

In the face of adversity, the real heroes emerge. Today, we want to recognize the tireless efforts of the Recovery Specialists at Children’s Aid and Family Services in New Jersey. They have responded an astounding 766 times when individuals overdosed on opioids.

Each response represents efforts to save lives and give second chances, and is a testament to the unwavering dedication of these specialists. Their commitment to providing immediate assistance in the most critical moments is truly commendable.🚑

This isn’t just about responding to emergencies – it’s about stepping into the breach, offering a lifeline, and fighting the opioid crisis one rescue at a time. Each intervention is a story of hope amidst despair, a sign that no one has to fight their battles alone.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the vital role these Recovery Specialists play in our community. Their work reminds us of the power of compassion, resilience, and swift action.

A big salute to Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Recovery Specialists. Your relentless efforts are making a huge difference. Here’s to continuing this life-saving work and creating a safer, healthier community for all.

Did you know that that when you donate to the Holiday Fund, you’re directly supporting invaluable agencies like Children’s Aid and Family Services? Every contribution you make plays a vital role in providing much-needed assistance to those in New Jersey who need it most. Your support for the Holiday Fund is more than just a donation; it’s a beacon of hope for those in need. 🌤️

Catholic Charities of Newark: Uniting in Service, Offering Hope to Immigrants

Legal service provided to thousands of immigrants, offering hope through expertise and justice.

Big news from our community! Catholic Charities of Newark has made a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals by providing legal services to an impressive 2,202 immigrants.

This is not just about legal assistance, it’s about offering hope, creating opportunities, and building a stronger, more diverse community. Each person helped represents a story of resilience, courage, and the pursuit of a better life.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate this significant achievement and its positive impact on our community. It’s a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together to support each other, no matter where we come from.

Remember, every act of service contributes to a larger narrative of compassion and understanding. Here’s to continuing this important work, breaking down barriers, and uplifting our neighbors.

A Heartwarming Donation: KPMG Employees Bring Joy to Children at Catholic Charities

Exciting News!

In a heartwarming display of compassion and generosity, a group of employees from KPMG has made a significant donation to Catholic Charities. Their contribution of 75 Sweet Cases will directly benefit the children in CCAN’s programs, in collaboration with Foster Love.

Customized Comfort and Inspiration

Each Sweet Case is thoughtfully customized, ensuring that it carries not only tangible items but also motivational messages and phrases. Inside these cases, children will find a cozy blanket, a cuddly stuffed animal, a coloring book, and crayons. These items aim to bring much-needed comfort, joy, and inspiration to the young recipients.

Gratitude and Appreciation

On behalf of Catholic Charities, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the compassionate employees at KPMG and the dedicated team at Foster Love. Their support and generosity are making a profound impact on the lives of these children, providing them with moments of happiness and hope during challenging times.

Join the Movement

You too can make a difference today by contributing to the Holiday Fund, a proud supporter of Catholic Charities. Donating is simple and can be done through the official website at Your generous contribution will help create more Sweet Cases filled with love, warmth, and encouragement for deserving children.

Together, let’s continue to spread compassion and brighten the lives of those in need. Join the movement and make a lasting impact today.