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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 1 HOPES Rising Our Community Newsletter 52 YEARS OF HOPES IN THIS ISSUE Income Tax Assistance 2 Tax Drop offs or Do ItYourself Taxes 3 Join HOPES avers Club 4 Power Half an Hour PLAINFIELD HEAD START S PARENTING WORKSHOPS IS A RICH RESOURCE 5 Saving Money Tips 4 By Idania Mercado Mental Health Disabilities Specialist Health and Wellness 5 Int Mother Language Day 5 Services at All Locations Expectant Women Early Childhood Program CHIP SNAP 6 Somerset Location EHS HS Expansion Enrollment in EHS MLK Day of Service 7 HOPES CAP Inc Head Start in Plainfield has been offering a monthly workshop for parents and caregivers called Power Half an Hour This monthly workshop is held by Idania Mercado M A Counseling Power Half an Hour workshops were created to offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn and discuss different common topics pertaining to children and families The following topics have been discussed during these monthly workshops which began in October 2016 How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool Developmental Milestones and Positive Discipline These workshops provide parents and caregivers with helpful and positive information strategies to utilize every day at home with their children and families Parents and caregivers are given packets of information in both English and Spanish relating to the specific topic discussed that month In February the topic that was presented was Stress Management in which parents were taught breathing techniques and were provided with several examples of healthier ways to combat stress Parents and caregivers were also given supportive ways to address challenging behaviors in children As a bonus each parent and caregiver were given a raffle ticket for a chance to win two baskets filled with stress relievers including lavender soaps relaxing bath bubbles lavender air fresheners revitalizing eye masks journals pens and boxes of chamomile tea with a tea mug Fall in Love with HOPES Annual Gala October 2016 8 9 Community Game Night 10 Our Kenten Quilt 10 Community Education 11 Seeking New Team Members 1213 Annex Armory Updates 14 Michele Russo Wing 14 During Black History Month Ora Welch President and CEO of HOPES CAP Inc was the keynote speaker at the African Heritage Celebration organized by African Views She spoke to a diverse crowd of 30 people at the Hoboken Public Library on February 23rd She presented on a range of lesser known African Americans who have made remarkable achievements from Sarah Boone to Thurgood Marshall and so many more
HOPES RISING  COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER  FALL WINTER 2016-2017  1  HOPES Rising  Our Community Newsletter  52 YEARS OF HOPES   ...
HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 2 HOPES CAP Inc Offers Free Tax Preparation in Your Neighborhood Services will be provided at the following locations Los servicios estar n disponible en los siguientes lugares HOPES CAP Inc Hoboken Shelter Family Resource Center 300 Bloomfield St 532 Jackson St Unit 1B Hoboken NJ 07030 Dvine Konektion United Way 611 56th St 857Bergen Avenue West New York NJ 07093 Jersey City NJ 07306 Plainfield Action Services HOPES CAP Inc 510 Watchung Ave 900 Hamilton St Plainfield NJ 07060 Somerset NJ 08873 HOPES CAP Inc Ofrece Preparacion de Impuestos GRATIS en su What to bring to my Free Tax Appoint Qu debo llevar a mi cita para poder Communidad ment preparar mis impuestos State Issued Photo ID or Passport Social Security Card or Social Security Number Verification for you your spouse and dependents Wage and earning statement s Form W 2 W 2G 1099 R from all employers Interest and dividend statements from banks Form 1099 Proof of bank account routing number and account number for Direct Deposit such as a blank check Proof of income most recent 4 weeks paid stubs or income letter A copy of last year s federal and state return if available Total paid to daycare provider and the daycare s tax identifying number Individual Taxpayer Identification Number ITIN assignment letter for you your spouse and dependents Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN On Site ITIN Assistance and Self Tax Preparation is also available Habr disponible ayuda con la aplicaci n para n meros de ITIN y tambi n habr Auto Preparaci n de Impuestos To schedule your appointment please call Para progamar su cita por favor llame al 201 468 8805 or go online at O en el internet a hopes cascheduler com Transportation provided to Eligible Hudson County Senior Citizens and Disabled Individuals Habra transportaci n disponible para Personas Mayores y Individuos Discapacitados Elegibles viviendo en el condado Hudson Identificaci n Estatal con foto Tarjeta de Seguro Social y o verificaci n de n mero de Seguro Social para usted su c nyuge y dependientes Talonarios de ingreso s Forma W 2 W 2G 1099 R de todos los empleadores Declaraciones de intereses y dividendos de los bancos Forma 1099 Prueba de los n meros de cuenta bancaria numero de ruta del banco y el numero de cuenta para dep sito directo como un cheque de banco Prueba de ingreso los mas cuatro semanas corriente o su carta de ingreso N mero de Identificaci n del Contribuyente Individual ITIN las cartas de asignaci n para usted su c nyuge y sus dependientes Prueba de su condici n de extranjero si se solicita un ITIN Una copia de la declaraci n federal y estatal del a o pasado Total pagado al proveedor de cuidado infantil y el n mero de identificaci n de impuestos de la guarder a Funded in part by Title III Older Americans Act Financiado en parte por la Acta del T tulo III para Personas Mayores Americanos
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 3 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 page 2 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 page 2 to learn more about setting up an appointment with HOPES VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at one of our many locations
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 Start on the Road to Financial Empowerment By Phoebe Gould Community Education intern Overview Through the HOPES avers Club qualifying individuals are able to start saving money in an Individual Development Account IDA This special matching savings account held at Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union is designed to enable participants to save a targeted amount of money that can be used to build assets in the form of college education and small business ownership How It Works For every 1 a participant deposits into their account up to 2000 for an individual or up to 4000 for a household an additional 2 in matched funds will be deposited into that same account Once the participant s goal is met they will be free to designate their money and the matched funds to make their education or small business plans a reality As part of this program participants receive free financial literacy training that will assist with developing and maintaining their savings plan HOPES avers Club and matching funds are made possible by a partnership with Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union and by the Assets for Independence AFI grant made available by the US Department of Health and Human Services Eligibility In order to qualify for the HOPES avers Club program individuals must be able to prove that they have a source of earned income and meet one of the following conditions 1 They are eligible for TANF Benefits 2 They have an annual adjusted gross income of less than 200 of the federal poverty guidelines AND no more than 10 000 in total net worth excluding the value of one automobile and one home 4 and timeline according to their own needs As long as the participant can consistently save money toward their goal they can be involved for any amount of time between the minimum of six months and the maximum of two years With help from HOPES staff individuals will create the best plan for their own savings goals so that staying on track and saving money is not just a dream but a reality Based on income and realistic expectations of available money to save each person will develop the plan that s right for them You ll feel more in control of your money and it s a key step toward forming a realistic budget that you can actually abide by Education 4 There s an app for that Financial education classes are mandatory for participants in the HOPES avers Club in order to help them understand the benefits of saving and the best savings practices Learning to save money consistently can have long term benefits toward participants life goals Contact Information For more information or to find out how to get involved in this program contact HOPES CAP Inc Mary Caldwell Phoebe Gould Phone 1 885 OK HOPES 1 855 654 6737 ext 1108 1107 5 Saving Money Tips for 2017 Make it the Year You Finally Get Serious About Saving By Jesse Roman Grants Administration Supervisor 1 Set a Goal The goal should require self discipline and a little sacrifice when it comes to spending but you shouldn t overreach When deciding on a savings goal think of a specific purchase or benchmark you could realistically reach in 12 months How about that family trip Or that new 4K TV Then find a friend or family member who can hold you accountable or write the goal down in a place where you ll see it every day like your planner 2 Monitor your monthly expenses Plan Flexibility Participants in the HOPES avers Club set a personal savings goal Start tracking your monthly expenses For one month track every single purchase down to the cent You ll know exactly where your paycheck is going and which areas you re overspending on Details continue in next column Continues in next column 3 then set a budget Once you know what your spending habits are you can draw up a realistic budget It might be a bit of a trial and error process at first you have to figure out what works best for your lifestyle Budgeting will force you live within your means which is essential to growing your savings Call an Uber Facebook a friend Grubhub a meal There s an app for everything So why not use that technology to become a better saver There are apps out there to assist with budgeting apps that will help you find the best local deals and apps that let you sell your old junk This year find one or two apps that will help you save and use them on a regular basis Or ask your HR department if you can direct deposit a percentage of your paycheck every pay period into a savings account 5 Check your progress and reward yourself when you reach your goal In order to save effectively you need to know exactly where you stand with your finances each week Make a money date with yourself every Sunday and go through your transactions to ensure you re on track with your budget If you fall off track maybe you spent too much one week or didn t put away a single penny from your paycheck don t give up Get back on track When you hit savings goals celebrate and reward yourself a bit Saving is all about moderation but not completely cutting out shopping and spending You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them Try to be a rainbow in someone s cloud Do not complain Make every effort to change things you do not like If you cannot make a change change the way you have been thinking You might find a new solution Letter to My Daughter Maya Angelou
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 HEALTH AND WELLNESS The first thing that usually comes to mind when we think of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia come to mind but I want to share bits of an informative article I read about disordered eating Disordered Eating Defined According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM IV Text Revision disordered eating is defined as a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa AN or bulimia nervosa BN are diagnosed according to narrow criteria This excludes most people and the majority of people suffering with disordered eating The most significant difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating is whether or not a person s symptoms and experiences align with the criteria defined by the American Psychiatric Association APA Disordered eating is a descriptive phrase not a diagnosis Still eating concerns falling short of a diagnosis deserve attention and treatment as they often turn into more problematic eating disorders and put the patient at risk of serious health problems Signs and symptoms of disordered eating may include but are not limited to Chronic yo yo dieting Frequent weight fluctuations Extremely rigid and unhealthy food and exercise regime Feelings of guilt and shame when unable to maintain food and exercise habits Pre occupation with food body and exercise that causes distress and has a negative impact on quality of life Compulsive or emotionally driven eating Use of compensatory measures such as exercise food restriction fasting and even purging or laxative use to make up for food consumed fully realize the impact it has on their mental and physical health This lack of understanding may unnecessarily exacerbate the harm of disordered eating Detrimental consequences can include a greater risk of obesity and eating disorders bone loss gastrointestinal disturbances electrolyte and fluid imbalances low heart rate and blood pressure increased anxiety and depression and social isolation Disordered eating is a serious health concern that may be difficult to detect since a person with disordered eating patterns may not display all of the classic symptoms typically identified with eating disorders It s important to remember that even a person exhibiting disordered eating habits and behaviors may also be experiencing significant physical emotional and mental stress Registered dietitian nutritionists are vital to the detection and treatment of disordered eating Often patients referred to dietitians for nutrition counseling are unaware that their eating patterns are problematic or harmful If possible working with a dietitian who has a background in counseling eating disorders is an important step in treating disordered eating and preventing it from progressing to an eating disorder By Marci Anderson MS RD LDN Published February 25 2015 Food for Thought By slowing down and savoring our food we can take a positive step to becoming more emotionally healthy 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 ourselves to physical cues what is our body telling us For more on mindful eating check out the following Huffington Post article http International Mother Language Day The United Nations sponsors this day on February 21st 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 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 www huffingtonpost com 2013 11 12 mindfuleating tips_n_3941528 html Harm Caused by Disordered Eating Many people who suffer with disordered eating patterns either minimize or do not Continues in next column 5 Image credit Susan Albers PsyD 2012 Eat Drink Be Mindful eatingmindfully com Ms Darlin s and Ms Maquita s classroom also celebrated International Mother Language Day from St Mary s site Plainfield
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 6 ALL LOCATIONS HOBOKEN PLAINFIELD SOMERSET Expectant Women Program By Deanna Franklin Expectant Women Coordinator The HOPES CAP Inc s Expectant Women Program gives pregnant women access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal assistance We seek to accomplish the goal by offering the support necessary to enable all women to continue their pregnancies deliver healthy babies and care for themselves and their children The Expectant Woman Program provides pregnant women with Pre Natal Education Early and Continuing risk assessment Promote and educate on healthy and nutritious life styles Mental Health Interventions and follow up Resources and referrals Planning for the entry of the baby into the EHS program space and income eligibility requirements apply and more The Expectant Women Program is at all three HOPES sites Hoboken Plainfield and Somerset If you are someone you know is in need of additional pregnancy support please contact Deanna Franklin 1855 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 See page 7 for more information about Somerset Helping Seniors with Nutritional Assistance By Evelyn Mercado Community Programs Manager By Barbara Reyes Community Services Supervisor As of June 2016 HOPES CAP Inc launched a program to help uninsured eligible children and parents with applying for Medicaid or Children Health Insurance Program CHIP with a particular emphasis on uninsured teens and Hispanic children This program is in conjunction with the nationwide campaign Connecting Kids to Coverage and made possible through a grant from CMS Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services This program focuses on personalized application assistance in order to reduce health coverage disparities and promote healthier homes and families HOPES CAP Inc will assist families in Union and Somerset County In an effort to branch out and better serve these potential applicants HOPES has hired a new staff member Josefina Gil Leyva to cover these counties In addition HOPES still has Community Service Advocates serving Hudson County Contact HOPES CAP Inc Community Services at 1 855 OKHOPES ext 1012 for a screening HOPES CAP Inc was awarded a grant to support National Council on Aging NCOA nationwide effort to help older adults struggling to buy groceries apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance SNAP to expand their food budget The U S Department of Agriculture estimates that just 2 out of every 5 seniors are eligible for SNAP are enrolled in the program That means millions of lowincome older adults are missing out Are you aware that HOPES has assisted over 100 seniors with obtaining SNAP benefits in the last few months If you are a senior and you have limited income and resources you may be entitled to the SNAP HOPES Community Services Advocates are committed to assisting seniors with obtaining healthy food while on a budget You may ask what are SNAP benefits SNAP benefits can be used to buy healthy food items such as fruits vegetables bread meat and dairy products in any supermarket reputable store or fruit markets At an average the SNAP program can assist a senior living alone with up to 113 to purchase healthy foods If you would like to find out if you are eligible for SNAP Benefits please contact HOPES CAP Inc Community Services at 1 855 OK HOPES ext 1012 By Joselyn Estevez Vargas Director of Early Childhood See next column for Birth to Five enrollment My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayer 1st Hispanic Supreme Court Justice CHIP Services in Your Community Enrollment in Early Childhood Program We currently have slots available in all EHS Early Head Start sites for Expectant Women see above 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 Josefina Gil Leyva is the Community Services Advocate for Union Somerset Counties
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 7 HOPES SOMERSET LOCATION HOPES CAP Inc s Early Head Start and Head Start Expanded to Somerset By Lori Reisz PFCE Services Manager By Joselyn Estevez Vargas Director of Early Childhood The Office of Head Start awarded a grant to HOPES to administer Early Head Start and Head Start services to 218 children in Somerset New Jersey The agency started providing services in Somerset on August 1st and met with staff parents and community members during the sixty day transition period from the previous interim grantee Community Development Institute CDI The program is currently funded to serve 176 Head Start Children 32 Infants and 10 Expectant women in two facilities in Somerset NJ These services are at 113 Belmont Drive and 900 Hamilton Street both in Somerset NJ HOPES is providing quality Early Head Start and Head Start services to children Birth to Five Expectant Women and their families residing throughout Somerset County that meet Federal Income eligibility requirements HOPES Early Head Start in Somerset County By Lori Reisz PFCE Services Manager On January 17 2017 HOPES CAP Inc began providing Early Head Start services in Somerset County by opening two additional classrooms at each of their Somerset locations Early Head Start EHS is a comprehensive child development program serving infants and toddlers from ages 8 weeks to 3 years EHS operates for 48 weeks providing individualized instruction to help children develop socially intellectually physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development EHS supports parents efforts to fulfill their parental roles and to move toward self sufficiency Eligible families will meet income eligibility guidelines and reside in Somerset County Other criteria such as disabilities and social service needs may also be considered during the selection process It is not our differences that divide us It is our inability to recognize accept and celebrate those differences Audre Lorde Our Dead Behind Us Poems On January 21st 2017 volunteers helped clear out the office and meeting spaces at 900 Hamilton St in Somerset NJ This space formerly for HOPES CAP Inc s Head Start Early Head Start will now be utilized for HOPES Community Programs We had such a tremendous group of volunteers that we got the job done Special thanks to Taylor Simeon Deena Davenport Beasley Margie Barbee Joselyn Esteves Vargas Edelyn Vargas and Delmis Estevez HOPES staff and family members who came out today They worked alongside Corliss Smith and her son Christopher from Flemington and members of Rutgers Phi Sigma Pi fraternity Jenny Chin Nicholas Cahill Hilal Tekin Jean Gerlach and Joyce Macaraeg to fill a 30 yard dumpster with unusable furniture and to organize the remaining items to sell It was a lot of hard work but we had a blast There is nothing new about poverty What is new however is that we have the resources to get rid of it Martin Luther King Jr Nobel Lecture 1964
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 Fall in Love with HOPES Over 200 guests attended HOPES CAP Inc s 3rd Annual Gala on October 20th 2016 at 301 Garden Street and the feedback of the evening was incredible The Gala brought together members of HOPES staff community partners donors and sponsors to Fall in Love with HOPES with an evening of music dancing great food and fun to raise money to help support HOPES programs The fundraiser also featured an online auction of different gift baskets and items through BiddingforGood com as well as a raffle This event marked our third successful year as we raised over 45 000 that will be used to develop enrichment afterschool and summer programs for students in kindergarten through high school We thank our wonderful staff and volunteers involved with planning and executing the event for their effort and commitment Our overwhelming gratitude goes out to Lori Heidenry Shan Gettens Erin Stehli and Board Members Susan Costomiris and Christiane Hoffman They worked tirelessly on all aspects of the event and their dedication and guidance was instrumental to the event s success Thanks to the businesses and individuals that contributed to our fundraising We are extremely proud of this event and hope that it will live on as annual tradition for the HOPES community HOPES was honored to have so many wonderful sponsors and food donors supporting the event We would like to thank Gold Sponsors Minervini Vandermark and Ace Endico Silver Sponsors BCB Hoboken Lakeshore BCG Advisors Bijou Properties and North Hudson Sewerage Authority and Bronze Sponsors CIGNA Robert Matule CSBK Liberty Realty Paycom Investors Bank Amaker Porterfield Transportation Horizon NJ Health and Wellcare Continues on next page with the food sponsors 8
HOPES RISING  COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER  FALL WINTER 2016-2017  Fall in Love with HOPES Over 200 guests attended HOPES CAP, Inc...
HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 Guests enjoyed delicious food and beverages provided by the following establishments Grand Vin Amanda s The Madison Bar Grill The Village Pourhouse Jack Co Leo s Frankie Ava s Sweetwater Jack s Cabin Devotion Vodka 1 Republik Inserra ShopRite Supermarkets ACME Green Rock Tap Grill and The Brownstone Pancake Factory donated all the specialty cakes for the evening upper left 9
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 Community Game Night By Evelyn Mercado Community Programs Manager Karen Guzman Community Programs Coordinator HOPES CAP Inc began an innovative monthly event for children of the community since July 2016 In an effort to provide an interactive safe haven for children from different socioeconomic backgrounds in the Hudson County area HOPES has conducted a monthly themed Community Game Night HOPES has enjoyed planning and designing Game Night themes to a holiday or an awareness of the month with the goal of giving children an enjoyable fun filled night Children are able to partake in different stations such as Art Crafts Face Painting Balloon Art and different board games During Fall 2016 we planned a monthly Game Night in September October and November at the Rue Building Gymnasium at 301 Garden Street Hoboken However due to unforeseen circumstances with the accident at the Hoboken train station the September Game Night was cancelled A notice was sent via email and phone calls were made to those who have attended Game Night in the past At HOPES we strongly believe in the safety of the children and families and do not want to put any one in harm way October s theme was inspired by Halloween One word SPOOKY The scenery mimicked a haunted house The door to the Rue Building Gymnasium was covered with Do Not Enter adornments in addition to a murder crime scene using tape to shape a body image Children loved getting their face painted as vampires zombies super heroes and ghosts The November Game Night on Tuesday the 29th was the used to launch our GivingTuesday social media campaign The theme was Autumn Thanksgiving We had games and activities for the children which included a giant tic tac toe board silly name tags a paper airplane toss balloon popping and many more We also had a table for GivingTuesday where children created a thankful tree by writing on the paper leaves what they were thankful for in their lives Continues in next column In addition they created goody bags for other children with small toys candy and fruit snacks they created 36 bags which were donated to In Jesus Name Charities During the month of January due to the unfortunate act of violence that occurred in our community HOPES decided to move our Game Night venue to the Hoboken Housing Authority which allowed us to serve over 50 families to a fun filled night of games and mentoring This Game Night was centered on the theme of Winter with an arts crafts table making snowflakes out of cotton swabs and the return of the popular cup stacking game tower making which we had back in October Thanks to the generous donations of our CEO Ora Welch Freeholder Anthony Romano and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro we were also able to provide a light supper and dessert to the families Transportation was also available to and from the venue Please follow us on social media for additional Community Game Night events and location Game Night On March 16 from 5 30 8 30 pm Hoboken Housing Authority Community Room 221 Jackson Hoboken 10 Our Kenten Quilt 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
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 Community Education Winter Session 2017 By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern HOPES CAP Inc ten week class session have begun Classes consist of computer classes basic and intermediate senior physical activity English as a Second Language ESL beginners and advanced Imaginative Writing and Creative Wellness Phoebe a HOPES intern has begun teaching two evening ESL classes at the Family Success Center FSC in Union City and one morning class at the Rue Building in Hoboken The classes are open to everyone and currently have students from a variety of backgrounds including Latin America Russia China and Israel See map below She has remarked that the advanced ESL class on Tuesday evenings and the beginner ESL class on Thursday mornings filled up quickly with a mixture of new and returning students They are all eager to learn she explained Continues in next column 11 Even though they don t all know English well they make jokes and laugh together Nothing makes me smile more than students who come from different backgrounds laughing together as they mess up and try and try again until they get it right Phoebe has also started teaching a new class Women s Imaginative Writing which is being held at the Family Resource Center located at 532 Jackson Street This class gives women a place to step away from their busy lives for a few hours and sharpen their writing skills Karen the Community Program Coordinator is teaching a new class 3D Mixed Media Arts This class is similar to Creative Wellness with the focus on creating 3D art out of everyday materials Continues in next column My creative wellness classes have a great turn out My students are engaged physically and mentally while they let their artistic capabilities show through their artwork remarked Karen I couldn t ask for anymore because it genuinely makes me happy Mary the Community Education Supervisor teaches computer classes As a Microsoft Certified teacher she introduces the Microsoft Office Suite to students including Word PowerPoint Excel and Publisher Additionally she teaches three senior physical activity classes at locations in Hoboken and Jersey City These classes help seniors learn basic physical fitness skills In addition to these courses HOPES offers financial literacy workshops throughout the community 1st art project in the 3D Mixed Media Arts class The next ten week session will start late April early May The registration dates will be in the next newsletter Bulgaria Israel 2017 Spring ESL Students Representation Around the World Artwork from the 3D Mixed Media Arts class
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS Do you know anyone who may want to join our team 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 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 Please submit resume to hr hopes org 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 HOPES is committed to providing community services that respond to the social educational and training needs of individuals and families in an effort to increase self sufficiency and fight the causes of poverty HOPES employees are partners in this commitment to deliver quality service For you this means an opportunity to be a part of an agency that values human dignity perseverance and the ability for all individuals to better their current circumstances Whatever your area of interest or expertise you re sure to find a career at HOPES gratifying and rewarding HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer HOPES CAP Inc is an At will Employer 12 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 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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 CONTINUED Do you know anyone who may want to join our team 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 Please submit resume to hr hopes org HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer HOPES CAP Inc is an At will Employer Crossword ACROSS 1 Number of countries including a US territory represented by ESL students 4 Theme of 2016 Gala 6 This program offers free or low cost health insurance to children 7 The theme for March s Game Night 9 March 12 on this date 10 Acronym of HOPES free tax prep services 11 The Q A with Dave Lamay was about this project DOWN 2 Through this service pregnant women can receive prenatal and postnatal assistance 3 HOPES HS EHS expanded here 5 HOPES avers matching savings account is called 8 This site is being renovated and will provide space for Plainfield s HS EHS 9 Seniors could be eligible for these benefits to help obtain healthy food Crossword Answers ACROSS 1 Fourteen 4 FallinLove 6 CHIP 7 MardiGras 9 Springforward 10 VITA 11 Annex DOWN 2 Expectantwomen 3 Somerset 5 IDA 8 Armory 9 SNAP SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS 13 Follow HOPES on Facebook Twitter Instagram 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 Answers are to the right 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 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO HOPES RISING EMAIL NEWSLETTER HOPES ORG
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HOPES RISING COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FALL WINTER 2016 2017 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 Q A with Dave Lamay By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern 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 Continues in next column 14 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 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 4 th floor is the exception as it will house offices entirely which were displaced by 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 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 overall renovation of the armory and the garage soon to be annex will take about 2 years Thomas When is the expected completion date Dave Late spring early summer This is what remains of the garage Photos of Armory Garage Annex are courtesy of Jesse Roman
HOPES RISING  COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER  FALL WINTER 2016-2017  Michele Russo Early Head Start Wing Michele Russo, Vice-Chair o...