JFS Currents - Summer 2022

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JFS Works with the Central Municipal Court of Atlantic County

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wo years ago, the idea of a countywide municipal court was introduced as a shared service initiative to reduce costs, duplication and provide tax relief. Recognizing that individuals have better outcomes with support, JFS offered to partner to provide immediate interventions for people during their time of need.

other resources as an alternative to traditional municipal fines and punishments. The JFS staff assists individuals in managing processes including court hearings, meeting with counsel to prevent recidivism, and potential fines. In addition, they provide counseling, case management services and can connect individuals affected by domestic violence to our partnership with Avanzar.

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Students Slam Dunk Food Drive

Stockton University students Julie Tran and Lynn Tran volunteered to check product dates and organize the pantry. of the

Sarah Lee, Lauren Wright, Gina DeAnnuntis, and Amanda Moscillo donated hygiene products to restock the Specialty Pantry with basic necessities.

As a first-responder in Atlantic County, JFS is a go-to support for social services. With a significant presence across the criminal justice system in the county, and more than 15 years of experience directly collaborating with municipal courts, JFS steadfastly became part of this initiative. Staff expertise, along with other key community partnerships, assisted in the formation of a social services program for immediate impact.

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With an office at the Atlantic County Jail and an array of support for those justice involved, JFS showed success during the 90-day pilot program. Subsequently, the agency was announced as an ongoing partner for the Consolidated Court to provide social service support through a multi-year contract.

The court operates five days a week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4pm. Court is held in-person two days a week and virtually three days a week. For more information on the Consolidated Court program, call 609.402.2099.

Case managers are tasked with connecting those in need to mental health and drug addiction services and

Team members from Walmart Market 165 donated boxes of non-perishable food, unpacked goods and helped stock shelves.

“A person addicted to opioids can voluntarily go from court immediately to carry out a complete treatment plan with support and safety,” explained Iyana James, JFS Justice Involved Services Supervisor, who was instrumental in launching the program. “JFS social services support offers consistency of linkages, interventions and significant impact on the improvement of individuals’ lives.”

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Belhaven Middle School students hosted a March Madness collection of food and other pantry products.

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In January 2022, the Central Municipal Court of Atlantic County opened with a pilot program featuring JFS as its social service provider. A first-of-its-kind in the State of New Jersey, the Central Municipal Court of Atlantic County handles hearing an array of cases from nine county municipalities including Corbin City, Egg Harbor Township, Estell Manor, Galloway, Hamilton Township, Linwood, Northfield, Port Republic, Ventnor, and Weymouth Township.

As the meeting progressed, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations Beth Joseph welcomed and thanked new agency donors – The Lynn & Charles Kramer Family Fund, Debbi & Michael Bass, Atlantic City Electric, Janet & Kenneth Grossman, Arlene Groch, Esq., J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home & Monuments, and Visiting Angels. In addition, Beth thanked TD Charitable Fund, Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, and Mutual of America for increasing their generous funding support. She also recognized the agency’s more than 65 Life & Legacy donors who selected to leave a legacy gift in their will, trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy to JFS.

Andrea Steinberg (second from left) and Beth Joseph (right) present a plaque at the Annual Meeting to Mark Kramer and Michele Sloane of The Lynn and Charles Kramer Family Fund..JFS

Volunteer of the Year Paula Koiro (center) is congratulated by JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator Mary DeMarco at the Annual Meeting.

JFS Annual Meeting

After two years of gathering virtually, the Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for staff, Board members, volunteers and donors to come together in-person on June 16th. Attendees heard about the agency’s continuing evolution and growth as well as installations, donor recognition, volunteer appreciation and staff awards.

It has been an honor to work for JFS for the past 16 years, and I look forward to continuing to lead this amazing team for the next decade. I joined the agency in August 2006. I was received with open arms and learned quickly that Atlantic County was a place my family would call home.

State of the Agency

Andrea Steinberg, CEO

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In August 2021, we tripled the size of our Food Pantry to meet the growing nutrition needs. We now offer fresh fruits and vegetables, along with meats, specialty items and a family pantry. We anticipate providing 100,000 lbs. of food to 9,000 community members this year.

The agency has made strides over the past 16 years based on our combined strengths and desired impact for the people and communities we serve. Looking ahead, the collective high-level vision of the agency remains tikkun olam - to heal the world. We work diligently to plan, strategize, build relationships and secure funds to make daily decisions in order to achieve that vision.

Atlantic County ranks top in the nation for unemployment. We are grateful to Senator Polistina and Congressman Van Drew for supporting The Boosting to Work Initiative. If funded through the Federal budget, this initiative will ensure our community’s broader pandemic recovery by helping employers fill open jobs while assisting those who are unemployed or underemployed.

Whether we are called on to respond to economic downturns, natural disasters, or a pandemic, or proactively designing and implementing programs to support health and wellness, our collective vision, strength and creativity have us poised to develop solutions. Our strategy fosters an environment of nimbleness and agility to build out a strong agency in the future. I know JFS will continue to build its diverse and talented staff, be a partner in the community, and steward of dollars to continue to achieve a shared vision on behalf of the diverse community we serve.

We are fortunate to be the recipient of Office of Minority and Multicultural Health funding to address COVID-19 inequities by increasing access to testing, education, vaccination, and social support services for marginalized populations at higher risk. This funding compliments our larger vision of diversity, equity and inclusion for all consumers, staff and the community at-large.

At that time, the Board outlined goals: JFS should no longer be the best-kept secret; diversify funding; and assure JFS continues to meet the growing needs in the community. Today, the secret is out: our staff has grown from 50 employees to 175 and our budget from $3.5 million to $15 million. We serve 13,000 people per year.

Addressing the pandemic was one example of how we accomplished that vision. Based on our assessment of the community’s needs, we achieved expansion in homeless services with the addition of Department of Community Affairs projects like Eviction Diversion, Access to Council, and programming through private funding from TD Bank, Housing for Everyone. As a result, we provided services for 2,500 people, secured housing for 850, and averted eviction for 325 households.

At the dinner, JFS Past President Marc Lowenstein swore in four new JFS Board members who each serve a one-year term. They included Charles Kramer, Robin Pincus-Shields, Adam R. Steinberg, and Aaron R. Sykes. In addition, he swore in Mark Sandson for a two-year Board term and Colin Bell for a three-year Board term. The agency also extended a heartfelt thank you for their hard work and support to outgoing Board members Joel Frankel and Jeffrey Vasser. Then, JFS Chief Impact Officer Laura Rodgers welcomed Alex Marino, Chair of JFS’ Community Advisory Board, to recognize the newest members of this entity – Adam Barker, Esq., Vernon Lawrence, The Honorable Susan F. Maven, Victor Moreno, Roslyn Talley, and James “Skip” Williams.

Volunteers are the backbone of the agency and in 2021, JFS had 104 volunteers who donated 3,575 hours with friendly visits, grocery shopping and delivery, assisting at special events, sorting and stacking products in the food pantry and more. JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith and JFS Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator Mary DeMarco congratulated Paula Koiro on being named the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. Paula volunteered 111 hours last year delivering groceries and meals to older adults.

With nearly 175 staff members, JFS Chief Operating Officer Ann Thoresen recognized staff members celebrating anniversaries with the agency.

Beyond the pandemic, our work has continued to grow. JFS has taken an active role in providing social services in the newly developed Consolidated Municipal Court. This project has JFS working with nine municipalities to provide services and support to prevent deeper involvement in the justice system.

Sheila Concepcion, Rita Conti, Brittany French, Patience James, Vanessa King, Lauren Lodato, Michael O’Brien, Christina Swank, Kathryn Turcotte and Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft celebrated five years of service at JFS. In addition, Yesenia Pedroza was recognized for

State of the Agency

Mental Health needs are at an all-time high, and we are responding with new programs and services through funding from CRDA, JFS Fund, Jewish Federation of North America and donations. Our goal in the coming years is to exponentially increase access to counseling and reduce wait times.

The pandemic put our important work with adults and older adults at the forefront, and the Kramer family recognized this shift. As a result, in September 2021, JFS renamed the Village in memory of long-time friend and philanthropist, Lynn Kramer. Assisting elderly people is at our core, it remains a priority as community members’ age, and need support.

Past President Marc Lowenstein (left) installs new Board members Aaron R. Sykes (center) and Adam R. Steinberg during the Annual Meeting.

JFS staff Patience James, Mara Bienstock, Judy Rios, Laura Rodgers, and Rita Conti enjoy the agency’s Annual Meeting.

While the Board has a macro perspective of the agency, it’s the staff who handle the micro perspective and day-to-day operations. I wanted to share the impact of their work. In the past 12 months, the Food Pantry distributed 100,000 lbs. of food and basic essentials to over 8,600 individuals and families, including 3,402 children, and delivered 3,045 Kosher ready-to-eat meals to seniors. JFS therapists provided 9,003 counseling and therapy sessions to people of all ages. And, in just three months’ time, from December 2021 to February 2022, JFS’ AHA staff were able to provide 48 individuals or families with permanent housing, 150 with temporary housing, and reunified four households. JFS staff continue with their commitments to helping people. They routinely mend hearts and minds, and are true professional heroes.

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At the Annual Meeting, JFS Board President Joel Caplan presented Sarah Rosenthal with the prestigious President’s Award for her commitment to the betterment of the community and agency. As he shared, “Sarah’s mother instilled a commitment to care for people in the community and do what you can to make it a better place.

The gravity of the pandemic is evident. Children and adults continue to struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues that can have severe ripple effects if left untreated. A recent CDC survey of American high school students found that 56% say they feel persistent sadness and hopelessness. Currently, JFS has more than 75 children, ages 4 – 17, on a waitlist for counseling and therapy. These numbers are startling, which is why JFS has taken immediate action to address local mental health needs in order to help avert a post-pandemic mental health crisis. In May, the JFS Board and JFS Fund approved the addition of a full-time child and adolescent therapist, which should immediately cut the waitlist by as much as one-third. We are also building a fundraising campaign to fully address the mental health needs of local young residents, and to sustainably increase capacities for and access to therapy services.

Looking ahead, JFS will continue to evolve, grow and create a lasting positive impression within our community. That’s because the amazing staff, leadership, supporters, volunteers and Board members will carry out the mission and vision of JFS with the same unabated commitment and passion that they have consistently demonstrated.

JFS Honored by Legal Services of NJ

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10 years at JFS. Erin Bowes, Stacy McDonald, and Jessica Reinhardt were acknowledged for 15 years of service. Also, Ann Thoresen and Sharon Simon dedicated 20 years and Marie Reyes-Canales 25 years.

Sarah is on several fundraising agency committees including House Tour, Cocktail Party and Golf Tournament as well as serves as Secretary on the JFS Board of Directors.” Sarah and her husband, Daniel, are committed to building a strong Jewish community for future generations.

Staff members Kristin Alzamora and Laura Rodgers accept an award on behalf of JFS at the LSNJ event.

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Joel Caplan, Ph.D.

I want to end by saying thank you to my fellow Board members, Community Advisory Committee members, JFS staff, volunteers, donors, and other friends and partners for your unwavering support. Thank you for helping to improve our world, in the spirit of tikkun olam.

Clinically-Licensed Child Therapist (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist) Strength in Community Questions? Call the Human Resources department at 609.822.1108. JFS is HIRING! Help JFS address the mental health crisis! Visit jfsatlantic.org, click ‘Employment’ and apply.

In June, JFS was recognized by the Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) for providing much-needed legal services to low-income community residents.

Lauren Lodato and Sheila Concepcion were presented with certificates by JFS Senior Director of Human Resources Greg Rosenblit for celebrating their fifth anniversary at JFS during the Annual Meeting.

As I begin my second year as President, I continue to witness the enormous impact JFS staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, supporters and others have made within the community in which many of us live and work. Our partnerships with local governments, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders, help make JFS a strong agency that also strengthens our communities and residents in Lastneed.year, one of my initial undertakings was to create task force committees including Strategic Partnerships, PR & Marketing, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to further engage Board members in specific aspects of the agency. This enables us to directly network alongside JFS leaders to build better relationships and more resilient partnerships with businesses and community groups, and to more dynamically share knowledge and expertise on programs and events that will help JFS and its clients thrive.

Lastly, JFS Senior Director of Human Resources Greg Rosenblit announced the staff Service, Heart & Soul, and Leadership Awards. As Greg said, “There is no greater honor than being selected by those who truly understand the work you do and what it takes to do it well.”

JFS staff use a holistic approach to connect individuals with wrap-around services, and work with clients, especially since the onset of the pandemic, who need security deposits, back rent, clothing and other basic necessities.

For the past 16 years, Andrea Steinberg has been at the helm putting her heart and soul into JFS. Under her leadership, the agency has expanded services and programs to meet the needs of residents in Atlantic & Cape May Counties – many of which are the envy of other counties and states. It is imperative to have a compassionate and hardworking leader of our highly-respected agency. While we are unable to predict all that the future holds, we can rest assured that our agency’s leadership is secure. I’m pleased to share that Andrea has renewed her position as CEO for 10 more years.

State of the Agency

The winners are: Outstanding Service Award – Pamela Palmer, Eric Kaplan, Fatimah Archie, Lauren Lodato and Sheila Concepcion; Heart & Soul Award – Vickie Perry, Eileen Boyer Durante, Leonard Smith, Jeff Willson and Paola Luisi, and the Leadership Award was presented to Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft.

Sarah Rosenthal Receives President’s Award

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The staff are the engine of our agency. JFS is 175 employees strong and every one makes an impact. You ease hunger, you calm minds, you shelter families. You do so much for so many. And because of what you do, you positively change lives and safeguard our communities.

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Last year, JFS provided 98 Atlantic City residents with Outpatient Counseling services including youth interventions, functional family therapy and case management services. It is projected double that are awaiting or in need of services. To address the demand, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) awarded JFS a $685,000 multiyear grant to support Outpatient Counseling services for Atlantic City residents. The generous funds, which will be utilized over three years, will support mental health care programs for those in need.

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The pandemic has been a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities. To address the mental health needs of individuals and families in our community, JFS is working diligently to expand services, hours and locations to reduce wait times and create greater access to care. In addition to grant funding, the agency allocated $100,000 from its savings fund for a fulltime therapist who takes private insurance and specializes in therapy with children.

With such high demand, JFS aims to raise an additional $500,000 to provide counseling and mental health services to those who need it most. With the proper help, each day there’s hope that it will be better than the day before.

JFS is working in overdrive to keep up with counseling requests

CRDA Awards Grant for Expanded Mental Health Services in Atlantic City

“CRDA proudly supports the efforts of JFS in addressing mental health in Atlantic City and surrounding areas,” said CRDA Executive Director Sean Pattwell. “The grant will fund much-needed health services, particularly in light of many unmet needs during the pandemic.”

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In the initial year, JFS will partner with the distinguished Leaders in Training (LIT) program and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to serve youth as well as property employees who reside in Atlantic City and are seeking mental health assistance. In subsequent years, JFS will explore additional partnerships that will promote the health, well-being and productivity of Atlantic City residents. Additionally, CRDA funding will provide 163 Atlantic City children, teenagers, adults, families and seniors with outpatient counseling. AGENCY IN ACTION...

JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, Atlantic City Business Administrator Anthony Swan, Second Baptist Church Representative and Leadership in Training Representative Ambrose Gray, JFS Senior Director Outpatient Services Naomi Jones, AC Police Department Captain Rudy Lushina, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director Sean Pattwell, and Hard Rock Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs Sharon Pearce cut the ribbon on expanded counseling and mental health services at JFS’ Atlantic City office.

ental health treatment is imperative for many and there is a high demand for qualified therapists. Despite providing 9,003 therapy sessions last year, JFS, along with providers nationwide, have lengthy wait lists. Needs are greater and the stakes are higher.

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JFS to Hire Additional Clinically-Licensed Child Therapist

JFS was awarded a $150,000 grant from the JFNA Center for Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma. Funds will provide individual and group therapies to older adults impacted by trauma, and case management services as well as a full-time on-staff therapist. As accessibility is critical, therapy is offered in-home, office, or remotely based on the client preference. Currently, JFS assists 200 older adults, including 25 Holocaust survivors, residing in Atlantic County.

This additional therapist builds capacity while accepting most major health insurances. For a child who needs therapy the options are extremely limited, especially in Atlantic County. The added JFS therapist will be trained in evidencedbased practices including trauma interventions.

Children’s mental health is in crisis. The needs among children has increased four times compared to pre-pandemic. Not only has the number of those needing service grown, but the intensity of the support needed has risen drastically.

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At JFS, we are committed to taking care of the next generation. A mental health issue did not develop in a day and will not be resolved in a day, but will be nurtured through providing patience, understanding and care.

“Even more so since the onset of the pandemic, mental health issues have come to the forefront, especially in children who lacked social interaction due to the upheaval of their daily routine,” said Naomi Jones, Ph.D., JFS Senior Director of Outpatient Services.

*This program is made possible by federal funds from a grant through The JFNA Center for Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma. Approximately 75% of the project, or $150,000, comes from federal sources. Approximately 25% or $50,000 comes from non-federal sources.

An anonymous donor has graciously gifted JFS with a matching funds commitment up to the first $25,000! To donate, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or send a check to JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 . Please indicate that the donation is for the “Mental Health Fund” For more information, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations at 609.822.7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org. DONATE TO THE JFS MENTAL HEALTH FUND GOAL $500,000 $25,000asofAugust2022

The mental health crisis is only further exacerbated by the employment crisis. The agency is currently accepting applications for a clinically-licensed (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist) therapist to work in the Margate office. JFS’ goal is to have no children on the outpatient counseling waiting list by early 2023.

“As a District, we are pleased to partner to provide additional mental health support for our students and their families,” said Dr. Michelle CarneyRay-Yoder. “Our students will have a variety of support groups available during the day along with individual counseling opportunities. A collaborative relationship with JFS further strengthens our school community.”

JFS Partners with Somers Point Schools

The average wait-time nationwide for counseling is more than three months. Despite expanding hours, adding programs and tele-health options, JFS still has 75 children, ages 4 – 17, on its waiting list. With this staggering number, JFS’ Board of Directors, in partnership with the JFS Fund Committee, approved the hiring of an additional full-time clinically-licensed child and adolescent therapist, which should immediately cut the waitlist by as much as one-third.

Jordan Road School Assistant Principal Melanie Wagner, Jordan Road School Principal Carleena Supp, JFS Senior Director of Outpatient Services Dr. Naomi Jones, Somers Point School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle CarneyRay-Yoder, JFS Therapist Jessica Imperatore, and Jordan Road School Psychologist Carly Stranges cut the ribbon on the new JFS Resource Center at the middle school.

“The pandemic has shown what a difference we can make when we come together, especially for those older adults at highest risk of COVID-19,” said Mark Wilf, Chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees. “Holocaust survivors are our teachers and our heroes, and we are committed to empowering them to live with comfort in their communities. The Federation system is humbled and proud to help thousands of Holocaust survivors, as well as other older trauma survivors and their families during their time of need.”

JFS has provided in-person and tele-health therapy and counseling sessions to 224 children so far in 2022, and our agency has more than 300 additional requests for counseling sessions for all ages.

With a heighten awareness of anxiety, depression, peer pressure, grief and more amongst elementary and middle school children, JFS and the Somers Point School District developed a partnership program offering on-site individual and family therapy sessions at the Dawes Avenue and Jordan Road schools.

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In addition to therapy, the program offers educational and support groups as well as resources on de-stressing and coping skills. Financial support for the program has been graciously provided by the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

“I have enjoyed so many programs and services in my three years as a Village member. I encourage everyone to join the Village and take advantage of everything it has to offer. You can be part of something so helpful in our community,” Lynne shared.

“Between the pandemic and my children living on the east and west coasts, it will be our first get together in seven years. We’re certainly going to have lots ofUntilhugs.”then, Lynne keeps busy participating in Village programs, playing Bridge, exercising, reading biographies and mystery novels – something she’s done since being 10-years-old with Agatha Christie books – and making homemade soups, a hobby she picked up from the Comfort Cooking Workshop, within the past two years.

Village memberships are $18 per month. For more information or to sign-up, contact Tina Serota at tserota@jfsatlantic.org.

hen Lynne Walters speaks about several of her eight grandchildren, she beams with pride. As she shared, “My oldest grandchild is pursuing her doctorate in chemistry and the twins, who are seniors at Lehigh University studying English and Engineering, respectively, are enjoying a semester in Ireland. My youngest granddaughter recently celebrated her BatTheMitzvah.”petite,

Now, with pandemic restrictions easing, Lynne is excited to get back to doing in-person things like the planned family reunion with her children, Howard, Jeff and Dana, their spouses, and her grandchildren this summer in Virginia.

The basement became many things to us, transforming into what we needed at any given moment in our lives. I needed space for my ballet. Frank and I were taking ballroom dance lessons. Dennis needed an escape from pesty younger brothers. My parents, anxious to have us somewhere safe, cooperated and purchased a stereo for our new basement room. It stood on legs and was a large square mahogany box capable of playing records as loud as we needed. We moved assorted discarded furniture into the space, a couch, chair, and some end tables.

My father decided to take up lapidary as a hobby, and he sectioned off a corner of our basement

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It’s that same sense of enthusiasm that Lynne and her late husband, Bob, who were married for 38½ years, enjoyed as avid travelers. The couple liked sightseeing and making memories on their world adventures to Greece, Turkey, England, Asia, Hawaii, African Safari – the nature and animals were beautiful – and Israel, which is closest to her heart. “I was carrying a book by James Michener, The Source, which tells the story about a freshwater well just north of Makor (Hebrew for “source”) when we were actually going through the area in Israel. It was amazing,” said Lynne.

as his workshop. He would escape to that space, smoking endless Pall Mall cigarettes. Dad created beautiful semi-precious gems. Despite his skill with jewelry, his handyman skills were lacking. On one memorable afternoon when I was a teenager, he decided to fix the water pipes in the basement. The stream of water rushed from an open pipe and flooded our wonderful basement. My little brothers, seeing an opportunity, grabbed their surfboards and floated gleefully around the basement with cries of “Surf’s Up!” Dad did not find this funny.

My Halloween birthday celebrations always took place in that basement. It was easy to hang orange and black decorations from the rafters and transform the space into the creepy place that was its origin. We would hang apples from the rafters instead bobbing into a bucket of water. My brothers, Frank and Den, eventually escaped our little brothers and made a bedroom in a corner of the basement. We made sure to preserve our entertainment spot and dance floor. Our beautiful stereo remained lodged in the corner. A dark, unpromising space continued to evolve into the safest escape in the house.

Many years later when I was twenty-six and married with a house of my own, our brother TJ, ten years younger than me, moved into the basement bedroom. He decorated with handpainted scenes from Lord of the Rings, not

knowing that a few years later he would be in a wheelchair. Upon returning from months of rehab, TJ said, “I’ll never see my paintings again.”

Kenny, the youngest of our brothers, escaped to the basement bedroom as a young adult. He renovated our space into a beautiful bedroom and spa bathroom complete with jacuzzi. His hard work provided just the place he needed to begin his career in computer science. The basement, once dark and forbidding, became a haven for each of us when we needed it most.

e were drawn to the basement. It was damp, musty, smelling of moldy wet concrete. It was dark and a perfect place for us to escape. The steps were treacherous… open, steep, rickety wood. We always kept the door to the basement closed, and no one ever tumbled down to the unforgiving floor.

Join Us in the Basement: A memoir excerpt

Barbara Law shares her excerpt from the Village Memoir Writing class

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My husband, Roy, cut the basement wallboard, framed the artwork, and delivered it to TJ’s Florida home.

soft-spoken former literacy teacher expresses the same enthusiasm when she talks about the services and programs offered through The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore.

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My mother needed space for her food supply. As a child whose mother had died at a young age, she had to take care of young siblings and deal with the threat of not enough food. Mom stocked the basement with a vast pantry—a mini grocery store. She always made sure there were plenty of pickles known as the VanLangen green vegetable.

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“I work from a recipe and modify the ingredients a bit. So far, I’ve made chicken with matzo balls, carrot soup, butternut curry and parsnip and leeks soup.” In addition, with the Atlantic City Boardwalk outside her front door, she strolls the sandy beach and takes late afternoon walks.

“During the pandemic, I really appreciated the volunteers who went grocery shopping for me,” Lynne said. “The programs that Tina (Serota) brought on-line offered me a morning activity. I particularly enjoyed the Positivity Project, Comfort Cooking, Movie Society, and my favorite, Coffee Klatch, an outstanding, multi-sided conversation where everyone is encouraged to participate.”

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Sorry, but Medicare is not free. Yes, there are some plans that give extra benefits but be wary of anyone pushing to give you free benefits. Advantage plans can offer some dental, vision and hearing benefits, whereas Supplemental plans offer discounts on those same benefits.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meredith Cheifetz

Meredith knows the importance of volunteering and shares that when her mother, Rosalyn August, retired from working endless hours in retail about 13 years ago, she began volunteering. Currently, she serves on the Executive Boards of Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) of South Florida, Birthright of South Florida, and the American Technion Society. As Meredith said, “Even from a young age, I’ve been thankful for having what my family and I need. To me, giving a gift is much better than getting a gift and by using my education and career experience, I feel like I’m able to share my knowledge with a client.”

Be cautious about who is on the other end of your phone call. Do not give any personal information including your Social Security number, Medicare ID number, date of birth, etc. Companies are using very alike caller IDs to make you think they are someone other than who they are, which is likely a call center looking to change you out of your current Medicare plan to another plan.

“It’s important for individuals who are about to sign-up, or are currently Medicare participants, to understand even the basics of the program in order to avoid potentially getting scammed,” said Amanda Reese, Medicare Department Manager at Hafetz & Associates. “There are three important factors to know related to Medicare.”

More than a year ago, they made that dream a reality by relocating to the Jersey Shore. After settling in their Margate home, Meredith looked for organizations where she could donate her time. With a professional background in nutrition and wellness, Meredith knew the Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service would be a perfect match.

When not working or volunteering, Meredith enjoys Canasta and Mahjong with friends, playing tennis and golf, reading, walking her dog on the beach, and working out at the Jewish Community Center. “I love being involved in the community and Margate has certainly been warm and welcoming to my family and me,” she said.

Did you get a somewhat official looking postcard in the mail asking you to complete and send information back? This was not sent from Medicare or Social Security. Filing out and sending the postcard back will add you to call and mailing lists for that company’s plans.

Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

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This contains content from The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore Summer 2022 newsletter. To receive the newsletter in its entirety, contact 609.822.1109 or villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org.

• Know when your Medicare sign-up time is! Scammers love to put you in a panic, not thinking you have time to confirm their information and saying yes to them because of pressure. Do research and know what timeframes you have for enrollment.

Remember, you can report any Medicare waste, fraud, or abuse to https:// seniormedicarepatrolnj.org.

For anyone looking to volunteer at JFS or another organization, Meredith said, “Just do it. Doing a good deed helps someone in need and you feel good that you were able to assist.”

Is everything free?

Watching Out for Medicare Scams

Below are tips to help minimize scammers taking advantage of you.

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Is that postcard real?

• Talk to friends, relatives, community leaders, etc. for referrals. Knowing who you are working with and that others had a good experience can help alleviate the stress of working with strangers.

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with the client to garner a better prospective on their preferences and how food supports their respective conditions. In addition to packing and delivering grocery bags, she also checks expiration dates on canned and boxed foods as well as stocks and straightens products on the pantry shelves.

Is Medicare calling you?

• Work with a company that offers multiple carriers and plan types. These companies can show multiple options to compare, so you can make an educated decision on what plan best fits your needs and budget.

edicare fraud is a pervasive program that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The fraud is primarily caused by identify theft when someone uses your personal information without your consent. Have you ever spoken to a telemarketer who recommends you order an unneeded back, wrist or knee brace? What about a misleading television commercial that advertises how they can offer you more coverage than Medicare? Navigating around the misinformation has become an increased responsibility for the Medicare market.

With her honed expertise, Meredith works to understand a JFS client’s intricate nutritional needs and the fruits, vegetables and proteins that best fit their dietary restrictions. Some weeks, Meredith delivers the overflowing JFS grocery bags which gives her an opportunity to spend time speaking

Each week, she spends two hours packing 15 – 20 food bags for clients who have special dietary needs. As a seasoned Nutrition Counselor in private practice for 20 years, Meredith’s passion in health and wellness is evident. She works as an independent provider with insurance companies including Blue Cross, Aetna, and United Healthcare on their health and wellness programs for the Philadelphia School District, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Arcadia University and General Electric to name a few. “I love helping my clients develop healthier lifestyle habits to improve their health and feel well,” she shared.

For more information on Volunteer opportunities, contact Vanessa Smith at vsmith@jfsatlantic.org.

rior to moving to the beachside community, Meredith Cheifetz and her husband of 25 years, Steve, loved to spend summers at the shore with their children, Lauren, Ben and Jessica. From dipping their toes in the sparkling ocean to strolling the soft caramel sandy beaches and making family memories at amusement parks, mini-golf courses and savoring shore favorites like pizza and salt water taffy, Meredith and Steve always knew they wanted to own a piece of paradise.

TD Charitable Foundation Awards JFS Housing for Everyone Funding

Jason Goldstein, CFSP, Owner of J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc., presents a $2,500 check to JFS’ Beth Joseph.

The housing affordability crisis has worsened from the COVID-19 pandemic impact and housing organizations have worked tirelessly to meet the increasing need of help from individuals and families. Subsequently, this has strained affordable housing organizations as agencies strive to continue to deliver critical resources and services. In three months’ time, from December 2021 to February 2022, JFS’ AHA staff was able to provide 48 individuals or families with permanent housing, 150 with temporary housing, and reunified four

In 2021, nearly 600 individuals received one or more JFS Wellness services including COVID-19 educational information, vaccinations and testing referrals as well as participated in diabetes self-management and nurse educator services workshops.

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“Thehouseholds.COVID-19 pandemic has created so much uncertainty and presented many challenges for those in our community. We have witnessed the incredible work JFS has done to support those who need it the most feel more confident about their future. With the support from the TD Charitable Foundation, I am confident that JFS can help even more of our neighbors in need,” said Mike Carbone, Regional President for Metro Pennsylvania/Metro New Jersey at TD Bank.

J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc. made a two-year pledge of $2,500 annually to JFS. As an agency Builder Donor, the funds will assure residents and clients in the community continue to receive services and programs that benefit their individual needs.

JFS’ Beth Joseph (center) accepts a check from Visiting Angels Owner Patty Laychock along with staff Samantha Stroby, Jennifer Duffy, and Lily Sutton.

“At JFS, we’ve witnessed first-hand the increase in need for housing and supportive services from residents. As this is the second generous grant provided to our agency by the TD Charitable Foundation, it reflects the immense need for help from individuals and families in the community,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “These funds will assure our Atlantic Homeless Alliance (AHA) staff can continue to work cohesively with those in need to secure them safe and affordable housing.”

J.S. Goldstein Becomes an Agency Donor

“I believe that it is important to be there for the community not just when they need me, but to be a contributing member during celebrations, events, volunteer opportunities, and civic responsibilities,” said Jason Goldstein.

he Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the charitable arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, awarded JFS a $45,000 grant to support the agency’s Wellness Network (WN), a program that promotes primary care and preventative health services, such as cancer screenings, for individuals impacted by health inequities.

“We are delighted to welcome J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc. as an Agency Donor. Owner Jason Goldstein has been an ardent supporter of JFS including the Golf Tournament, Card Party, and Cocktail Party. In addition, Jason and his family, Jessica, Sam, and Luke have been committed to assisting the agency’s Food Pantry through donations, community collections and volunteerism,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO.

For more than 13 years, Visiting Angels has been supporting and participating in JFS programs including The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, Card Party, and Turkey Drive. The company sponsors fundraising events, participates in programs to share their knowledge on homecare options, and contributes to the agency’s Food Pantry.

“Visiting Angels is committed to assisting adults by providing comprehensive homecare,“ said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “ We are proud to partner to help our local Village members.”

JFS Receives Grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

For years, the Wellness Network has provided a lifeline for Atlantic County residents who have one or more chronic conditions and experience barriers to care. JFS works with a multi-disciplinary coalition of medical and mental health providers, and social service agencies to inform on wellness interventions and help improve health outcomes for Atlantic County residents.

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With more than two decades in the funeral industry in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties, Jason Goldstein, CFSP, serves as the proprietor of the Mays Landing business. With licenses as a funeral director and embalmer in three states – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts – and as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service – Jason compassionately assists families through a difficult time in their lives.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Senior Program Officer Jennifer Goudy (right) presents a check to Sharon Simon, Rothenberg Center for Family Life Supervisor at JFS..

Paige Carlson-Heim, Head of TD Charitable Foundation and Office of Charitable & Corporate Giving, presents a $150,000 check to JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg. Representing the TD Charitable Foundation are VP/Retail Market Manager Jeff Dolan, Senior VP Ocean-Atlantic Region David Nilsen, and VP/Senior Regional Giving Manager Renee Rattigan. With Andrea are JFS Director of Atlantic Homeless Alliance Christine Zoda-Egizi and JFS Chief Impact Officer Laura Rodgers.

Visiting Angels of Atlantic County made a two-year pledge to JFS which will assure older adults in the community continue to enjoy programs and have access to services for their individual needs.

In 2022, Visiting Angels received the distinguished Best of Home Care – Top 100 Leader in ChoiceandEmployeroftheCareAwardExperiencefromHomePulse,and2022BestHomeCareofChoiceProviderofawards.

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At JFS, we encourage strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors, and vital communities and with your support, the light will continue burning from generation to generation.

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JFS is the place people turn to when they have nowhere else to go. From hunger to nourishment, isolation to connection, and despair to hope, individuals and families of all faiths come to us to realize their potential, achieve personal goals and enhance their quality of life.

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The Wawa Foundation selected JFS to receive a $15,000 grant to support the on-site Food Pantry and Nutritional Services. The funds will assure the agency continues to keep its pantry well-stocked to accommodate the increase in requests from individuals and families in the region.

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The JFS Life & Legacy initiative is a partnership program by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The program motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. At this time, JFS has received more than 60 legacy commitments with bequeathing an estimated $2 million of future funding.

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“The Wawa Foundation continues to be an ardent JFS partner through their charitable giving. They are committed to supporting healthy living programs and leading hunger relief efforts, which ultimately builds stronger communities,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO.

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For more information about leaving a legacy gift, contact Beth Joseph at 609.822.7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org.

While no one knows what the future holds, the Life & Legacy after-life giving program offers you the opportunity to bequeath a donation to JFS in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy in order to maximize the impact and leave our community in the most solid foundation possible. It allows you to pave the way to provide for future generations to live a thriving Jewish life right here in Atlantic County.

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Atlantic City Electric, an Exelon company, has made a $3,000 pledge to be a JFS agency donor in 2022. The funds will support health and social service programs to assure residents and clients continue to receive services that benefit their individual needs.

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On average, JFS distributes 100 bags of food each week to Atlantic County residents. The bags are filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, poultry, canned goods, snacks and more.

JFS received a $181,299 grant from the Claims Conference to assist the region’s 25 Holocaust survivors. The funds were part of a $720 million allocation to more than 300 social service organizations worldwide.

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“Protecting the environment is important. We are thankful for the business supporters who supplemented part of the cost to produce the JFS reusable tote bags which will be packed with hearty and nutritious food for residents in need,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “JFS is proud to do their part to help reduce plastic pollution and hopefully, strengthen the environment for future generations.”

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As Gideon Taylor, President of the Claims Conference, said, “We are proud to announce this significant allocation at a time when these funds are critical, due to the age, poverty and increasing disability of our waning survivor population. We know these funds provide vital support during these difficult times.”

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In May, JFS went green with pantry deliveries by providing clients with custom reusable tote bags filled with food and basic essentials. The multi-use bags are part of the statewide initiative to reduce waste and litter in the environment.

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Nearly 350 guests attended the 27th Annual Women’s Forum where Television Personality, Chef and Author Carla Hall shared stories and experiences from growing up in Nashville, the launch of her impressive show business career, and the importance of creating a platform to support community organizations. The afternoon event, held at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, raised over $90,000 to benefit Greater Atlantic City Charities, including JFS, CASA, Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club and Atlantic City Day Nursery.

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Committee members including Rene Kane, Hope Morgan, Hanna Newcomer, Jodi Reece, Sarah Rosenthal, Beth Shor, Pam Sinderbrand, Michele Sloane, and Lesley Weinberg are already planning next year’s House Tour which will take place on Monday, August 7, 2023. If you have a home suggestion or wish to join the committee, contact Beth Joseph at 609-822-7409.

Barbara Brown, Len Golden, Ann Thoresen, and Gary Thoresen attended the JFS ‘It’s Game Time!’ fundraiser hosted at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City on March 26.

“ This was the best tour ever. Been doing it for many years and this year was extremely well organized. No lines and lunch arrangement was perfect.“

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for JFS & JCC

Adam Steinberg and Andrea Steinberg receive the coveted trophy from Marg Rosenblatt and Brad Weingart after JFS won this year’s Golf Tournament.

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A special thanks to our sponsors including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Morgan Stanley – The Malamut Group, Andi & David Goldberg, Margaret & Howard Goldberg, Fox Rothschild, Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, Hankin, Sandman, Palladino, Weintrob & Bell, Harrison Beverage, Mark Lippman, Merrill Lynch & Bank of America, OceanFirst Bank, Scott Brown Insurance, Wise Family Eye Center, and Marsha & Herman Zell.

— AR and MM, Attendees

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— KG, Attendee

“ That’s a WOW! So happy to be a part of this fabulous event! I was so impressed with all aspects of the day.“

70 VIPs took the tour to the next level with door-to-door transportation, priority entry into the homes, and gift bags. House Tour VIP sponsors included Avalon Flooring, Cooper Levenson, and The Novelli Team. As part of the fundraiser, Oasis Property Group served as the Lunch sponsor and attendees enjoyed a delicious selection of food offered by Essl’s Dugout and TacocaT food

The 9th Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament raised more than $60,000 to benefit both agencies. With 110 golfers participating, the fun-filled afternoon at Harbor Pines Golf Club featured exciting on-course contests including Closest to the Pin, Straightest Drive, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Solar Panel, sponsored by Geoscape Solar. In addition, a Hole in One contest provided golfers with a chance to win a two-year lease on a Nissan Frontier provided by Matt Blatt Nissan.

— LK, Volunteer

Guests wore their favorite jersey to the sports-themed event and mingled, played corn hole and beer pong, and enjoyed game day treats including hors d’oeuvres, burger, chicken and vegetable sliders, soft pretzels, popcorn, and signature cocktails. Raffle baskets featured golf outings, restaurant gift cards, casino hotel accommodations with dining, and more. One lucky guest won a stunning tri-pearl necklace, courtesy of Bernie Robbins Jewelers.

More than 500 attendees enjoyed an afternoon of strolling through six stunning homes in Longport and Margate during the 33rd Annual JFS House Tour on August 1st. The event, sponsored by Surroundings Interiors, raised more than $60,000 to benefit The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore.

Guests enjoyed an evening of buckets and baskets at the JFS ‘It’s Game Time!’ at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City on March 26. The event raised $33,000 to support agency programs and services.

‘It’s Game Time!’ Event Raises $33,000

“ Everyone was so happy and appreciative of the way we were able to visit the homes. Everyone loved it, and would like me to set it up for next year. It was a wonderful day all around.“

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This year’s sponsors included The Lynn & Charles Kramer Family Fund, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Jack R. Linsky Foundation, Andrew Garber -- Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach, Atlantic Coast Alarm, Bridge View Paper Company, Fox Rothschild, Gayle & Howard Gross, Glick Family, Jersey Carpet Tile & Wood, M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust, Offshore Carpet Cleaning, Susan & Robert Lang, Burns/ BANDI Property Group, Supply It All, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Brown & Brown, Calvi Electric, Cooper Roofing, and Parke Bank. In addition, a special thanks to the nearly 25 Hole sponsors.

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JFS staff Sandy Giordano and Samantha McManus at the House Tour

“We were delighted to welcome attendees to enjoy an exclusive look of these homes state-ofthe-art kitchens, ornate fixtures and hardware, beautiful décor, breathtaking views and more,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “We are thankful to the homeowners who graciously opened the doors to their residences for this agency

The funds raised will help JFS and JCC further their missions to provide children and seniors of Atlantic County as well as the overall community with programs and services to enhance and enrich their lives.

Women’s Forum Benefits JFS and Local Charities

“ I just wanted to let the committee know how wonderful this year’s event was! Kudos to all who helped put the event together and much gratitude and appreciation to the host homeowners!“

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When Josie’s parents describe their 16-year-old daughter, they use the words smart, outgoing, and kind. Josie has a big smile, but her outside persona didn’t always match how she is feeling inside. The upheaval caused by the pandemic has taken a toll. She is now terrified of things that used to feel normal, like weekends spent with friends, shopping and seeing movies. Josie is also struggling with her sexuality. Depressed, confused and feeling alone, Josie needed help. Her family turned to JFS and Josie began weekly counseling sessions. They discuss life, relationships, and coping skills. With her therapist’s support, Josie now feels in charge of her mental health and her confidence has grown. With your Friends donation, more teenagers like Josie can get counseling and other essential JFS services. Each contribution ensures our agency can continue to provide assistance as well as programs, services and events for residents throughout the community. Help JFS reach its goal of raising $35,000.

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For more than 17 years, Harrison Beverage has been providing financial, in-kind and committee member support for JFS fundraising events including the Cocktail Party, Golf Tournament and House Tour. As an agency Chai Donor, their contribution assures JFS can continue to assist community residents in need.

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With the mantra, “We take Community to Heart,” Harrison Beverage is a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, CASA, Hansen Foundation, HERO Campaign, AtlantiCare and many other community organizations.

In addition, Brett Matik, President of Harrison Beverage, has served as the Chairwoman of the Women’s Forum for 10 years. This annual community fundraiser has raised more than $2 million to benefit The Greater Atlantic City Charities, which includes ForJFS.more information on Harrison Beverage, visit www.harrisonbeverage.com

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To become an agency donor or learn more, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations at 609.822.7409.

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