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
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 3  2  ASK HR THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION   ANA FLORES  11 12  CARLA F D...
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...