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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 [...]

Ways to Give This #GivingTuesday

2019-01-25T09:01:40-04:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog|

Join us this #GivingTuesday to make the holiday season special for children, teens and adults who need it most. For many of us, the holiday season is full of laughter, home-cooked meals, gifts and memories with loved ones. Unfortunately, for families struggling to make ends meet the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year. You can make an impact by giving a monetary contribution, holding a gift drive or by sponsoring a group home or family in need. Just imagine the joy and holiday memories your donation will bring to families struggling to make ends meet. Four Ways You Can Help 1. Donate gifts or hold your own gift drive. We will provide you with all the necessary [...]

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 & [...]

You’re Invited! Moorestown Progressive Dinner Oct. 19

2018-11-21T15:30:06-04:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog|

October 19, 2018 Join us for a special evening at our Moorestown Progressive Dinner! Proceeds from the event benefit the Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin which serve over 800 families a month. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Dave and Kristin Lees Gourmet Dinner and Dessert 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Share an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a fabulous area chef and served in a beautiful Moorestown home of your choice. RSVP by October 10 Hosts Joe & Marianne Aleardi * Sumit & Ritu Anand Matt & Trish Arellano * Stuart & Noelle Diamond Tom & Evan Heitzman * Steven & Cindy Kramer Jerry & Dria Law * Neal [...]

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 [...]

September is National Recovery Month

2018-09-10T10:09:28-04:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

Every September, National Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that make it possible. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that in 2016, approximately 20 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder and about 44.7 million Americans aged 18 and older experienced a mental disorder. An estimated 2.6 million adults aged 18 or older had co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder. Recovery can mean many different things for many [...]

Over 1,030 Backpacks Donated

2018-09-06T09:26:44-04:00August 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

2018-08-24T09:17:45-04:00August 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 [...]