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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 1 Our HOPES Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken Plainfield Somerset New Jersey March 2017 WELCOME TO OUR 52ND YEAR OF HOPES PLAINFIELD ARMORY FROM THE GROUND UP By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern HOPES has purchased the armory in Plainfield NJ and secured financing from TD Bank for the renovations Once renovated the armory will be a state of the art early childhood center with approximately 24 classrooms offices a beautiful playground and landscaping The armory building will also have a kitchen and gymnasium The property also contains a garage that will become an annex to the main armory building Once it is finished it will house approximately 12 classrooms and offices Already underway HOPES has demolished the adjacent garage except for two walls and is ready to lay the new foundation for the annex HOPES has also completed the environmental remediation at the site The This is what remains of the garage overall renovation of the armory and the garage soon to be annex will take about 2 years See page 7 to learn more about the construction of the Rue Annex in the Q A with Dave Lamay Photos are courtesy of Jesse Roman Most people know March as Women s History Month but did you know it is also Irish American Heritage Month as well Explore this issue of Our HOPES to learn about these commemorations ISSUE 14 IN THIS ISSUE Michele Russo EHS Wing 2 Hire Anniversaries New Hires Birthdays 2 Ora Welch Keynote Speaker 2 In the Spotlight 3 Karen Guzman Make a One on One Appointment with HR 4 IT Corner 5 Ask HR 5 Finance Did You Know 5 Health Wellness 6 Results of Benefits Survey 7 Q A with Dave Lamay 7 Head Start Early Head Start 5 8 9 Year Goals February Happenings and VITA Savings 1011 Tax Drop Offs or Do ItYourself Taxes 12 Seeking New Team Members 1314 Game Night Early Childhood Fall Enrollment 14
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  1  Our HOPES  Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken Plainfield  Somerset  New Jersey  M...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 Michele Russo Early Head Start Wing Michele Russo Vice Chair of HOPES CAP Inc s Board of Directors passed away on February 16 2017 Michele served on HOPES Board for 23 years and on a variety of Board committees over the years most recently the Facilities Committee Throughout her years with HOPES Michele was a tireless champion of infant services and always voiced her enthusiasm for bringing free infant care Early Head Start to Hoboken With that in mind HOPES Board of Directors will dedicate the newly opened Early Head Start wing at the David E Rue Building in Michele s memory HOPES will always be grateful for Michele s commitment leadership and years of service and extends its deepest condolences to the Russo family FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE 10 years at HOPES Joselyn Estevez Vargas 3 12 2001 Director of Early Childhood 16 YEARS 3 9 2005 Family Worker 12 YEARS Jasmin Ayala 5 10 years at HOPES Mary R Caldwell 3 31 2008 Community Education Supervisor Darnisha A Howard 3 31 2008 Teacher Silvana Guerrero 3 22 2010 Teacher Assistant Kim Pennington 3 6 2012 Teacher Assistant Idelia Hendricks 3 8 2012 Infant Teacher 1 5 years at HOPES Sabrina D Mezzina 3 7 2014 Floating Teacher Assistant Continues in next column 2 Dalton Jordan 3 16 2015 WELCOME ABOARD Maritza Villar Abreu 3 23 2015 February 2017 New Team Members Jazmen Ashley Thrower 3 2 2016 Custodian Custodian Teacher Assistant Jasmine Burroughs 2 6 Teacher Assistant Jannette Rivera 2 6 Family Worker Ana R Paucar 2 8 Floating Infant Teacher Raquel Rosales 2 13 Floating Infant Teacher Stefany Murray 2 15 Floating Teacher Assistant Tahany Abdelrahman 2 23 Teacher Assistant WELL WISHES Marian D Reisz Angela Delarosa Tania Hernandez Abad Thomas Hughes Lazara Rivero Karina E Sanchez Shawan V Bryant Kelly A Lynn Druetta R Penn Karen G Guzman Lurdez M Perez Linda J Plansoen Patricia Agamez Renee P Rivera Lourdes Canales Ana R Paucar Asmar Thorne Ivette Negron Cynthia P Veras Ana M Mejia Clara Morales Carmela Ruberto Raisch Alicia Flores Tracey Owate Angelica Esparza Jasmine Burroughs Viviana Clase Evelyn Valdivia Nicole Rivera 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 10 3 11 3 11 3 11 3 17 3 17 3 18 3 18 3 20 3 21 3 21 3 22 3 23 3 24 3 25 3 26 3 28 3 30 3 30 3 30 3 31 By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern At the African Heritage Celebration organized by African Views Ora Welch President and CEO of HOPES CAP Inc was the keynote speaker She spoke to a diverse crowd of 30 people at the Hoboken Public Library Ora Welch presented many lesser known African Americans who made remarkable achievements These individuals ranged from the African American woman who obtained the 1st patent for an ironing board Sarah Boone to the 1st African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Ora showed cards with their portraits throughout her address She also remarked briefly how Southern food had African roots such as chitlins The host Wale Idris then thanked Ora for her address Ora is incredible and indelible she took HOPES from the ashes and brought it to the mountaintop remarked Wale HOPES is now what makes Hoboken great The evening also included a tasting of delightful food and talented music as well Papa Susso played the kora 21stringed lute like instrument throughout the evening along with Sacha Chavez who played guitar EkkoSeven Elle Moore powerfully sung a couple songs throughout the evening including the Black National Anthem
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  Michele Russo Early Head Start Wing Michele Russo, Vice-Chair of HOPES CAP, In...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 International Women s Day was on March 8th but you can still work for Women s Rights and strive to BeBoldforChange by Challenging Bias and Inequality Campaigning Against Violence Forging Women s Advancement Celebrating Women s Achievement Championing Women s Education Learn more about taking action at www internationalwomensday com EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT KAREN GUZMAN By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern Before working at HOPES what was the worst job you ve ever had I didn t have a worst job How long have you been at HOPES Two years What is your position at HOPES Community Program Coordinator What do you like the best about working at HOPES HOPES is flexible we get to help the client in diverse ways What is your proudest moment at HOPES Being able to help a senior citizen for eight weeks in a one on one setting to help them learn read and write The lady said I want to learn so that I could be independent What are three artists you would choose to listen to for the rest of your life Vasko Vassilev Where do you call home Bayonne NJ Yiyo Sarante El Alfa What is your personal motto mantra or quote In regards to fitness What you eat in private you wear in public Also The earth without art is eh and I say a lot Just Do It What are two goals you are trying to accomplish this year Making Creative Wellness a big thing Before working at HOPES what was the most unusual or interesting job you ve had Managing college students Finding my call How do you plan on accomplishing these goals For Creative Wellness advertisements getting people involved and increasing my knowledge of art and acrylic paints For my call I need to go with my intuition and trust it 3 What is your favorite memory When I was about 7 years old my mom got me this huge Fisher Price Easel Board and I would spend hours in my room painting and coloring What is on your bucket list Go paintballing Illustrate a children s book Get a registered gun Where is your favorite place to live Anywhere that is warm and I love going to the Dominican Republic If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring with you Another person probably male An ax or machete Something that purifies water If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be Spanish food What do you do for fun I like researching and looking stuff up online What is your biggest pet peeve Ungrateful people What would people be surprised to know about you That I am goofy and love to laugh If you were given the chance to go anywhere for a day where would you go I would go into outer space and look down on earth
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14 International Women   s Day was on March 8th, but you can still work for Women ...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 4 Human Resources Department 84 Washington Street AKE AN APPOINTMENT TO Hoboken NJ 07030 201 656 3711 SPEAK ONE ON ONE WITH HR hr hopes org M Do you have a question or concern that you need to talk with HR about You can schedule a half hour 30 minutes appointment on Tuesdays Thursdays between 3PM 5PM To schedule an appointment 1 2 3 4 Access the calendar at http tinyurl com z2bn148 Click on an available time slot Fill in the Where and Description boxes and Click Save The appointment will be saved to your own calendar and HR will receive a notification When making an appointment specify Where as either A telephone call conversation A virtual meeting using computer video conferencing or In person at 84 Washington Street in Hoboken NJ Computers are available to staff in each city with video conferencing capabilities and locations will be posted by timeclocks Print out this page for future reference or go to PAYCOM Employee Self Service to access the calendar HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVES Jessica Palencia HR Director Call ext 1013 or email jpalencia hopes org Carmela Roman HR Supervisor Call ext 1102 or email croman hopes org You can continue to use Zoho Support to submit your requests to HR at the following link https support zoho com portal hopescapinc home
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  4  Human Resources Department 84 Washington Street AKE AN APPOINTMENT TO Hobok...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 5 What to do if you are not sure if an e mail is official 1 Never follow any links in an e How to Avoid Internet Phishing By BJ Palencia Information Technology Supervisor Pronounced like fishing phishing is a term used to describe a malicious individual or group of individuals who scam users They do so by sending emails or creating web pages that are designed to collect an individual s online bank credit card or other login information Because these e mails and web pages look like legitimate companies users trust them and enter their personal information How to identify a phishing e mail 1 Company These e mails are sent out to thousands of different e mail addresses and often the person sending these e mails has no idea who you are If you have no affiliation with the company the e mail address is supposedly coming from it is fake For example if the e mail is coming from Wells Fargo bank but you bank at a different bank 2 Spelling and grammar Improper spelling and grammar are almost always a dead giveaway Look for obvious errors 3 No mention of account information If the company were sending you information regarding errors to your account they would mention your account or username in the e mail For example the e mail just says eBay customer then it probably is phishing because if this was eBay they would mention your username 4 Deadlines E mail requests an immediate response or a specific deadline such as requiring you to log in and change your account information within 24 hours 5 Links Although many phishing emails are getting better at hiding the true URL you are visiting often these emails will list a URL that is not related to the company s URL For example http fakeaddress com ebay is not an eBay URL just a URL with an ebay directory Continues in next column mail Instead of following the link in the e mail visit the page by manually typing the address of the company For example in the above example instead of visiting the fake eBay URL you would type https www ebay com in your web browser and log in to the official website 2 Never send any personal information through e mail If a company is requesting personal information about your account or are saying your account is invalid visit the web page and log into the account as you normally would 3 Finally if you are still concerned about your account or are concerned about your personal information contact the company directly either through their e mail address or over the phone BJ obtained this How To from ASK HR By Carmela Roman Staff Development Supervisor Q I do not have medical dental or vision coverage through HOPES but was recently dropped from my insurance coverage How can I enroll with HOPES so that I have insurance A Typically HOPES insurance benefits open enrollment period is in June July however if you have been dropped from your previous coverage you are able to enroll on the insurance offered by HOPES outside of the enrollment period You should have received a proof of prior coverage notice from your previous insurance provider which indicates the date you were terminated from that coverage That letter in addition to the PPI Benefits Enrollment Form which can be found in the Benefits Packet under Documents on your Paycom Employee Self Service must be completed and submitted to HR via Zoho within 30 days from the date you were dropped from your previous coverage Without both the proof of prior coverage notice and enrollment form we will not be able to enroll you in the insurance plan through HOPES 5 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft from Your Online Activities By Jesse Roman Grant Administrator Supervisor Identity Theft is the WORST Criminals can open accounts in your name and impersonate you from the comfort of their home to do their dastardly deeds That leaves the burden upon you to protect your personal information while using the internet The only perfect way to protect yourself online and prevent identity theft is to not use it at all but let s be real Let s go over some tips to protect and prevent identity theft online 1 Watch out for Phishing Websites A phishing website is one that presents itself as a legitimate business website however in reality is a fake one looking for your information Be vigilant if a site asks for Social Security number credit card number bank account number driver s license number home address and phone number or health insurance id or information The request for information could be legit for example if you are applying for a credit card but if it was unsolicited that should be a big red flag Continues on next page
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 Continued from previous page 2 Use an Anti virus Anti Malware Program HEALTH AND WELLNESS Backdoors keyloggers and other nefarious programs can allow entry to your system and they can be installed in any number of ways The only way to be sure to protect against them is to install both anti virus and anti malware No Excuses Get them 3 Unique Passwords for Every Website Another method criminals may use to obtain your personal information is by logging into your email and other online accounts and glean information from there That is the reason that it is so important to maintain password security across all of your online accounts Having different seemingly random passwords for each of your accounts is the first step to prevent identity theft by keeping those accounts secure If your password is 123456 password or qwerty go ahead and change those now 4 Use Legit Sites Whether you re shopping or downloading the Internet has it all But how do you know that site you just entered your credit card into is secure Or the free version of Microsoft Word you just downloaded didn t include backdoors and trojans that your antivirus may or may not catch Use reputable sites Never download pirated software Always be aware 5 Do the Research Stay Informed There is an always changing landscape when it comes to how to prevent identity theft Recently to help combat thieves the IRS implemented the twofactor authentication for e Services and an optional W 2 pilot program Both are worth looking into See more at http blog aicpa org 2017 01 id thefttwo prevention hassles worth yourtime html sthash aq4aoLtC 3ERa9R5N dpuf By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern We know that the food we eat affects our physical health and stamina but it also affects our mental and emotional health By slowing down and savoring our food we can take a positive step to becoming more emotionally healthy In contrast to the symptoms of disordered eating such as yo yo dieting rigid food and exercise regime feelings of guilt and shame when unable to maintain that regime emotionally driven eating etc I suggest mindfully eating Disordered eating strongly focuses on what we eat and often lets our emotions dictate our eating The focus of mindful eating shifts the focus from diets what we eat to how we eat By participating in mindful eating we take time to savor each morsel of food while tuning in to physical cues what is our body telling us While you are eating you can recognize and release any emotions that come up by turning your attention back to savoring the food 6 If your emotions fit into the symptoms of disordered eating seek out professional help Five basic practices that can help you mindfully eat include Eat slower Savor the silence Silence the phone Shut off the TV Pay attention to flavor Know your food Where did it come from Who grew it You can choose to do as many practices as you want in any combination For example During breakfast you could savor the silence and eat without your phone or TV During lunch you could eat slower while still being on your phone or talking with coworkers While for dinner you could pay attention to flavor There is no one size fits all prescription for mindful eating all that matters is that you shift your attention to how you are eating This month notice how much you rush through your meals Are you someone like me who eats at my desk or on the go If there are times when you slow down to eat do you detect anything different in your eating Are you aware of the taste of food more Observe any distractions that draw your attention away from savoring each bite of food you eat Are you on your phone Watching television while preparing food and eating it Challenge a coworker at lunch to describe in detail their lunch See if you can describe all the sensations of what you are eating to them so much so that they can almost taste it Encourage your coworkers to see who can eat the slowest during your lunch hour For more on mindful eating check out the following Huffington Post article http www huffingtonpost com 2013 11 12 mindful eating tips_n_3941528 html Continues in next column Be safe You don t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining You make progress by implementing ideas Shirley Chisholm 1st African American Congresswoman Unknown Source Image credit Susan Albers PsyD 2012 Eat Drink Be Mindful eatingmindfully com
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 Q A with Dave Lamay By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern Results of Benefits Survey By Jessica Palencia Director of Human Resources In the month of February HOPES CAP Inc conducted a benefits survey to solicit feedback on employee satisfaction with the current benefit plans offered through HOPES We received over 80 responses with the overwhelming concern being cost to the employee The summary of concerns was shared with HOPES broker Bill Scuorzo as well as CIGNA representatives and will help to inform the upcoming renewal process in June Bill Scuorzo will also be visiting HOPES sites in March April to get a better idea of what employees experiences with the insurance have been The meetings will also serve to educate staff on how price is set by among other factors claims history and the market Claims history so far has been positive which will hopefully continue as we approach the renewal process The high cost of insurance is a nationwide issue While consulting with other organizations at association and networking events many have experienced increases of over 30 a year over the past 3 years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ACA HOPES is one of the agencies that has refused to cut staff hours to 29 across the board to avoid having to offer insurance at all We have also insisted on continuing to cover child dependents even though we are only required to cover the employee HOPES is preparing to go out to bid in April earlier than usual due to the good claims history and will strive as always to obtain the best possible benefit options for our staff that the agency can afford Dave Lamay H S Construction Project Manager he is overseeing the construction of the David E Rue Annex in Hoboken In our meeting Dave showed me the blueprints of the design of the annex and the roof of the current Rue building Minervini Vandermark Architecture drafted these designs Thomas How long has the annex construction been underway Dave Since last April 2016 Thomas What work has been done so far Dave The superstructure is completed and we have started the interior framing We have begun work on the playground on the existing school roof Thomas Can you tell me more about the playground Dave It takes up about 2 3 of the top floor of the existing building The playground will be built on the existing roof as well as a smaller one on the roof of the annex It forms roughly an U shape since the roof of the Rue gymnasium is lower than the rest of it It will be covered entirely in a rubber surface Thomas What safety measures will be put in place Dave For safety measures there will be an 8 foot steel fence as well as a buffer area consisting of planter boxes which will have small plants and trees He goes on to point out other aspects of the rooftop design on the blueprints Dave As you can see the roof will also have solar panels on the perimeter As well as the front of the roof will not be part of the playground instead it will have green trays for plants Continues in next column 7 Thomas Can you tell me more about the annex Dave There are four floors with approximately 2 classrooms 2 offices and restrooms on each floor The 4th floor is the exception as it will house offices entirely Photo of Annex is courtesy of which were displaced by Jesse Roman Hurricane Sandy Thomas Where will the windows be Dave There will be windows in the front and back of the building In addition the entire front of the building will be glass The sides will not have windows because they are against the adjacent buildings On the north facing side there will be a planter screen covering the exposed area and slightly wrapping around to the backside Plants will eventually grow up and down this screen Thomas When is the expected completion date Dave Late spring early summer My friends it is solidarity of labor we want We do not want to find fault with each other but to solidify our forces and say to each other We must be together our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing Mother Jones Mary Harris Jones Spoken before the Convention of the United Mine Workers of America 1902 Mother Jones is an Irish born American who was a prominent labor and community organizer in the late 1800s early 1900s
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  Q   A with Dave Lamay By  Thomas Hughes, Community Education Intern  Results o...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 8 Head Start Early Head Start 5 Year Goals By Joselyn Estevez Vargas Director of Early Childhood The Head Start HS and Early Head Start EHS Goals above provide comprehensive objectives over the next five years these goals were submitted to the Office of Head Start in late December 2016 as part of the grant application process HOPES will use these goals to continue providing the highest quality early childhood learning experience at all HOPES locations in Hoboken Plainfield and Somerset The goals are anticipated to be achieved by 2021 These goals can be seen in three categories Effective Workforce Nurturing and Supportive Environment and Family and Community Engagement Goals 1 through 7 are across the board for all HOPES locations Goals 8 and 9 are site specific based on if it is an ongoing program Hoboken Jersey City Plainfield or a new program Somerset HOPES does not have a site in Jersey City however HOPES can serve children ages 0 3 and Continues in next column expectant women that reside in Jersey City through our two EHS sites in Hoboken St Ann s Center on Jefferson Street and Rue Building at 301 Garden Street At the Rue Building new classrooms on the ground floor were opened in February Effective Workforce Goals 1 6 and 7 provide a strong base off which the Head Start and Early Head Start programs can run So that HOPES children expectant women and their families will thrive in a culture of continuous learning staffed by a highly qualified competent motivated workforce Furthermore HOPES staff will pursue an individualized professional development path in an environment that values and supports lifelong learning for everyone A few steps that will be taken to achieve these goals include HOPES researching adapting and implementing a coaching mentoring model no later than the end of Year 2 Continues in next column In addition All EHS HS staff will be enrolled in the Professional Impact NJ Registry to further their professional development Staff will also have individualized competency based management plans and a system of peer mentoring Through peer mentoring new supervisors will be paired with those with more experienced peer to develop their supervisory knowledge and skills In regards to goal 6 all children and families will be better able to achieve their goals as a result of HOPES sound fiscal management A few steps that will be taken include assigning an agency employee by the end of Year 1 who will specialize in purchasing and procurement to centralize and coordinate these processes There will also be specific goals to in kind contributions in all classrooms and program options Nurturing and Supportive Environments Goals 2 3 4 are directed at the Continues on next page
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  8  Head Start Early Head Start 5 Year Goals  By Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, Direct...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 Continued from last page children and families so that that will achieve the school readiness goals in a culture of social emotional health development and wellbeing As well as children pregnant women and their families and HOPES staff will practice positive habits of physical activity and nutrition that support their learning and development decrease rates of obesity among enrolled children and set them on the path to lifelong health A few steps towards these goals include Teachers will develop individualized plans for children with ongoing assessment throughout the year Also throughout the year PFCE Parent Family Community Engagement staff will meet with families Both staff and parents will receive educational materials and training to support healthy physical exercise and food choices All staff will participate in trainings to create well organized learning environments select stimulating and purposeful materials build skills which promote socialemotional development guide appropriate behavior and promote active engagement in learning activities Another step in achieving goal 3 is that the menu planning will incorporate healthier food choices including only whole grains cereals with no more than 6 grams of sugar no fried foods juice no more than once each day and water available with all meals HOPES will implement the PWPBS Program Wide Positive Behavior Support pyramid model see image below in all EHS HS classrooms Once this model is adopted by the end of Year 2 qualified providers in partnership with HOPES will be engaged to provide coaching and mentoring training specific early childhood behavior health issues Family and Community Engagement Goals 5 8 9 are directed to increasing family and community engagement so that HOPES parents will be empowered as leaders and role models for their children on a path to developing family self sufficiency Furthermore so that HOPES will be known in the community as a Continues in next column provider of the highest quality early childhood education development and family support services Through community partners EHS HS children families and expectant women in HOPES programs will have timely access to seamlessly coordinated quality services that appropriately address their specific needs A few steps to reach these goals include Throughout the year at least eight literacy educational opportunities will be available in the classroom and or in the community In addition specific literacy activities will be included in the weekly classroom newsletter for parents and children to do together at home throughout the school year HOPES will motivate family participation in the classroom community literacy activities other educational opportunities and or parent committees with a 5 increase in participation each year HOPES will assess community partnerships for their relevance to family needs and foster new partnerships to improve quality and fill critical service gaps In addition HOPES will collaborate with nearby community colleges and universities to facilitate student internships at HOPES As well as establishing partnerships with senior workforce programs i e Foster Grandparents to provide placement of in kind volunteers and improve the adult child ratios These steps are site specific to either Somerset or Hoboken Jersey City Plainfield At Somerset new signage will be Continues in next column 9 installed on the exterior of all facilities to make it easy and welcoming for community members to visit As well as a member of the Somerset community will be appointed to the HOPES Board of Directors by the end of Year 1 HOPES will update the agency website design and functionality by the end of Year 2 In addition HOPES will strengthen interdepartmental coordination between Community and Early Childhood Programs for family supports civic education and emergency relief efforts in Year 2 Lastly the future completion of the Rue Site Annex s construction in Hoboken will house three HS classrooms and HOPES administrative offices As well as a complete renovation of the Plainfield Armory which will house 75 of all HOPES Early Childhood operations in Plainfield by the end of Year 2 See page 1 and 7 for further updates on the Plainfield Armory renovation and Rue Site Annex construction For too long women were formally excluded from full participation in our society and our democracy Because of the courage of so many bold women who dared to transcend preconceived expectations and prove they were capable of doing all that a man could do and more advances were made discoveries were revealed barriers were broken and progress triumphed Barack Obama 2016 Proclamation read more at
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 10 February Happenings Our Kenten Quilt The Hoboken Early Childhood Program celebrated the 100thDayofSchool on February 15 Children and teachers dressed like 100 year olds and or counted 100 items to celebrate being 100 Days Smarter At Watchung site Plainfield Ms Kelly s and Ms Lourdes classroom celebrated International Mother Language on Monday February 27 2017 Parents came to read in Spanish to share the value importance and joy of their language By Ms Donna Teacher In celebration of Black History Month Classroom 2 taught by myself and Ms Laura at the Bilingual Day Care Center explored African heritage and culture to increase children s knowledge and heighten their awareness of the differences and similarities of people all around the world Through the use of the book Kente Colors by Debbi Chocolate they learned about the specific meanings of the colors and symbols of the Kente cloth as it related to the history of the Ashanti people in Ghana West Africa They explored with brightly colored paper strips as they created their own geometric pattern of colors and weaved it together to form a cloth Each unique cloth was laced together to create our classroom s Kente quilt This multicultural art project allowed the children an opportunity to learn about the African culture as it demonstrated to them that we are all woven together on our planet from different threads resulting in a beautiful tapestry of diversity I have come to believe that in order to thrive a child must have at least one adult in her life who shows her unconditional love respect and confidence For me it was Abuelita My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayer 1st Latina Supreme Court Justice International Mother Language Day The United Nations sponsors this day February 21 as a worldwide annual observance in order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding tolerance and dialogue from http www un org en events motherlanguageday index shtml Follow HOPES on Facebook and Twitter HOPESCAPINC to receive the latest happenings in the Early Childhood Program and shared tips from Head Start The tips above are from https eclkc ohs acf hhs gov hslc tta system health docs s e tipsfamilies infants pdf Ms Darlin s and Ms Maquita s classroom also celebrated International Mother Language Day from St Mary s site Plainfield
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 11 February Happenings No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens Michelle Obama At the Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders July 2014 I thought this artwork in the last issue from Creative Wellness was beautiful but check out the finished piece below Enda Kenny current Taoiseach Celebrating By Evelyn Mercado Community Programs Manager Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern HOPES CAP Inc is offering free tax preparation in Hudson Somerset and Union Counties with locations in Hoboken West New York Jersey City Plainfield and Somerset These services run Monday through Friday and on Saturdays in Hoboken In addition HOPES has tax drop off hours for those too busy for an appointment All volunteers and staff are certified through the IRS VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program In February HOPES prepared 367 tax returns with over 50 being prepared at the Family Resource Center at 532 Jackson St Hoboken From these tax returns almost 75 of our clients received a refund The average amount of the refund was 2 000 HOPES staff and volunteers seek to get the most credits for our clients in particular Earned Income Tax Credit ETC Child Tax Credit CTC and credits for education such as the Lifetime Learning Credit For the month of February 44 of our tax returns received ETC and 19 received CTC The average value for both ETC and CTC was 1666 Furthermore all clients saved by not having to pay for tax preparation services which can easily be hundreds of dollars HOPES has received funding to offer this free tax service through the IRS and SingleStop To schedule an appointment please call 201468 8805 or go online https hopes cascheduler com Valentine s Day Plainfield staff at our New Horizon site styling their red day wear Photos submitted by Daisy VelazquezGlasgow Education Supervisor A PRESIDENTIAL TRADITION On Saint Patrick s Day 17 March there is a long standing tradition of the president receiving a bowl of shamrocks from the Taoiseach Prime Minister of Ireland To learn more check out the YouTube video https www youtube com watch time_continue 22 v tB9U Y nw78 L fh ile P draig sona daoibh Happy St Patrick s Day to you all Chairwoman Alice Paul second from left and officers of the National Woman s Party hold a banner with a Susan B Anthony quote in front of the NWP headquarters in Washington D C in June 1920 Women s March in Washington DC on January 21st 2017 Image from nbcnews com
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 12 Need Help Preparing Your Taxes but Don t Have Time for an Appointment In three easy steps you can have your taxes prepared without an appointment Stop by HOPES CAP Inc at 301 Garden St Hoboken NJ 2nd floor Computer Lab on Wednesday and Fridays between 10 30AM 4 30PM to drop off your paperwork Fill out our intake forms and answer a few questions while we make copies of your paperwork It will take just about 5 10 minutes of your time and our IRS certified tax preparers will take it from there Then we will call you when your taxes are ready to be picked up it will take no longer than a week See HOPES website http hopes org PDF VITA 202016 English pdf for What to Bring to the Drop off Do you prefer to prepare your own taxes Go online to MyFreeTaxes com to prepare your own taxes for FREE Nearly 70 of U S tax filers qualify to use MyFreeTaxes Available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia MyFreeTaxes is easy safe and free If you prefer using an IRS certified volunteer income tax preparer check out HOPES website http hopes org PDF VITA 202016 English pdf to learn more about setting up an appointment with HOPES VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at one of our many locations
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  12  Need Help Preparing Your Taxes, but Don   t Have Time for an Appointment  ...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS Do you know anyone who may want to join our team SOMERSET NJ Bus Driver part time is responsible for operating the Early Childhood Program school bus including pick up and drop off of children enrolled in the program transporting children on field trips driving HOPES CAP Inc staff to special events such as meetings training sessions and seminars Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience 1 year experience operating a school bus valid New Jersey CDL Drivers License with proper endorsements for a minimum 52 passenger school bus and clean Motor Vehicle Record MVR Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Experience in vehicle maintenance and repairs Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations and standards as it applies to New Jersey Commission of Motor vehicles Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively Bus Assistant part time is responsible for safely assisting children on and off the school bus ensuring children are properly secured in the safety restraints prior to the bus departing its location and ensuring a pleasant and safe environment for the children while they are in the bus Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience 1 year experience assisting in the operation of a school bus Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations and standards as it applies to New Jersey Commission of Motor vehicles Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively Another Somerset position in next column Please submit resume to hr hopes org Community Services Advocate fulltime conducts outreach recruitment and enrollment assessment of needs provision of direct client services and education social services case management as well as all documentation tracking and reporting of services provided and other required data Requirements High School Diploma and 3 years of experience in customer service with social and or community services or equivalent combination of education and experience Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job HOBOKEN NJ Human Resources Generalist full time is responsible for performing HR related duties on a professional level and works closely with HR management in supporting agency mission and business objectives This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas benefits administration employee relations training performance management on boarding policy implementation recruitment employment affirmative action and employment law compliance Requirements Associate s in Human Resources or related field with particular emphasis on benefits administration A minimum of 1 3 years job related experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge skills and abilities Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office intermediate to advanced Excel database systems email and internet Ability to be extremely flexible and adaptable in completing a diverse range of assignments in a timely manner Experience working in a fast paced environment and ability to apply good work habits to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the agency HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer HOPES CAP Inc is an At will Employer 13 PLAINFIELD NJ Family Advocate full time is responsible for coordinating comprehensive services for children and families as defined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards for a caseload assigned Requirements Family Development Credential FDC or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire or degree in Social Work Human Services Family Services Counseling or related field and 2 years experience working in Human Services or Early Childhood Development fields Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Knowledge of the needs interest problems and the social and economic deprivation of low income persons Wrap Around Program Coordinator fulltime is responsible for providing support to the Education Site Supervisor and Education Team consisting of the Manager Supervisor and Teaching Teams The role of this position is to facilitate the implementation and maintenance of program quality in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards Federal State and Local regulations licensing contracts requirements as well as HOPES CAP Inc Policies and Procedures Requirements High School Diploma and 2 years experience in clerical administrative services Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Knowledge of the needs interest problems and the social and economic deprivation of low income persons ALL LOCATIONS PLAINFIELD SOMERSET HOBOKEN Teacher Assistant full time part time is either a full time or part time classroom Teacher Assistant in the Pre K program The Teacher Assistant position supports the teacher in carrying out developmentally appropriate child activities in accordance with the designated curriculum NAEYC Standards and the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Program Philosophy Requirements Pre School CDA or to be in the process of obtaining a Pre School CDA within 10 months of employment 1 year experience in a preschool classroom setting or equivalent experience working with children and working with a team Requirements continue on next page
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 14  SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS,  Do you know anyone who may want to join our team  S...
OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 14 SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS CONTINUED Do you know anyone who may want to join our team Teacher Assistant Requirements continued from last page Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Infant Toddler Teacher full time part time is a classroom teacher caregiver in the program that shares responsibilities with a co Infant Toddler Teacher This position supervises assists and supports substitutes interns and volunteers in carrying out developmentally appropriate child activities in accordance with the designated Infant and Toddler Curriculum and NAEYC Standards and in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards Requirements Infant Toddler CDA or CDA with an Infant Toddler endorsement Experience in an Infant Toddler setting or equivalent experience working with children and working with a team Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Custodian full time part time is responsible for helping to ensure a safe well maintained and clean environment for all HOPES CAP Inc sites as needed This position also adheres to the HOPES CAP Inc Policies Procedures and may be reassigned to various sites as deemed necessary for program operations Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Able to work with basic cleaning equipment and tools Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively Please submit resume to hr hopes org HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer 14 Enrollment in Early Childhood Program HOPES CAP Inc is an At will Employer Please share these job listings with people you know who would make a great addition to our team CHECK OUR WEBSITE UNDER JOIN OUR TEAM FOR UP TO DATE JOB POSTINGS http hopes org Careers html By Joselyn Estevez Vargas Director of Early Childhood We currently have slots available in all EHS Early Head Start sites for Expectant Women contact please contact Deanna Franklin Expectant Women Coordinator 1 855 654 6737 Ext 2317 HOPES has also started enrolling children ages Birth to Five for the Fall for all of our programs For more information about registration contact the following by calling 1 855 OK HOPES 1 855 654 6737 with the extension number Diana Milne ext 1200 for Hoboken Programs Deena Davenport Beasley ext 1701 for Plainfield Programs Taylor Simeon ext 2203 for Somerset Programs Check out HOPES Rising Game Night On March 30 from 5 30 8 30 pm Hoboken Housing Authority Community Room 221 Jackson Hoboken You can also print and share page 12 about tax preparation as well as the opportunities on this page DO NOT circulate the rest of this newsletter pages 1 11 for confidentiality reasons with anyone not working at HOPES CAP Inc Be sure to check out the two page photo spread of the Fundraiser Gala held October 2016 in HOPES community newsletter HOPES Rising at http hopes org Resources html Follow HOPES on Facebook Twitter Instagram HOPESCAPINC Support HOPES through www smile amazon com Select as your charity HOPES Community Action Partnership Inc Amazon donates 0 5 of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to support our services
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