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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President’s Message

Let’s face it, life without utility service is difficult and cannot be maintained for long.  The American Winter video which can be found on our website is a great depiction of the households who turn to us in their time of need. At NJ SHARES we work year-round to provide assistance to individuals and families that need temporary help meeting their energy and utility burden.  Our individual, corporate and foundation donors support our work and help struggling households facing a temporary financial crisis stay safe in their homes and keep their utility service connected.  Our work is more important now than it has ever been.

Today, I would like to make you, our supporters, aware of recent cuts proposed in the federal budget that are of grave concern. The budget proposal includes harmful cuts that will impact many low-income and working families in the state. New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) conducts evidence-based, independent research, analysis and advocacy, and has released a summary of the proposed cuts (read more).  

The proposal calls for a complete elimination of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program. LIHEAP helps keep low-income families safe and healthy through energy cost assistance initiatives and is critically important to New Jersey. In 2016 alone the program helped 273,831 low-income households in our state facing a financial crisis. Without this federal program hundreds of thousands will look to us for support. Many will be forced to heat and light their homes using unsafe measures, causing a public safety hazard that may lead to fires and health-related risks, or even death.

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) wrote a compelling letter to Congress in support of LIHEAP that was signed by more than 1,200 groups nationwide and 133 groups in New Jersey. I would like to personally thank all of the New Jersey organizations, including many of our partner agencies, who signed on to this important letter.

Please make a donation to NJ SHARES so that we can answer the call from many more who will turn to us for support.

Thank you for joining with us and making your voice heard for low to moderate income New Jerseyans!


Jim Jacob

What's New

Pictured at last year's Tun Tavern event Atlantic City Mayor Donald A. Guardian and guest bartender (center) with Jim Jacob (left) and Alita Corbett (right).

NJ SHARES Benefit Night at Tun Tavern

Join us on Tuesday, July 27 at the The Tun Tavern in Atlantic City for our Dining-to-Donate event.  During the event, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, present a coupon and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the NJ SHARES energy assistance program in Atlantic County.  Come meet our mystery and guest bartenders who will be taking drink orders throughout the evening. Visit to print out a coupon.

Guest Bartender Schedule *More to be added throughout the evening!*

5:15 p.m.      Atlantic City Mayor Donald A. Guardian

7:00 p.m.      Family Service Association

  • Alisa Guenther,  Program Supervisor Spruce Family Success Center 
  • Caitlyn Baldwin, Program Supervisor New Day Family Success

8:00 p.m.      Community FoodBank of NJ 

  • Richard J. Uniacke, Vice President, Southern Branch
  • Gina LaPlaca, External Affairs Director, Verizon

Advocates for Children of New Jersey Release the 2017 NJ KIDS COUNT Report

Recently the Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) released their annual report on the well being of children in New Jersey.  For the nearly 2 million children that call New Jersey home, the latest child well-being data from the 2017 New Jersey KIDS COUNT report shows progress in the areas of health and economic well-being, thanks in part to vital support from federal safety-net programs.

“It is clear that federal investments in children are paying off, but as Congress debates on the future of healthcare, as well as funding for critical programs that help kids grow, learn and stay healthy, our voices for children are needed more than ever to make sure we do not lose ground on these tremendous milestones,” said Cecilia Zalkind, president and CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, which produces the annual databook. To read the full release, visit


Pictured at the event are Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES Outreach Coordinator and Melissa Chalker, NJFA Deputy Director.

NJ SHARES Exhibits Programs at the New Jersey Foundation for Aging Annual Conference

More than 200 professionals and consumers attended the New Jersey Foundation for Aging’s 19th Annual Professionals Conference, themed Translating Trends for Better Care. Participants included: professionals that have direct contact with seniors and their caregivers; as policy and decision makers from the aging network;  and key staff from assisted living community housing programs, senior centers, county offices on aging, hospitals, nursing homes, geriatric care managers and community based services. The event was held earlier this month at the National Conference Center in East Windsor.  

Pictured with NJ SHARES’ Dena Shipley are Jaime Angelini and Carolyn Quinn part of the Mental Health Association's Hoarding Initiative Team.

NJ SHARES’ Partners from Mental Health Association Host Session at the New Jersey Foundation for Aging Conference

NJ SHARES’ partners from Mental Health Association in Atlantic County attended the New Jersey Foundation for Aging conference and hosted a session on hoarding titled Hoarding: Why and Interventions. 


Jim Jacob and Jim Dieterle Co-present at NEUAC conference.

NJ SHARES’ Jim Jacob and Jim Dieterle Present at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference

Six hundred energy affordability leaders convened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida earlier this month to share experiences, common challenges and solutions for success at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference.

NJ SHARES’ President and CEO, Jim Jacob and founding NJ SHARES’ Board Member and AARP National Volunteer, Jim Dieterle revived their presentation  titled ‘How to Raise a Million for Energy Assistance’.  Jacob and Dieterle shared their insight as well as their experiences running successful advocacy campaigns resulting in legislation that directed state escheat funds to energy assistance.

Pictured are Sam DelGato, VP External Affairs Verizon, Kimberly Warrick, Director of Client Services NJ SHARES and John Szeliga, Director of External Affairs, Verizon.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at the 67th Annual New Jersey Association of Counties Conference

NJ SHARES had the opportunity to join our Verizon sponsors and exhibit our programs at the Annual New Jersey Association of Counties conference held at Caesars'  in Atlantic City. 



Pictured at the event are Phil Murphy and Kimberly Warrick.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy Greets NJ SHARES at NJAC Conference

During the conference, we were delighted to catch up with New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy, who had some nice things to share about the work that we do at NJ SHARES. 

"NJ SHARES is a vital lifeline to countless residents facing a financial hardship, ensuring they don't have to decide between paying for their utility bills, paying a mortgage or rent, or buying food or medicine. I commend NJ SHARES and their partners for being there to help New Jerseyans in their times of need," said Phil Murphy.

Agency Spotlight

Pictured at the Bayshore Family Success Center are Darcy Dobens, Krysten Nieves, Andrew Guage-Aliperti, Talesha McLawhorn and Alicia Maresco.

Bayshore Family Success 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 Bayshore Family Success Center in Monmouth County.

The Bayshore Family Success Center (BFSC), located at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center in Leonardo, is a community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering place where any community resident can go for family support, information and services.

Committed to strengthening families and inspiring parent, family and community involvement, the BFSC gives families or individuals the opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff to obtain information and guidance on many topics.  Families receive support and helpful resources in addition to NJ SHARES assistance programs, such as financial literacy and job readiness programs, support groups, health education workshops and family fun nights. All programs are free of charge and enrich the lives of children and parents by making families and neighborhoods stronger.

The BFSC first opened in June 2013 at the Union Beach Memorial Library to assist residents in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Approximately 200 individuals impacted by the storm were connected to support services.  Overall, the BFSC has served more than 2,000 people in the Bayshore community.

The BFSC is part of a state-wide network of Family Success Centers. The state's goal is to have recognizable, designated places for families to obtain information, support and assistance before a problem become a crisis. This particular Family Success Center is operated by the local Community YMCA and funded by the New Jersey Division of Family and Community Partnerships.

Darcy Dobens is the Director of the BFSC and a long-time friend of NJ SHARES.  “As a prevention program, the Bayshore Family Success Center provides a number of assistance, educational and family-friendly programs to residents of the Keyport to the Highlands corridor and Middletown communities,” said. Dobens.  She continued, “NJ SHARES is a great program to be able to offer to qualified residents in our communities because it typically helps families who need temporary help and do not qualify for other low income resources.”

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