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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President’s Message

It is critically important to provide moderate income New Jersey residents with the resources they need during a time of financial transition. At NJ SHARES, our grant funding goes to vulnerable working individuals and families throughout the state. In fact, our recent Impact Evaluation, conducted by APPRISE, reports that more than 49 percent of our grant recipients have a household member over 50 years old and 82 percent receive employment income. Many of our grant recipients report that they work fewer hours than is typical in their field, although they are willing to work more hours.  This is because they cannot find full-time employment and often need to work two part-time jobs to try to make ends meet.

Our April Partner Highlight features the New Start Career Network (NSCN), which is a statewide program serving New Jersey’s older, long-term unemployed job seekers. It is operated by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, a national policy and research center within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

The goal of the New Start Career Network is to provide older (ages 45+), long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. I recently met with Maria Heidkamp, the Director of the New Start Career Network and a Senior Researcher at the Heldrich Center, to discuss how our organizations can work together to raise awareness of New Start Career Network’s resources. 

Maria shared, “Long-term unemployment is devastating for individuals, families and the community.” These challenges are especially acute in New Jersey, where three in 10 unemployed job seekers – more than 73,000 individuals - have been out of work six months or longer.

I would also like to remind New Jersey residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills that there are programs that can help.  First, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is available for application until May 31.  An application to LIHEAP may also provide families and individuals with access to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a year-round New Jersey program that makes natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. For those who do not qualify for the governmental programs such as those listed above and are facing termination, NJ SHARES is here to help. Visit our website for more information on our programs.

As always, we would like to thank our generous donors, our utility industry partners, our legislative and agency network partners and all of our friends who make it possible for us to continue to be a safety net for those who do not qualify for other assistance programs.

What's New

Pictured are Jim Jacob, Grace Egan and Stephanie Brand.

NJ SHARES CEO Joins Panel Discussion on Aging Insights

NJ SHARES’ CEO Jim Jacob was interviewed on Aging Insights, a public access program produced by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging.  Aging Insights offers thought provoking broadcasts about the issues that impact the lives of seniors, boomers and caregivers. Guests and experts from different fields and organizations engage in lively discussions as they share resources and solutions on real-world topics of concern to us all.

Jim joined host Grace Egan and panelist Stephanie Brand from the New Jersey Division of the Rate Counsel to talk about energy affordability and assistance in our state.  We discussed NJ SHARES’ programs including energy and utility assistance, Communications Lifeline and the new Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Helping Hands.  Stephanie explained the mission of the Rate Counsel, “To serve as an independent advocate and make sure that all classes of utility consumers receive safe, adequate and proper utility service at affordable rates that are just and nondiscriminatory. In addition, Rate Counsel works to ensure that all consumers are knowledgeable about the choices they have with utility competition.”

The program will be available on the New Jersey Foundation for Aging website in May. 

This Weekend: NJ SHARES will Exhibit at the New Jersey Conference for Social Workers

Social workers stand up for millions of people each day. They stand up by comforting people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They stand up and support our brave military personnel, veterans and their families. They work in communities and with national, state and local government to provide services and pass legislation to stand with and help the most vulnerable.

Social workers provide social services that improve countless lives throughout New Jersey communities. NJ SHARES partners with nearly 250 organizations whose vital support connects our programs with those in need of assistance, often through the guidance of a social worker.

We are proud to be an exhibitor at the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers​ conference taking place at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City from April 30 through May 2.  Many of our social work partners are attending the three-day, annual conference to share information and ideas and gain knowledge and support as they work to solve complex social issues.

The 2017 conference includes exhibitors, guest speakers and workshops on topics such as Compassionate Care, Addictions, Mental Health Needs, Creative Positive and Healthy School Communities, Mentoring and more.

NJ SHARES celebrates the many thousands of social workers in New Jersey who are working every day with people to help improve lives, communities and organizations.

Visit NJ SHARES at the Abilities Expo May 5-7

NJ SHARES will host an exhibit table at the Abilities Expo on May 5 - 7.  The three day event is FREE and will be held at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Plan to attend and visit our table to talk to us about the energy, telephone and water utility programs tht we offer.


Pictured at the event are Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES, Carmen D. Arocho-Gonzalez, Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern NJ and Alita Corbett, Atlantic City Electric.

NJ SHARES Participated in the 12th Annual Cape May Healthcare Resource Day

NJ SHARES spoke at the 12th Annual Cape May County Healthcare Resource Day held on Saturday, April 8 at the Wildwoods Convention Center with support of the Cape May County Health Department.

This free public event provided an excellent opportunity to share information about our energy assistance services with the community.  Attendees were encouraged to visit exhibitor displays and talk with representatives from various community and healthcare organizations. In addition, the Parish Nurse Program offered free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, peripheral artery disease and fracture risk.  

Pictured at the event are Frances Shepard, City of East Orange Division of Senior & Disability Services, Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES and Laquisha Coley, Housing Authority of The City of East Orange.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at the 15th Annual Senior Citizen Conference

NJ SHARES was proud to partner with the City of East Orange for their 15th annual "Seniors Living Longer -Growing Stronger” conference, held on April 11th at the City of East Orange Division of Senior & Disability Services office.  Serving as a vendor, NJ SHARES had the opportunity to engage with East Orange’s senior and adult disabled community and educate them on energy, telephone and water programs that can make a real difference in their budget.  Joining with other vendors, we educated the community about a variety of services and programs available to them. 

Mayor Gary C. Stevenson of Paulsboro poses with NJ SHARES’ Danielle Cramer at the event.

NJ SHARES’ Programs Showcased at Foreclosure Prevention Event and Housing Expo

NJ SHARES was an exhibitor the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Foreclosure Prevention Event which took place at the Paulsboro Firehouse on April 3. The event offered Gloucester County residents who are struggling to pay their mortgages information about the availability of federal funding through New Jersey’s Hardest Hit Fund, designed to address different aspects of foreclosure prevention.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a home buying seminar as well as to learn about services and programs (such as New Jersey HomeKeeper  and New Jersey HomeSaver) that can help homeowners who are in need of assistance. 

NJ SHARES was pleased to be able to speak to attendees about our energy assistance programs and other available resources.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at the Camden County Veterans Job Fair

NJ SHARES exhibited our utility assistance programs at the 2017 Veterans Job Fair held at the BB&T Pavilion, in Camden on April 13.  The event, presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the American Legion, provided transitioning service members and military spouses with resources and information on changing careers, the interview process and creating a resume. In addition, the event provided opportunities for employers and veterans to connect.  NJ SHARES was proud to be able to speak to attendees and offer our thanks for their service as well as information on our programs and resources available to help their families.  

Partner Highlight


NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 230 organizations around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  NJ SHARES is delighted to highlight our partnership with the New Start Career Network.

The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development established the New Start Career Network, a statewide program to help long-term unemployed New Jerseyans, particularly those aged 45 and over, obtain jobs.  The New Start Career Network (NSCN) connects New Jersey job seekers to a mix of free-of-charge “high tech” and “high touch” services to help them meet their employment needs and address their personal and financial challenges. These services include job search information and advice, career coaching provided by a network of trained, volunteer coaches, access to education and training, and referrals to mental health and financial advising. NSCN also engages public, private, and nonprofit employers to hire qualified NSCN members and reform hiring practices to help New Jersey’s long-term unemployed job seekers.

The network incorporates lessons from research on strategies undertaken in New Jersey and nationally. It serves job seekers through web-based advising and information resources and a core group of specially trained volunteer career coaches. ­ These services are available free-of-charge to individuals who meet basic membership criteria.

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