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It Takes a Village Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) assists families who have an adult relative with mental illness. Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS), a program of Behavioral Health Services, is open to residents of Burlington County with an adult relative who is mentally ill. The program offers family members mental health education, private consultation services, support groups, coping skills and referral to other appropriate services. “We help families learn how to advocate for themselves and for their loved one,” says Zuleika Palmer, MS, HS-BCP, Program Coordinator. Family members often take on the role of caretaker, which can lead to their own physical and emotional distress. Stress management techniques are essential in helping caregivers help themselves and their loved one. “It’s important for families to realize that they are not the cause of their loved one’s illness,” says Palmer. In fact, the family can be instrumental in a loved one’s recovery, along with caring and collaborative mental health professionals. Currently, IFSS has approximately 70 families in its caseload. According to Palmer, some families come in just once, others have been receiving services for 10 years. One-on-one consultation services are most in demand and occur either at Catholic Charities’ Riverbank office in Burlington City, at the family’s home or at an agreeable location, such as a library or coffee shop.

s Kathy and Thad came to IFSS for support while dealing with a family

member who was in crisis and found help navigating the system.

ONE FAMILY’S JOURNEY Kathy and Thad* found IFSS through a referral from NAMI-FACE and have been with the program for more than 5 months. The couple was seeking help in navigating the system due to a crisis they were having with Kathy’s brother. Kathy says, “IFSS has been supportive in helping us not get too overwhelmed.” Thad adds that the counselors have a real interest in his family’s situation and says if they didn’t know the answer to something, they went out and found it. Thad says it is important for families to recognize their situation and not be afraid to talk about it. “You’re not a unique snowflake. A lot of people have been down this road and there is help if you can be honest with yourself and not be afraid to go look for the information continued on page 4

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

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Partners in Recovery: Healing Through Art

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Fix It Program Helps Ocean County Seniors

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PHDVS Receives Exclusive Grant

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MRSS: De-escalates Crises in Home


from the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

It is difficult to imagine that an entire year has passed since Hurricane Sandy swept through our state leaving in its wake unprecedented destruction. The recovery begun in the immediate aftermath continues and the collaborations we forged with the Diocesan Office of Catholic Social Services, Visitation Relief Center, CCUSA, and our Catholic Charities of New Jersey family (Camden, Metuchen, Newark and Paterson) have proven to be just as powerful as the storm itself. The first anniversary of Sandy is a somber reminder of our vulnerability, but it should also serve as a testimonial to our strength when we work together toward a common cause.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all who supported our organization this past year — at the Ray of Hope Gala, Providence House Gift Auction and Taste of Burlington County, the Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, Bishop’s Appeal and countless other events. I hope you will consider providing hope to those we serve during the holidays by participating in one of our holiday drives (see article on page 9). I wish you all the warmest and most joyful of holidays! Sincerely,

The Spirit is published quarterly by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, Central Administrative Services. 383 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08607 609-394-5181 Publisher: Marlene Laó-Collins Editor-in-Chief: Lisa Thibault Designer/Writer: Kim Giacobbe Contributors: Joyce Campbell, Kevin Still, Jennifer Leip, Nancy Tompkins Printing: Garrison Printing Company, Pennsauken, NJ

Marlene Laó-Collins Executive Director

DO YOU FOLLOW CATHOLIC CHARITIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? In today’s age of social media, it is easier than ever to stay connected. We love sharing stories and want our donors, consumers and staff to feel part of Catholic Charities’ story through social media. Please take a minute to “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/cctrenton) and “follow” us on Twitter (@cctrenton). We post information about all of our events along with updates about our supporters, programs and staff on a regular basis. Feel free to comment, like, share and “retweet” our posts and help further spread the word to those with whom you are connected. Also, be sure to check out our YouTube Channel (youtube.com/cctrenton) where we broadcast videos of hope, triumph and compassion. Currently, we are featuring videos about our IFSS program (see cover) and Partners in Recovery art program (see page 4).

Welcoming the Stranger In October, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., addressed several hundred people who gathered in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton at the Justice for Immigrants Mass. The mass was coordinated by Catholic Charities and the Diocesan Office of Catholic Social Services. Bishop O’Connell spoke of how important it was for the Church to provide people with an opportunity to pray for positive movement toward immigration policies.

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s Faithful from throughout central New Jersey

participated in this special mass.


Restoring Lives Statewide Five New Jersey agencies work toward common goal. Nationwide, Catholic Charities agencies are known for their compassionate and professional response and assistance to those impacted by disaster. The five Catholic Charities in New Jersey are no exception. As soon as Hurricane Sandy hit last year, each agency (Dioceses of Trenton, Camden, Paterson and Metuchen and Archdiocese of Newark) immediately deployed staff and volunteers to provide food, clothing, shelter and household supplies as well as counseling, advocacy and referrals. Financial assistance was provided by our national organization, Catholic Charities USA, and also by generous local individual, corporate and foundation donors. Those funds were lifesavers in the early weeks and months after the storm, and continue even today to move individuals and families closer to full recovery. HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP In April 2013, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, was awarded an $8.7 million grant from FEMA to provide disaster case management (DCM) statewide in partnership with the four other Catholic Charities in the state. This represents the first time that the five agencies have joined in a mutual effort, bringing the individual strengths of each together to help those devastated by the hurricane across the state.

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The DCM program also exemplifies how publicprivate partnerships can succeed. The partnership between Catholic Charities (a non-profit private entity), with the State of New Jersey (a public entity), has brought together resources that neither would have had if acting alone. As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a comprehensive community report on the efforts of Catholic Charities New Jersey is being prepared to further illustrate how lives were renewed and hope was restored in the aftermath of this disaster.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on the DCM program, contact Joyce Campbell at 609-394-5181 x1138, or jcampbell@cctrenton.org.

Help End Poverty in New Jersey Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, has been an integral part of the Anti-Poverty Network (APN) since its inception in 1999. Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins co-founded the network and has dedicated her time and expertise over the years. Joyce Campbell, Associate Executive Director for External Affairs, is currently Vice Chair of APN. APN seeks the prevention, reduction and elimination of poverty. Through systematic and strategic sharing of information, APN promotes dialogue, cooperation and collaboration among people and organizations working to address poverty. APN welcomes anyone who is interested in ending poverty in New Jersey. Its membership consists of faith-based organizations, individuals, community-based non-profits and government officials.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about APN, or to sign up to become a member, visit www.antipovertynetwork.org.

SAVE THE DATE Annual Poverty Summit A Call to Invest in the People of New Jersey December 11, 2013 9 AM — 1 PM Crowne Plaza, Monroe For more information, contact Joyce Campbell at 609-394-5181 x1138, or jcampbell@cctrenton.org.

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news from BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

It Takes a Village, continued from page 1 and find people like Zuleika to help you out,” he says. ADDITIONAL IFSS SUPPORT IFSS staff also attend NAMI-FACE support groups, held twice a month in Moorestown, and a monthly support group at Virtua Memorial in Mt. Holly that offers support to families who may not necessarily be comfortable with a one-on-one session. Phone consultations are another source of support. “Our program isn’t a cookie cutter service, we never say ‘this is what we do — take it or leave it,’ we work with the family where they are, how they are,” Palmer says.

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Palmer hopes the families that come to IFSS know they are understood, respected and not alone. She stresses that the most important gift the program can give to families is education. “We can look at something and figure out on paper ‘this is what it is,’ but when a family is dealing with their loved one that education is so specific. Giving them the right tools to unlock the door for them to work with their loved one is what matters most,” she says. *Last name withheld to protect privacy.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about IFSS, contact Zuleika Palmer at 609-386-8653, or zpalmer@cctrenton.org.

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Healing Through Art Partners in Recovery program helps those in recovery find creative ways to heal. This summer, Partners in Recovery held an art exhibit showcasing participants’ work that drew nearly 100 guests to the Southard Street campus. Partners in Recovery provides behavioral, emotional, psychiatric, psychosocial and substance abuse treatment to adults. The event featured a wide variety of artwork, jewelry, live music and a poetry reading by one of the program participants. Many of the artists were on hand to discuss and sell their artwork and greet guests. HIDDEN TALENTS The expressive arts program is led by Diana Ohene, MS, a counselor who encourages those in the program to find creative ways to display their emotions and thoughts through a variety of art mediums. The art created often helps provide a window into each person’s world.  “Expressive therapy has been tremendously beneficial to those on the path to healing and recovery,” Ohene says. For some participants, it provides a quiet time for reflection. Others have discovered talents they

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Denise Higgins, from Partners in Recovery.

s Marlene Laó Collins speaks with one of

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never knew they had. In addition to painting and drawing, one participant said she finds relief through making jewelry, another “eco-artist” re-purposes common household items — like plastic bottles and hollowed eggs — to create unique holiday art.

LOOKING TO SUPPORT THE ARTS? While Ohene has been resourceful at getting other staff to bring in supplies from home (like yarn and old buttons) she says any donation — either monetary or of actual art supplies — would make a huge difference. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to get extravagant art supplies, so the participants often have to work with what we have on hand,” Ohene says.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a donation, contact Diana Ohene at 609-396-4557 x2429, or doehene@cctrenton.org.


news from EMERGENCY & COMMUNITY SERVICES

Fixing Holes, Comforting Souls All in a day’s work for Fix It volunteers.

VOLUNTEER PROFILES John Law, a military service member who recently returned from Afghanistan, wanted to assist others in his community. “Volunteering is an excellent way to be involved in my community and stay productive,” he says. No two assignments are alike and Law enjoys the variety of projects he has worked on. “I’ve installed new toilet plungers, put up shelves, secured a heating foil duct pipe, spackled over nail holes, filled in gopher holes, installed trim and cleaned gutters,” he says. Some of the clients Law deals with are just happy to have someone to talk to. “The joke is that an hour job requires 15 minutes of work and 45 minutes talking to the client,” he says. Rusty McCarthy decided to volunteer with Fix It after she retired from her job as an ER physician. She

Fix It volunteers Ellen Carr, John Law and Rusty McCarthy.

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For nearly 15 years, Catholic Charities’ Fix It volunteers have helped thousands of seniors in Ocean County who need a small repair or assistance with a household chore. Funded by the Ocean County Department of Senior Services and Catholic Charities, the Fix It program is coordinated by Tom Connors who receives calls for assistance and then pairs the caller with a volunteer. The only cost to the resident is for any needed parts. Volunteers bring their own expertise, tools, elbow grease and a sympathetic ear. While the majority of volunteers are men who are retirement age, there are a growing number of women who enjoy helping as well. Regardless of their diverse backgrounds, all volunteers share a common desire to help and care for their neighbors.

and her friend Pat team up to handle a variety of Fix It assignments. “I enjoy the look of surprise Pat and I get when the homeowner opens her door, expecting to see a male handyman,” laughs McCarthy. McCarthy enjoys spending time with the homeowners, most of whom live alone. Her advice to those interested in volunteering, but reluctant because they don’t possess a lot of technical skills: “Give it a try, most projects are as easy as changing a bulb.” Ellen Carr is one of the first female Fix It volunteers and has been volunteering for nearly a decade. She says that once homeowners get over their surprise that a woman is capable of tackling minor repairs, they are delighted. “I surely get more out of my efforts than the homeowners do,” she says. “The thanks I get is knowing I’ve helped a neighbor in need,” she says. Carr encourages Ocean County residents to consider becoming a Fix It volunteer. “Of all the things we do on this earth, there is nothing more important than helping others,” she says.

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FOR INFORMATION on Fix It or to volunteer, call 732-363-5322 x3234.

THE HORIZON FOUNDATION FOR NEW JERSEY AWARDS $20,000 GRANT TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES        The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has generously awarded a grant of $20,000 to Catholic Charities’ Ocean Emergency & Community Services (ECS) for its Project Hope Health and Wellness Education and Prevention Services initiative. This is the second year that the Horizon Foundation funded the program. ECS’ Project Hope Health and Wellness Education and Prevention Services is designed to help economically disadvantaged residents of Ocean County effect changes in their health practices, live healthy lifestyles, identify potential health risks and obtain treatment, and develop a plan with a case manager to meet both basic and health care needs. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Carmen Pagan at 732-363-5322, or cpagan@cctrenton.org.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life in New Jersey’s communities. Priority areas include health and the arts.

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news from PROVIDENCE HOUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

A Sweet Taste of Success 19th Annual Taste of Burlington County event dishes up food, prizes and more to sold out crowd.

s Vincent Amico and Jackie

DiCarlo (second and third from left) of Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream, a new participant at the Taste of Burlington County, join PHDVS’ Mary Pettrow (far left) and Jean Metz (far right). More than 145 gift baskets for auction filled an entire ballroom.

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In October, Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) hosted its annual Taste of Burlington County fundraising event held at The Merion in Cinnaminson. The event raised more than $52,000 to benefit PHDVS. Generous “tastings” of food were provided by nearly 20 county restaurants many of whom have been a supportive part of the event since its inception along with a few new participants including Milanese Pizza from Riverton, Columbus Cupcakery, and Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream from Mt. Holly. “We are overwhelmed by and so sincerely appreciative of the positive support from our community” says Mary Pettrow, Associate Director of PHDVS. “From this year’s first time participants to those that have faithfully participated in all 19 years, this event is successful because of them and their dedication to help those in their own community. The restaurants and volunteers are so generous with their time,” Pettrow adds. In addition to a wide variety of food, the gift basket auction was a highlight for those in attendance. More

than 145 baskets, comprised of items collected by volunteers on The Taste Committee throughout the year, filled an entire ballroom at The Merion. Each creatively themed basket was thoughtfully assembled and beautifully wrapped. For the most popular baskets, attendees even stood in line to cast their ticket.

OCEAN COUNTY BUSINESS RAISES MORE THAN $8,000 FOR PHDVS  This summer, Criticom Monitoring Services (CMS) of Manasquan held its Partner in Peace ”Family and Friends Fun Fair.” The event raised more than $8,000 for Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS). Hundreds of CMS employees, along with their friends and family members, dressed in purple tie-dyed t-shirts with purple ribbon pins (purple is the domestic violence awareness color). All proceeds from the event directly benefit the free and confidential services of PHDVS. A Partner in Peace is a business, community group or organization that helps PHDVS in its mission to promote peace in all homes. s Staff from Title Resource Group (TRG) in Mt. Laurel, an event

sponsor, attended this year’s Taste of Burlington County.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about PHDVS’ Partner in Peace initiative, contact Marcia Fishkin at 732-350-2120, or mfishkin@cctrenton.org.


Grant Helps Older Abuse Victims Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) of Ocean County was one of only nine organizations in the country this year to be awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program (commonly referred to as the ALL Program). The grant, which offers discretionary funds to help local communities provide services to abuse victims who are age 50 or older, is also supported by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT Project Reach, a PHDVS program providing specialized services to domestic abuse victims age 50 and older, recently established a collaborative training team with other local agencies. According to Lisa Gazzara, Project Reach Collaborative Coordinator, the grant allows PHDVS and its community partners to work together in training police officers and service providers on the special needs of victims of abuse in later life. It also will help provide more accessible and seamless services to clients in Ocean County. “The ALL Program is really allowing us to reach out to more people that we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to reach out to previously,” says Gazzara. “We are also seeing more of a collaborative

BREAKING THE SILENCE

s Representatives from NCALL and the

Denver City Attorney’s Office (a previous grant recipient) flew in to attend a kick-off hosted by PHDVS in September. Pictured (left to right): Bonnie Brandl, Director of NCALL; Lisa Gazzara, Project Reach Collaborative Coordinator; and Linda Loftlin Petit, Denver City Attorney’s Office.

response from the agencies we work with which has been wonderful.” THREE PHASES, THREE YEARS The ALL Program is implemented in three phases over three years. The first phase, a needs assessment in the local community to help determine what services may be most needed, has already been conducted. The second phase involved intensive training for the collaborative team who now are providing training to local victim service providers and law enforcement. The third phase involves developing a plan to expand services. For PHDVS this has resulted in looking into securing two additional satellite offices that would be more convenient for people to get services.

In October, Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield moderated the 7th Annual Silent Witness Project at Burlington County College’s Culinary Arts Center in Mt. Holly. Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) partnered with several other county groups to hold this moving tribute to county residents who were the victims of domestic violence. The event was attended by more than 75 people including local law enforcement, members of the military, county officials, college representatives and other nonprofit groups. The cut-out figures that filled the perimeter of the event represented those county victims that lost their lives to domestic violence. Each figure featured detailed information of the victim. The event — which included a reading of each victim’s story along with other domestic violence statistics — concluded with a somber moment of silence in remembrance of the victims. t Pam Moore, Outreach Education

Specialist for PHDVS, spoke about domestic violence awareness at the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Project Reach Collaborative or ALL Program, contact Lisa Gazzara at 732-350-2120 x8405, or lgazzara@cctrenton.org.

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news from CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

Compassion in Action Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) works to de-escalate crises in the home. There are just 12 employees working at the 24/7 Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) program at Catholic Charities, but they have the combined compassion and energy of an army. This innovative Mercer County program was among the first established by the New Jersey Department of Human Services in 2004 as a way to intervene in and de-escalate a crisis in the homes of children and adolescents facing mental health and other challenges. As word of its successful approach spread among school districts, hospitals, police departments and other youth organizations, the MRSS program went from handling 30 dispatches each month to as many as 70. FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY Program Director Rhoda Dompier MS, CRC, LRC, CPRP, has been at MRSS since its inception and sees a silver lining to the challenges experienced by families seeking

HELPING FAMILIES NAVIGATE The goals of MRSS include rapid response to a call for help during a crisis by dispatching two social workers to the home within an hour of the initial call. Later, the MRSS team works with the family to create a system of support by connecting them to community resources for ongoing counseling, help with basic needs, and if necessary, medical care. MRSS has been successful in reducing the need for hospitalization and in keeping families intact and living safely at home. Interventions have minimized the need for involvement in the

assistance. “Our program sees children and parents at their darkest hour,” she explains. “But when families invite us in to intervene during a crisis, this provides a real opportunity for positive change.

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Donna Fleury, Adela Rivera, Cynthia Bediako, Sandy Carmichael and Rhoda Dompier.

juvenile justice system and have helped children maintain a level of functioning at home and at school. While a family has no limit on the number of times they may call the MRSS program, there is an eight-week limit on the service to each family.

When we are called for help, family members are ready and open to trying a new path in order to avoid conflict and crisis.” Cynthia Bediako, MSW, LCSW has a similar philosophy and views

Oktoberfest for Vets a Success In September, the Monmouth County Board hosted its second annual Oktoberfest for Vets event. This year, more than 150 people attended, helping to raise funds to benefit Catholic Charities Veterans Counseling Program. Last year’s inaugural event was instrumental in helping establish the community-based program which provides counseling to both active and retired military service members and their families.

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s Monmouth County Board and Oktoberfest for Vets volunteers


MRSS as “a gateway to a system of resources and support that will help stabilize and sustain the family.” Bediako adds that MRSS staff “link families and children to other resources such as Medicaid, community mental health providers, school district counselors and when needed, Emergency & Community Services for food, clothing and school supplies.” MRSS staff also help parents develop household budgets, which encourages both sustainability and stability. “I JUST WANT HELP” Calls to MRSS run the gamut and include foster parents asking for advice about how to get a foster child to go to bed on her first night in a new placement, to how to keep an adolescent from running away from home. Both Bediako and Dompier contend that the nature of calls in the past year has grown more serious. “The kids we’re seeing have layers of issues they’re dealing with such as exposure to gun violence, physical and emotional trauma, addiction and other challenges,” says Dompier. “The most heartbreaking calls come from the kids who say, ‘I want help, I want to get out of this situation and be safe,’” she says. For these young people, MRSS is a lifesaver. “While we only get to see them through the first eight weeks of their crisis, we leave them on a path to recovery and stability,” says Dompier. On many occasions, parents and children who were assisted by MRSS return months, or even years later, to visit and thank counselors. “Having a parent tell you that our program saved their kids’ life is tremendously encouraging,” she says.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about MRSS or to access assistance, call 609-584-0790.

Holiday Food and Gift Drives Emergency & Community Services (ECS) and Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) will hold drives for Thanksgiving food and holiday gifts to help local families. For a complete list of items needed, or for more information, contact the program in the county you wish to donate. EMERGENCY & COMMUNITY SERVICES ECS is accepting individual food items and/or gift cards for its Thanksgiving Food Drive. Donations can be dropped off at any of the four following ECS locations until November 15. You can drop off unwrapped toys and gifts for ECS’ Holiday Gift Drive between December 2 and 20 at locations in Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Burlington County 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco 856-764-6940 x6111

Monmouth County Linkages 4261 Route 33, Tinton Falls 732-922-0400

Mercer County

Ocean County 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood 732-363-5322

(drop off Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and noon or 1 and 4 PM)

(donations for Thanksgiving Drive only)

132 N. Warren Street, Trenton 609-394-8847 (drop off Monday through Friday, between 1 and 3 PM)

(drop off Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 4 PM)

(drop off Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 4 PM)

PROVIDENCE HOUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES PHDVS is currently accepting non-perishable food items and gift cards in both Burlington and Ocean counties for its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Supplies are needed to help provide meals to families living in both county emergency safe houses. Holiday gifts for children, teens and moms staying at PHDVS’ emergency safe houses in both counties are also currently being accepted for PHDVS’ Holiday Gift Drive. Burlington County PHDVS Outreach Counseling Center 950A Chester Avenue, Suite 20, Delran 856-824-0599 (drop off Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 4 PM)

Ocean County PHDVS Outreach Counseling Center 88 Schoolhouse Road, Suite 1, Whiting 732-350-2120 (drop off Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 4 PM)

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y all accounts, the 24th Annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance held on September 21 was an extraordinary success. “More than 500 attended and the event generated $230,000 in operating funds for our agency,” says Marlene Laó-Collins, Executive Director. “Our centennial celebration was a great opportunity for us to tell the story of the transforming impact Catholic Charities makes in our community for children, youth and adults. Our mission is inspired by the Gospel and I firmly believe we are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ reaching out to those most in need. It is through the generous support of our donors and volunteers that we are able make this difference.”  The event was coordinated by the largest dinner dance planning committee in the agency’s history, according to Nancy Tompkins, Director of Development. “Our committee co-chairs were Board members Bob Tanzola and George Reilly and thanks to their outstanding leadership the dinner exceeded fundraising goals,” says Tompkins. She adds that committee members were motivated to build a

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successful event after hearing from program staff and consumers at the start of each meeting. “Hearing about how we renew lives firsthand made the need to raise funds even more compelling,” says Tompkins. A SURPRISE GIFT The silent and gift auction portion of the event brought in $22,000 in revenue. Some of the most popular auction items included golf packages, a vacation week in Colorado, beach home vacations and sporting event tickets. One unanticipated source of funds came from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who purchased a 50/50 raffle ticket and returned his $10,000 winnings to Catholic Charities. “We are grateful to all who joined us and in particular to Bishop O’Connell for his generous donation,” says Laó-Collins. More than 170 attendees were new to the Guardian Angel Dinner Dance this year and several commented that the video produced by Riverview Studios provided an inspiring portrayal of Catholic Charities’ efforts and positive impact on the community.


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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, is extremely grateful for the legacy gifts received in 2013:

R  emember loved ones with memorial gifts to Catholic Charities. If you have a family member or friend whose life has been touched by Catholic Charities, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to us in honor of that person. A  rrange a Charitable Gift Annuity. Through a simple contract, you agree to make a donation of cash, stocks or other assets to Catholic Charities. In return, you (and someone else, if you choose) receive a fixed amount each year for the rest of your lifetime.

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Leave a specific percentage of your assets to Catholic Charities. Have your attorney add a clause or codicil to your will that designates what percentage of your total estate you want to donate to Catholic Charities. Name Catholic Charities as the beneficiary of your pension plan, IRA or 401K. Doing this can reduce the estate and income taxes that would go to the IRS. Encourage your attorney and financial planner to promote charitable giving to Catholic Charities. Encourage family and friends to leave legacy gifts to Catholic Charities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Nancy Tompkins, at 609-394-5181 x1161, or ntompkins@cctrenton.org.

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Disclaimer: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, is a human services organization and does not provide tax, legal or financial advice and strongly encourages all of our donors to seek counsel from their own legal and financial advisors.

NJWA Donates $10,000 to Help Sandy Victims New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA) presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, for Hurricane Sandy victim relief. Nancy Tompkins, Director of Development, accepted the donation and gave brief remarks at a NJWA membership luncheon regarding her appreciation of the generous donation along with assuring those in attendance that the gift will be carefully stewarded to help Hurricane Sandy victims.  NJWA President of the Board of Trustees, Michael Lee Foster, presented the check and commented, “We are pleased to support Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton and to help victims of Hurricane Sandy recover. We would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors and members that supported our events in 2013 to make this donation possible.” 

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383 West State Street P.O. Box 1423 Trenton, NJ 08607-1423

With a Little Help From Our Friends For the second consecutive year Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, has brought in more than $100,000 (year-to-date) through its Circle of Friends Annual Campaign. The money raised is used as discretionary funds to support programs where it is needed most. The Circle of Friends Campaign is about building relationships between our friends so that the agency can continue to carry out its mission of helping others — sending forth a ripple of hope that encourages more friends to do the same. Donors can be assured that their gift to Catholic Charities Circle of Friends Annual Campaign is a sound philanthropic investment. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, was recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the most fiscally efficient and responsible non-profits in America, with a minimum of 90% of every dollar raised going directly to programs and services. Most importantly, Catholic Charities would like to thank our group of very generous donors who are deeply committed to our mission to renew lives and restore hope for the poor and vulnerable in central New Jersey. FOR MORE INFORMATION on Circle of Friends, contact Nancy Tompkins at 609-394-5181 x1161, or ntompkins@cctrenton.org. 12 catholiccharitiestrenton.org

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