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Help on the Street: Crisis Intervention Team and Justice Involved Services

2020-01-01T11:58:25-05:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Featured|

For years, Oaks has partnered with law enforcement agencies to help improve the quality of first-responder interactions with persons living with mental health or addiction disorders. The Crisis Intervention Team, commonly referred to as “CIT,” is an innovative model first debuted in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee. As mental health professionals, Director Renee Carrillo and her team at Oaks work with police and other partners to help reduce potentially harmful encounters between law enforcement and those with mental illness. Key elements of the program are educating police department personnel about how to handle these encounters, deescalating possibly tense or dangerous situations, and helping them find ways to cope with the stress and trauma they experience as part of their work. Police [...]

Check Out Photos of the 2019 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner!

2019-04-16T16:45:46-04:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Featured|

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 10th Annual Haddonfield 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 Berlin and Mt. Holly which serve over 800 families a month. Visit our Flickr page to see all the fantastic photos from the event! Special Thanks to  Edward and Emily Andrewes for graciously hosting the cocktail party And to our Dinner Hosts: Anita & Brad Bendesky * Sharon Dostmann & Rick DeMichele Jen & Sean Leonard * Beth & John Master Colleen & Craig McGettighan * Kathy & Lawrence Morris Kelly & Drew Smith * Barbara & Jack Tarditi And the Chefs: BRIO [...]

Thank You and Happy Holidays!

2018-12-21T19:54:52-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured|

THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated to our Holiday Giving Drive this year! We couldn’t have done it without YOU -  our amazing donors, volunteers and staff who made this drive the most successful yet. With your help we distributed gifts to over 5,000 children, teens and adults in our programs! The presents are sure to bring joy and wonderful holiday memories to families in our community who need it the most. Check out some of the photos from this year’s Holiday Giving drive: The Goddard School - Medford Medford Leas RCBC Workforce Development Institute Masonic Village at Burlington Burlington Stores REV Creative Group Goddard School - Delran Film & Theatre Artist’s Exchange Toys for Tots South Jersey Supreme Seva Team [...]

Share the Joy: Tom and Amber’s Story

2018-12-04T20:24:35-05:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Featured|

This holiday season, while many of us spend time celebrating with loved ones and finishing up last minute shopping, others face much bigger challenges. You can make an impact by giving a monetary contribution, providing gifts or sponsoring a family in need. Share the joy! Just imagine the wonderful memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most... Tom lost custody of his 7-year-old daughter Amber due to his chronic drug abuse. Heartbroken and despondent, he felt without hope until a case worker in an Oaks parenting class reminded him that although he felt at the lowest point in his life, it did not make him a bad person or father. Parenting classes helped Tom think [...]