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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

It has been an exciting month for NJ SHARES.  At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of meeting three “community heroes” at the Anti-Poverty Network’s round table discussion on the working poor population. These three inspiring individuals provide care for their loved ones and their communities, while battling to survive and thrive on their own.

I would like to extend a special “Thank You” to our donors, agencies, partners and friends who lift up our neighbors and make the impact of our programs possible.

Wrapping up the month, we had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC) which is the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition’s signature event.

As a member of the Coalition’s leadership team, it was a pleasure to see the three-day conference, which convened in Baltimore, MD, bring together so many leaders in the energy assistance industry to share experiences and best practices.

Our own Kenneth J. Parker, former NJ SHARES Board Member and current Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Corporate Citizenship for Pepco Holdings, gave an inspiring speech detailing his ability to overcome hardships in his life, including the loss of his parents at a very young age. Mr. Parker started as a landscaper for a utility company, and worked his way up to one of the highest positions in corporate America. He credits his acheivements to the support of his siblings, especially his oldest sister who is the glue that keeps his siblings together. He also credited the human service programs and delivery system for lifting him up and giving him the foundation he needed to survive and utimatley thrive. 

Back home in New Jersey, we continue to work together with our utility and telecommunications partners, legislative partners, donors, friends and agency partners to serve as a safety net for those who do not qualify for other assistance programs. For more information on any of our assistance programs, kindly visit our website or call our toll-free hotline today – 1-866-NJSHARES (657-4273).


Jim Jacob

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Working-poor share their stories during discussion at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Pictured are Nursing Assistant Devika Smith (left), Jim Jacob, President & CEO, NJ SHARES and NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney (right).

NJ SHARES Participates in Working-Poor Discussion

NJ SHARES participated in a discussion regarding working-poor and anti-poverty efforts in New Jersey. Three working-poor community heroes shared their story with local, county and state officials, who pledged to take budget actions that could restore economic fairness. Jim Jacob highlighted the impact of NJ SHARES’ energy safety-net program.

To read the compelling stories of Sherry Rubel, 58, a substitute teacher in Princeton, Devika Smith,39 a nurse’s aid in Union City and Robert Worrel, 47 an Atlantic City Casino Security Guard, and all folks who look out for others well being by profession, visit:

Pictured are Joesph Whall, Michael Nardo, Alita Corbett and Jim Jacob.

PNC Foundation Donates $10,000 to NJ SHARES

The PNC Foundation generously donated $10,000 for NJ SHARES to use for the capacity building of our programs. The grant will be used toward technology needs and outreach program materials to ensure that we can convey our program message at community events and continue to ensure a secure application process for our clients.

PNC Bank has been a long time supporter of NJ SHARES.  Mr. Michael Nardo Executive Vice President of PNC Bank lends his expertise on the NJ SHARES Board of Directors and co-leads the Development Committee.

The award was presented to NJ SHARES at PNC Bank's Headquarters in East Brunswick.

Kimberly Warrick, Manager of NJ SHARES' Client Services Call Center.

NJ SHARES' Unique Call Center Highlighted at National Conference

NJ SHARES’ Kimberly Warrick, Manager of our Client Services Call Center spoke at the 16th Annual Call Center Week Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Kimberly brings a unique example to the industry where she showcases the work of our Client Services Call Center through our partnership with Verizon New Jersey. 

At NJ SHARES, our approach to connect clients with the services they need provides a holistic solution for households in crisis. Our Client Services Call Center is one such solution – providing wrap-around services for clients and keeping their experience with the service delivery system at the center of our process. Our call center representatives assist clients with enrollment, as well as information and referral opportunities. We help clients, who are income eligible or who are receiving benefits from one of ten programs that qualifies thier eligibility, to enroll and certify for Verizon’s Communications Lifeline program. Additionally, we provide information and guide our clients on the benefits of the Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and various other resources.

Kimberly has represented NJ SHARES at this conference over the past 9 years.

Barbara Gomes, NJ SHARES Director of Development stands by awards presented to NJ SHARES at past conferences recognizing our programs for innovation and impact.

NJ SHARES Presented at National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference

NJ SHARES’ Director of Development Barbara Gomes was a featured speaker at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC), presenting with her mentor Debbie Sontupe of DS Strategies on the importance of diversifying funding for non-profits.

More than 700 leaders in the energy assistance industry convened in Baltimore, MD for this year’s event. The three-day conference – which was held from June 22nd through 24th – included workshops and general sessions designed to help attendees become more effective in their work/initiatives and strengthen the energy safety net. The event is a great opportunity to not only showcase our work in energy affordability but also take back best practices to enhance our programs in our neighborhoods.

Barbara currently serves on NEUAC’s Advisory Board of Directors, and has served as the conference Exhibitor Committee Chair for the past 11 years.

Alita Corbett and Dena Shipley talk to the community about utility assistance programs.

NJ SHARES Talks to Community at Atlantic City Health Fair

NJ SHARES was an exhibitor at the John Brooks Recovery Center Health Fair in Atlantic City on June 12. The public was invited to learn about a variety of healthy resources available to residents throughout the community at the event. Free health screenings and health seminars were offered by participating health care professionals and sponsoring organizations, such as South Jersey Aids Alliance, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Division of Mental Health and Wellness Recovery, RiteAid and the Womens Center.

Agency Spotlight

Pictured from left to right are Carmen Riveria, Bilingual Family Resource Specialist and Deanna Sovern, Director of Community Based Programs for Red Bank Resource Network.

Red Bank Resource Network

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 240 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  This month we want to highlight our partnership with the Red Bank Resource Network.

The Red Bank Resource Network is a walk-in community center seeking to strengthen families and communities by providing information and referrals, creating linkages with social services, offering coaching and advocacy and developing family self-sufficiency and resiliency.

Anxiety, anger, depression, confusion and insomnia are just a few of the symptoms that many people experience after living through a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy. The Sandy Wellness Program, offered by the center, provides free counseling, as well as information and referral services.

“Utility assistance is an unmet need for much of the community impacted by Superstorm Sandy. We also see clients who just need the help of NJ SHARES to continue to live self-sufficiently,” said Deanna Sovern, Director of Community Based Programs for Red Bank Resource Network. “We are grateful for NJ SHARES’ programs and the impact they make for a segment of our clients who often do not qualify for other programs.”

Be a Hero in Your Neighborhood...

Believe it or not, some of our neighbors are still struggling to take care of their billing debts from the frigid winter – only to be hit with the added expenses needed to cool their homes with the excessive heat we see throughout the summer months.

Be a Hero in your neighborhood and help us provide energy, safety and stability to neighbors in need! For more information, visit our website at  or make a tax-deductible donation directly at

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