Finding a Safe, Affordable Place to Call Home

2018-08-24T09:17:45+00:00August 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+00:00July 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 [...]

Save the Date: Moorestown Progressive Dinner

2018-07-24T09:27:30+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Mark your calendars for an evening of food, friends and fun all in the name of charity. Our Moorestown Progressive Dinner will be October 19, 2018! Proceeds from the event benefit the Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries which serve over 800 families a month. Begin the evening with a fantastic cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. From there, move on to a dinner home to enjoy an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a talented area chef in a Moorestown home. For more information about hosting a dinner, ticket sales or sponsorships, contact the Development Office at 609-267-5928 or visit 2017 Moorestown Progressive Dinner hosts Please take a moment to enjoy all the photos from last year’s Moorestown Progressive Dinner! [...]

TJ’s Story: The Power of Progress

2018-07-05T14:35:12+00:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Imagine if your eleven-year-old child… Was too terrified to have his hair cut with clippers. Hated to shower because he avoided the water. Never sat down for dinner due to his need to pace. Could not tie his own shoes. This is the life of a family struggling to care for their son TJ who is living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Desperate for help, they connected to our Bridging Family Support program. The program provides intensive in-home services such as therapy, daily living skills development and behavior management for individuals of all ages with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve, TJ sat with his family for the entire dinner for the first time. Just [...]

Roundtable: The Opioid Epidemic

2018-07-05T11:18:17+00:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

SJ Magazine, July 2018 - Continuing their influential roundtable series on topics important to South Jersey, SJ Magazine’s Marianne Aleardi hosted 13 SJ leaders to discuss the widespread opioid epidemic. Participants shared passionate stories of their first-hand experiences working to combat the growing problem.   On what people say about addiction…  I hear this one a lot: “Didn’t they know better?” My message is: Look at me. I knew better. I treated probably 1,000 overdoses in my career as a paramedic. However, when it came down to an opportunity to numb hurtful things in my life, it just became an easy road to go down. If it was as simple as knowing better, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. -Stephen Kavalkovich The most horrible thing I [...]

Be a #HungerHero This Summer

2018-07-12T13:01:49+00:00June 28th, 2018|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 [...]

Check Out Our 50th Anniversary Honorees & Celebration Photos!

2018-06-28T13:01:42+00:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

You Are Our Story Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Oak's 50th Anniversary! You helped make the celebration of this special milestone a great success. We would not have made it this far without the support of our special donors, volunteers and partners like you! Your dedication to our mission continues to shape our story. Congratulations to our honorees: LEGACY AWARD The Whitesell and Heitzman Family  Tom and Deborah Whitesell and Tom and Evan Heitzman represent two generations of unwavering support for Oaks Integrated Care. For nearly three decades, the family has shown dedication to our mission through corporate event support, donations and volunteer work.  Inspired by the drive and passion he saw in Executive Director [...]

Three Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

2018-05-10T09:20:06+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

It is estimated that 65 million Americans provided caregiving duties in the past year. Many family members take on caregiving duties because they already have a relationship with the person in need and caregiving duties can often be provided at little to no cost. Family members also feel a sense of duty to care for their loved ones. The responsibility of caregiving is significant and can take a toll on the caregiver’s physical and emotional health. Caregivers may feel isolated or alone in their duties. Caregiving responsibilities may strain relationships, put financial pressure on the caregiver and cause stress to rise among family members. Caregivers are also more likely to experience depression, poor health habits, poor sleeping habits, stress [...]

Focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body

2018-05-03T14:22:23+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

This May is Mental Health Month and we’re joining Mental Health America to raise awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally, making it important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to [...]

Thank You for Making Prom Possible

2018-04-26T12:57:48+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

During the month of April, Project Dress Up provided teens in need throughout the community the opportunity to shop for FREE for their prom dress and accessories. We received an overwhelming amount of community support with so many fabulous dresses and beautiful accessories. Thanks to your support, 345 teens found a dress and left the shop ready to attend their prom in style! One parent who brought her daughter to the shop sent us a thank you about their wonderful experience at the shop: “I attended the Make Prom Possible event on April 14, 2018. I am currently disabled and due to that, our finances are a little tight. This event was such a blessing for my daughter and [...]