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Guadalupe Family Services 2015 Executive Summary

In Camden, For Camden…Hope, Help, and Healing® Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography


In Camden, For Camden…Hope, Help, and Healing Message from the Director and Founder Dear Friends, In 2015, Pope Francis visited the United States and reminded us all of God’s call to live a life of caring for others. The most memorable moment for me was when Pope Francis came through the doors of Independence Hall to Aaron Copland’s stirring music, Fanfare for the Common Man. Pope Francis is so inspirational. He is a common man, following God’s call to live a life caring for others. What he does, we are all called to do! 2015 is also a special year because we celebrated our 20th year of service to the people of Camden, New Jersey. GFS cares for the lives of others. Our programs create meaningful opportunities and empower families and individuals to make positive change in their lives. Camden has the reputation of being one of the poorest, most violent cities in the United States. We see the potential for a better future for each person we encounter and for Camden. 2015 was a very successful year, allowing us to provide services to more than 1,000 people through counseling, education, skill building, and community outreach. As a non-profit organization, each of our programs require grants, donations, partnerships, and volunteers. Our circle of impact includes those who give their time and support to make our work possible. We are most appreciative of those who have been such strong supporters of our work. This annual report is a reflection of our vision to give hope, help, and healing to families in Camden. This report highlights both the core of our work and our growth over the past 20 years. We see a positive future for Camden as we continue to invest in the youth of this city and the families that are the foundation of our community. We continue to endeavor to achieve our mission …. Sister Helen Cole SSJ, MSW, LCSW

“Our time has a great need for hope! The young can no longer be robbed of hope. … The young need hope. It is necessary to offer concrete signs of hope to those who experience pain and suffering. Social organizations and associations, as well as individuals who strive towards acceptance and sharing, are generators of hope.” ~Pope Francis (2015)


In Camden, For Camden…Hope, Help, and Healing Mission Statement Guadalupe Family Services is a professional social service agency committed to maintaining, strengthening, and reconciling the relationships that form the foundation of our community -- The Family. Our goal is to enrich and transform our neighborhood by empowering the community, responding to evolving needs through innovative and collaborative service, and counseling families and individuals toward positive change.

Purpose Guadalupe Family Services was incorporated in 1995, with the purpose to: • Counsel and serve families in distress to promote hope, health, and healing • Educate families on community resources available to improve quality of life • Advocate on behalf of underserved persons to improve public benefits, housing, health care, and opportunities for youth • Prevent violence in the community and in the family


Programs Since its incorporation in 1995, Guadalupe Family Services (GFS) has worked to meet the complex needs of the Camden community in unique and personal ways. GFS is committed to affirming the dignity of each human person through Christ-like compassion and outreach to the underserved. Comprehensive Social Services: GFS engages individuals, couples, and families through: • Family and individual counseling on trauma, grief and loss, behavior, and relationships • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holiday food baskets • Family Life Program provides clothing, food, diapers, and other essential items • Charitable assistance to those who have nowhere else to turn for help • Resume writing and job search assistance • Advise individuals and families on issues of budgeting and bill payment, employment opportunities, and accessing basic needs like food and health care • Translation and notary public services to enable access to government services •

Facilitate services with partnering agencies ensuring comprehensive support for individuals and families in need


Community Education: GFS empowers our neighbors through its relationship with: •

Camden District Council Collaborative Board (DCCB) to improve relationships between the community and police by fostering dialogue and transparency

Rutgers University, City officials, and area non-profits to collaborate on events for Camden residents

Diocese of Camden Community Relations meetings to gather information on programs like grant writing, free eye glasses, Discovery House programs, and PSE&G utilities assistance opportunities, all in order to disseminate this information to our community and partner organizations

Friends of Northgate Park Association holiday parties to build a community support structure by celebrating families and children

School parent information meetings to promote healthy families through access to our counseling and youth development services

Advocacy: GFS changes and improves the quality of life for Camden residents as a champion for the underserved in North Camden with its partners, through: •

Catholic Charities board membership enables GFS to have a voice for decisions for those in need on a Diocesan level

Camden County Metro Police Department works with GFS to bridge relationships with the community and to enhance community policing efforts

Camden County Office of the Prosecutor regularly consults with GFS regarding victims of violent crime

Families of victims of violence are guided and companioned by GFS staff through the criminal justice system

Save Our Waterfront board membership ensures proper redevelopment of the North Camden neighborhood and advocates for employment opportunities for Camden residents

Violence Prevention: GFS reduces violence and heals those affected by it through: •

Individual and family counseling with victims of violence

Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement (CASA) youth development and empowerment program

Project Guardian, a gang intervention program sponsored by the Camden County Metro Police Department

Life skills education at Holy Name School

Summer Camp for 8-12 year olds

Teen Adventure Week for 14-18 year olds

Annual Vigil for Peace honoring victims of violence and their families to encourage peace in the new year


Vigil For Peace

Since 1995, GFS has companioned families of murder victims through its Vigil for Peace

every December. In 2015, the Vigil lasted 33 hours, an hour of prayer for each of the 33

victims of violence in Camden that year. Hour after hour, families gathered in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to remember their loved ones, to honor the lives of the

victims of violence, and to pray for peace

and justice in their homes, their city, and our world. GFS comforted more family members than in any previous year. Clergy and

parishioners from all 8 Catholic Churches in Camden united with the victims’ families,

witnessing to the incredible power of prayer

and solace that the Church offers to those in profound grief.


CASA

In 2012, GFS started a youth empowerment program called

Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement (CASA). The group started with only 10 high school

teens that met once a week. Since then CASA membership grew to 100 teens and provides after

school programs 5 days a week.


CASA and Den Sweeney Photography worked together to highlight the

challenges and dreams of Camden

Photo Exhibition

youth through photography. Den

Sweeney and 30 CASA teens explored their most meaningful location in

Camden. Mr. Sweeney photographed the teen and their chosen location,

and each teen wrote a reflection to accompany their photo.

This collaboration is a window into

Camden through the eyes of young people who have both struggled with urban poverty and set goals for

themselves to improve their lives. This exhibition was highlighted at the IDEA

Theater in Camden, when more than 100 people attended the opening, including Camden County Police Department Chief Thomson and

Deputy Chief Wysocki, community leaders, teachers, and the teens’ families. The exhibition will be

displayed at the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers University from May 24 through August 12, 2016.

Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography


Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography

Mock Trial

Through a partnership with the Rutgers Center for the Arts and the DCCB, 20 CASA teens analyzed and prepared a mock trial based on the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Under the direction of 2 experienced lawyers and a homicide investigator, the students learned about the criminal justice system and

discussed racial disparities in the US. After 16 weeks of practice and debate, the mock trial took place in front of Judge Schneider at the Federal Courthouse in Camden. The program’s success and impact was highlighted in local media including the Philadelphia Inquirer and SJ Magazine.


In the city of Camden, where only 64% of the

population has a high school diploma, CASA promotes high school completion and encourages its students to consider college. The College Access Program works with each student to examine their best post-secondary options including college, trade schools, and military service. The process exposes students to opportunities through college visits, SAT prep classes, assistance with applications, essay writing, financial aid, and assessment of admission offers. In addition, CASA works to prepare parents for their child’s transition to college and to celebrate their success. CASA has a 100% high school graduation rate.

College Access Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography


In response to the need for ongoing support after high school, GFS developed the Next Step program for college students. GFS offers support and guidance on job readiness, career building, and issues young adults experience. Next Step

provides a sense of belonging and offers support for young people looking to improve their lives. GFS meets quarterly with 25 young adults.

Next Step


Project Guardian is a gang intervention program with the Camden County Metro Police Department and other community

agencies. GFS partnered in 3 interventions at the Antioch Baptist Church to address the alarming rates of violent crime

involving children between the ages of 12 and 18. GFS met with parents and youth to discuss their needs, create a vision for better choices in the future, and offer our services to families in crisis. The

groundbreaking program is intended to listen to and support families in order to stop the cycle of violent crime. The Camden County Metro Police Department consulted with GFS on the implementation of this endeavor. With the success of this program, the US District

Attorney intends to replicate it in similar communities.

Project Guardian


Each Christmas season, GFS gives

Christmas presents to children who would otherwise not receive gifts.

very special Christmas morning thanks to the 80 families and 20

organizations that donated gifts. One family wrote, “This year has

been very difficult for us. My kids

have experienced pain and sadness

but thanks to your friends they were able to have a happy Christmas morning. Thank you so much!”

Beyond just the presents that fill the home, the family experiences the

true Christmas spirit of generosity

and gratitude. As one mother said, “I

can’t believe they don’t even know me and my kids but would want to

help us!”

Christmas Gifts

This year, 500 children woke up to a


Summer Camp

Every summer, GFS organizes and facilitates a summer camp for youth to escape the inner city for 5 weeks. This unique partnership with Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) is in its 21st year for children. This summer camp expands children’s horizons through educational, recreational, and social experiences. With this long history, 8 former summer

campers are now successful alumni of SJU. In 2015, 2 GFS employees and 6 SJU college students supervised 35 children ages 8 through 12. For 5 weeks, children visited the Franklin Institute, Johnson’s Farm,

Bounce U, Ocean City, Saint Joseph’s University, the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, a weekly trip to Mr. Finegan’s pool party, and many more adventures.


Summer Camp

Teen Adventure Week

Every summer, GFS organizes and facilitates a summer camp for youth to escape the inner city for 5 weeks. This unique partnership with Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) is in its 21st year for children. This summer camp expands children’s horizons through educational, recreational, and social experiences. With this long history, 8 former summer campers are now successful alumni of SJU. In 2015, 2 GFS employees and 6 SJU college students supervised 35 children ages 8 through

12. For 5 weeks, children visited the Franklin Institute, Johnson’s Farm, Bounce U, Ocean City, Saint Joseph’s University, the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, a weekly trip to Mr. Finegan’s pool party, and many more adventures.

Teen Adventure Week

In 2011, GFS expanded our summer camp to offer an exciting opportunity for high school students. This teen-focused week brings Camden youth out of the city and provides lifechanging experiences. This week includes a college tour, a NYC Broadway show, a high

adventure activity like white water rafting, rock climbing or zip lining, a life skills workshop like the art of fine dining, dating or theater etiquette, a day trip to Sea Isle City, and a pool party. In 2015, 35 teens enjoyed the Broadway Show Kinky

In 2011, GFS expanded our summer campOne toteen offer exciting opportunity forminded!” high school students. This Boots and discussed diversity and acceptance. said,an “Life is more fun when you are open The week also teen-focused week brings Camden youth out of the city and provides included a tour of Saint Joseph’s University followed by dinner at Cuba Libre restaurantlife-changing in Philadelphia. experiences. This

week includes a college tour, a NYC Broadway show, a high adventure activity like white water rafting,

rock climbing or zip lining, a life skills workshop like the art of fine dining, dating or theater etiquette, a day trip to Sea Isle City, and a pool party. In 2015, 35 teens enjoyed the Broadway Show Kinky Boots diversity and acceptance. One teen said, “Life is more fun when you are open minded!” and discussed The week also included a tour of Saint Joseph’s University followed by dinner at Cuba Libre restaurant in Philadelphia.


Services by the Numbers In 2015, GFS provided comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally respective services in the following areas: 500 children received Christmas gifts 180 elementary school students at Holy Name School participated in life skills and violence prevention education 75 teens attended CASA programs 50 middle school students at Holy Name School participated in group therapy sessions 45 clients counseled by licensed social workers 35 children attended Summer Camp for 5 weeks 35 teens enjoyed Teen Adventure Week 30 family members traumatized by violent crime were supported through the legal process to bring the accused to justice 25 students applied to colleges through our College Access Program 25 young adults attended the inaugural Next Step meeting 21 students assisted with high school applications, scholarships, and financial aid 10 college campuses visited 8 service projects completed 7 hours of after school tutoring for high school students offered weekly 6 guest speakers at CASA 6 students graduated from the CASA SAT prep program 2 overnight retreat and service programs for teens 1 Next Step student featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer for his volunteer work Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography


Volunteers 150 individuals attended the Crossing the River for A Cause fundraiser 120 young professionals attended the Take The Tower fundraiser 80 individuals and families provided Christmas gifts to children 25 chaperones volunteered for the Summer Camp’s day at the beach 20 organizations provided Christmas gifts to children 8 SJU students volunteered weekly at CASA 5 peer tutors from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School taught CASA teens 5 adults volunteered full-time at CASA

Staff Sister Helen Cole, Sister of Saint Joseph, Master of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Director and Founder Lourdes Gonzalez-Sherby, Master of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Bi-Lingual Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Director of CASA Tim Gallagher, Master of Social Work Community Outreach Worker and Assistant Director of CASA Ryan Langton, Bachelors of Arts Community Outreach Worker Colleen Alvarado Administrative Assistant


Income

2014-2015 Financial Summary Grants

10% 10%

Fundraiser 19%

20%

Diocese of Camden Contract and Client Fees

7%

Organizational Donors

7%

27%

Private Donors

HNCM

Private Donors Organizational Donors Fundraiser Holy Name of Camden Ministries Grants Contract and Client Fees Diocese of Camden

Expenses 9%

Salaries and BeneYits

14%

Operating Expenses

9%

Program Expenses 68% Welfare and Social Activities

Salaries and Benefits Program Expenses Operating Expenses Welfare and Social Activities

$81,771 $60,000 $57,368 $30,000 $29,912 $21,410 $20,504

$300,965 Income

$203,190.00 $41,878.00 $26,850.00 $25,874.00 $297,792 Expenses

Image Courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography


Partners Bishop Eustace Preparatory School Camden Center for Law Social Justice Camden County Metro Police Department Camden County Office of the Prosecutor Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Charities

Catholic Partnership Schools Den Sweeney Photography

Rutgers University Office of Civic Engagement

DeSales Service Works

Saint Joseph’s Prep

Diocese of Camden Community Relations Board

Saint Joseph’s University

District Council Collaborative Board (DCCB)

Saint Luke’s Catholic Medical Services Sbars Inc.

Holy Name of Camden

Townsend Press

Ministries Holy Name School

Villanova University

Knights of Columbus Norwood Fontbonne Academy


Board Members Kevin Moran, MSW, MPA Chairman of the Board Executive Director, New Visions Homeless Day Shelter

Marlene Ramos Human Social Specialist, Bi-Lingual II, Camden County Board of Social Services

Michele Emery, NP, Treasurer Regional Director, Walgreens Wellness Clinic

Paul Dannenfelser, MSSW Social Worker

Nancy Jerome, Secretary Volunteer, CASA Co-Founder, Crossing the River For a Cause Event

Sean McCloskey Co-Founder, Lavahound; Consultant, Transmogrify

Vincent McDermott, MD Physician, Retired Kevin Hickey, MA Executive Director of Catholic Charities Regina Bartler Director of Marketing, Bartler Wealth Management Co-Founder, Crossing the River For a Cause Event

Jennifer Bonetti Fay, MA, JD Attorney at Law Prince Holloway, JD Attorney at Law, Stampone Law Robert Grady Managing General Partner, EXL, LLC and ASRM, LLC Thomas M. Keeley-Cain, Esq. Attorney at Law


As “broken� as many may assume this city is, it has so much potential within its avenues, boulevards, and streets. I am a student-athlete,

scholar, leader, and proud to be from Camden, NJ. I have much to offer to this world. I no longer settle for an image of a disgraceful city. I am an example of those striving in this city, and I refuse to fall victim to statistics and

stereotypes. ~Stephen, CASA Youth Leader

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“No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.� -Father Gregg Boyle SJ, Tattoos On The Heart (2011)


In Camden, For Camden‌Hope, Help, and Healing

Guadalupe Family Services 509 State St. Camden NJ 08102 856-365-8081 www.guadalupefamilyservices.org

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