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Annual Report 2012 Adversity Brings Out the Angels

Message from the Executive Director In talking with staff who work with survivors of Hurricane Sandy, the observations of one was particularly poignant. In recounting his horrific experience of being left behind during the evacuation of Point Pleasant and wheelchair bound, struggling to escape the seawater that filled his ground floor apartment, this soft-spoken gentleman in his 80s said, “Great thing about this storm, it brought all the angels out.â€? He was referring to neighbors who rescued him, sheltered both him and his son for weeks and later, volunteers and staff from our agency who linked him to resources, eventually moving the pair into a new single-family home. What an amazing and inspiring way to view this life-changing event! I feel fortunate to work among angels at Catholic Charities, but am equally blessed to have the opportunity to meet those we assist. Most stubbornly refuse to relinquish hope and are determined to thrive. I hope you will be equally inspired as you read our Hurricane Sandy update and other stories within these pages. For frequent updates, I encourage you to visit us at and Best regards, Marlene LaĂł-Collins


Pre-Audit Summary For The Twelve Months Ending December 31, 2012

United Ways


Revenues by Major Source

Diocese of Trenton


Client and Third Party Fees

$10,853,213 Medicaid and Medicare 17,400,507 New Jersey Department of Human Services 5,995,598 Other federal, state, county and municipal funds 5,495,066 Contributions and donations 619,640 Client and third party fees 354,025 United Ways 701,427 Diocese of Trenton 752,190 Other $42,171,666 Total Program Revenue




Contributions and Donations


Medicaid and Medicare


Other Federal, State, County, and Mu nicipal Funds


New Jersey Department of Human Services


Addiction Services


Expenses by Service Group

Addiction services Basic needs services Children’s services Housing services Mental health counseling services Services for the seriously mentally ill Violence prevention and treatment services Total Program Expenses

$1,419,385 6,298,796 4,879,061 12,304,453 469,467 12,681,516 4,015,149 $42,067,827

nce & Viole ention Prev tment Trea es ic Serv


Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill

Basic Needs Services


Children’s Services



Housing Services


Program Surplus


Mental Health Counseling Services


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, continues to be fiscally responsible, fulfilling the stewardship expected by our funders and donors. Less than 10.9% of our budget is spent on centralized administrative costs. A full financial statement may be obtained by writing to: George Bontcue, Associate Executive Director of Fiscal Affairs Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton 383 West State Street, P.O. Box 1423 Trenton, NJ 08607-1423


How We Changed Lives In 2012

Total clients served


This number may represent duplicated clients in some circumstances

Food Distribution


Services to At-Risk Population


Victims of domestic violence and child abuse

Behavorial Health Services


Housing and Temporary Shelter Services

4,347 1,870 40,400 18,391 1,205

Immigration Services Non-Food Essentials Social Support Services Financial Assistance

Car donations in 2012 Total car donations: 24 • 22 sold for $11,700 • 2 given to needy families valued at $5,995 Grand total value: $17,695


Program Highlights Behavioral Health Services

In August 2012, an eight-unit housing renovation development project was completed at High Street in Burlington City. This project was funded by Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and a Home Depot grant. The eight individuals, living with mental illness in their own permanent housing units made affordable through rent subsidies from DMHAS, moved from supervised residential programs and continue their recovery and participation in the community through work, continued education and received supportive services through the Supportive Housing Team. Housing Development and Supportive Services funding was awarded to Mercer Housing Services to rehabilitate 15 units in Trenton. These units will house individuals with serious mental illness in their own apartment units with support services form the Mercer Housing Team. Project completion is expected in early 2014.

Children & Family Services

In-Home Foster Care Program: 91.5% of resource (foster) families reported a decrease in negative behaviors of foster children in their care as a result of the support and treatment services provided by the program. El Centro was honored by the Hispanic American Medical Association of Central New Jersey as “they have shown commitment and service to the Hispanic community in New Jersey.” The Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy project in Monmouth mades Children and Family Services the lead in the county for implementing this innovative work with children and families affected by trauma.

Emergency & Community Services

Burlington County: Observed its 30th Anniversary. Mercer County: The City of Trenton awarded $180,000 for a Rapid Re-Housing and Street Outreach program for single individuals who are on General Assistance (GA) or eligible for GA. Rapid Re-Housing is designed to shorten the length of time an individual is homeless and provide wrap-around services in the client’s own home. Ocean County: BIA-accredited counselors conducted five presentations for the Monmouth and Ocean communities about the recently enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). More than 200 people have attended these sessions held in Lakewood. More than 350 were in attendance at the presentation given in collaboration with Ocean, Inc., in Toms River. Monmouth County: The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties approved an application to set up a food pantry for Linkages’ residents.

Providence House Domestic Violence Services

In August 2012, Providence House received a three-year, $400,000 grant to provide training on, and expand services to, aging victims of domestic violence. Providence House was significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. See page 11 for how the storm affected the program. For the first time in its history, Providence House receieved $100,000 from the Mission and Ministry Foundation. This grant was used to support the Safe Houses and the critical services provided to victims of domestic abuse and their children in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Providence House’s Domestic Violence Liaison (DVL) program continued to expand. The program was one of only seven recipients to receive funds from the NJ Department of Children and Family Services for a cross-county bi-lingual DVL. Providence House DVLs were able to provide services on 721 cases in Ocean County.


Thank You To Our 2012 Supporters! To save on printing costs, we are publishing an abbreviated donor listing. Please visit for the full list and to sign up for the electronic version of The Spirit! The names for different giving levels reflect those of our Circle of Friends annual campaign. Circle of Friends recognizes individuals who were personally asked to make special leadership gifts to the campaign, and are noted by an asterisk (*) here. For more information about Circle of Friends, please see page 8.

Legacy Circle Planned Gifts to Catholic Charities Estate of Harold H. Dugan, Jr. Estate of Myra J. Hyland Estate of Ms. Marion S. Jans

Shareholder Circle $50,000+

Anonymous AARP Foundation Kemmerer Family Foundation Mission and Ministry, Inc. OceanFirst Foundation

Heritage Circle $25,000-49,999

Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. J. Mark Baiada* Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Berlik* Catholic Charities USA Diocese of Lansing New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women Theresa and Edward O’Toole Foundation Princeton Area Community Foundation Six Talents Foundation, Inc. United Way of Ocean County United Way of Southeastern PA Wawa, Inc.

Leadership Circle $10,000-24,999

The Allied Group Catholic Human Services Foundation Circle BMW Component Hardware Group Inc. Diocese of Trenton Friends at North American Energy Alliance Foundation Gibbons P.C. Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Griffin* Hirair & Anna Hovnanian Foundation Inc. Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. Mr. Daniel F. Lundy* Merrill Lynch Novo Nordisk, Inc. Hon. and Mrs. Anthony Persichilli* Mr. and Mrs. J. George Reilly* St. Thomas More Catholic Community Tyco International, Inc.

Investor Circle $5,000-9,999

A & R Charitable Foundation, Inc.* Advanced Coring and Cutting Corporation Beneficial Bank Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Mary of the Lake No. 310 Celerant Consulting Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Employee Giving Fund Community Foundation of South Jersey Mr. and Mrs. Roy DeFranco Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Durso Ellis Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Gaetano Giordano* Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gordon* Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Guyler IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey Investors Savings Bank Mr. and Mrs. Denis J. Michel* Musumeci Family Foundation*

Ms. Ann C. Neary NJ Shares/Verizon NJ Ms. Donna Richardson Roma Bank Ms. Elizabeth A. Ryan* J. W. Parker, Riverview Studios SC Ministry Foundation St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake St. Francis Medical Center St. John the Baptist Church Mr. Benjamin Stridick The Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown Verizon Foundation Verizon Wireless Wiss & Company LLP Mr. and Mrs. David T. Wright*

Ambassador Circle $1,000-4,999

AT&T Academy of Saint Elizabeth Mr. and Mrs. John Adamiak Mr. Matthew Alexander Allstate Giving Campaign Alpha Baptist Church, Inc. Amboy Bank Mr. and Mrs. Eric Amyot Archer & Greiner, P.C. Mr. and Mrs. David A. Ardito Association of Scientists & Professional Engineering Personnel Bank of America United Way Campaign The Bank of Princeton Barnegat Monthly Meeting Religious Society of Friends Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Barry Mr. and Mrs. Lee E. Berlik Big Dawgs Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Blackwolf Advisors Mr. Mark S. Bolgar Bollinger, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bourbon Dr. and Mrs. Brian J. Boyle Norman Bray, TTEE UA Brewer Direct, Inc. Bristol Myers Squibb Employee Giving Program Mr. Michael Brogan Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Brownmiller Ms. Patricia Buchman Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Buenaga, Jr. Ms. Marybeth S. Burton Mary Ellen Byrne, Ph.D. Lt. Col. and Mrs. Vincent F. Byrnes Mr. Frank Cammarata Ms. Janice Caprio Ms. Dolores Carr Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Carr Mr. and Mrs. Francis S. Cashes Catholic Health East Centryco, Inc. Mr. Jeff Chalovich Mr. Arthur J. Christian Circle Hyundai Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Citta CohnReznick Mr. and Mrs. John Coiro Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey The James and Loretta Colotto Foundation, Inc. Comcast


Mr. Philip L. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Coppola Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Coyle The Curchin Group, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. D’Alessio D’Olier Foundation Mr. Steven Danatos Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. DeFelice Mr. Peter A. DeLotto Department of the Airforce, Offutt Air Force Base Mr. Jesse DeSanto Gregory M. and Deborah M. DeSaye Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. John J. DiBiase Mr. and Mrs. James E. Diefendorf Mauthe and Marsella Dolan Mr. and Mrs. Myles F. Dolan Mr. John Donahue Mr. and Mrs. William N. Dooley Mr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Downes Miss Ann C. Duffy Ms. Mary Ann Dworak Dynatec Systems, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Eberhard Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Eberle Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Fahey Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown Fossils South Jersey, Inc. Fox & Roach Charities Fox Rothchild LLP Mr. Richard B. Frost Mr. Steven Gala Mr. Frederick Galdo Mr. Vincent Gelsomino Georgian Court University Mrs. Ellen Gifford Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gilchrist Mr. Andrew Gillespie Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Gillespie* Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Mr. and Mrs. Frank Golazeski Ms. Maria Gordon Mr. Stephen Graham Ms. Elizabeth Greaney Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Haas, Jr.* Ms. Mary F. Haigney Ms. Lynnette Harms Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Harter, Jr. Herbert, Van Ness, Cayci & Goodell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Herr Mr. David A. Heskin and Ms. Marilou Brill* Mr. Timothy Hickey Mr. and Mrs. Alfred G. Hoerrner Holy Spirit Church Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Hooker Mr. Michael Hooper The Honorable and Mrs. John J. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Hurley Hyatt Regency Princeton Mr. Robert Iannone Informatica Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Inverso* J. Knipper and Company, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Johnson Controls Johnson Controls, Inc. Ms. Margery A. Kalmes Mr. Eugene Keenan Mr. A. James Kelly Mr. Peter R. Kemmerer* Knights of Columbus, Council #1082

Thank You To Our 2012 Supporters! Knights of Columbus, Council #6201 Kohl’s Mr. and Mrs. John Kuchinski Lakewood Blue Claws Baseball Club Lammey & Giorgio Architects Mr. Michael Collins and Mrs. Marlene Laó-Collins* Ms. Donna Lavin Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee Linda Legge, SPHR Mr. and Mrs. Stephan R. Leone* Lockheed Martin Mr. and Mrs. Jerome C. Lomurno Lomurro, Davison, Eastman and Munoz, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Loughman Ms. Louise C. Loza Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Loza* Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Macdonald Mr. John Madden, Jr. Manasquan Elks Lodge #2534 Mr. Russ E. Marcus Mr. and Mrs. Paul Masco Mr. and Mrs. Edward Massari Mater Christi Church Mr. George Mates Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Mr. Alex J Mayer Mr. Thomas L. McCarthy Frances A. McElhill, Esquire* McGowan Builders Mr. Thomas McKenna Mr. and Mrs. John K. McNeil Mr. Thomas M. Mellody Mercedes-Benz of Princeton Merck Partnership for Giving Campaign Mr. and Mrs. Paul Merrill* MetLife Foundation Ms. Carol Lynn Miller Ms. Mary R. Miller Mr. Paul C. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Minch Mission Solutions, LLC Ms. Cassandra O. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Dennis G. Moore Morris Catholic High School Mr. John R. Mullen* Mr. John J. Murphy Mr. Robert P. Murray NJ State Employees Charitable Campaign Mr. Vito Nardelli* Mrs. Louis A. Natale, Jr. National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company/NJM Bank New Jersey Natural Gas Norkus Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Bertha S. Novaczyk Mr. Thomas J. O’Connell Mr. Ray O’Daniels Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. O’Neill* Ocean County Public Employees Combined Campaign OceanFirst Bank Mrs. Mary Lou Oliva* Mr. and Mrs. Henry Opacki* Opdyke Furniture, Inc. Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, West Trenton Outerstuff, Ltd. Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Overbeck PNC Bank Palmyra Riverton Cinnaminson Rotary Charity, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William Pappalardo Mr. Suresh B. Parakoti* ParenteBeard, LLC Joel and Lynn Perlmutter Family Foundation Ms. Mary K. Pettrow

Mr. Paul Polito Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powderly* Mr. and Mrs. John R. Powell Mr. John J. Pritchett Public Service Electric & Gas Co. Mr. Michael Radice Mrs. Natalie S. Ragomo Ray Catena Motor Car Corporation Mr. and Mrs. John J. Reilly* Renaissance Women’s Club Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Reuter Mr. David Ricci Ms. Clare E. Rodgers Rotary Club of Central Ocean The Rubel Family Foundation Russo Music Center Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Ryan William E. Ryan, MD Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Sailor Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Saker ShopRites, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William F. Saldutti Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Savage Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Savino* The EJ Scharpf Foundation* Schwab Charitable Fund Mr. John Seazholtz Shore Professional Business Assoc., Inc. Silver Ridge Park East Association Mr. Kevin K. Singer Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph J. Skalka Ms. Rose Ann Slawson Ms. Pamela H. Smith Soroptimist International of Long Beach Island Mr. Stephen R. Sosna South Jersey Combined Federal Campaign South Knolls Women’s Club Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Southwick Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Spencer Mr. Kevin Sprake St. Charles Borromeo Church, Cinnaminson St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown St. John of the Cross St. Joseph Church, Toms River St. Jude Catholic Church St. Luke’s Parish St. Paul’s Church, Princeton St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold Ms. Dorothy Toris Stack Mr. and Mrs. John M. Stimmel Ms. Diane Sullivan Mr. Thomas Svoboda Mr. and Mrs. Damian Sylvia Ms. Rita M. Szatny and Ms. Barbara McCabe TD Bank TJX Foundation Mr. James F. Talbot Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Tanzola, Jr.* Ms. Letitia C. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. John H. Timoney Title Resource Group, TRG Cares Toms River High School North Mr. and Mrs. William Torpey* Trenton Thunder Trinity High School Truist Truist-United Way UBS Financial Services Inc. United Way of Greater Mercer County United Way of Monmouth County USI Insurance Services, LLC V. J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc. Wakefern Food Corporation/ShopRite Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Walsh* Mr. and Mrs. William S. Walsh Weber Display & Packaging


Mr. Robert Weil Wells Fargo Advisors Wells Fargo Bank The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village Mr. and Mrs. Jay J. Wilder Ms. Kelly Wilder-Willis William Bassler & Associates Ms. M. Barbara Willis Mr. Michael Wilson The David and Kathleen M. Wojcik Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Edward M. Zehler Mr. David E. Zimmer*

Partner Circle $500-999

Mr. Harris J. Adams, Jr. Ms. Patricia Aftoora Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund Mr. and Mrs. John A. Aiello Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Albers America’s Charities Ms. Glenda Amescua Ancient Order of Hibernians Mr. Thomas J. Arlotta Ms. Donna Aromando Ave Maria University, Inc. Ms. Jennifer Crea Aydjian Backhaul Engineering, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Mel Baiada* Ms. Kathleen S. Bailey Ms. Michael Baltish Barlow Chevrolet, Inc. Ms. Christine Barranco Ms. Ramona L. Barrientos Bay Head & Mantoloking PBA 347 Bay Head Chapel Assoc. Beauty Management, Inc. Belmar Fishing Club, Inc. Mr. Richard Benner Mr. and Mrs. George J. Bernet, III Dr. and Mrs. Howard B. Bernstein Mr. John A. Binko Ms. Joan M. Birchenall Mr. and Mrs. Brian J. Bohling Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Bonfiglio Mr. and Mrs. George J. Bontcue* Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Boylan Mr. Thomas M. Bozzick and Ms. Laura A. Hagan Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Brasch Fr. Robert P. Brazaskas Ms. Anne Brophy Mrs. Delores Burke Mr. and Mrs. Brian C. Burriss Mr. Kyle Byrnes CL Nail Parlor Calvary Presbyterian Church, Riverton Ms. Joyce E. Campbell and Mr. Craig Mehler* Ms. Diva L. Campos Mr. Glenn H. Cantor and Ms. Inge S. Eriks Ms. Louise Marsh Carter Cauley Equipment Sales, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Cawley Christ The King Episcopal Church Ms. Eleanor Clark Ms. Patricia A. Clifford Mr. Anthony F. Colao* Condo/House Mart Realtors, Inc. Mr. Neil B. Connelly, Esq., PLLC Mr. Thomas A. Corcoran, Jr. Corsa Management County of Ocean, Dept. of Finance Crestwood Village Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Crowley Mrs. Estrellita Ong Cruz Ms. Margaret K. Cummings Mrs. Karen D’Angelo Mr. Frank Decaria

Thank You To Our 2012 Supporters! Ms. Angela Spence DeGraff* Mr. and Mrs. Albert Del Maestro, Jr. Ms. Martha DeRois Ms. Niki Dickerson Mr. Rocco DiTaranto Mr. and Mrs. George J. Doehner Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Donovan Ms. Catherine F. Dougherty* Dr. and Mrs. Karl H. Ebert Entertainment Industry Foundation Episcopo’s Pharmacy Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fabean Ms. Lori Fabian Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Farina William F. Fearn, M.D. Ms. Dale Feindt Feinstein Foundation Felcor Lodging Trust Mr. Marco Fernandez-Obregon Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Ferraro First Bank Ms. Jeanette M. Fish Mr. and Mrs. Terence P. Flynn Mr. Clarence H. Ford Mr. and Mrs. Val A. Formica Ms. Anne Marie Frederick Mr. and Mrs. John T. Fries GRC Wireless, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. R. Scott Garley Mr. James Garrahan Mr. James J. Gennello Mr. Ron Gering and Mrs. Connie Piscopo-Gering* Ms. Josephine Giordano Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Giordmaine Mr. William Goldate Halston Builders Associates Ms. Ruth Harms Mrs. Mary Louise Hartman Ms. Jeanne R. Hartnett Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Hawryluk Mr. and Mrs. John A. Heffern Ms. Deborah A. Herrington* Mr. John Himmelman Ms. Mary M. Hinkle Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Hodnett Mr. Daniel Hoefflin Mr. Anthony M. Humphreys* Mrs. Elizabeth Hussennetter Incarnate Word Academy Mr. Robert Incitti Johnstone Supply Arnie Kahlenberg Charity Fund, Inc. Kelaher, Garvey, Ballou & Van Dyke Ms. Heather Kistler Mr. and Mrs. Brian T. Kloza Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Knice Knights of Columbus, Council #6284 Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Mr. Robert Kovacs Kozlowski Enterprises, Inc. Carole Krauthamer, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Kuser, Jr. Mr. W. Timothy Kuser Rev. Msgr. Casimir H. Ladzinski Lakewood Rotary Club Foundation Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William F. LaMorte Eugene W. & Gloria Landy Family Foundation Mr. John Laury Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lawrence Lee Brothers Incorporated Mr. Norman Lemonde Mr. and Mrs. John Lestician, Jr. Lighthouse Tabernacle John Little, D.D.S., P.A.* Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mancino Mr. John Marmora* Mr. Leo Mayers Ms. Jane McCloskey

McCollister’s Moving and Storage Ms. Jeanne M. McElwee Mr. and Mrs. David Meade Ms. Jean Metz and Mr. Scott Chamberlin* Mirage Women’s Club Mr. Joseph V. Mockapetris Mr. Dean F. Molz Monmouth University Moorestown Lions Club Mr. and Mrs. Kevin More Ms. Concetta Morris Mr. William Morrison Mr. David M. Muldowney, Jr., CPA Ms. Cathy Murphy NJ Republican State Committee NJ State Policeman’s Benevolent Assoc. Ms. Annette Nikolich Mr. Don Norkus Notre Dame Club of the Jersey Shore Nottingham Insurance O&S Research, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis O’Brien Ms. Sue O’Donnell Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas A. Olimpio Mr. Ethan Ordog PMA Insurance Group Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Paci Palmyra Riverton Cinnaminson Lions Club Paradigm Realty Alliance, LLC Mr. Charles Pender Mr. Henry Petri Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pfeffer, III Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Postel* Presbyterian Church of Burlington The Provident Bank The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mr. Robert Ranftle Ms. Suzanne Richer and Mr. Jean-Pierre Geronimi* Ronstan Paper and Packaging Mr. Robert J. Rosone Rotary Club of Beachwood-Berkeley Rotary Club of Toms River Rotary Club of Willingboro Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Ryan Ms. Donna Anne Sakowski Mr. and Mrs. John J. Sawn Mr. and Mrs. William H. Schmermund Ms. Gladys Schultz Scooter 2, LLC Ms. Ann Seaborg Seaside Heights Moose Lodge 399 Mrs. Gloria Senno Sferra Bros., LTD. Shear Inspirations The Shillelagh Club Skylink Technology Mr. Edward J. Smith Mr. Maurice J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith Mr. Wallace F. Smith Sobel & Co., LLC Ms. Kathleen M. Spivey St. Aloysius Church, Jackson St. Catharine’s Church, Holmdel St. Charles Borromeo Holy Name Society St. David the King Church, Princeton Junction St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School St. Leo the Great Church, Lincroft St. Mary Church, Colts Neck St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Burlington St. Peter’s at the Light Ms. Elizabeth Stavola Ms. Deborah Stellhorn Ms. William Stout Mr. George M. Strack Ms. Sharyl Sullican


Ms. Lynne Taus-Sergi Tenant Construction, LLC Terrace United Methodist Women The Campaign to Elect Michael Turley Ms. Nancy Tompkins and Mr. Ronald Logan* Torcon, Inc. Ms. Kathleen Tracey Ms. Kathryn Jean Turner* United Way of Central Jersey, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Edward VanWoudenberg Mr. Joseph Vaszily Village Office Supply Vincenzo’s Pizza and Grill Mr. Peter Vosbikian Fr. Michael Waites Mr. Jeffry Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Walsh Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Walsingham Ms. Christine Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Weber Mr. and Mrs. Junius E. White, Jr. Mr. Daniel Willard Mr. Leonard J. Wojton, Jr. Ms. Geri Wolf Woman’s Club of Brielle Women’s Club of Lake Ridge Mr. John Yavorsky

We sincerely regret any errors or omissions. If you made a contribution and it is not listed here, please contact Nancy Tompkins at 609-394-5181, ext. 1161 or

Four out of five philanthropic dollars are contributed by individuals and bequests. Our 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. We view it as an additional way of helping others at their time of need and in doing so, sending forth a ripple of hope that encourages our friends to do the same. Please contact Nancy Tompkins, Development Director, at 609-394-5181, ext. 1161 or, for questions or more information.

FAQs About Car Donations What are the benefits of donating my car to Catholic Charities? You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus, you avoid the costs associated with selling your car.

What paperwork do I need? The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title (pink slip). Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien].

Does Catholic Charities handle everything for me? Yes. If your car is not in running condition, we will tow it. We will also provide everything you need to qualify for a tax deduction.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation? Yes, we will issue a receipt at the time of vehicle pick-up. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make and model of the car you are donating. We issue a tax form to every vehicle donor at any amount as an official legal record of the transaction.

What does Catholic Charities do with donated vehicles? The majority of vehicles are sold at wholesale or salvaged. We then use the proceeds to fund services. Cars in good running condition are evaluated and donated to a client in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth or Ocean counties.

How is the value determined on the vehicle donated? The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle? We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within two to three business days.

If the vehicle is given to a client, you will still receive a Form 1098-C noting that it was given to an individual or family in need. You and your tax advisor will determine the fair market value as your deduction because the vehicle was kept in service.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up? No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our business director at 1-877-383-CCDT.

Vehicle Donation Helps Trenton Family Get Back on the Road to Self Sufficiency Raymond and Lashette Collins came to the Housing Now Program in March 2012 after Lashette read a local newspaper article about the new rapid re-housing program at Emergency and Community Services in Trenton. The couple have two children and had been residing in a tiny motel room for four months. The case manager at Housing Now developed a plan with the family to address their homeless situation and move them to stable housing. By God’s grace and the persistence and hard work of the Housing Now team, Lashette and her family were housed after five days in the program. From left: Bruno Cellucci; Lashette and Raymond Collins; Kormasa Taylor from Rapid Rehousing at Catholic Charities.

Today, Raymond and Lashette are the happy and very grateful recipients of a beautiful Honda Odyssey minivan donated to Catholic Charities. The car’s donor asked only that the minivan be given to a client in need. The family was selected as the recipient of the donated minivan based on a number of factors, including their assessed need; good driving records and history of car ownership; ability to fund insurance and maintenance costs; and past and current employment history. When handed the keys to the car, Raymond and Lashette were overcome with gratitude and appreciation to Catholic Charities and to the donor of the minivan. For information on the car donation program, please contact Bruno Cellucci, Director of Accounting and Business Services and director of the car donation program, at


Hurricane Sandy Report to the Community

Funding received $8.7 million

Services provided We partnered with the Church of the Visitation in Brick to provide case management and counseling services on-site at the parish’s relief center. We also connected Church of the Visitation with the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), providing a mobile health unit on-site at the Visitation Relief Center every Saturday. Through CHF, compassion fatigue training was provided to the staff and volunteers of Church of the Visitation and St. Barnabas Parish.

State contract awarded to provide disaster case management statewide through October 2014


Robin Hood Foundation funding to provide mental health counseling and to hire a resource specialist to identify existing resources and help develop others



Gift cards provided by OceanFirst Foundation and ShopRite, from the Wakefern Corporation, to households impacted by Sandy

Families that received, or are receiving, disaster case management



Direct financial assistance provided to families

Monetary donations from individuals across the country



Approximate amount of gift cards that have been distributed

Material and in-kind donations



Gift cards from the NJ Coalition of Battered Women to provide to victims of domestic violence impacted by Sandy in Ocean County

Counseling sessions provided to people suffering from storm-related trauma

Sewn in St. Louis Customers of Jackman Fabrics in St. Louis, MO, volunteered to sew hundreds of blankets and scarves in the company’s sewing machine department for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Jackman Fabrics donated equipment, fabric and paid for the shipping costs. We received 22 boxes stuffed with beautiful, cozy creations for all those impacted by the storm. Jackman Fabrics customer Dianna Powell helped coordinate the effort, and owner Amy Jackman Green offered to donate the material and shipping costs. 10

Honoring Those Who Gave Their Hearts to Ocean County After the Storm Two volunteers from Catholic Charities were honored at the United Way of Ocean County’s 2013 Young Altruistic Professional (YAP) Awards held on March 20 at Hemingway’s Café in Seaside Heights. All of this year’s honorees provided immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Lauren Stevens (pictured, top right, with Barbara Clancey, Community Affairs Manager of Emergency & Community Services) volunteered at Ocean County Emergency & Community Services (OECS). She worked through the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism. Lauren began by recruiting helpers to unload a tractortrailer. After seeing the amount of donations that needed to be mobilized, she continued to help at OECS in Lakewood until the flow of donations decreased. Danielle Meyer (pictured, bottom right, with Mary Pettrow, Associate Director of Providence House) ran the Safe House at Providence House during the storm. She had no power or water at her own home, yet reported to work where she supported clients, handled crisis calls and prepared clients to relocate to an alternate Safe House. Danielle also assisted in creating an outreach relief pantry of supplies. Congratulations and thank you both for your service!

Impact on Domestic Violence Victims: A Unique Perspective

Some of the most vulnerable we serve, victims of domestic violence, were particularly impacted by the storm. The storm impacted the Safe Houses in both Burlington and Ocean counties differently, but significantly. In Ocean County, the power went out at the Safe House early in the storm and a state of emergency was declared. The emergency declaration prevented in-house maintenance from being able to respond to the Safe House. During the storm, a huge tree fell in the backyard, breaking the gate and part of a six-foot fence. The Safe House lost power and a temporary generator was plugged in, but that only provided minimal lighting/heating for two days. Once the highways were deemed safe, the residents of the Ocean County Safe House were transferred to the Burlington County Safe House. This resulted in a number of logistical issues, the most challenging of which was transporting the clients when most gas stations no longer had gasoline and many staff had been personally impacted by the hurricane, some even not being able to return to their flooded or damaged homes. Mary Pettrow, Associate Director of Providence House, facilitated a plan, and even siphoned gasoline from the generator into cars so that the clients could safely get to the Burlington County Safe House. On October 31, five women and five children from the Ocean County Safe House were transferred to the Burlington County Safe House, which was already filled and at capacity. Fortunately, because Providence House receives some funding from FEMA, they were allowed to go over capacity and accommodate 37 residents. Volunteers and staff made sure there was enough food and resources for all of the families. After the storm, most Ocean County residents were without power and cellular phone service. The Ocean County Safe House and its 24-hour hotline were without power for two weeks. The hotline was transferred to Burlington County until power was restored at the Ocean County Outreach Office. While the hotline was able to be answered there during the day, Monday through Friday, calls were transferred to Burlington County at night and weekends until power was permanently restored to the Ocean County Safe House. The Safe House in Ocean County reopened on November 12. 11

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Your Voice Matters On April 25, a group of 70 motivated staff and consumers gathered for Catholic Charities 6th Annual Advocacy Day. The event was held at The Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville, NJ, and featured a keynote address by the Deputy Commissioner of NJ Department of Human Services, Lowell Arye. Several agencies were present including Mercer County Board of Social Services, and Burlington County Board of Social Services. The entire day was full of education and empowerment for everyone involved!

A Royal Baby Shower Providence House in Burlington County would like to sincerely thank Ann Baiada (pictured above at right) and Karen Mestichelli for hosting the “Royal Baby Shower” in honor of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Over 90 “princesses” participated, about 80 attended and about 10 more sent gifts, donating hundreds of diapers, wipes, baby bath toiletries and many other items to Providence House.

From left: Hope Massa; Esther Utah-Agbai; Joyce Campbell, Associate Executive Director of External Affairs.

Volunteers Honored The Fix-It Program recognized its volunteers on April 17 at The Chelsea at Toms River. The program helps Ocean County residents 60 years and older to maintain their independence with minor home repairs. Tom Connors, Coordinator of the Fix-It Program, announced that the program assisted 500 seniors in 2012. Carmen Pagan, Program Director of Ocean County Emergency & Community Services, and Mr. Connors (pictured at left) were both given an award by Jane Maloney, Director of the Office of Senior Services. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving services, please contact Tom Connors at 732-363-5322, or 12

Catholic Charities Is Off and Running Into Its Second Century of Service! Catholic Charities first ever 5k walk/run was a runaway success! There were 80 runners to help us celebrate our Centennial on Saturday, April 6th. Mercer County Park provided an idyllic setting, the weather was brisk but sunny, and even canine runners seemed to have a great time! The event raised more than $7,000. Proceeds from the run will be split evenly and put directly back into Catholic Charities programs. Thank you to all who participated, especially to the dedicated volunteers from Catholic Charities and Sam’s Club who made the event possible by helping lug in supplies, set up and clean up! We are also grateful to our sponsors: PNC Bank; Reilly Financial Group, an office of MetLife; Roma Bank; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Wegmans; NAMI Mercer; and Saker ShopRite. We would also like to thank Red Robin in Hamilton, NJ, and Sports Authority for their food and prize donations!

5k Winners Male 1. Paul Muniz, Piscataway, NJ Time: 19:53.56 2. Julio Garcia, Hamilton, NJ Time: 20:12.44 3. Paul Marzan, Hamilton Sq., NJ Time: 20:17.41 Female 1. Diana Inverso, Robbinsville, NJ Time: 21:50.15 2. Melanie Basil, Metuchen, NJ Time: 22:09.81 3. Stefani Meyer, Garfield, NJ Time: 25:55.15 Under 18 Male and Female • David Soltis, Lawrenceville, NJ Time: 20:47.82 • Amparo Polos, Lawrenceville, NJ Time: 25:23.94 See page 14 for an interview with the winner, Paul Muniz!

All photos by Keith Swango Photography.

Burlington County’s Prom Queens Burlington County Emergency & Community Services held its first annual Prom Dress Event on April 5. Girls found their dream dress among the lovely donated gowns and dresses and also received a $25 Target gift card to purchase accessories. The event was a huge success, enjoyed by parents, staff and volunteers!

On March 29, students from Hudson County Community College spent the afternoon cleaning up leaves and broken branches in the front yard at Providence House’s emergency Safe House in Ocean County. The group did a tremendous job. Thank you!


Ray of Hope Gala Marks 16 Years of Renewing Lives in Monmouth County The Ray of Hope Gala took place on April 26 at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale. Nearly $110,000 was raised to benefit Catholic Charities programs and services in Monmouth County. Gala co-chairs, Barbara Willis, Valarie DeFelice, Jennifer More and a dedicated committee worked tirelessly to plan and execute the 16th Annual Ray of Hope Gala. Red Bank-based AH Fisher Diamonds donated a stunning vintage-style ladies platinum ring that was the highlight of the live auction.

Pictured here, from left: Jennifer More, Barbara Willis, Larry Durso, Pat Durso, Valarie DeFelice.

Parishioners from Saint Leo the Great, Pat and Larry Durso, were awarded the 2013 Ray of Hope Outstanding Service Award for their contributions to Catholic Charities programs in Monmouth County, as well as lending their support to several other organizations. Please visit for more about the Ray of Hope Gala and Monmouth County programs.

Who’s Got Spirit? Paul Muniz is not only an athlete, but a new employee of Catholic Charities-- he works as a case manager at Emergency & Community Services (ECS). Read on to find out what he does for the organization, how long he’s been a runner, and how he found out about Catholic Charities. Christa Marzan: How did you first hear about Catholic Charities? Paul Muniz: I volunteered with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Metuchen in high school, so I’ve been familiar with the name for a few years. I found out about my current position because I read that the city of Trenton was receiving funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. I reached out to the city regarding potential jobs and was referred to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.

through a Catholic Charities e-newsletter, but didn’t register until the morning of the race. CM: How long have you been a runner? PM: How long have I been walking? (chuckles) About eight years. CM: Who is your role model or inspiration? PM: The inspiration for my work is my godfather, Pete Muniz. He was a Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts who was homeless. He stayed with family on-andoff for some time, but then sometimes ended up walking the streets. Later in life, he ended up in places not meant for human habitation. He passed away in 2005. Seeing what happened to him taught me at an early age that homelessness can be out of one’s control.

CM: What do you do at ECS? PM: I am a Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager at ECS in Mercer County. I work with single, homeless consumers to help them find permanent housing, employment, and other services. CM: What do you enjoy most about your work at Catholic Charities? PM: The satisfaction of helping others. It’s comforting to know that my work is an extension of my heart. The staff at ECS in Mercer County helps to put humanity back into the system by trying to break the cycle of poverty.

The inspiration for my running is an athlete named Nick Newell. Nick is an undefeated, up-and-coming martial Photo courtesy of The Trenton Times artist with one arm who just won a world title. Seeing Nick overcome the odds shows me that I can do it too, regardless of the sport.

CM: What prompted you to participate in the 5K? PM: I found out about the 5K about a week before

This fall, Paul will attend Cornell University on a full scholarship to earn his PhD in sociology. 14

2013 Guardian Angel Dinner Dance

Thanks to our sponsorship commitments to date (as of press time) Centennial Archer & Greiner, P.C. Cocktail Honorable Anthony J. and Judith M. Persichilli Floral and Band J. Mark and Ann D. Baiada

Pictured here from left: M. Barbara Willis; Frances A. McElhill, Esquire, and James Carll of Archer & Greiner, P.C.; Hon. Anthony J. Persichilli; Wilson B. Bagley; J. Mark and Ann D. Baiada; Christie Winters of Church of the Visitation; Monsignor Dubell of St. Mary of the Lakes.

The 24th Annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance (GADD) will be held on Saturday, September 21 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. GADD is black tie optional and will feature silent and gift auctions. Music will be provided by Misson Dance. Tickets for the event are $210 per person. This wonderful event supports our mission of alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life for individuals and families, especially the poor and vulnerable. It also recognizes individuals and organizations in the community for their dedication and commitment in striving to improve the quality of life for those in need. The following individuals are being recognized this year for their continued dedication and compassion of individuals and organizations in the community who strive to improve the quality of life: Award Recipients Richard J. Hughes Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, Humanitarian Award: J. Mark and Ann D. Baiada

Video Riverview Studios and Roma Bank Behavioral Health Services Reilly Financial Group, an office of MetLife Children & Family Services Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Emergency & Community Services Anonymous and St. Robert Bellarmine Church Providence House Domestic Violence Services NJ SHARES/Verizon NJ and St. Francis Medical Center Archangels The Bank of Princeton J. Knipper and Company, Inc. Phoenix Packaging & Fulfillment Guardian Angels Lammey and Giorgio Architects

Burlington Light of Hope: St. Mary of the Lakes Mercer Light of Hope: Hon. Anthony J. Persichilli Monmouth Light of Hope: M. Barbara Willis Ocean Light of Hope: Church of the Visitation Corporate Citizen Award: Archer & Greiner, P.C. Client Achievement Award: Wilson B. Bagley Centennial Award: Daniel F. Lundy The following sponsorships are still available Printing, Mail & Auction: $12,000 Archangel: $5,000 Guardian Angel: $3,500 Angel: $2,500 For more information about reservations and sponsorships, please contact Jane Hargraves at 609-394-5181, ext. 1159 or 15

Angels Boehm Brewer Direct inc. DataSource, Inc. Georgian Court University Peter and Mary Ellen Griffin Hyatt Regency Princeton Micro Stamping Morgan Stanley & Company New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company/NJM Bank New Jersey Natural Gas PNC V. J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc.

Publisher: Marlene Laó-Collins Editor in Chief: Lisa Thibault Graphic Designer: Christa Marzan Contributors: Bruno Cellucci, Barbara Clancey, Jane Hargraves, Marcia Fishkin, Rachel Johnston, Marlene Laó-Collins, Christa Marzan, Pam Marshall, Maria Nikolatos, Mary Pettrow, Carol Spiker, Lisa Thibault, Nancy Tompkins, Esther Utah-Agbai Printing: Garrison Printing Company Pennsauken, NJ This publication was created at Catholic Charities’ Central Administrative Services. 383 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08607 609-394-5181

Hunger Doesn’t Go On Vacation Last year, we helped over 48,000 individuals receive food. Unfortunately, 42% of them were children. Many children no longer receive breakfast or lunch once school ends for the summer. Visit to see how you can help.

Save the Date! 19th Annual Taste of Burlington County Wednesday, October 9, 2013 The Merion, Cinnaminson For more information, contact Rachel Johnston at or 856-824-0599 ext. 234

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

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