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5/31/2017

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Presidentís Message

At NJ SHARES we work closely with our partners to get the message out about resources and services available to New Jersey residents in need.  On May 15, The Record featured a NJ SHARES opinion piece that discussed how many people are finding it hard to determine their utility costs, given the fluctuating weather patterns we have experienced recently.  This unpredictability can result in an emergency situation as many of our neighbors struggle to meet their financial obligations. The piece highlighted programs available to help residents in need of utility assistance to let them know that they are not alone. 

One such program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal energy assistance program, is designed to help low-income families and individuals with their home heating costs.  LIHEAP is critically important to New Jersey – in 2016 the program helped 273,831 households. The program typically runs from October to the end of April and provides much-needed financial relief for utility services to those facing a financial crisis. The deadline was extended this year to May 31, and the program is now over for the season.

Families and individuals may obtain 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 by downloading the application here. The goal of the USF program is to help ensure that income-eligible New Jersey utility customers pay no more than 6 percent of their annual income for their natural gas and electric service combined. NJ SHARES will update its policies’ minimum income requirement to match where USF benefits leave off, ensuring that folks who are over income for USF can turn to NJ SHARES for help.  To read the full op-ed, click here.

In addition, I recently had the opportunity to appear as a guest on the New Jersey Foundation for Aging’s (NJFA) monthly public access TV program, Aging Insights.  I was pleased to be on a panel with Stefanie Brand, director of the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel. We had a great conversation focusing on utility assistance programs available for senior citizens. You can read more about the program later in the newsletter, and find out where to watch the video.

The NJ SHARES 2016 Annual Report is now available on our website. The report provides an overview of our accomplishments over the past year, with a focus on the individuals and families we have been able to help.  This help would not have been possible without the assistance of the organizations and individuals profiled in our 2016 report as well as the ongoing support of friends like you.

Sincerely,

Jim Jacob                                                                                                            

 


What's New


NJ SHARES Releases 2016 Annual Report

We are pleased to present the NJ SHARES 2016 Annual Report which provides an overview of our year, our accomplishments, and the lives we have impacted because of your generosity

Together, we continue to provide an energy safety net for a population that has nowhere else to turn.  In fact, we have helped more than 182,000 of our New Jersey neighbors since 1998. 

We look forward to marking our 20th anniversary milestone in 2018, providing us with the opportunity to celebrate our partnership.  Working together, we are able to help our New Jersey neighbors remain safe in their homes. 

Our achievements would not have been possible without the assistance of friends like you. We want to thank you for your past support of NJ SHARES and hope you will continue to support our efforts to aid New Jersey households in crisis.

 




OPED Bergen Record

An opinion piece written by NJ SHARES President and CEO Jim Jacob was featured in The Record on May 15.  The article highlighted the need for assistance programs to help New Jersey residents and included information about specific programs that residents might be eligible for, including the Universal Service Fund (USF), offered by the NJ Department of Community Affairs throughout the year.  

The article also noted that for those that don’t qualify for USF and are facing termination NJ SHARES is available to help.  Serving as a safety net for those who can’t pay their utility bills because of unforeseen circumstances such as unemployment, illness, medical expenses or other financial hardship, NJ SHARES offers grants and referrals to resources that provide education and information.  The piece also discussed the vulnerable population that NJ SHARES serves, including the working poor. To read the full op-ed, click here.




New Jersey Foundation on Aging TV Program, Aging Insights Features NJ SHARES

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) released a new episode of their monthly public access TV program, Aging Insights, featuring NJ SHARES.  The program, titled Utilities Assistance (Episode 68), will air throughout May.

As part of the program, NJFA’s Executive Director Grace Egan spoke with Jim Jacob, president and CEO of NJ SHARES and Stefanie A. Brand, director of the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel.  Jim and Stephanie discussed the numerous statewide programs available to assist seniors with their utilities as well as the best way to access these resources. 

The show is available on NJFA's YouTube channel  where you can see all the association’s previous shows, plus other NJFA videos.




Tun Tavern Will Host Benefit Night for NJ SHARES on July 27th

Come on out and have a meal with us! The Tun Tavern will host a Dining-to-Donate event on Thursday, July 27 to benefit NJ SHARES’ energy assistance program in Atlantic County! The Tun Tavern will donate 20 percent of your bill to NJ SHARES.  We invite our supporters to join us and we welcome attendees of the New Jersey LIHEAP Conference. Mystery/Guest bartenders will be on hand to take your orders throughout the event.  Tun Tavern will accept your coupon anytime between 11:30 a.m. and midnight.


Events


Pictured at the event are NJ SHARES' Dena Shipley and Barbara Gomes.

NJ SHARES Exhibits Programs at NY Metro Abilities Expo

NJ SHARES recently attended the Abilities Expo, a leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. The three-day event took place at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison and showcased products and services, new technology informational seminars and networking opportunities.




NJ SHARES Exhibits at Atlantic City Health and Wellness Expo

NJ SHARES recently attended the Atlantic City Health and Wellness Expo held at O’Donell Park. The event, sponsored by the Atlantic City Board of Education, aimed to increase awareness of the many health-related programs, services, and providers located in the surrounding community.

NJ SHARES hosted an informational booth and had the opportunity to educate community members on our programs. In addition, attendees were provided basic health screenings including blood pressure and glucose screenings, interactive health activities, informational materials, demonstrations, and more. 




Pictured at the event are: Recruits Rideout and Workman, Kimberly Warrick - NJ SHARES and Recruit Indiano.

NJ SHARES Presents Programs at the Coast Guard Community Festival

NJ SHARES recently had the opportunity to talk to visitors of the Coast Guard Community Festival. The Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, honors Coast Guard personnel and their families for the extraordinary role they play in our nation and our community and celebrates and educates the many deep connections that exist between the Coast Guard and Cape May County.

The Festival, which boasts kids activities, ship tours, base tours, demonstrations, displays and community information tables, is presented by the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation in partnership with: the County of Cape May and its municipalities, the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cape May, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and Delmo Sports.




Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES Outreach Coordinator speaks to the senior community at the Burlington county event.

NJ SHARES Attended Burlington County Seniors Event

NJ SHARES attended the annual Burlington County Senior Exposition held recently at the Fellowship Center in Burlington.  The event, hosted by the Burlington County Freeholder's Office and the Sheriff's Department, is designed to inform seniors about services available to them as well as provide answers to any questions they may have regarding organizations with whom they interact.




NJ SHARES' Barbara Gomes talks to seniors at one of the events held in Stafford NJ.

NJ SHARES Participates in Utility Company Sponsored Energy Assistance Resource Days

NJ SHARES provided application and enrollment services for our programs at various Energy Assistance Resource Days this month within Atlantic City Electric’s southern New Jersey service territory.  These events, sponsored by Atlantic City Electric and our local agency partners, provide an opportunity for the community to be screened for multiple programs and gain information and assistance for their household.




Pictured at the event are: Cheryl Stowell, Tonio Burgos, Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., Kimberly Warrick, NJSHARES and Donise Cameron Dukes, PSEG.

NJ SHARES Attends Honor for Congressman John Lewis

NJ SHARES Director of Client Services Kim Warrick recently attended the Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. Congressional Ball at the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel in Newark as the guest of Donise Cameron Dukes of Public Service Enterprise Group.  The event honored U.S. Representative John Lewis, who was presented with the Key to the City of Newark. 

One of the country’s most formidable civil rights activists, Mr. Lewis played an instrumental role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's. Known as one of the “Big Six” figures of the era, he was a key driver of and speaker at the March on Washington; a trusted advisor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a leader of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; Alabama and a central architect of the 1964 Freedom Summer, a volunteer campaign to register African-American voters in Mississippi.

Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986, Mr. Lewis has served the community of Georgia’s 5th district for more than 30 years.  He is the House minority Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the highest civilian honor in the nation, the Medal of Freedom, bestowed by President Barack Obama, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for Lifetime Achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.  This year, he received the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award from Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership and the Truman Library Institute’s 2017 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.


Agency Spotlight


Pictured are Maria Francisco-Family Partner, Wilson Martinez-Family Partner and Kayla Williams-Director for the North Ward Family Success Center.

Agency Spotlight - North Ward Center

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 highlight our partnership with the North Ward Center.

The North Ward Center (NWC) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that seeks to transform lives by educating, advocating and empowering residents throughout the greater Newark community. For over 45 years, the North Ward Center has been a stabilizing force in the City of Newark.

The North Ward Center plays a significant role in the community's daily experience.  In addition to its Family Success Center, the North Ward Center provides 700 children with a model pre-school program, offers aging and disabled residents a state-of-the-art medical day care environment, and runs the largest youth leadership development program in the City of Newark.  Twenty years ago, the North Ward Center founded Robert Treat Academy, a K-8 public charter school that was named a Blue Ribbon School for Academic Excellence in 2008.  Robert Treat Academy has grown to be one of the most successful public schools in the state of New Jersey.

“Offering NJ SHARES services through our Family Success Center supports the Center’s mission of empowering families and stabilizing the community.  It also reflects our operating principle, which is to offer fiscally responsible programs that build the foundation for an economically viable community,” said Michele Adubato, Chief Executive Officer of North Ward Center. Michele Adubato has made education her life’s passion. She worked for 25 years in the Newark Public School System as a teacher, social worker and as the principal of the New Jersey Regional Day School. In 2011, Michele founded the Center for Autism, a comprehensive day facility for young adults with autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental delays.

For additional information about The North Ward Center, follow the NWC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @northwardcenter.



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