2015-2016 Annual Completeness Package

In an effort to reduce the amount of paperwork submitted with Request for Proposal (RFP) applications, several documents are submitted annually.  These documents are known as the Annual RFP (Request for Proposal) Completeness Package. 

This year’s Annual RFP Completeness Package  MUST be submitted to CPAC under separate cover on or before October 23, 2015, thereby eliminating the need to attach this documentation to each proposal submitted during the period of October 1, 2015 thru September 30, 2016. These materials must be on file or copies will need to be submitted with your proposal(s) or your proposal(s) will NOT be reviewed. 

PLEASE NOTE: Annual RFP Completeness Packages are a requirement of the Management Assistance Program (MAP).    Please click on the link for 2015 – 16 Annual Completeness Package Documents.

Monarch to host 2015 NOFA Webinar

For the 2015 NOFA HUD has established threshold requirements for all projects, new and renewal, that must be met in order to secure grant funds.  This is especially important in light of this year’s new application scoring system, making it a more highly competitive Competition.

To get us ready for the competition, Monarch will be offering a webinar training on the FY2015 CoC NOFA and Application next Wednesday, October 7th, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  The training will cover:

  1.  2015 NOFA Highlights
  2.  HUD Eligibility and Threshold Requirements
  3.  Completing the Applicant Profile
  4. Completing Attachments
  5. Completing Exhibit 2 Project Application
  6. Local and Federal Timelines
  7. Monarch’s Role in Project Review

In order to attend, we ask participants to register using the following link:


Please contact Jay Everett at Monarch if you have any problems registering at jeverett@monarchhousing.org or (908) 272-5363 ext. 222.

2015 SNJCoC Local NOFA Process – Bonus Application

Applications will be received for Bonus Projects for the 2015 Local HUD NOFA process by CPAC on behalf of the Southern NJ Continuum of Care (SNJCoC) which serves Camden, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties.  Applications will be considered that serve all four counties and provide permanent supportive housing or new rapid re-housing projects.

A Bidder’s Conference will be conducted via conference call on Tuesday September 29th at 3 pm for those who may be interested in applying.  The call in number (toll free) is 949-229-4400 and the pin is 4529583#.

Completed applications are due via e-mail to Hilary Colbert, Director of Grants Management at CPAC by 2 pm on Friday October 9, 2015.

Attached are links to the Application and Scoring Tool.  See 2015 SNJCoC Bonus Project Application and 2015 SNJCoC Bonus App – Rank and Review Tool.

2015 Covenant Event – Celebrating A Lifetime

Join CPAC as we honor Catherine DeCheser as we Celebrate a Lifetime of service.  Catherine will be celebrated at our 2015 Covenant Event which will be held on Monday October 19, 2015 at The Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ.  A reception will take place from 5 – 6 pm with the celebration commencing at 6 pm.

Please find attached the Invitation 2015 Covenant Event Invitation

There are also opportunities for sponsorship 2015 Covenant Event Sponsorship Card

2015 Covenant Event Ad Card

Please register by October 2nd by calling Karen Scott at 856-663-3998 or e-mailing receptionist@cpachvi.org

We look forward to Celebrating Catherine’s Lifetime with you!

2016 Request for Proposals Youth Service Commission and Juvenile Detention Alternative Innovation

Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations interested in applying for 2016 Camden County Youth Service Commission Funds and 2016 Juvenile Detention Alternative Innovation  to provide services that will improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Camden County.  A Community Review Process administered by CPAC:  The Community Planning & Advocacy Council will evaluate proposals and make recommendations to the Camden County Board of Freeholders on the allocation of these funds. The following services are requested:
Delinquency Prevention
Gender Specific Services                                                      
After-school/Weekend/Summer Services
Arson Diversion/ Anger Management
After-school/Weekend/Summer Services
Gender Specific Seminars                                                      
Evening/Weekend Reporting Center
Dispositional Options
Employment/Apprentice Job Readiness Services
Intensive Supervision/In-Home Services w/ Specialized Clinical Therapuetic Services-MST
Treatment for Out-patient Juvenile Sex Offender Services 
Gender Specific Services  
Leadership/Engagement Life Skills Services                                                     
Transitional Support Services                                                   
Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative
Detention Alternative Plus Program
Pre-bid Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at CPAC in Conference Room A, at which time questions concerning the RFP will be answered. Please see link for RFP and attachments 2016 YSC/JDAI RFP 
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at CPAC.  A time/date stamped receipt will be supplied.

Raising of America Viewing


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The Raising of America event took place on June 29, 2015 at 12:00 noon. It was an event that brought together two dozen advocates that consists of: Parents, Educators, Community Based Organizations (CBO’s)  for one cause” CHILDREN.”  It took place at the CK Café, 1506 Federal Street Camden NJ 08105 in partnership with the Camden County Council for Young Children (CCCYC) and The Camden County Department of Children’s Services.

The purpose of this event was to promote early childhood success through recognition that a child’s development begins from the moment of conception, and that learning continues throughout the child’s life.   Camden  County Freeholder Liaison Carmen Rodriguez, who is also an educator and co-chair of the Camden County Covenant for Children Youth and Families set the tone, emphasizing how important it is to invest early in our children from conception through the formative years.

Sister Donna engaged our participants in a dialogue of their impression of “Raising of America,” and with enthusiasm and commitment the group signed ‘The Pledge’ to support efforts to build positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children the opportunity to succeed in life.”

There were speakers from Advocates for Children of New Jersey, (ACNJ) Reginald Dorsey; Camden County Department for Children, Sister Donna Minster; and The Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC), Diana Cooper, President/CEO.

Mr. Dorsey spoke about the NJ Kids Count data and shared some astonishing statistics of minority children living in poverty.  He shared data highlighting areas of improvement, however emphasized that there was much work still to be done.

The CCCYC will continue to meet to address questions such as:  What can we do to change the statistics? How can we use the data to bring about change?

Sister Donna reviewed accessibility, affordability and quality of child care in Camden County and that proposed changes will enhance the process to make it more “family friendly.”  She shared how all parents are concerned about quality child care regardless of race, income or circumstances.  All parents want to make sure that their children are cared for by qualified and competent providers.  By supporting the proposed increase of the reimbursement rate for providers and the finger printing bill of the Family child care providers, we are helping to insure that our children are in quality programs that support their age appropriate development.

Diana Cooper, President/CEO of CPAC gave a brief overview of the Covenant for Children, Youth and Families focus areas: Early Childhood Success, Positive Youth Development, and Strong Transition to Adulthood and Strong Families Strong Communities. She shared the brainstorm from the Early Childhood Success Leadership and the CCCYC to promote the Parents Anonymous, NJ 1-800-THE-KIDS number as a resource for families with children that may witness trauma during the formative years. Representatives from the Camden County Metro were invited and in attendance and were asked to “Consider the Child” that may have an adverse childhood experience (ACE Study) when responding to calls of a traumatic nature. All attendees were presented with a Button that simply read “Consider the Child” 1-800-THE-KIDS. Among the Attendees were: Family Success Institute; JANUS Solutions; Hispanic Family Center; Saving Grace; Head Start; CPAC Board Member; Parents Anonymous NJ; Zion House; Caress Embracement Foundation; and the Director of the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services.

Funders: Nicholson Foundation and State of New Jersey Department of Children & Families

2015 Camden County Family Fun Fair A Resounding Success


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On April 9, 2015, the Camden County Family Fun Fair was held at Campbell’s Field Concourse in Camden, NJ.  Despite the chilly weather during this Strengthening Families Month event the concourse was filled with joyous conversations, lots of laughter, and even some dancing. Families and individuals had the opportunity to make connections with over fifty-four (54) programs!

Everyone received a free ticket to a future Riversharks game; free lunch and other great giveaways. Over twenty (20) family goodies and food baskets were given away. Finley, the Riversharks mascot and Franklin, the 76ers mascot brought smiles to everyone’s face as they mingled throughout the crowd.   There were face painters, a balloon artist, a DJ, and even a treasure hunt.  Bean bag tosses, prize wheels, crafts and many more activities at exhibitor tables and mobile units!

The Camden County Family Fun Fair was sponsored by the Network of Family Success Centers in partnership with NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Community Planning & Advocacy Council (CPAC), Campbell’s Field, Camden City School Based Youth Services, Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP), the Camden County Covenant for Children, Youth and Families and the awesome exhibitor agencies.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the 2015 Camden County Family Fun Fair.

Covenant for Children Youth and Families

Camden County Family Success Center contact information

Camden County Family Fun Fair Exhibitors

Parents Recognized for their Leadership

Leadership ImageDuring February, throughout the nation, parents who have made children and families a priority in their lives are honored.  In New Jersey, we celebrate Parent Leaders at our Annual Parent Leadership Breakfasts in the Northern and Southern regions.  The Camden County Freeholders in partnership with the Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) and the Camden County Covenant for Children Youth & Families cosponsored the sixth annual Parent Leadership Breakfast in the Southern region  with Parents Anonymous.  The event took place on February 7, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry, Hill New Jersey.

During the breakfast two parent leaders were recognized with awards:

The Jolly K Award recognizes someone who exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous founder, Jolly K. through parent leadership, mutual support, shared leadership, and personal growth and who has made significant contributions at the local, state or national level. This awardee demonstrates a commitment to self‐help and the belief that parents are the experts in their own lives. Karen Kaplan  of the Mercer County Family Support Organization was the 2015 Jolly K award recipient. Ms. Kaplan has been the Parents Anonymous Group Leader for five years and exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous. Ms. Kaplan has never once given up on the power of parents sharing their journeys together.  She also serves on the Family Support Origination, Family Advisory Committee, the Perform Care Stakeholders Group and has served for 5 years as the President of the Board of Directors of the Family Support Organization. Ms. Kaplan is recognized for her advocacy for parents and her tenacity to change systems to be more inclusive of parents;  because of her actions as a role model, the next generation is paying it forward.

The Parent Champion Award recognizes a professional, staff member, board member or other individual who has participated in the success of others as parent leaders. Darnell Shakes from Center for Family Services Head Start was the 2015 Parent Champion Awardee. Through his wisdom, integrity, dedication, and knowledge Mr. Shakes attended various meetings  and shared important information to parents that they not be aware. Mr. Shakes  exemplifies and embodies the principles of Parents Anonymous.  He is a dedicated father who is passionate about his family, fatherhood and family unity. Mr. Shakes has served in numerous leadership positions that have had an effect on more than 1,000 families including; Founding Policy Council member and Vice-Chair for the Center for Family Services, Head Start Center President, Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center Parent Leaders,  Head Start Advisory Secretary,  Community Parent Advisory Board Representative, Past President of the Katz Academy, Parent Committee and creator of the Head Start Fathers March.  Due to Mr. Shakes involvement and dedication, male involvement in the Center for Family Services Head Start program has increased.  He has gone above and beyond to ensure that his children along with other children in and around the community have a wonderful educational experience.

Please enjoy the photo gallery from the 2015 Parent Leadership Breakfast!

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2015 Family Fun Day

smile1Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP) event. This year the Camden County Network of Family Success Centers have joined together to sponsor the Camden County Family Fun Fair event on April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Campbell’s Field Concourse.  We invite you to be part of this exciting free event.

Please click below for the flyer.

2015 Family Fun Day


2015 CIACC Meeting Schedule

cpac logoPlease click here —> CIACC Meeting Schedule


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