May 2022

Welcome to our First E-Newsletter!

Last year, we sent out a survey to get your feedback on how you would prefer to receive news about the agency. Those of you who responded overwhelmingly indicated you would prefer a quarterly electronic newsletter. Thank you for your helpful feedback, and for the part you played in the creation of IMPACT!
Welcome to the first issue!

Ava Finds Support in Our Mobility Mentoring Program

Ava was a young mother when she came to our Mobility Mentoring program after aging out of foster care, with no family support or connections. Ava was typical of the young adults who age out of foster care: alone and in need of assistance, no car or driver’s license, and few options to escape her circumstances.

That’s when she contacted Mobility Mentoring.

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Remembering Steven:
A Positive Light at STRIVE

When STRIVE member Steven Mangold passed away recently, the circumstances presented a challenge for both the staff and his fellow members at STRIVE, Children’s Aid and Family Services’ day habilitation program for adults with disabilities. Steven had been a member since STRIVE’s founding five years ago, and his loss, particularly when everyone was working and attending remotely, was felt deeply by both the members and staff…

December 2, 2017 was one of the happiest days of Luis’ life: he became a first-time father when his twin boys, Lenny and Luix were born. But only two weeks later, his joy unexpectedly turned to grief when his wife, Valeria, developed a blood clot in her heart and died suddenly…

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Free and Engaging Resources for Older Adults

The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources offers a wide variety of free and engaging resources for older adults to help them navigate the challenges that can accompany aging. Online classes include interactive games, arts and crafts (as an added bonus the supplies are delivered by The Center) and important tips about healthy aging. Thanks to a generous donor, The Center even has a lending library of tablets, along with training in how to use them, for seniors…

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Organization and Foundation Support

  • Allendale Woman’s Club
  • Blue Foundry Charitable Foundation
  • BRV Sharma Family Foundation
  • Columbia Bank Foundation
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • The Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • George Link, Jr. Foundation
  • Gift of Life of America Fund
  • Greater Bergen Realtors Cares Foundation
  • Greater Newark Holiday Fund
  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Kessler Foundation
  • Lillian P. Schenck Foundation
  • National Mah Jongg League Foundation
  • New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Novartis
  • Orange Orphan Society
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Peace
  • St. Elizabeth’s Church
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation
  • The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey founded by the Jewish Community
  • The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
  • The Kaplen Foundation
  • The Price Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Turrell Fund
  • The TJX Foundation, Inc.
  • Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation
  • Valley Hospital Foundation
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation
  • Woman’s Club of Ridgewood
  • Women United in Philanthropy

Children’s Aid and Family Services gratefully acknowledges the many generous organizations and foundations that provided grants to support its programs for vulnerable children, adults and families.