July 2, 2015 Leave a comment
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April 28, 2015 Leave a comment
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.
April 17, 2015 Leave a comment
During 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!
March 24, 2015 Leave a comment
Don’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.
November 24, 2014 Leave a comment
NASW-NJ Shares Safety Guidelines Following Attack on Social Worker in Camden
On Monday, Leah R. Coleman, 29, a caseworker with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was stabbed repeatedly at her workplace in Camden. At this time, Coleman has undergone surgery and remains in the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her for a full recovery from this brutal attack.
Social workers provide services in an increasingly complex, dynamic social environment and have a broadening client base. These social and economic changes have created pressures in social work practice settings that work to meet the needs of people desperate for help.
NASW has established Safety Guidelines for the profession that may be a helpful resource to communities; private and public agencies; and local, state, and federal policymakers invested in creating a safer work environment for social workers. We also encourage and promote ongoing safety training for social workers.
While social workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence than the general public, it must be remembered that most of the people they serve, including those with mental health concerns, are not violent. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators of it. What is clear, however, is that the social work profession must continue to press for safeguards against potential violence, and an increased public awareness of the vital work social workers do for the most vulnerable in our society.
Mary Jean Weston
NASW-NJ Associate Executive Director
October 3, 2014 Leave a comment
The Camden County Youth Service Commission is pleased to share updated data on youth in Camden County. Please see the link below. The commission highly suggests to use the data in the 2015 CCYSC/JJC Request for Proposals submissions. If you have any questions please contact Rosy Arroyo, YSC Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 21, 2014 Leave a comment
On Thursday, August 14, 2014, the Camden County Senior Day Center located in Blackwood, NJ, hosted a grand celebration in honor of Ms. Geneva Wilson who celebrated her 100th birthday! Ms. Wilson was presented with a host of lovely gifts from the Senior Day Center staff, participants, and RSVP.
Also in attendance was the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, Terryama Davis, who presented Ms. Wilson with a beautiful birthday cake, donated and prepared by Lourdes Vasquez of the Camden County Chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free, along with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her continued volunteer service and commitment to her community.
A great time was had by all who attended, especially Ms. Wilson.
On Friday, August 15, 2014, Camden County RSVP volunteer Stephany Tate-Yancey conducted a Chair Yoga and Chair Zumba class at Bentley Senior Living, located in Pennsauken, NJ. 15 residents participated, as well as the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, Terryama Davis. The residents really got involved and had a great time dancing in their chairs to music.
Stephany, a retired heath teacher, is actively involved in several health initiatives at RSVP and CPAC. The volunteers are encouraged to share their expertise and skills with other volunteers as well as partner organizations.
We are very proud of the work that our volunteers do and it is wonderful to see them sharing their skills and expertise with the community.
August 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Community Planning and Advocacy Council partnered with Rutgers University for the Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP). The Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP) is a twelve-week program from May/early June to August that offers an alternative to recipients of the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) scholarship who lack the financial, family and social connections to secure safe and stable housing during the summer months. 40 New Jersey Foster Scholars are given the opportunity to receive quality housing and paid internship positions throughout the summer months. SHIP also offers a 3-credit course, counseling, weekly workshops, and recreational activities.
Aasim Johnson from Brookdale County College and Samantha Villagran from Rutgers Camden University were welcomed to the CPAC family in early June. Aasim and Samantha assisted in the Camden County Youth Service Commission, Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps, Point in Time, as well as attending Hill Day with Monarch Housing lobbying in Washington, D.C. for ‘Homes for the Homeless’. They completed their internship the beginning of August.
We would like to thank Rutgers University for the opportunity to partner in this great program. Also thank our interns Aasim Johnson and Samantha Villagran for their hard work, dedication, and spirit. It was not only a learning experience for our interns, but for CPAC staff as well. Congratulations on graduating from the program.
Please watch Aasim Johnson reflect on his experience as a Rutgers’ SHIP Scholar: http://youtu.be/g4tfcOZ54sc