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President's LETTER

Jim Jacob, President and CEO

As we come together in our recovery efforts and unite with family to give thanks, we are reminded of the strong foundation that surrounds each of us. This foundation comes from the support of our families, our neighbors and our friends. In our lifetime, New Jersey has not seen the level of devastation created by Super Storm Sandy. We are thankful for all our first responders, local and out-of-state utility crews, civil and social service representatives and volunteers that displayed the kind of courage and resilience that New Jersey is known for.

Most of us in the state needed to adapt to not having vital utility service. When you do not have utilities for more than 48 hours, it changes how you think about things. We all know the health risks of hypothermia and the hazards of unsafe heating resolutions, but can we really imagine the everyday struggle of keeping your family safe without utilities? Suddenly daylight becomes more important to wash dishes, drive to the grocery store or wait in a gasoline line. Your normal daytime activities seem of lesser priority – though they certainly are needed to survive and thrive. Difficult choices have to be made.

Many neighbors opened their doors and cooked whatever was thawing in the freezer. As power was restored to individuals and organizations, showers and hot food were being offered to neighbors in crisis. Families hosted each other as if it was the holiday season and we remembered those in shelters and the crisis responders tending to them. Many volunteered to help others although they had lost everything.

Fuel Funds across the country are sending necessities to NJ SHARES to distribute to Sandy survivors who lost their shelter and all it contained. Our 300 plus partner agencies are in high gear distributing donate items, providing hot meals and many other support services for our neighbors displaced by the storm. Many of the agencies are providing services while overcoming their own displacements at work or home.

What can you do to help? What can we do together? Be a neighborhood hero and donate to NJ SHARES today. 100 percent of your donation goes to help your neighbor in need and if you indicate your utility company, they will match your contribution dollar for dollar. To find out more, visit:
Warm regards,
Jim Jacob

What's New

NJ SHARES Agencies Rise Up to Help After Storm

The NJ SHARES network of agency partners are a diverse network of people in a ‘helping people’ profession. Feeling powerless to aid people is not an option. Despite personal needs and crisis on their home fronts, staff and volunteers to these community based and government agencies with or without power, rose to the immediate challenges the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy presented and anticipate an influx of needs on the horizon.

Clean up processes began up and down the state. In Hoboken, despite taking on water at three of their locations and having to temporarily relocate, HOPES began providing services and information soon after the flood waters in town began receding. Post storm services have consisted of assistance with completing FEMA applications, support with accessing food, shelter, along with other information and assistance services such as understanding and completing Medicare enrollment forms - as the deadline for enrollment approaches.

In Monmouth County, MOCEANS Center for Independent living, one of a network of 17 Centers across the state whose mission is to maximize opportunities for folks living with disabilities, reported they will be partnering with FEMA’s Disability Inclusion Team. This partnership will ensure the identification of individuals in dire need of resources and the Independent Living Centers will match these folks with their expertise of the local resources available.

Our partners at The Salvation Army (TSA) have been collecting donations and deploying resources in the twelve hardest hit counties. As of November 7, TSA assisted in the distribution of vital water and food supplies to 16 shelters, including: 32,388 meals, over 82,226 snacks, more than 50,000 bottles of water to weary storm survivors, countless cups of coffee for first responders and shelter residents, 1,060 warm and dry changes of clothes, over 1,000 personal hygiene kits, 12 mobile feeding canteen trucks, seven fixed-site feeding locations, and more than 1,586 hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents.

The road to recovery may seem long but we walk it together with our neighbors and friends. Thanks to all of our agency partners for offering hope and delivering help in all its forms.

Pictured: Community Affairs Resource Center Staff with Dena Shipley of NJ SHARES.

Local Agency Distributes National Donations to Super Storm Sandy Survivors

The Community Affairs Resource Center (formerly Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center) located in Asbury Park with satellite offices in Freehold and Red Bank will distribute clothing donations made to NJ SHARES from our fuel fund friends in Cook County, Illinois. The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) reached out to NJ SHARES with brand new clothing to outfit New Jerseryans who lost their belongings in the Super Storm.

Pat Doherty-Wildner, President and CEO for CEDA said, “We were glad to be able to contribute to the aid of those who were affected by the devastating storm.” Beatriz Osterheld, Executive Director for the Community Affairs and Resource Center said, “We are very grateful to CEDA and NJ SHARES for getting these valuable gifts to the community. These items will help our neighbors who need suitable clothing for work environments and for keeping warm.”

Pictured: Melissa Chalker, NJ Foundation for Aging; Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES and Gary Gray, Bromley Neighborhood Center.

NJ SHARES Showcased on Aging Insights

The NJ Foundation for Aging highlighted utility assistance in their recent taping of Aging Insights which will air in December. The foundation invited NJ SHARES’ and our long time partner and friend Gary Gray from the Bromley Neighborhood Center to speak about the energy assistance resources available throughout the state for folks, especially for the harder to reach aging population. The episode is an innovative way to showcase our resources and target the underserved aging population.

Disaster SNAP Available For Limited Time - Apply Now

The State of New Jersey will implement a federal food assistance benefit for individuals and families in certain counties, who are not already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). An estimated 100,000 households hardest hit by Super Storm Sandy may be eligible for at least $200 in electronic benefits. Disaster SNAP, called D-SNAP, is administered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the counties’ Boards of Social Services. Applications for the program will begin on Monday, November 26 and run for seven business days, concluding on either Monday, December 3rd or Tuesday, December 4th, depending on whether a particular county processes applications on Saturday, December 1st. Click the link for eligibility information.

NJ 2-1-1 Authors Sandy Response and Recovery Guide

The Sandy Response and Recovery Guide, created through a partnership with the New Jersey State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and United Ways of New Jersey is available at

Public Health Experts Answer Calls

In addition to help New Jersey residents as they clean up their homes and businesses after Super Storm Sandy, the Department of Health has made public health experts available through the state's 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal. Public Health officials continue to be available to take calls 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24/7.

Non-Profits Invited to Convene at Annual Conference December 5

The Center for Non-Profits’ annual conference on December 5, 2012, will feature morning keynote speaker Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest non-profit network with 25,000 members (including ALL members of the Center for Non-Profits). Tim will provide the latest news and outlook on the fiscal cliff and many other fast-breaking issues for the non-profit community. New Jersey legislative leaders including Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will share their insights. Our legislative leaders need to hear about what matters to YOU, so please join us and compare notes and strategies about a wide range of concerns shaping the future for non-profits. Complete conference details are available at .

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