Diaper Derby – Help Families Like Jasmine’s

Posted on April 5, 2017

Our Diaper Derby is underway, NOW – April 15! One in three families in the United States struggle to provide a basic need for their babies – clean and dry diapers. YOU can help! Join our race to collect diapers and other baby items to help families just like Jasmine’s-

Four months ago, 17-year old Jasmine gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Kira. Jasmine lost her mother at a young age and has no other living relatives. Now living on her own, she is determined to provide Kira with the life she deserves.

Before the baby was born, Jasmine became involved with our Teenage Parents Program (TAPP) where she receives mentoring, life skills training and help with parenting skills. She obtained a good part-time job and enrolled in community college courses. Since she does not qualify for any aid, the diapers received through Diaper Derby will make a huge difference to this young mother struggling to make ends meet.

Run Your OWN diaper Derby

Get your classmate, co-workers or community involved. Oaks can provide you with a toolkit including collection bins, posters and email templates.

*This is a great activity for middle and high school students!

Donate Items

Donation Ideas:
Diapers (adult diapers also needed)
Toiletries (cream, etc.)
Powder
Formula
Baby Wipes
Bibs/Feeding Towels
Bottles
Baby Food

*We cannot accept certain used baby items such as strollers, cribs and car seats due to possible recall. We do not want to put any child in danger.

Drop off locations:

770 Woodlane Road, Suite 15, Mt. Holly
128 Cross Keys Road, Berlin
1409 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill
31 Lexington Avenue, Ewing

Donate Online or by Mail

Mail monetary donations to:

Oaks Integrated Care
Attn: Development Office
770 Woodlane Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Questions? Contact Addy Castellar at 609-267-5928 or aldelise.castellar@oaksintcare.org.

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You’re Invited: April 28 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner

Posted on March 31, 2017

Join us for a special evening… 
the Haddonfield Progressive Dinner!

  Proceeds from the event benefit the Oaks Integrated Care
Food Pantries which serve over 800 families a month.

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Todd and Chantelle Hart 

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 Haddonfield home of your choice.

Dinner Hosts
Brad & Anita Bendesky * Matt & Tina Caruso * John & Beth Master
Mike & Tracey Moyer * Sean & Amy O’Shea * Christopher & Maggie Poyatt
Jamie & Min Rowe * Jack & Barbara Tarditi * Eric & Lindsay Vest
Bill Judd & Nancy Weber

For More Information
about ticket sales or sponsorships, please
visit www.oaksintcare.org or call the Development Office at 609-267-5928.

Pictured: Last year’s Haddonfield Progressive Dinner hosts.
View more photos from last year’s dinner.

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Girl Scouts Learn to Budget and Give Back

Posted on March 23, 2017

Last week Girl Scout Troop 25033 dropped off food donations to our pantry in Mt. Holly and helped stock the shelves. The troop was working on their budgeting badge and took a trip to the grocery store to shop for donations. At the store they were each given $10 from their cookie sale profits and tried to get a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack item. They looked for sales, comparing unit prices to find the best deals to see how far $10 can go.

Thank you Troup 25033 for supporting your community and donating food to Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries!

Thanks to the generosity of community donors, we offer food assistance to over 800 families a month. As the need continues to increase, we need your help to keep our shelves stocked. YOU can make a difference in your community! Check out all the ways to can get involved: https://oaksintcare.org/get-involved/

 

 

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Join Our Race to 15,000 Diapers!

Posted on March 10, 2017

Get ready for Diaper Derby March 15 – April 15! Join our race to collect diapers and other baby items for families in need. One in three families in the United States struggle to provide a basic need for their babies – clean and dry diapers. YOU can help!

Run your OWN Diaper Derby
Get your classmates, co-workers or community involved. Oaks can provide you with a toolkit including collection bins, posters and email templates.

*This is a great activity for middle and high school students!

Donate Items Donation Ideas
Diapers (Adult diapers also needed)
Toiletries (cream, etc.)
Powder Formula
Baby Wipes
Bibs/Feeding Towels
Bottles
Baby Food

*We cannot accept certain used baby items such as strollers, cribs and car seats due to possible recall. We do not want to put any child in danger.

Drop off locations:

770 Woodlane Road, Suite 15, Mt. Holly
128 Cross Keys Road, Berlin
1409 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill
31 Lexington Avenue, Ewing

Donate Online or by Mail

Mail monetary donations to:

Oaks Integrated Care
Attn: Development Office
770 Woodlane Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Questions? Visit our Diaper Derby page or contact Addy Castellar at 609-267-5928 or aldelise.castellar@oaksintcare.org.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Sponsor in 2017

Posted on March 3, 2017

Oaks Integrated Care needs your support as a corporate sponsor or advertiser! With the generosity of our community partners, we can provide critical programs for our area’s most vulnerable children, adults and families. As a sponsor, you will receive numerous marketing opportunities to help your company shine consistently as an advocate in our community.

Our 2017 sponsorship package includes 3 major fundraising events:

Haddonfield Progressive Dinner– April 28, 2017
Touch A Truck-
September 23, 2017
Moorestown Progressive Dinner– October 2017

Proceeds from the events will benefit the Oaks Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin which serve over 800 families a month in our community.

Your sponsorship will strengthen our capacity to provide health and social services while demonstrating your commitment to those in need. To learn more, visit our sponsorship page!

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Save the Date: April 28 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner

Posted on February 23, 2017

Mark your calendars for an evening of food, friends and fun all in the name of charity. Our 8th annual Haddonfield Progressive Dinner will be April 28, 2017! 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 Haddonfield 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.

Please take a moment to enjoy all the photos from last year’s photos from last year’s Haddonfield Progressive Dinner!


Last year’s Haddonfield Progressive Dinner hosts!

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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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