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The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock the
door to personal excellence.
Confucius
Our
HOPES
|Our Staff Newsletter
Hoboken, Plainfield,
& Somerset
New Jersey
October, 2016
WELCOME TO OUR 52
ND
YEAR OF HOPES!
IN THIS ISSUE
Success
HOPES Annual Gala 2016
By Jessica Palencia
HOPES held its 3
rd
Annual Fundraiser on Thursday, October 20
th
and it was a success!
The event brought together members of HOPES’ staff, community partners, donors, and
sponsors to share in an evening of music, dancing, great food, and fun to raise money to help
support HOPES programs. The Fundraiser also featured an online auction through
BiddingforGood.com as well as a raffle.
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.
Guests were able to enjoy the 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.
Work Anniversaries/Birthdays Page 2
Ask HR Page 2
Smile Break Page 2
New Hires Page 2
Reminders Page 2
Leadership Spotlight Page 3
Health & Wellness Page 4
We are all Leaders! Page 4
Seeking New Team Members! Page 5
Personal Development Page 5
Finance Page 6
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Can I take all of my PTO days
without penalty?
Your annual PTO allotment is available for use
from the beginning of the program year and
can help make planning vacations
easier. However,
please remember
that your
annual allotment must last for the entire
program year, as there is
no additional PTO
until the next program year
and unpaid time
off once PTO is exhausted is subject to
disciplinary action. Additionally,
excessive
absenteeism
or tardiness impacts our
coworkers and ability to deliver quality services
and may also be
subject to disciplinary
action
.
ASK HR
THANK YOU FOR YOUR
YEARS OF DEDICATION!
TWILLA APONTE 10/26/1998
ROSALYN GONZALEZ 10/14/2004
BETHANNE MONETTI 10/09/2007
ALICIA FLORES 10/14/2008
JANETH LANDAZURI 10/09/2009
MERCEDES POALASIN 10/14/2009
IDANIA MERCADO 10/19/2009
STEPHANIE JOHNSON 10/27/2009
HAICEL LAZALA KROHN 10/15/2010
TRACEY OWATE 10/17/2011
JOANNA IP 10/31/2011
KENNETH FACEY 10/11/2012
JEANNETTE PONCE ESCALANTE 10/15/2012
JENNY CAIZA 10/16/2013
LAURA VIDARTE 10/16/2013
DEBRA JONES 10/28/2013
GLENROY MOORE 10/28/2013
NORMA RIVERA 10/09/2014
BERKI A VILLAR CRUZ 10/09/2014
NANCY SZAROLETA 10/05/2015
CARMEN BRITO 10/20/2015
VIVIANA CLASE 10/26/2015
JESSICA AGUILAR 10/09
FLOR ALVARENGA 10/27
TWILLA APONTE 10/22
MARGIE BARBEE 10/17
YELITZA CALVACHE 10/23
JONATHAN CUEVAS 10/11
DEENA DAVENPORT BEASLEY 10/13
JOSELYN ESTEVEZ-VARGAS 10/14
JULIA FERRER 10/13
MICHELE HINDS 10/23
ELIZABETH JIMENEZ 10/11
VANESSA LARA 10/09
CHRISTIAN MOGRO 10/03
WILSON MORENO 10/05
MAGDA NOGALES 10/12
JEANNETTE P ESCALANTE 10/25
MARIA RIVAS 10/08
MARIAN RIVERA CRUZ 10/26
LIGIA JACKELINE ROMERO 10/11
CLAUDIA ROMERO 10/10
KATHERINE RUIZ 10/23
LISA RUSSO 10/26
TRACIE SHORTIE 10/01
MILDRED SOLER 10/08
CELIA TORRES 10/14
DAISY VELAZQUEZ GLASGOW 10/25
MARITZA VILLAR ABREU 10/04
BERKI VILLAR CRUZ 10/06
YASMENDA WHEELER 10/29
TERESITA ZAPATIER 10/01
WELCOME
ABOARD!
Congratulations to the
following new hires…
Victorian Bowers
, Family Worker
Glorimer Morillo
, Family Worker
Tracey Sager
, Teacher
Teresita Zapatier
, Teacher
Nikhil Bhatt
, IT Specialist
Olla Ibrahim
, Floating Teacher
Assistant
Asmar Thorne
, Teacher Assistant
Maria Rosa
, Teacher Assistant
Sophia Cuevas
, Substitute
Linda Plansoen
, Teacher
Lourdes Canales
, Floating Teacher
Assistant
· Please remember to check
your HOPES email and login
to Paycom employee self-
service regularly so that you
receive all agency
communications in a timely
manner.
· Please request all Paid Time
Off (PTO) through Paycom
Employee Self-Service
· Please submit all HR
Requests through Zoho
Support by accessing this link:
https://support.zoho.com/
portal/hopescapinc/home
An employee approached his boss
regarding a
dispute
on his pay-
check…
Employee Sir, this is $100 less than
my salary. Boss I know. But last
month, when you were
overpaid
$100
, by mistake, you didn’t
complain!
Employee Well, I don’t mind an
occasional mistake, sir, but it seems
to be
becoming a habit
, now!
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Leadership Spotlight:
Evelyn Mercado
By: Tatiana Ferraro
Residence:
Bayonne
Inhabitants at residence:
Me, my two children Jalen and Jacob, and my
cats Lola and Dory.
Years with current position at HOPES:
15+ years
What I like best about working for
HOPES:
That I’m able to use my creativity in order to
produce programs to help the community.
What is your proudest moment at
HOPES?
Speaking in San Francisco last summer in
regards to the Affordable Care Act and how it
impacts the Latino population.
What would people be surprised to
know about you?
I’m 10
th
of ten children
Before working at HOPES, what was
the worst job you've ever had?
I worked at an accountant’s office in Jersey
City. I was the CPA’s office assistant and he
was very degrading towards women.
.
Before working at HOPES, what was the
most unusual or interesting job you’ve
had?
I used to make chocolates and ice cream at
Lickity Splitz’s on 6
th
and Washington street
in Hoboken
What are three artists you would choose to
listen to for the rest of your life?
1.) Marc Anthony
2.) Ne-yo
3.) Adele
What are two goals you are trying to
accomplish this year?
1.) Get out of financial debt
2.) Perhaps go back for my Masters
How do you plan on accomplishing these
goals?
Saving money and practicing what I preach.
Favorite place to live:
Hawaii
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of
your life what would it be?
Pepperoni Pizza
What do you fear most?
I fear big fat water bugs.
What do you do for fun?
I love to dance and socialize on the weekends.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is people that are not
consistent.
Before I die, I would like to (top 3 items
on bucket list):
1.) See my children get a career and raise
their families
2.) Have my Master’s Degree
3.) I want to be the Mother Teresa of
Hoboken
What are your favorite pastimes?
I like Netflix and hanging out with my kids,
and speaking to my daughter Gabriela while
she is away at college.
If you were to do it all over again what
would you do differently?
I guess first get my degree and then get
married and have children. I did everything
backwards.
If given the chance to be anyone in the
world, who would you like to be for a
day?
I would want to be a domesticated cat because
they live the best lives.
I’m happiest when:
I am happiest when I’m surrounded by my
children and siblings.
Motto, Personal Mantra or Favorite
Quote:
I just YOLO life and it works.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory is watching my mom do
laundry. There’s this vision I have of her
doing the laundry with her pretty hair and the
skirts.
If you were stuck on an island what
three things would you bring?
1.) My phone
2.) MyFi
3.) My hot boyfriend
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We are all Leaders!
On August 29, 2016, HOPES kicked off the new
Program Year with its annual Professional
Development sessions. The theme for the day was
“Leadership”, and during one activity, staff ranked
the top ten qualities they considered most important
in a leader. Below are the results for the attributes
YOU want leaders to practice. The list will be
printed and posted at all sites as a constant reminder
of the traits we should all do our best to exhibit.
· Respect
· Teamwork
· Communication
· Honesty/Integrity
· Patience
· Trust
· Dependability
· Open-Mindedness
· Empathy
· Flexibility
Thank you for your participation
and feedback!
The Holidays Are Coming!
By Mary Caldwell
The holidays are coming and you know what that
means…turkey, ham, mac & cheese, potatoes, potatoes, more
potatoes, pies, cider, egg nog…I could go on and on. We
tend to throw everything to the wind for the holidays right? I
can give you some ideas on healthy substitutions but I don’t
want to be held responsible when your grandma knocks you
over the head for daring to suggest she use stevia instead of
sugar for her sweet potato casserole. I will share some tips
I’ve found that might help make your New Year a little less
guilt free because you know we don’t feel guilty about
anything we eat between Halloween to New Year’s Eve.
Wait 10-15 minutes before having seconds. It
takes the brain that amount of time to signal that
you’re full.
It’s okay to say NO. We have that person in the
family that pressures you to eat when you don’t want
anymore…It’s usually the same person who’ll tell you
you’re fat from January-October and tell you you’re a
toothpick from November to New Year’s. Don’t give
in.
Avoid fast food places that emphasize the color
red. Personally, I don’t know how true this is since
any color can make me want to inhale a burger, but
the color red is supposed to stimulate the appetite.
Keep a food journal. You don’t have to record
calories or anything like that. Just simply jot down
what you’ve eaten and drunk throughout the day. To
make it more interesting, start recording your diet
before the holidays and then compare to what you’ve
eaten during the holiday. It’ll definitely put things
into perspective.
Stay active. It doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym.
Do little things like taking the stairs instead of the
elevator, taking a short walks after a meal, stroll
around the local farmer’s market, download Pokémon
Go, or go ice skating. I know it can be tricky with our
busy lives but try to set at least 30 minutes aside.
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Seeking New Team Members
Do you know anyone who may want to join our team?
Education Site/Supervisor - Hoboken, NJ
The Education/Site Supervisor is responsible for supervising and coordinating activities of the staff in
his/her designated Pre-K or Infant/Toddler Program site(s).
Requirements
Education Supervisors for 3-5 or 0-5 Programs must have a Bachelors in Education or Early Childhood
Education Supervisors in 3-5 Programs must also have license to teach in the State of NJ with a Preschool
through Third Grade or Nursery through Eighth Grade Certification.
All Education Supervisors must have 2-3 years’ experience working and supervising in designated Pre-K or
Infant/Toddler setting.
Mental Health/Disabilities Services Specialist- Somerset, NJ
The Mental Health/Disabilities Services Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, facilitating,
monitoring and training in designated Pre-K or Infant/Toddler site(s).
Requirements
Bachelors in Psychology, Social Work or related field and 2-3 years’ clinical experience providing direct
services to children and families Pre-K or Infant/Toddler setting.
Infant Teacher - Hoboken & Somerset, NJ
The Infant/Toddler Teacher position is a full time classroom teacher/caregiver in the program that shares
responsibilities with a co-Infant/Toddler Teacher.
Requirements
Infant/Toddler CDA or CDA with an Infant/Toddler endorsement
Preferred: AA or higher in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience with Early Head
Start and NAEYC standards with knowledge of designated curriculum.
Custodian - Hoboken & Plainfield, NJ
The Custodian position is responsible for helping to ensure a safe, well maintained and clean environment
for all HOPES CAP, Inc. sites (as needed).
Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Community Services Advocate - Hoboken, Plainfield & Somerset
The Community Services Advocate is responsible for providing direct client services and support through
HOPES' Community Programs.
Requirements: High School Diploma and 3 years of experience in customer service with social an/or
community services or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Bus Driver - Somerset, NJ
The Bus Driver position 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 and 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).
Bus Assistant - Somerset, NJ
The Bus Assistant position 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.
Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience and 1 year
experience assisting in the operation of a school bus.
Family Advocate - Somerset, NJ
The Family Advocate is responsible for coordinating comprehensive services for children and families as
defined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards, for a caseload assigned.
Requirements: High School Diploma or GED and 2 years’ experience working in Human Services or
Early Childhood Development fields.
Program Administrator - Hoboken, NJ
The Program Administrator is responsible for providing operational and high level administrative support
to the Early Childhood Program 0-5.
Requirements: Bachelors in Business Administration or other related field and 1-2 years with direct
administrative support experience in non-for profit settings.
Teacher Assistant - Hoboken, Plainfield & Somerset, NJ
The Teacher Assistant 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 and 1 year experience in a preschool classroom setting or equivalent experience
working with children and working with a team.
7 Secrets of Personal
Development
By Dale Carnegie
1.)
Only you can take
charge of your personal
development.
2.)
Development is a
personal process.
3.)
Success often occurs in
places where you least
expect it.
4.)
Focus on the little
things around you, not
just the bigger picture.
5.)
Improving your
listening skills will
make you a better
communicator.
6.)
Never stop learning
new skills and
practicing basic ones.
7.)
Success starts with
failure and is a “trial
and error” process.
If everything seems like it’s under
control, then you’re not going fast
enough
Mario Andretti
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According to Chris Wilmerding, Principal of Thayer Partners, an independent investment management firm,
you might think that as long as you are saving and paying off debt, your retirement plans are well underway.
Unfortunately, many Americans end up making one small, but crucial error that ruins all of their retirement plans:
Saving in the wrong order.
You might not realize it, but the order in which you save does matter. You might think it
makes sense to pay off your mortgage and other debts first, in order to have fewer expenses in retirement. But
prioritizing debt reduction over saving for retirement can be devastating to your retirement plans. The best thing you
can do is to max out your retirement accounts every year. How much you contribute towards these accounts now can
make a huge difference later on.
Time Is Your Biggest Asset:
Time passes by faster than you might think. Before you know it, you will be tapping
into your retirement funds. The earlier you can start saving for retirement, the better. Even if you don’t have much
more money right now and you still want to buy a house or pay off a debt, you should still prioritize your retirement
funds above all. It is in your best interest to contribute as much as you can, as soon as you can, because you will have
more time ahead of you to have your money work for you.
Compound Interest and Appreciation:
The more money you put into your retirement accounts, the more money
you will end up with in appreciation and interest. This is the miracle of compound interest. And the earlier you
start saving, the more time you will have for interest to grow. You will end up having to save less in the long term to
get more savings for retirement. If you start saving too late, after all your debt is paid off and you have bought
everything you want to buy, you will have to save more to get the same amount in the end, because your money will
not have as much time to work on your behalf, you will gain less in interest and appreciation.
Tax Benefits:
Another reason why you should be saving for retirement first is because you will gain big tax benefits.
Your traditional IRA, your 403(b) and your 401(k) are all tax-deferred, which means all of your contributions are tax-
deductible. Max out your accounts every year and you will pay significantly less in taxes today. Though a Roth account
is not tax-deductible, it is tax-free, so you should also max this out if you can in order to end up with more tax-free
money in retirement.
Build the Maximum:
Though you might not realistically be able to reach the maximum contribution limit for your
401(k) and other retirement accounts, you can build up towards maxing it out. Grow your contributions little by little.
Try to get the maximum match from your employer, if your company offers a match. Audit your spending to see if you
can cut out some expenses in order to apply the savings to your retirement accounts.
The Right Way to Save:
Maxing out your retirement accounts before focusing on any other financial goal can help
you successfully build wealth for the future and ensure that your retirement plans don’t get destroyed by saving in the
wrong order. You’ll get the most bang for your buck, receive tax advantages, and end up with more earnings. Here’s
the right order to save in: First max out your 401(k) account and other retirement accounts. Then, contribute to your
health spending account. Next, create a periodic investment program. After this, you can start to fund a 529 plan. And
only after all these are maxed out should you pre-pay your mortgage and pay off your debts.
Saving in the Wrong Order Could Ruin Your Retirement Plans.