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Operation Fill-A-Backpack Kicks Off July 15

2019-07-15T16:17:39-04:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

 Give a Child the Confidence Needed to Succeed Now - August 20 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 [...]

PTSD Awareness and Trauma Informed Care

2019-07-01T09:12:46-04:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

June is PTSD Awareness Month and although it is drawing to a close, being aware of trauma is not a one-month activity. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly called PTSD, has in the past twenty years or so become quite familiar in the public mind. It is most often associated with veterans and their wartime service, but they are not alone in experiencing PTSD. PTSD can affect anyone who has had significant traumatic experience such as serious accident, natural disaster, sudden death of a loved one, violent personal assault, rape, or life-threatening situation. Compounding the situation may be addiction or other coping mechanisms or other underlying conditions that also require treatment. Consider these facts: Annually, PTSD will directly [...]

Be a #HungerHero This Summer

2019-06-13T14:33:02-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

For many families in our area, summer vacation means a struggle to feed their children healthy, filling meals. An estimated 39,000 children in South Jersey are at risk of malnutrition during the summer months when schools’ federal breakfast and lunch programs are not available. For families living below the poverty level, school means more than just education; it also means a dependable source of food. YOU can make a difference! Drop off donations. Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, at the following locations: Mt. Holly Food Pantry 770 Woodlane Road, Suite 16 Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 Berlin Food Pantry 128 Cross Keys Road Berlin, NJ 08009 Hold a drive. You can make a difference by hosting a food drive to help replenish our [...]

Be a #HungerHero This Summer

2019-06-13T12:13:27-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

For many families in our area, summer vacation means a struggle to feed their children healthy, filling meals. An estimated 39,000 children in South Jersey are at risk of malnutrition during the summer months when schools’ federal breakfast and lunch programs are not available. For families living below the poverty level, school means more than just education; it also means a dependable source of food. YOU can make a difference! Drop off donations. Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, at the following locations: Mt. Holly Food Pantry 770 Woodlane Road, Suite 16 Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 Berlin Food Pantry 128 Cross Keys Road Berlin, NJ 08009 Hold a drive. You can make a difference by hosting a food drive to help replenish our [...]

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 [...]

Oaks Earns Accreditation

2019-03-25T17:07:29-04:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

In December, Oaks Integrated Care received exciting news – another set of our programs were accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. A total of 41 programs representing ten service areas were peer-reviewed by a five-member accreditation team in October. The surveyors were on-site for three days. They reviewed person-served and staff records as well as agency policies and program manuals. They toured Oaks’ residences and facilities. They spoke with staff and interviewed our consumers/those who receive our services. “Oaks Integrated Care’s staff members are motivated, professional, caring, and well qualified for their positions with a trend toward long tenure. They approach the mission as [...]

Are You Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution?

2019-01-25T09:01:08-04:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

On January 1, so many of us kick off the year feeling full of energy, determination and motivation. Maybe you decided to join a gym, start meditating, throw out that bag of chips in your pantry, vow to stop smoking or even sign up for yoga classes. But now as the month moves along and reality sets in, millions of us will fail to achieve our New Year's resolution goals. You are not alone. In fact, over 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to achieve them. When we strive to reach unrealistic goals, we ultimately set ourselves up for failure. This sense of failure can have a negative impact on our overall mental and physical health [...]

Human Rights – It’s About Respect

2018-12-13T12:24:27-04:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

“I get no respect,” was a phrase made famous in the 1980s by the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield would then recite a one-liner or an experience he had in which someone had “dissed” [disrespected] him, a punchline that usually ended with laughter at Rodney’s expense. Treating one another with respect, however, is no laughing matter. December marks both National and Universal Human Rights Month. December 10th is observed as Human Rights Day, the anniversary date of the adoption of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights by the United Nations. This year, this important document observes its 70th anniversary. Article I of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. [...]

Self-care Tips for Caregivers

2018-11-29T17:01:59-04:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

The most important job for a caregiver will always be providing self-care. Attending to your whole person - emotional, physical, social and spiritual - may be challenging and overwhelming when there seems to be little time available. But when a caregiver ignores his or her needs, there is a significant risk of developing health problems, resulting in the inability to provide care. November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor family caregivers across the country. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” recognizing the challenges that family caregivers face and how they manage them day and night. Check out the following self-care tips for maintaining health and happiness as a caregiver: Emotional Be aware of feelings [...]