OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 3 Our HOPES |Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken & Plainfield, New Jersey November, 2015 WELCOME TO OUR 51ST YEAR OF HOPES! Roaring 20’s Gala Success! On October 15th, 2015 a good time was had by all that attended the gala. Everyone came dressing the part of 20’s style flappers and gangsters. The 747 band rocked the house dancing around the floor with guests and singing their hearts out. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were passed around throughout the night. Eugene Flynn of Amanda’s and his amazing staff catered the gala. Specialty cocktails were made at side tables. Most importantly all of our auction items were sold out to bidders that attended. The gala was held so that the net proceeds provide financial aid scholarships to school aged children in order to afford them the opportunity to attend after school programs and summer enrichment camps. It was a job well done to everyone who attended and also the helpful volunteers of Steven’s Institute of Technology. IN THIS ISSUE ASK HR Pg2 Work Anniversaries Pg 2 Birthdays Pg 2 Leadership Spotlight Pg 3 Wellness Pg 3 Updates on Projects Pg 4 IT Corner Pg 5 Dale Carnegie’s Tips for Success Pg 5 Celebrating Resiliency Post Sandy Pg 6 Professional Development Pg 6 Updates on Policies Pg6
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 3 2 ASK HR THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION! ANA FLORES 11/12 CARLA F DANNER 11/9 ARRIGO, CHARLIE 11/13/2012 CORDERO, ESMERALDA 11/14/2011 CUEVAS, JONATHAN S 11/17/2014 FIGUEROA, ABIGAIL 11/27/2007 FOSTER, TANISHA 11/18/2004 HIGH, SHAKEEMA D 11/03/2014 RIVERA, CARMEN L 11/17/2008 ROMAN, ABIGAIL 11/24/2014 SAMITT, ELLEN 11/10/2009 SANTAMARIA, LOURDES C 11/30/2009 SOTO, DADNA I 11/10/2014 TORRES, ROSA 11/10/2014 VALLE, ODALYS 11/10/2014 VILLARUEL, MONIQUE 11/26/2012 VITA GRANT By Marisa Gerke HOPES received the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant for $15k to provide free tax services to qualifying individuals and families in Hudson and Union Counties. Our goal is complete 1,635 tax returns this tax season. This grant is through the IRS and we’ve been recipients of this grant for several years now. In addition to the IRS training HOPES staff to become certified tax preparers the success of the grant is based heavily on the support of volunteers. All volunteers also receive training through the IRS and have an opportunity to not only learn a new skill but to provide an essential service to residents in their communities. For more information about the VITA Program contact Evelyn Mercado at 201-656-3711 ext. 1302. KAREN SALAZAR 11/13 ESMERALDA CORDERO 11/10 LARRY SCOTT 11/3 MALGORZATA SOWKA 11/8 ADRIANA MACHADO 11/19 DINNA L COLON 11/13 ARRIGO, CHARLIE 11/30 BRITO, CARMEN R 11/22 CORDERO, ESMERALDA 11/10 I’m getting ready to make a major purchase and the company says they have to verify my employment. Who do I tell the company to call? Please refer all requests for employment verification to Yelitza Calvache, Benefits and Compensation Supervisor, via email at ycalvache@hopes.org. If an employee’s salary is to be verified, the request to authorize the release of information must be in writing, signed by the employee. DANNER, CARLA F 11/09 DELIGNE, CLAUDIA 11/26 DOMBRO, ALISON 11/06 FARBER, LAURA 11/01 FITZGERALD, JENNIE 11/10 HAMILL, LINDA 11/22 JEAN-PIERRE, VIRGINIA 11/25 JENNINGS, SHERYL L 11/11 MOLINA, MARTHA 11/28 PACHECO, REGLA 11/14 The Raise Sam walks into his boss’s office and says “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss, “Which companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company!” Update on Insurance Cost Trends By Jessica Palencia In an effort to avoid any surprises during our health insurance renewal period in June, with effective date in July, we will be communicating trends to all employees throughout the year. It is important to understand that claims drive the cost of insurance each year, which impacts the amount each employee needs to contribute per pay. As of August 31st, for every dollar Horizon has collected in premium, Horizon has paid out $1.27. In the month of August alone, that figure was $1.77. Our goal is to bring this number to $1.00 in paid claims, and we need everyone’s help as much as possible. As an organization, we are going to tackle this issue together by implementing a variety of health and wellness initiatives including wellness meetings offered through Horizon, publishing wellness tips in the newsletter monthly, conducting challenges, and generally offering a variety of information to assist with making healthy choices and leading a healthier life. Participation is important to the success of these initiatives, and we will be sharing specific dates and times for events as they become available.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 3 3 If given the chance to be anyone in the world, who would you like to be for a day? The First Lady Michelle Obama! Motto, Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote: 1 John 4:4 "Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world" I'm happiest when: When I'm shopping, eating (I'm a foodie) and spending time with family/friends! What I fear most: Leadership Spotlight: Daisy Velazquez -Glasgow Daisy Velazquez-Glasgow is an Education Specialist/Site Supervisor at HOPES Plainfield, Watchung site. She obtained her teacher certification in 2001. Daisy is also involved in Community Theater. Running out of gas!! What do you do for fun? I love traveling, cruising and dancing! Who are three artists you would choose to for the rest of your life? 1) Martha Munuzzi 2) Daddy Yankee 3) Pitbull Residence: East Brunswick, NJ Inhabitants at residence: What are two goals you are trying to accomplish this year? My wonderful husband Sean and our four children, Lil Daisy, Lil Sean, Stephan and my baby Sabria! 1) Eat healthier meals to lose weight Years with current position at HOPES: How do you plan to accomplish these goals? I have been with Hopes since 2009 when we transitioned from CDI. Right now I am an Education Specialist/Site Supervisor in Plainfield at the Watchung Site for the past three years. 2) Spend more time with family 1) Pre-plan meals and workout 3-5 days a week 2) Schedule family time What I like best about working for HOPES: What is your favorite memory? The best thing about working at Hopes is all the wonderful relationships I built with staff and management. My favorite memory is when I met my husband at Burger King in 1989. Before working at HOPES, what was the worst job you've ever had? Before I die, I would like to (top 3 on bucket list) 1) Travel around Europe. I can’t say I had one :) 2) Travel cross-country in an RV. What is your proudest moment at HOPES? 3) Write several books and get them published. When past students come to visit and say how much they miss me and the program. If you were to get stuck on an island what three things would you bring? If you could switch your job with anyone else within HOPES, whose job would you want? 1) My Bible With no doubt our Beautiful CEO "Mama Bear" Ora Welch 3) Clean Water 2) Food HOPES CAP, Inc. Health & Wellness Initiative By: Mary Caldwell The holiday season is fast approaching and we’re all prone to pig out, regret it, and then make it our New Year’s resolution to improve our health by joining a gym and/or dieting. No matter the wellness goals we set for ourselves, many of us fail to follow through due to various barriers such as lack of time, money, convenience, knowledge, and a support system. Starting in January, HOPES CAP, Inc. will be introducing an agency wide health & wellness initiative to its employees. We will be offering a series of health & fitness challenges, assessments, and in house fitness classes to support you in achieving your personal health and fitness goals. To show our gratitude and to keep you motivated, HOPES CAP, Inc. will award individuals and teams with various prizes such as FREE jeans days, FREE personal days, gift cards, and even a TV. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this awesome opportunity, signup sheets will be located in the staff lounge and/or next to the time clock. For an added bonus, just for signing up you’ll be entered into a raffle for a sweet prize. Look out, more information to come!
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 3 4 Updates on Facilities Projects By: Danny Blackmon Electrical Upgrade – Phase 1 Transformer Transformer has been installed. Waiting for Electrical Service and Meters to be Complete and the Final Service Upgrade still needs to be tied into the switch gear. Kitchen Renovation Needs Final Electrical Work; Gas and Equipment Connection Electrical Upgrade – Phase 2 Electrical Distribution and Power In the process of conduit runs and new electrical panel installation. Backup Generator Waiting for completion of Electrical Service Distribution and Metering (Phase 2) COMPLETED WORKS Elevator Boiler
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 3  4  Updates on Facilities Projects By  Danny Blackmon Electrical Upgrade     Pha...
OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 3 5 Dale Carnegie’s Secrets to Success: Principles on How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie’s Time Management, How to prioritize: Practical Priority Guide The reality of today’s world is that we have to do more, better, faster, and with less. Time, quality, and cost are in constant tension, especially during hard economic times and the speed in which the world is changing. Often times, making, and other time management issues. 1) Record all activities. Write down all your multiple demands, competing priorities, tasks, and activities for the day or week. 2) Determine primary goals Become a Friendlier Person Tips for Searching with Google 1. Use quotation marks to search for the exact phrase “co-op board rejection” 2. Use the pipe (|) for an either/or search (or use the word “or”): fsbo|by owner. 3. Use two periods (..) to find information within a number range, including years: worst housing markets 1980..2006. 4. Use a minus sign (-) to exclude search results: worst housing markets 1980..2006 best. (since the search without the minus sign usually includes best and worst, use the minus sign if you only want the bad news) 3) Consider 80/20 rule: Determine which 20% of activities will yield 80% of the results. 5. Find similar terms with the tilde (~): ~cheap homes. You get auctions, foreclosures, etc. 4) Evaluate important vs urgent. 6. Use the wildcard star (*) if you don’t know the missing word: a man’s home is his *. 5) Rank those tanks of highest to lowest priority. For example: “A” tasks have a high priority and must be completed immediately “B” tasks are moderately important but can be done after the “A” tasks “C” tasks are low-level importance and can be tackled in our spare time 6) Create a schedule: Indicate deadlines for each task and estimate the time involved to complete the task. 7) Revisit Goals and Adjust: Review your goals and the rewards of doing the task on times, and make any necessary adjustments 8) Purge: Get rid of Items on your List that remain at the bottom and will realistically not get done. 7. Get a list of definitions with “define:” define:foreclosure. 8. Use Google as a calculator (good for figuring a commission): 548,000 x6%. 9. To search a term in a particular blog or website use “site:”. Useful if a website or blog doesn’t have a search box: site: blog.sellsiusrealestate.com zillow. 10. The space and minus sign ( -). This eliminates duplicate search results. Google will ignore all search results that contain a phrase or word you put in quotes. Find a unique word or phrase that always appears in repetitive results. Let’s say you’re searching a company and keep seeing their Press Release that says “Announcing”. Just type the company name (space) -”Announcing” and you just weeded out all those repetitive PRs from your search results. Note: If you forget the space, Google gets you back and gives you ONLY those repetitive results. 1) Don’t criticize, or complain 2) Give honest, sincere appreciation 3) Be a good listener 4) Talk in terms of other person’s interests. 5 Make the other person feel important. Win People to Your Way of Thinking. 1) Show respect for the other people’s opinion. Never say “You’re Wrong” 2) Appeal to nobler motives. 3) The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. 4) Try honestly to see things from the other person’s perspective. 5) Throw down a challenge. Be a Leader. 1) Begin with praise and honest appreciation. 2) Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct. 3) Ask questions instead of giving direct orders. 4) Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. “Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise. 5) Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 3 6 Celebrating Resiliency in Families & Reflecting After Superstorm Sandy By Joselyn-Estevez Vargas Three years ago, areas in New Jersey and New York experienced unprecedented destruction as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Ultimately, Superstorm Sandy caused $65 billion in damage in the U.S., making it the second-costliest weather disaster in American history. As part of the continued effort to review the response and lessons learned from this event, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invited Simona Ovanezian, VP/CFO, to speak at a Superstorm Sandy forum on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Ms. Ovanezian spoke about the Planning, Preparation, Impact, Response and Recovery Efforts coordinated by HOPES to help support those impacted by the storm in Hoboken and Plainfield, as well as neighboring communities. The presentation addressed issues encountered and the lesson learned as a result of Superstorm Sandy. This meeting brought together Health and Human Services, FEMA and other Federal agencies as well as New Jersey and New York State human services officials, and other partner organizations to discuss coordinated efforts to address human service needs of individuals and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Regional Office Administrator, Joyce Thomas and Glen Karpovich, Regional Emergency Management Specialist welcomed guest and introduced experts in the Human Services, Child & Family Health, Disaster Care Management, Medical Response and Research Teams, as well as Ms. Ovanezian, who presented on the local agency level experience of the response and recovery efforts. Overall it was recognized that while the accomplishments in the recovery are significant, the work continues. Professional Development and Recognition By Joselyn-Estevez Vargas HOPES CAP, Inc. was recognized for 50 Years of Head Start service to children and families, during the Annual Head Start Region II Conference, from October 26th through October 30th. During the conference staff attended sessions on Fatherhood Involvement, Social & Emotional Development, Grants Management and Administration, as well as meetings with Head Start Regional Office and Office of Head Start staff. At the Conference, the New Jersey Head Start Association also met to update members on their activities. Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, President of the Directors’ Affiliate, provided updates regarding the revitalization of the association, encouraging everyone to ensure that each affiliate (Director, Staff, Parent, Friend) is represented at the November 12, 2015 meeting to be held at the Leaguers Incorporated, in Newark. Suzanne Burnette, the NJ State Collaboration Director, shared that the new School Readiness Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Department of Education and New Jersey Head Start Association. Ms. Burnette also shared the importance of enrolling in Grow NJ Kids and accessing the funding available to programs. The state is currently working on a process to enroll directly from the state’s website. Lastly, Ms. Burnette stressed the importance of Head Start’s role in advocating for the Updates on Policies and Procedures The Sick/Sick Flex policy has been revised and approved by the Board on 10/26/15. There is now no minimum increment to use Sick or Sick Flex time for employees. rights of our special needs children. Referring children directly to Child Study Teams, and working side-by-side with the parent during the process, ensures that the parent and child get access to the best services. Both Carolyn Baker-Goode, the acting Region II Program Administrator, and Veronica Ray, the NJHSA President, shared the importance of following Head Start enrollment regulations, particularly when partnering with a school district. Clint McGrane ended the meeting with two key points: be sure to liquidate all obligations by the end of the 90 day closeout of the grant and choose your auditors wisely. HOPES will also have representation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in midNovember. Be on the lookout for information on the topics covered at the conference, in the next edition of this newsletter. Information learned at the conference will assist with the program’s Accreditation Renewal in the Hoboken Pre-K Program and the Accreditation application for both Early Head Start sites in 2016-2017!!
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 3  6  Celebrating Resiliency in Families   Reflecting After Superstorm Sandy By Jo...