Refresh Your Resolutions

Posted on February 17, 2017

Every January we think about how we can better ourselves as we start the calendar year. We make resolutions, determined to follow through and reach all of our goals. We stick to these resolutions for a couple of months but for various reasons slowly let them slip away. As we head into March, now is the perfect time to reevaluate resolutions or form new goals worth keeping.

Whether you’re looking for new resolutions or never made any to begin with, we’ve got you covered! Check out these simple tips to help promote better mental and physical health.

  1. Disconnect: Although disconnecting from electronics seem scary, it can actually help improve your emotional well-being and leave more time for healthy activities with family and friends. With so much negative content online, disconnecting can offer a refreshing change.
  2. Take Up Yoga or Meditation: Yoga has multiple health benefits such as lower risk of heart disease, improved brain function and lower blood pressure. It also provides a relaxing escape from any current stressors.
  3. Write: Feeling stressed or upset? Let it out. Write for 10 to 15 minutes a day about stressful events and how they made you feel. This will help you process and find better ways to cope with what’s getting you down.
  4. Be Active Daily: Try to make time for cardio 20 minutes every day. Exercise will help manage stress or anxiety and relieve muscle tension. Early morning exercise will give you an added boost of energy to start your day and also helps sleep quality.
  5. Stay Focused in the Present Moment: Regret or worry about past events or trauma can lead to anxiety and added stress which makes the body more susceptible to physical health issues. Seek help from a mental health professional if you have ongoing concerns.
  6. Reach Out and Engage Someone Every Day: Healthy relationships and social connections can ward off the effects of stress, depression, anxiety and other health problems. Listening to someone’s wants and needs can often shed a new light on your own challenges.

It’s also essential to understand when to reach out to a mental health professional for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope. At Oaks Integrated Care our role remains not just to provide mental health services but to bring awareness to the mental health issues that affect us all at some point in our lives. To learn more about our services, visit https://oaksintcare.org/services/ or call our Access Center 1-800-963-3377.

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Donor Spotlight: TJX Foundation

Posted on February 10, 2017

This summer children in several Oaks’ programs became ROCKSTARS for a week thanks to our friends at the TJX Foundation and T.J.Maxx. The foundation generously donated $5,000 to support arts and cultural opportunities for vulnerable youth in our programs. Oaks partnered with the School of Rock in Cherry Hill to create a fun but challenging program focused teamwork through musical cohesiveness.

Many of the children participating did not have a musical background but quickly learned how to play the drums, guitar and even the harmonica. They had just five days to master their musical abilities, select a song and make t-shirts before the big performance. At the end of the week, biological and foster families were invited to School of Rock to watch the newly formed band ROCK OUT!

Thank you TJX Foundation for your generous donation and commitment to our community.

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Give Your Dress a Second Chance

Posted on February 1, 2017

You can #MakePromPossible by donating your dresses and accessories so deserving teens in our community can attend their prom in style! We accept donations of formal dresses in good condition of all sizes, colors and styles appropriate for a high school prom. Please also consider donating dress shoes, formal purses, clutches, shawls and jewelry.

Hold a Dress Drive

Invite your classmates, co-workers or community to help. We can provide you with a toolkit including collection bins, posters and email templates.

*This is a great activity for high school students!

Make a Monetary Donation

Drop- Off Details

When:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NOW until March 31

Where:

79 Chestnut Street, Lumberton
31 Lexington Avenue, Ewing
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 23, Mt. Holly
128 Cross Keys Road, Berlin
1138 E. Chestnut Avenue, Unit 3A, Vineland

Questions?

Visit www.oaksintcare.org or contact Lisa Lipka or Anne Greenwood at 609-518-5470, pdu@oaksintcare.org.

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The Path to Increased Engagement

Posted on January 25, 2017

All of us have experienced trauma in some form throughout our lives. This could mean a family member passing away, a relationship ending badly, witnessing a traumatic event, the loss of a pet or other traumatic experience. These traumas can change the way we take care of ourselves and interact with others.

Trauma can leave one feeling emotionally and physically unsafe, overwhelmed with distrust and fearful of rejection. Every day at Oaks we help children and adults acknowledge the role trauma has played in their lives. To help move past these feelings, our number one priority is to engage individuals in the treatment process and provide a compassionate support system in a safe, comforting environment.

The first moments of interaction between a service provider and mental health consumer can set the tone and influence the course of treatment. The National Alliance of Mental Illness reports that 70% of people seeking mental health care drop out after their first or second visit. Individuals who receive proper engagement will feel safe, understood and are more likely to return to accept the help they need. The National Alliance of Mental Illness and The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health offer tips to advance a culture of engagement:

  • Help manage feelings. Trauma may affect a person’s ability to find emotional balance. Survivors may experience a flood of feelings and worries that make it difficult to make decisions, follow plans and tend to responsibilities.
  • Provide a soothing place. A safe, calming environment shows we care about how they feel and are interested in what happens to them emotionally as well as physically. A soothing space may be as simple as a private room, comfortable chair or colorful mural on the wall to help restore a feeling of calmness.
  • Communicate hope. For those who feel hopeless, hold hope for them until they experience it themselves.
  • Share information and decision-making. Support individuals as active participants in their care.
  • Treat people with respect and dignity. Look beyond the person’s condition to see the whole person. Recognize the role of community, culture, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, language and economic status in recovery.

At Oaks Integrated Care, engagement is key to our organization’s foundation and our core mission of helping people. We are committed to making our services easily accessible and providing not only the highest quality clinical services, but also exceptional customer service to make the experience a positive one. To learn more visit https://oaksintcare.org/services/ or call our Access Center 1-800-963-3317.

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Celebrating the New Year and New Affiliation!

Posted on January 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce that Oaks Integrated Care officially welcomed Preferred Behavioral Health Group as a new affiliate on January 1, 2017. The new partnership will enhance our mission, expand services into Monmouth and Ocean Counties and strengthen our ability to succeed in the changing healthcare environment.

The State of New Jersey and both organizations’ Boards of Trustees approved the affiliation. As an affiliate, Preferred Behavioral Health Group remains an independent company under the leadership of CEO, Mary Pat Angelini, while becoming a member of the Oaks family of services. For more information visit www.preferredbehavioral.org.

  • The affiliation unifies two clinically strong, financially healthy organizations with a shared mission of improving the quality of life for individuals and families living with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability.
  • Together we will strengthen service delivery, maximize efficiencies and most importantly, give MORE people access to compassionate, quality care.
  • With a combined budget of 124 million dollars, nearly 200 programs serving 42,000 people and over 2,200 employees, Oaks Integrated Care is now one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive human service providers.

This is truly an historic moment in the evolution of our organizations. I sincerely appreciate the support of our Board of Trustees, employees, donors, volunteers and partners throughout this process.

Cheers to a New Journey in the New Year,

Derry Holland
Chief Executive Officer

 

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We Appreciate YOU!

Posted on December 29, 2016

Whether you gave through volunteering, donating or advocating on our behalf, we can’t thank you enough for sharing the warmth and joy of your heart with those served by our organization. In 2016, you helped us collect over 18,000 diapers, 1,100 backpacks, 400 prom dresses, 1,600 Thanksgiving meals, 8,000 holiday gifts and MUCH more for vulnerable children, adults and families in our programs.

As our organization grows, so has your generosity. Each life touched means hope for wellness, recovery and the opportunity for a stable, productive future. We look forward to your continued support and working with you again in 2017!

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from 2016:


From all of us at Oaks Integrated Care, have a happy and healthy New Year!

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Thank You and Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 23, 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated to our Holiday Giving Drive this year! We couldn’t have done it without our amazing donors, volunteers and staff who made this drive the most successful yet. All the wonderful gifts are sure to bring joy and wonderful holiday memories to many children, teens and adults in need throughout the community.

Check out some of the photos we captured from this year’s Holiday Giving Drive:


The Goddard School – Medford


Film & Theatre Artist’s Exchange


Joint Base MDL Fire Department


Liberty Bell Bank


Miller Transportation 


Women’s League giving tree at the Burlington County Library

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year’s Holiday Giving Drive a success. From all of us at Oaks Integrated Care, Happy Holidays! 

 

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Share Your Holiday Spirit: Janiyah’s Story

Posted on December 7, 2016

This holiday season, while many of us spend time celebrating with loved ones and finishing up last minute shopping, others face much bigger challenges.

You can make an impact by giving a monetary contribution, providing gifts or sponsoring a family in need. Just imagine the wonderful memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most…

Stanford University! When 17 year old Janiyah received news that she was accepted, her dream officially became a reality. Despite the trauma and adversity she faced throughout her childhood, Janiyah always had her heart set on attending college.

Sadly, last year Janiyah was removed from her home along with her younger siblings due to her mother’s chronic drug abuse. With nowhere to turn, she moved into a homeless shelter in the city on her own. Our mentoring program immediately started working with Janiyah to offer emotional support and life skills training.

Throughout her senior year Janiyah has maintained an A average while actively participating in the performing arts program and drill team. She even manages to work part-time at a fast food restaurant on the weekends. With help from staff she was accepted into the NJ Scholars Program and learned the skills needed to apply for college.

We successfully advocated for the shelter to extend curfew so Janiyah could attend play practice and dance classes. She performed in several theatre productions and recently had the opportunity to attend a Broadway play in New York. We could not be more proud of Janiyah as she heads off to college next fall.

Each day we work with teens like Janiyah coping with the trauma of abuse, adults learning to manage a mental illness and families struggling to put food on the table. By making a contribution, you will make an immediate impact on those who urgently need our support.

Share your holiday spirit and bring wonderful memories and support to those who need it most here!

 

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4 Ways to Give This #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 29, 2016

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We invite you to make the holiday season special on this #GivingTuesday for children, teens and adults who need it most. 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.

  1. Donate gifts or hold your own gift drive. We will provide you with all the necessary tools to run your own gift drive from your home, school or office! This is a perfect opportunity for your company or for a service project for middle and high school students!

Holiday Giving Donation Ideas:

  • Board games, puzzles
  • Art supplies, beading and crafting kits
  • Books, educational toys, musical toys
  • Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls
  • Snow saucers, skateboards, bicycles
  • Sports jerseys, coats, sweatshirts, pajamas
  • MP3 players, hand-held electronics
  • Journals, picture frames
  • Fleece blankets, twin bedding
  • Make-up, personal care items
  • Duffle bags, purses
  • Gloves, scarves, hats
  • Jewelry

Drop off Donations to Oaks Integrated Care locations

770 Woodlane Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

1409 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

  1. Sponsor a family or group home. When an individual, organization or group sponsors a family or a group home they are able to purchase gifts for an ENTIRE family to ensure that everyone has something during the holidays. Fill out a sponsor form here!
  2. Make a monetary contribution online:

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or mail to:
Oaks Integrated Care
Development Office
770 Woodlane Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

  1. Spread the word. Email friends or post to social media sites. Each person you tell could make the holiday season special for a family in need.

Questions? Please call Aldelise Castellar at 609-267-5928 ext. 99836 or aldelise.castellar@oaksintcare.org

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Over 1600 Turkeys Received

Posted on November 23, 2016

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Thanksgiving Turkey Drive this year! We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful donors, volunteers and staff who worked hard to make this year’s drive the most successful yet. We received over 1600 turkeys with all the trimmings, making it possible for families in need to have a warm traditional Thanksgiving feast this holiday.

Check out some of the photos from this year’s drive:

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Stewart Business Systems

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Franklin Machine Products

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Goddard School Delran

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Holy Cross Academy Key Club

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Water Resources

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Miller Transportation Group

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Princeton House

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Westampton Middle School

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Volunteers from One America

 

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this drive a success! From all of us at Oaks Integrated Care, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

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