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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 [...]

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 [...]

Share the Joy This Holiday Season: Now – Dec. 14

2018-12-08T12:14:19-04:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

For many of us, the festive holiday season is full of laughter, gifts and memories with loved ones. Unfortunately, for families struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year. Oaks works with children unable to be with their families, individuals coping with mental illness, and seniors on a lifelong quest to rise above the limitations set by their developmental disability. Just imagine the wonderful memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most. We invite YOU to make this holiday season special for over 4,000 children, teens and adults in our community. Ways to Get Involved: 1. Donate gifts or hold your own gift drive. We will provide you [...]

You Made Thanksgiving Possible for 2,000 Families

2018-11-21T15:49:32-04:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

THANK YOU to our wonderful donors, volunteers and staff who made this year’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive a huge success. With your support, we distributed 2,000 Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies galore!) to families in need throughout our community. Whether you donated a turkey, helped stock shelves or organized a food drive, we greatly appreciate your generosity. Check out some of the photos from this year’s drive: The Goddard School Delran Bowman & Co. TD   Hair Club Mt. Laurel REV Creative Group Moorestown Home & School Association Francine Rucci and Nicole Lannutti (The Craft Room) Miller Ford Penn Medicine | Princeton House Behavioral Health Westampton Middle School RE/MAX Preferred and [...]

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 & [...]

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 [...]