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Inspiring Women

2019-03-29T16:56:48-04:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Not long ago, I had the pleasure to visit with Mary Wells, the founding director and visionary behind Oaks Integrated Care. Mary has been a mentor and inspiration for me since my earliest days at Oaks and I try to keep in touch with her. As I left her house, I thought about what a truly remarkable and accomplished person she is – and what a remarkable woman she is. I thought about her amazing efforts to start a social service organization and grow it into something so much more. And it caused me to connect Mary with so many other amazing, remarkable and accomplished women who have contributed to our community, nation and world. March is not only [...]

Join Our Race to 15,000 Diapers!

2019-05-20T16:31:57-04:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Get ready for Diaper Derby March 15 – April 15! Join our race to collect diapers and other baby items for families in need. Did you know one in three families in the United States struggle to provide a basic need for their babies – clean and dry diapers? Many families in Oaks programs cannot afford to pay for necessary baby items. Although safety-net programs such as food stamps and WIC help with the cost of food, they do not cover the cost of diapers. YOU can help! Run your OWN Diaper Derby Get your classmates, co-workers or community involved. Oaks can provide you with a toolkit including collection bins, posters and email templates. *This is a great activity for [...]

Check Out Our 2018 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Photos

2018-11-21T15:29:43-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

2018 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Hosts Thank you to everyone who helped make the Moorestown Progressive Dinner a success. This event would not be possible without the support of friends like you! Proceeds from the event benefit the Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin which serve over 800 families a month. Visit our Flickr page to see all the fantastic photos from the event! Special Thanks to… Dave and Kristin Lees for hosting the hors d’ouvres portion of the evening. Dinner Hosts Joe & Marianne Aleardi Sumit & Ritu Anand Matt & Trish Arellano Stuart & Noelle Diamond Tom & Evan Heitzman Steve & Cindy Kramer Jerry & Dria Law Neal & Diana McGraw James & Zoe Salman Glen & [...]

You’re Invited! Moorestown Progressive Dinner Oct. 19

2018-11-21T15:30:06-04:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog|

October 19, 2018 Join us for a special evening at our Moorestown Progressive Dinner! Proceeds from the event benefit the Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin which serve over 800 families a month. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Dave and Kristin Lees Gourmet Dinner and Dessert 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Share an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a fabulous area chef and served in a beautiful Moorestown home of your choice. RSVP by October 10 Hosts Joe & Marianne Aleardi * Sumit & Ritu Anand Matt & Trish Arellano * Stuart & Noelle Diamond Tom & Evan Heitzman * Steven & Cindy Kramer Jerry & Dria Law * Neal [...]

Those Struggling With Drug Addiction Have A Unique Place To Seek Help In New Jersey

2018-09-18T15:33:02-04:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

CBS Philly, September 2018 - There are many reasons people walk into police stations, usually to report a crime or because they’re accused of committing one. But since March, more than 50 people have gone to the Evesham Township police station ready to change their lives and deal with their drug addictions. It’s a program called “Straight to Treatment.” “There was one individual that they referred directly to us and within 15 hours we were able to get them into treatment and started on medication,” said Samantha Dowgin with Oaks Integrated Care. Oaks Integrated Care, a local addictions treatment provider, has partnered with Evesham Township as the first town in Burlington County to do the “Straight to Treatment” pilot [...]

Suicide Prevention: 7 Warning Signs & How You Can Help

2018-09-21T15:59:57-04:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Today, September 10th, marks World Suicide Prevention Day and September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This day and month give us time to connect with those affected by suicide, reflect on how suicide has touched our own lives and to share resources to better support individuals, families and their communities in efforts to prevent suicide. According to the CDC, each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Too often people considering suicide are afraid to ask for help, and those who think they see the signs of trouble are reluctant to be wrong and then offend, or cause embarrassment. NAMI reports that suicide [...]

September is National Recovery Month

2018-09-10T10:09:28-04:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Every September, National Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that make it possible. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that in 2016, approximately 20 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder and about 44.7 million Americans aged 18 and older experienced a mental disorder. An estimated 2.6 million adults aged 18 or older had co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder. Recovery can mean many different things for many [...]

Over 1,030 Backpacks Donated

2018-09-06T09:26:44-04:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

With your help, over 1,030 children and teens went back to school with backpacks stuffed to the max with supplies. All donations –backpacks, lunchboxes, highlighters, markers, notebooks and more– were sorted and distributed to children in need of support. It’s because of YOU that children have the chance to start the school year with the tools and confidence needed to succeed! Thank you for all the groups that held drives! Here are a few photos from this year’s drive: St. Luke's Lutheran Church Ikea Amica Insurance Company  Innovairre Capehart and Scatchard Starbucks Surety Title Gannett Flemming Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year’s Operation Fill-A-Backpack Drive a success. If you have pictures of your own backpack drive, we’d love to see them! Post [...]

Finding a Safe, Affordable Place to Call Home

2018-08-24T09:17:45-04:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

What causes homelessness? Unemployment, unaddressed health issues, eviction and the high cost of living in New Jersey are frequently cited as why people become homeless. Lack of affordable housing is another cause of homelessness.   The need for affordable housing in New Jersey is significant and has been referred to as an affordable housing crisis. The affordable housing crisis in New Jersey dates back to over 40 years ago. The Township of Mount Laurel developed a zoning ordinance that essentially banned affordable housing units such as apartments, trailer parks and multi-family units. The Township was sued and the case was taken up by the New Jersey Supreme Court who declared that the Mount Laurel zoning ordinance prevented affordable housing [...]

Operation Fill-A-Backpack Kicks Off August 1

2018-08-24T09:18:03-04:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

 Give a Child the Confidence Needed to Succeed Now - August 17 It may feel like summer just started, but ‘Back to School’ is just around the corner! Children throughout the community will pick out new pencils, notebooks, binders and more for their first day of school. When children return to school without these basic school supplies, it can have a devastating impact on their education. Unfortunately, many parents of children in Oaks Integrated Care programs cannot afford new backpacks and essential supplies for the upcoming school year. These essential items will give a child hope and the confidence needed to start the school year off on the right foot! You can help! #FillABackpack 1. Run your OWN Operation Fill-A-Backpack drive Get [...]