Category Archives: #HipNJ Cares

#HipNJ Cares highlights the Garden State’s heart of gold. We feature passionate charity efforts and the philanthropic all-stars behind these important initiatives!

Freeholders Honor “Dress For Success” At New Madison Headquarters

Dress for Success Northern New Jersey – 10 Counties celebrated its move to a newly refurbished space with a special ribbon cutting after being evacuated from their headquarters earlier this year due to a fire.

 DFS of Northern New Jersey is a chapter of a national nonprofit organization that focuses on offering long-lasting solutions to enable disadvantaged women to break the cycle of poverty and to help them achieve economic stability. They serve more than 1,400 women in Morris County and surrounding counties.

Earlier this year, a fire ravaged its operation in Madison, hampering the efforts of this group to help the many woman who call on its services.

“Dress for Success is continuing its life-changing work for women who need a leg up to succeed professionally and personally,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Deborah Smith, who attended the re-opening ceremony. “Their work has real impact in important ways, by making a difference in women’s lives and the lives of those around them.”

To learn more about Dress for Success, click here.

 

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Menus for the Mind with Will Reeve

This Giving Tuesday we wanted to highlight a lovely event from November at P.G. Chambers School – the Menus for the Mind Luncheon! 

At the Fall Luncheon, guests were able to see for themselves how all the children at P.G. Chambers School gain confidence, independence, and develop their own unique voices. A parent who spoke at the luncheon, Cindy Labar, said about her daughter Hannah: ” At times, Hannah even spoke like a typical 11 year old girl with some sass and attitude.” Cindy cited seeing enormous growth with Hannah, confident she is in the right school to help her accomplish all that she can!

Will Reeve (a former guest of #HipNJ) was a guest speaker and spoke about how the PGCS mission resonates with his mission at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He said, “Who you are, in your soul, your heart, and your mind can never be touched.”

The day was an incredible success, and #HipNJ is overjoyed that there are establishments such as PGCS out there benefitting young
people the way they are!

The Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

#HipNJ joined Alzheimer’s New Jersey at Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairfield to talk about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey hosted Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s in October, their largest fundraising event to support New Jersey families that are impacted by the disease.

Alzheimer’s NJ explains, “When somebody has Alzheimer’s or dementia, they have difficulty with activities of daily living.” They may have trouble getting out of bed, brushing their teeth, or taking a shower because they may not know the steps to do so. “They have difficulty living their normal, daily lives,” ALZ NJ states.

More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s. Over 500,000 people in New Jersey are impacted by Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s affects not only the person who has it, but to the people who take care of them. In New Jersey, nearly one third of residents care or have cared for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Among these caretakers, more than four in five said that it has had a negative impact on their emotional health.

Family relations can become tense when they take care of their loved ones. Nearly three in four said their family relations are strained by caregiving. 65% of caretakers also say their financial situation has been affected.

Because those who have Alzheimer’s struggle with daily living, caretakers must help them with many tasks. 51% of caretakers spend more than 20 hours a week on caregiving activities and 27% devote more than 40 hours a week.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey is dedicated to offering continuous hope and support to individuals and families that are impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. For more information, visit alznj.org.