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New Jersey Poverty Research Institute Releases Report on Deprivation

The Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute (LSNJPRI) released a report this month entitled “Food, Clothing, Health or a Home? The Terrible Choices and Deprivations – and Great Courage – of New Jerseyans Who Live in Poverty.” Study respondents included people living in true poverty – generally below 200% of the federal poverty level FPL – as well as those with slightly higher incomes.

The study concludes that the FPL is an inadequate gauge of true poverty, especially in a high-cost area such as New Jersey. It also concluded that there is a lack of evidence for “blame the victim” strategies in designing poverty programs. The study also points out that of the low-income people interviewed, every respondent was experiencing deprivation in at least one basic need, such as food, medical care or ability to pay for utilities.

Melville D. Miller, Jr., LSNJ president, said the report, which is based on the words and accounts of people living below true poverty, “presents an unprecedented view of the stunning deprivations, the terrible choices and tradeoffs, and the vulnerability and fragility of lives endured in poverty – and the courage, resourcefulness and resilience of those who live them.”

The full text of the report is available at

NJ SHARES Presents at the 2010 PSE&G Energy Assistance Conferences

This month, NJ SHARES presented information on the energy, telephone and water programs available for eligible clients throughout New Jersey at three regional energy assistance conferences hosted by PSE&G. The conferences were held throughout PSE&G’s service territory in Burlington, Passaic and Middlesex Counties. The conference included information on additional programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Universal Service Program and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

NJ SHARES Celebrates Mercer County Hispanic Association’s 3rd Energy Assistance Office

On Nov. 5, NJ SHARES celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Mercer County Hispanic Association’s third satellite office, located at 102 Main St. in Hightstown. The ribbon was cut by Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor. Luisa Robinson, executive director for MECHA, addressed the crowd.

NJ SHARES President Jim Jacob added remarks to convey his pride in partnership with the organization and to congratulate them. Also in attendance were Mayor Michael Powers of Lawrence, Councilwoman Leslie Koppel of Monroe Township, members of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and members of the Mercer County Hispanic Association’s Board.

2010 NJ Non-Profit Conference Online Registration Opens

Registration remains open for the 2010 New Jersey non-profit conference, hosted by the Center for Non-Profits. The conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Monroe Hotel, located in Jamesburg, NJ. This year’s conference will be packed with thought-provoking plenary speakers, 16 instructive break-out sessions, a variety of exhibitors and networking opportunities with New Jersey's non-profit community.

Late registration (Nov. 20 - Dec. 8) is $120 per person for members and $180 per person for non members. To register, go to or visit

president's letter

Jim Jacob

Chilly weather is here, along with morning frost and even some snow flurries in the northern part of the state. With December just around the corner, this is the time of year when Energy Assistance Programs are most vital.

With LIHEAP eligibility guidelines being rolled back to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and benefits being reduced 20%, clients who have received help last year may not be eligible for help this year and those that will receive help will be receiving less. This can be overwhelming for our neighbors in need of energy assistance.

For customers seeking energy assistance, our call center staff can provide help and referral services. The call center is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, to answer client inquiries about LIHEAP and Universal Service Fund benefits. LIHEAP and USF can make a significant difference in easing the energy burden for low income households this heating season.

In addition to these resources, energy efficiency measures are an important way to extend the value of energy assistance benefits. New Jersey has two programs that provide these services -- the Weatherization program administered by the Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Comfort Partners program. These programs are available to help households up to 200% of the FPL, improve heating system efficiency and conserve energy. New Jersey Comfort Partners provides installation of energy efficiency measures, personalized customer energy education and counseling for households at or below 225% of the FPL.

For more information on the efficiency programs, you can contact New Jersey Comfort Partners at 1-888-773-8326, or Weatherization by visiting:

Best regards,

Jim Jacob


NJ Devils Tickets for NJ SHARES Night Make a Great Holiday Gift

The NJ Devils will host a NJ SHARES night on Jan. 20, 2011 at 7 pm to help raise awareness for NJ SHARES and its programs. Come out and see the Devils take on the Pittsburg Penguins at the Prudential Center in Newark. As a NJ SHARES supporter, you have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for three different seating options.

Mezzanine/balcony tickets are offered to you at a discount costing only $38 each.
The second option is lower level/corner/ends tickets for only $68 each.

If these seats aren’t exciting enough, treat your Devils fans to a holiday gift of watching the game from the vantage point of a box seat. Thanks to our friends at PSE&G and Verizon, Box seats for January 20th’s game, including food and soft drinks, are available for $100 each.

Anti-Poverty Network Conference

Join NJ SHARES in attending the 11th Annual Anti-Poverty Network Conference to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at the War Memorial in Trenton.

The Network includes individuals and groups from a variety of NJ communities and organizations, including advocacy groups, neighborhood organizations, labor unions, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other community agencies and networks.

For conference information or to learn more about the Anti-Poverty Network visit:

NJ SHARES Exhibits at League of Municipalities Conference

NJ SHARES exhibited at the 95th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference this month. The conference, held Nov. 16-18 in Atlantic City, provided delegates with the opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions conducted by the League and the 18 associations of technical and professional employees allied with it. The League of Municipalities is a voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brain power. All 566 municipalities in the state are members of the League.

Morris County Caregivers Event Showcases NJ SHARES

NJ SHARES was an exhibitor at the Morris County Caregivers Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Morris County United Way-sponsored event was aimed at providing caregivers of the disabled and mentally ill with valuable resources and information.

The event – at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Whippany – was free and open to the public. More than 70 exhibitors were present to share information on services including home health care, independent living centers, mental health resources and visiting nurse organizations.

Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day Highlights NJ SHARES Programs

NJ SHARES joined more than 50 exhibitors at the Second Annual Disabilities Awareness Day in Cape May County on Nov. 13. The event, held at the Avalon Community Center, gathered Cape May County residents to equip them with first-hand information from a wide range of programs and services. The event was planned by the Cape May County Office of Disability Services, the Department on Aging, the Human Services Advisory Council, the ARC of Cape May and several community disability advocates.

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