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5/31/2013

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NJ Foundation On Aging Convenes Conference

The NJ Foundation On aging will host a Conference at the Crowne Plaza, 390 Forsgate Road, in Jamesburg on June 12.

The conference, themed “Building on Wisdom”, will identify innovative approaches for preventive health and wellness; understand the impact of the affordable health care act on the delivery of care to seniors and persons with disabilities; understand the importance of life style choices for boomers, seniors and persons with disabilities; discover best practice and creative service models for seniors living in the community; learn about successful advocacy strategies and policy work; promote ethical social and medical practices that enable residents to age well. For more information, visit: http://www.njfoundationforaging.org/

President's Letter


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

We commend the resilience and strength of our neighbors who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy and NJ SHARES is here to support them. As New Jersey residents impacted by Sandy are struggling to get back on their feet, many people may be experiencing difficulty paying their electric and natural gas bills. NJ SHARES has energy assistance available in all New Jersey counties, including those affected by Sandy. We encourage anyone who has experienced a financial setback, often caused by unforeseen circumstances such as a natural disaster, to seek out the resources available to them.

Some residents who sustained Sandy-related storm damage may have never needed financial assistance in the past. However, the temporary crisis created by the Superstorm has placed enormous constraints on many people’s ability to return to a normal life. We hope that by offering qualified households help with their utility payments we can relieve some of that pressure.

NJ SHARES is able to provide this relief for those facing financial challenges, but not eligible for other state and federal programs, through the generous support of our donors and funders. Those families hit hard by Sandy who are focusing on replacing their houses and putting their lives back together, and have fallen behind on their energy bills can contact us directly at 1-866-NJ SHARES (657-4273) or visit our website at www.njshares.org. They can also visit one of our network partners of more than 270 community-based social service agencies operating out of 324 sites throughout New Jersey.

Our Partners: Agency Spotlight

The NJ SHARES’ 270 agency partners are a diverse network of people in a ‘helping people’ profession. Staff and volunteers to these community based and government agencies with or without power, rose to the immediate challenges the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy presented and seven months later - as the Jersey Shore visiting season begins - they continue to respond to their community needs. Here we highlight two agency partners that NJ SHARES staff recently visited and report on their recovery efforts.


St. Frances Community Center Staff Pictured from Left to Right: Lori Tomaro, Amy Mackenzie, Erin Borysewicz, Olga Ramales, Elizabeth Gutowski, and AnnMarie Maloney.

St. Francis Community Center

Founded in 1972, St. Francis Community Center provides a wide variety of services and programs focused on meeting the needs of Southern Ocean County residents. These services include: Counseling; Family Support Services; Food Bank; Educational Support Services; Volunteer Program; Preschool Program; and a Senior Center.

The Center is available to assist those displaced from Superstorm Sandy obtain grant money and the support services they need. According to Lori Tomaro, Family Support Services Program Director for St. Francis, “Once we helped people obtain their basic needs like shelter, food and clothing, we found that many people were facing double payments on their rent, mortgage and utilities. NJ SHARES has been an important resource for those facing accumulating utility bills from the cold and damp winter.”

The Center received over $185,000 in grant money and recently received additional funding from first lady Mary Pat Christie’s relief fund. However, there is still a continued need for funding. Lisa shared, “There are people who have lost their entire lives and many of them still need assistance. We are here to let people know that there is help available for them and that they are not alone.” For more information, call 609-494-8861.



Shirlene Hoskins, AC Long Term Recovery Group

The Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group

The Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group (ACLTRG) was established to assist Atlantic City residents with Sandy related housing issues. Case managers are available to meet with residents to review their situation, determine their needs and help them to navigate the process of obtaining the assistance they need. ACLTRG helps clients find temporary housing, replace household items and obtain necessary funding. In addition, ACLTR helps clients access the agencies and resources available to them including: NJ SHARES, South Jersey Legal Services, Catholic Charities and others as well as city, state and federal government programs. For more information, call 609-248-3580.

Sandy Coping Resource Available: New Jersey Hope and Healing

Because recovery comes in many forms, New Jersey Hope and Healing provides support in managing the emotional consequences of storms and flooding. Often the best source of assistance in dealing with the emotional aspect of emergencies is found in each other. Know that you are not alone and call: 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit: www.disastermentalhealthnj.com.

This project is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

Events

Neptune School District and MOCEANS Transition Fair

The Neptune School District and MOCEANS Center for Independent Living hosted a Transition Fair on Monday, May 20, 2013 to educate students in special education and their families about life after high school. NJ SHARES participated in the event to ensure awareness of the NJ SHARES energy, telephone and water assistance programs.



Pictured are NJ SHARES Board Member, Virginia Evans, and Staff, Linda Ellis, Dena Shipley and Natalie Harrington.

Burlington County Senior Expo

NJ SHARES showcased our energy, telephone and water programs at the 14th annual Burlington County Sherriff’s Senior Expo held on May 30th. More than 500 seniors attended. Many agencies were on hand to answer questions regarding services and programs of interest to seniors.


NBC 4 and NY Giants to Hold Health & Fitness Expo, Side by Side with State Fair in June

NBC 4 and New York Giants will hold their inaugural Health and Fitness Expo in East Rutherford on June 22 and 23. The free Expo will be held inside at MetLife Stadium – side by side with State Fair Meadowlands, which will be held outside, in the stadium fairgrounds.

The Expo, which is free to enter, is open from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm, visitors to the Expo will get a free hand stamp to enter State Fair, which is open from 2 pm to 1 am on Saturday and 2 pm to midnight on Sunday.

Visitors to the Health & Fitness Expo (nbcnewyork.com/expo) will have exclusive access to the Giants’ playing field and other parts of the stadium while exploring pavilions that will offer free health screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer, vision and hearing, prostate blood tests and more. Visitors will be able to enjoy healthy cooking demos with celebrity chefs, celebrity “meet & greets” and autograph signings, as well as Zumba dance, yoga activities and rock climbing.

NBC 4 New York anchors and reporters, as well as some favorite Giants players, will be there all weekend to meet attendees and sign autographs. Visitors to the Expo will have the opportunity to walk on the actual field where their favorite players score touchdowns.

Free entry to State Fair (www.njfair.com) gives fairgoers all-day/all-night access to the Racing Pigs, Circus Maximus, The Big Cat Encounter, Master Hypnotist Steve Bayner, the annual petting zoo and more. Ride tickets or hand stamps can be purchased separately.


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