Over 1,030 Backpacks Donated

2018-09-06T09:26:44+00:00August 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+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 www.oaksintcare.org. 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 [...]

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 [...]

Intensive Family Support Services

2018-06-19T09:08:35+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog|

A Message of Hope Caring for a loved one with a serious mental illness can be both physically and emotionally stressful. Family members often become overwhelmed with feelings of isolation and fatigue. Oaks offers Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) in Camden and Mercer Counties to help families learn to be supportive in ways that promote wellness, recovery and independence. Caregivers can choose from a variety of services such as individualized consultation, support groups, respite activities, advocacy and referral information. We recently received a letter from a family member which serves as an important reminder that compassion and commitment make an incredible impact on so many lives. The letter details their struggles as a family for over ten years, the [...]

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 [...]

Family Preservation Services: Road to Reunification

2018-05-17T12:31:52+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog|

Tom came to our Family Preservation Services (FPS) program as a broken man who lost his 7-year-old daughter Amber due to his chronic drug use. He was unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel until meeting a case worker in parenting class who reminded him that even though he was at the lowest point in his life and had lost his daughter, it did not make him a bad person or father. Parenting classes helped Tom think about how he was raised as a child and how he wanted to raise his own children, in a way that set them up for success as they grow. To work toward the ultimate goal of reunification, Tom [...]

Join Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

2018-06-04T16:17:53+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Featured|

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE Registration is now closed. If you have any questions please contact Donna Peteraf at donna.peteraf@oaksintcare.org Thank YOU – our special donors, volunteers and partners – for standing by our side through 50 years of commitment to the most vulnerable members of our community. Your dedication to our mission continues to shape our story. June 6, 2018 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Laurel Creek County Club Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking followed by awards honoring longstanding donors, volunteers and partners.  n Emcee Kathy Orr FOX 29 Weather Anchor Honorees Include: Legacy Award - The Whitesell and Heitzman Family Advocacy Award - Senator Troy Singleton Community Partner Award - Virtua Business Impact Award - PREIT Tickets: $100 per person | $900 for a reserved [...]