Tim Arora, Manager of our Operation Veterans to Social Workers (OVSW) program, met with Steve Adubato of Caucus NJ, to discuss the mental health challenges faced by our nation’s veterans. Funded by Prudential’s Veterans Initiative, OVSW trains veterans to be social workers who, in turn, provide other veterans with much needed, confidential counseling services.



The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) managed by the agency, recently hosted its 3rd Annual Interfaith Symposium at The Life Christian Church in West Orange bringing together 120 Essex County community leaders, including 55 faith-based leaders, who received information on how to help their faith-based communities and anyone else dealing with substance abuse and health related issues.  The key focus of the Symposium: addressing the current opioid abuse and heroin epidemic affecting our country.  To learn more contact jtorres@familyconnectionsnj.org



FAMILYConnections also hosted an Agency-Wide Staff Retreat this past month. The day started with a Quality Improvement Fair where staff presented Process Improvement Projects showcasing what they have done to improve program delivery over the past year.  Members of our Board of Trustees served as judges, rating each project based on established criteria.  Projects that received the highest rating were recognized at the end of the Fair.  We are always monitoring our performance to achieve the best outcomes for our clients – that’s one of our ten agency core values!



Happy 1st Birthday to the Reading Corner!  In the year since its launch, our “Healing Hearts Through Healing Words” Reading Corner has hosted therapeutic services for over 60 families.  For children, reading has been promoted as a tool to help them manage intense emotions and an available resource to help them increase their confidence and solve problems.  For parents and families, reading has increased connectedness.   The response to the Reading Corner has been extremely positive and FAMILYConnections thanks the Essex County Chapter of Jack & Jill for making it a reality.