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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President’s Message

The NJ SHARES team recently met with our Congressional delegation’s staff in their Washington DC offices.  We discussed recent poverty data in New Jersey and the ongoing need for energy bill payment assistance. We described the impact of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and our programs across the state. During our meetings we also discussed the long term stress of poverty on a growing population of our working neighbors.  Their staff expressed the delegation’s support for LIHEAP and NJ SHARES offered to work together with our elected officials to develop solutions to help increase stability and provide relief for New Jersey residents in need.

With key programs such as LIHEAP and the Earned Income Tax Credit, NJ SHARES can join our partners in extending the energy safety net to the working poor families and the limited income senior population who are faced with the choice of heating their homes or paying their rent.   Many of our neighbor’s incomes exceed the LIHEAP program eligibility by almost double. Studies have shown that sustainability for a household in New Jersey requires an income that is 400 percent of the federal poverty level in order to be able to afford housing and necessities.

LIHEAP, USF and programs like NJ SHARES provide critically needed assistance to our neighbors. The LIHEAP program is available through April 30th.  Please encourage eligible households to apply.

As always, I am grateful and inspired by our individual donors, corporate and foundation funders and our agency friends and legislative partners who work with us tirelessly to address these complex and important issues.

Warm Regards,

Jim Jacob

What's New

NJ SHARES Hosted a Group Training for Agencies in the South Jersey

NJ SHARES hosted a workshop to provide training on our programs for our South Jersey Agency Partners.  The workshop, held at the Family Service Association of South Jersey in Egg Harbor Township, introduced the ACE Helping Hands program and showed how our agency partners can process applications for their clients through our system.  The ACE Helping Hands program, along with our energy, telephone and water assistance programs, are vital resources to our neighbors in need.

We thank our agency partners in all areas of the state for their continued collaboration in connecting our struggling New Jersey neighbors to resources that can help them.  We look forward to another year working together to help households stay safe and warm in their homes.  Additional group trainings are being scheduled. Any agency that would like an NJ SHARES representative to come to their site and train their staff should click here to fill out a request form or email  

NJ SHARES joined colleagues from around the Nation on Capitol Hill to advocate for Utility Assistance.

NJ SHARES Visits Capitol Hill for Energy Assistance Action Day

NJ SHARES joined colleagues from around the Nation on Capitol Hill, as part of National Energy and Utility Assistance Action Day, to advocate for policymakers to increase Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. New Jersey ranks among the top ten most expensive states in which to live, and according to the United Way’s ALICE study, 1.2 million households are unable to afford the state’s high cost of living. This number includes those living in poverty who qualify for LIHEAP and those everyday families making tough choices such as deciding between paying the rent or the utility bill.

LIHEAP is a vital energy assistance program that helps struggling households afford their utility bills.  Out of the 35 million households who are eligible for LIHEAP, only 6.5 million, or four out of five, receive assistance and one in five are home to a veteran. If this program remains underfunded it leaves a larger burden on local fuel funds, like NJ SHARES and other community based organizations to filling the gaps to meet the need of struggling households.

Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES' outreach coordinator, presents information to social service providers at conferences around the state.

NJ SHARES Presented at PSE&G Energy Conferences

Recently, NJ SHARES had the opportunity to present information on our energy, telephone and water assistance programs to social service providers in five counties.

NJ SHARES spoke to hundreds of social service providers at workshops sponsored by PSE&G in Lawrenceville and Totowa; Union (co-sponsored with Elizabethtown Gas); Mullica Hill and Westhampton (co-sponsored by Atlantic City Electric).  Thank you to our partners at Atlantic City Electric, Elizabethtown Gas and PSE&G for inviting us to meet with community members during this heating season. And a special thanks to all of our community partners and friends who attended to learn about the important resources available for struggling families.

Pictured at the 2016 Gloucester County Energy Assistance Day are NJ SHARES' Jim Jacob, Dena Shipley, Alita Corbett and People for People Foundation President and CEO Bernadette Blackstock.

NJ SHARES Participated in the Gloucester County Energy Assistance Day

People for People Foundation held an energy assistance application day at the Gloucester County Library in Mullica Hill on Saturday, February 4. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with representatives from People for People Foundation, NJ SHARES, Atlantic City Electric, Clarifi and Gateway Community Action Partnership to assess eligibility and take applications for various assistance programs that are available, such as LIHEAP, NJ SHARES and the new ACE Helping Hands program.

Legislative Spotlight

The Legislative District 11 Assembly Office of Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling recently partnered with NJ SHARES.

Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling’s Office Partners with NJ SHARES

Pictured at the NJ SHARES training is NJ SHARES’ Dena Shipley and staff for Assemblyman Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Downey, Erin Dickinson, Winnie Mackintosh, Francine Glaser, Tom Little and Andrew Landman. 

The Legislative District 11 Assembly Office is now a NJ SHARES partner agency, available to help constituents in their district access various NJ SHARES Programs.   

Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling will be working with NJ SHARES to assist constituents in gaining access to programs that cover the cost of their energy bills, water bills, and telephone bills. NJ SHARES President and CEO Jim Jacob said, “We are eager to work with Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling and their staff to help hardworking households in the 11th legislative district afford their utility bills.”

Constituents should contact the District 11 Assembly Office to access information on how to apply for NJ SHARESand, if eligible, to complete the application process.  Once accepted, NJ SHARES may provide a grant of up to $700 for heating assistance (electric and gas) or up to $500 for electric service. The District 11 Assembly Office can be reached by phone at 732-695-3371, and is located at 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221 in Ocean Township, NJ 07712.  

The 11th district, represented by Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling, includes the Monmouth County populations of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune, Neptune Township, Ocean Township (Monmouth), Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.

Assemblywoman Downey serves on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee as well as the Regulated Professions Committee. Assemblyman Houghtaling serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Labor and Telecommunications and Utilities Committees.

Agency Spotlight

Pictured are representatives from MHAAC and Artemis Center for Independent Living. See the full caption in the article.

Mental Health Association in Atlantic County and Artemis Center for Independent Living

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 230 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  “At NJ SHARES, we believe it is important to empower our communities to provide assistance in their neighborhoods so that people can find access to assistance in a place they feel comfortable asking for help,” said Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES President and CEO. NJ SHARES is delighted to welcome the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County and Artemis Center for Independent Living to our network of partners across the state.

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County (MHAAC) is dedicated to improving the mental health of people in Atlantic County through self-help and mutual support, wellness-centered education and individual and systems advocacy. The MHAAC offers self-help groups, peer support teams and support for families who have a member living with mental illness.

Artemis Center for Independent Living serves the disabled community with a focus on wellness. The center empowers people with disabilities to make their own life choices and to realize their greatest potential as individuals. Center services include information and referral, advocacy, peer support, life skills training and transition services for youth as well as seniors.

“The Artemis Center for Independent Living is pleased to partner with NJ SHARES to bring its utility assistance programs to our clients,” said Jamie Angelini, Director of Consumer Services for MHACC.  Angelini continued, “We are grateful to also be able to provide the supplemental ACE Helping Hands program through NJ SHARES to our clients who have been struggling with the difficult South Jersey economy.”  

Pictured from Left to right: Meg Gorecke, Peer Outreach Support Team Worker, MHAAC; Carolyn Quinn, Coordinator of the Peer Outreach Support Team, MHAAC; Dawn Padick, Independent Living Specialist, Artemis Center for Independent Living; Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services, MHAAC; Cathy Chiola, Family Advocate, MHAAC; Dena Shipley, Outreach Coordinator, NJ SHARES; Felicia Mainiero, Intern, MHAAC; Abigail Donio, Intern, MHAAC; Karley Chattin, Intern, MHAAC; Mary Beth Preyer, Outreach Coordinator, Artemis Center for Independent Living; Portia Trader, Family Advocate, MHAAC.


NJ SHARES to Exhibit at the 2017 NY Metro Abilities Expo May 5th through 7th

New Jersey Shares is proud to be an exhibitor at the 2017 Metro Abilities Expo taking place in Edison from May 5-7.  The Abilities Expo  showcases products and services to increase the quality of life for those with disabilities, their families and caregivers.  People come from all over the tri-state area to learn about new technology, attend seminars, and take advantage of networking opportunities. 

Register here - Admission is FREE!!! Join us at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison for the three day event May 5 – 7.

Don't Miss Out on Discounted Devils Vs Flyers Tickets!!!

The Devils are offering more game date opportunities to support NJ SHARES this heating season! – Promo Code: njshares17

If you experience technical problems with the discount code or need printable tickets, please call Joshua Malakoff at 973-757-6162.  Note: The promo code is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox

NJ SHARES to Present at the 2017 NEUAC Conference

NJ SHARES is proud to present two workshops at the upcoming National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC).  Highlighting our collaboration with AARP New Jersey and the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, we will discuss successful programs that are helping New Jersey residents afford their utility bills and the high cost of living in our state. Registration is now open for the 2017 NEUAC Conference taking place June 26-28, 2017 at the Marriott Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  To register, visit

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