Exciting News!

Posted on July 1, 2015

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Exciting News! TODAY Twin Oaks merged with Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare and our name changed to Oaks Integrated Care!

The new partnership brings together two clinically strong, financially healthy organizations with a shared mission focused on improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Most importantly, the merger brings the promise of growth, giving more people access to quality, effective behavioral health services. Integrating operations will expand reach, spread best practices, strengthen effectiveness and ensure maximum efficiency.

The name Oaks Integrated Care reflects the qualities of the mighty oak, which has deep roots in the community, many branches and continues to grow and reach the highest heights. By focusing on integrated care, the organization can begin to treat the whole person to achieve both mental and physical wellness.

With 135 programs serving 16,000 consumers, over 1,850 employees and a budget of 98 million dollars, Oaks Integrated Care will emerge as one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive and forward-looking human service providers.

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Donor Spotlight: Performance Food Group

Posted on June 16, 2015

PFG gave out ice cream sandwiches at Touch A Truck last September.

PFG gave out ice cream sandwiches at Touch A Truck last September.

Performance Food Group (PFG) is one of the largest food service distributors in the nation. They market and distribute more than 66,000 products both domestically and in 40 foreign countries. Their reach may be global, but they continue to support locally. Since 2011, the PFG distribution center in Westampton regularly donates a variety of food products to the Twin Oaks Mt. Holly Food Pantry. Over the years, PFG has given our pantry over 1,500 cases of food. Our Mt. Holly pantry serves over 400 families a month and these donations help meet the growing demand of hunger in South Jersey.

Thanks for everything you do PFG!

– Rachael

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Safety: The Path to Increased Engagement

Posted on June 10, 2015

All of us have experienced trauma in some shape or form throughout our lives. This could mean a family member passing away, a relationship ending badly, the loss of a pet or other traumatic experience. Our journeys are filled with little and big bumps in the road. These “bumps” can change the way we take care of ourselves and interact with others.

Every day at Twin Oaks we help children and adults with histories of trauma and acknowledge the role trauma has played in their lives. Trauma can leave one feeling emotionally and physically unsafe, overwhelmed with distrust and fearful of rejection. 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.

When a person feels emotionally and physically safe, they are better able to move toward recovery. The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health offers several tips that we use at Twin Oaks to enhance safety:

1. Understand emotional safety. Emotional safety means feeling accepted; it is the sense that one is safe from emotional attack or harm. It may be difficult for someone who has experienced trauma to find a day-to-day sense of calm and safety even after receiving care.

2. Provide a soothing place. When we provide a calming space, we are telling consumers 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.

3. 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. Our job is to help activate and engage the thinking processes and work to identify achievable goals which can lead to greater safety and control.

By providing a safe environment for our consumers, they can focus on their wellness and recovery without fear. Once engaged, individuals can begin to participate effectively in their own care, reduce isolation and make healthy choices. Engagement with every consumer provides a hopeful path to success.

Thank you for your support in our continued efforts to break the cycle of disengagement and provide the highest quality clinical services to people facing mental illness in our community.

Respectfully,
Bob Pekar

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A Special Note About Project Dress Up

Posted on June 4, 2015

For two years in a row, you have helped Twin Oaks make prom possible for hundreds of local teens. Our generous donors and volunteers helped us collect and hand out over 400 prom dresses to teens in need so they can attend their prom in style!

We could tell you how much of an impact this event had, but instead, we’d like to share the following letter with you from a family friend of a teen who visited the shop.

I just wanted to thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for girls to shop for prom dresses. I was amazed by our experience. From the moment we stepped through the door, we were met with smiles and treated with the utmost respect. I loved how someone came over, introduced herself as the assistant, and then accompanied us on our shopping spree. We found our four dresses and into the dressing room we went. The fourth dress was the perfect one. Then on to shoes, jewelry, bag and shawl. You even wrapped the dress like we bought it at a boutique and we left with a goodie bag of make-up.

I am so grateful to you for providing this opportunity for so many young women who otherwise would not be able to purchase these items. And even more, thank you treating them with such dignity.  It was a first class experience.

Gratefully,
A Friend of Twin Oaks

Check out some photos from the shop!

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A special thanks to…
Whitesell
J&J Snack Foods Corp.
TD Bank
Dow Jones, Princeton, NJ
The Perfecting Church, Sewell, NJ
Williamstown High School

– Rachael

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Mental Health Month 2015

Posted on May 26, 2015

 

Mental Health Month 2015 - Calendar

May is Mental Health Month! Our friends at Mental Health America created an awesome calendar that provides tips to help you improve your mental health! Check it out here.

We’ll be sharing resources throughout May here, on Facebook and our Twitter page, too! Be sure to Like and Follow so you don’t miss a thing.

– Rachael

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Expanding Roles

Posted on May 21, 2015

Derry Holland and Karen Tanger

Twin Oaks is extremely proud and excited to announce that Derry Holland has been promoted to President and Karen Tanger to Chief Operating Officer. Derry will be second in command to Chief Executive Officer, Bob Pekar. In this new position, Derry will play a larger role in overall agency responsibilities, oversight, and strategic initiatives while maintaining operational accountability. Karen will significantly expand her reach to oversee a portion of our adult programs and continue to manage all of children’s services.

Both Derry and Karen have been employees with Twin Oaks for over 25 years. Derry joined in 1986 as an intern for the Family  Learning Center and Seasons programs. From there she moved
on to supervise several programs for children and adults within the agency and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Adult Services. Karen came on board in 1989 and has worked in many areas of children’s services including group homes, crisis, partial care, home-based, schoolbased, foster care and most recently, Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Services.

Bob Pekar, CEO, shares, “As we continue to evolve as an organization, it is essential that we remain forward thinking and challenge ourselves at every level. Karen and Derry’s strong commitment to our agency and their desire to continue championing our mission is always evident. I am thankful to have their support and greatly appreciate their contributions over the years.”

Congratulations Derry and Karen!

– Rachael

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2015 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner Photos

Posted on April 28, 2015

2015 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner Hosts

2015 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner Hosts

Thank you to all the hosts, chefs, guests and local businesses that made this event so successful! Visit our Flickr page to see all the fantastic photos from the Haddonfield Progressive Dinner.

– Rachael

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Over 15,000 Diapers Collected!

Posted on April 23, 2015

We set a goal to collect 10,000 diapers for the most vulnerable members of our community – babies. However, with the help of our generous community partners we we able to collect over 15,000 diapers! We just couldn’t have done it without your help – THANK YOU!

Hoeganaes Donates Diapers

Ellen Rumpp from Hoeganaes poses with their donation.

 

There’s still time to make a difference! Learn how here.

Do you have pictures from your Diaper Drive? Post them on our Facebook Wall or tweet the photos to @twinoakscs.

– Rachael

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Help Families Like Vanessa’s

Posted on April 8, 2015

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Join us in our race to collect 10,000 diapers for families in need!  

Every donation makes an impact. Vanessa’s story reminds us why: 

Vanessa is excited to meet her newborn daughter when she arrives later this spring, but this time is also filled with uncertainty. At 17, she stills lives at home with her dad and her three siblings. She attends school, works a part time job and saves as much money as she can for when the baby is born. Vanessa’s dad is willing to help in any way he can, but the Veteran can barely scrape by raising his four children on his own. It may seem small compared to the many challenges they face, but the diapers will be a huge help.

Help families like Vanessa’s! Giving a little changes a lot. Make a donation today!

– Rachael

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6th Annual Haddonfield Progressive Dinner – Cookbook Sneak Peek

Posted on April 7, 2015

Our Haddonfield Progressive Dinner is less than three weeks away! We’re busy working on the exclusive cookbook which shares a recipe from each of the amazing chefs participating. Here’s a sneak peek of a recipe from Chef David Jacoby of Seasons 52:

Key Lime Mini Indulgence

Serves 8

Ingredients:
5 ounces fresh lime juice
1 lime, grate zest finely (no white pith)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
Graham cracker crumbs
Whipped cream
Lime wedge garnish (tiny cut)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk together until smooth. Whisk in lime juice and zest and pour mixture in glass pie dish. Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate.

Assemble by filling the bottom of a shot glass or cordial glass with 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs. Place key lime filling in a pastry bag and pipe over crumbs. Alternate layers of graham cracker crumbs and filling until glass is filled. Garnish with whipped cream and lime wedge.

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