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Bergen County Prevention Coalition Hosts a Town Hall Meeting On Underage Drinking and alcohol abuse and prevention . For your information the Bergen County Prevention Coalition is located at: 241 Main Street / Suite #600 Hackensack, NJ 07601 the Q & A seminar at the Bergen County Academy it was on underage drinking and drug abuse, there were many resources, on the panel were: Martin Delaney-Bergen County Assistant Prosecutor, Karyl Rei...d-HUMC Pediatric Emergency room, Dean Pinto-Attorney, Sue Debiak-Coordinator for drug & alcohol dependency & Gale Mangold-Student assistant Counselor of Pascack Hills HS.  
 They talked about awareness and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and prevention and answered questions of all kinds; from what do you do if you have a young person under the influence of illegal substances and what to do, what kinds of treatments are out there for various cases and a prominent topic that was brought up was the epidemic of heroin in our state and what to do about it. We will have the article published soon and the great resources that we got from the event- a special thanks to The Bergen County Prevention Coalition! anyone interested in this cause can get in touch with them: 

This weekend we had the pleasure of going to a BBq run by Children 4 Change It was a great time. We met them in the park Anderson that is and Tina was handing out flyers to us and Pasture Don They are a great organization they help feed the needy every 4'th Sunday of the month at Carver Park at 3 pm they hand out a nice meal. they also need some help BTW if you want to donate to them please do: The police commissioner Dropped by to see the good work they do as well.

 so please help them out you can also email them at: See More — with Tina King.

I want to reiterate:

Children 4 Change had their monthly Barbeque at Carver Park 2 Clay Street in Hackensack Tina, Micheala, Sidney & Kevin Serving a nice meal to homeless and low income in our area.


 They will be having a Barbeque every 4'th Sunday of the Month. In July they will announce their new location for  Their meals.  You can check out their web site  You can also Email them at:  If you want to donate funds to them email them or  call Tina at 201-759-6209 

Children 4 Change is a non-profit organization that   Empowers youth to volunteer in thecommunity and Shows youth how become a positive part of the  Community and be committed. 

Hackensack Police Commissioner David Sims Dropped by To see the good work they are doing.  





 Saturday Morning; "Slam Dunk the Junk":  ManyOrganizations were their including included Friends of Borgs Woods, NewMercy Community Church, St. Anthonyof Padua Church, Boy Scout Troop andPack #5, Church on the green "River Mission  HHS Goin Green Club, HRG Homeless & low income Resource Guide Org. FDU Green Tea m,New Hope Baptist Church and S.O.A.R. (Steering Out Alcohol Response). Look how nice that street looks Many BC Shelter Guests and homeless,  took part in the clean up. Majority of the Homeless guests joined despite what previous thoughts were about people from the shelter and what the police chief said about homeless and the "shelter people" They are a part of the Community and also did a good job cleaning up. hundredsshowed up for cleaning Hackensack andmany organizations and volunteers showed up and cleaned up the area. wewill have the article on our site shortly. We want to thank Charlotte from H She put it all together and after the Elks lodge had a very nice lunch for all the volunteers here is just a preview of what happened! This is a pic ofThe Bergen County's Shelter team leader with the Mgr. of Pep boys thanking her team for cleaning up around pep boys and also some others and their teams also cleaning in the area.


Kim Carter and her team from the BC Housing  Dept/BC Shelter Being Thanked by Laura the Mgr. of Pep boys.


Many other areas were cleaned up like Van Wettering place,  Broadway  and Costco's. As well as River rd.


Afterwards at the Elks lodge on Linden St. With

All Photos courtesy of HRG

S.O.A.R. Catered to all the volunteers It was a great event.  Look how clean the area looks!

Wewant to thank a couple of people though for their work yesterday: Charlotte of, Boy scouts troop 5 hackensack, The River. The Coordinators:  S.O.A.R. and the Elks lodge for their participation and coordinating the Clean up.

On April 17 At the OnOur Own Self Help Center At their monthly Community meeting, Julia OrlandoDirector of Housing and Human services of Bergen County and Mary SundenDirector of the Bergen County Homeless shelter, made a presentation on thefacts and the truth about the Bergen County Homeless shelter in a Q & Asession.


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Photos courtesy ofHRG Homeless and low income resource guide



                Theyspoke about what is happening at the shelter and the services provided. Alsothey answered questions about rumors and grievances that people had about therunning of the shelter.   When someone isdischarged from the shelter, they explained basically people don’t abide by therules. They explained about the grievance and appeals process.

                Some ofthe topics that were asked about were regarding complaints about neighborsdealing with talk about shelter people messing up resident’s lawns, doing drugsin the area and other things like panhandling at local stores. The truth of thematter is that not all the problems in the area have to do with the shelterpeople. Julia mentioned that the new administration is in the county and thatthey need to know what is going on, that not all the problems are with shelterpeople. She explained to them what’s going on. It was mentioned that one daythey would actually have a   cleanup   where people of the community and the shelterwill clean up sections of Hackensack which is a great idea. This is called: “Slamdunk the junk”   Saturday   April 26   Rain or shine-Hackensack Cleanup day Sponsoredby NJ-Dep. The registration forms will be   in “next Step” at the Bergen county shelter!

                Dealingwith the police and the local government is a challenge in certain areas but isworking with them and doing things like making the curfew for guests at theshelter   earlier accept for thoughts thatwork As Well as issuing I.D. Cards at the shelter. One person replied, that isa good idea because there is no good reason to be out late if you’re not beingproductive. Another person stated that they thought it was bad being “cooped”up. Julia and Mary replied; “it’s also a good incentive to get what you need fromthe shelter, utilize the services and get housed, then you can stay out and dowhat you want”.

                Most ofthe discussion was positive. There were a couple of people that did not agreewith certain things but that is to be expected.   You can’t please everyone. They talked aboutbasic policy and changes made over the years since the existence of the newshelter. It’s an ongoing process.

                Thereare many opportunities at the shelter and services for homeless and low incomein our area. They have to have solid rules which evolve as time goes on and thesituations of people evolve and as Julia said it’s “organizes chaos”. They werevery honest and basically saying that the staff is dealing with what they haveand the guest they are helping. Their honesty was commendable.   They spoke about getting many people housingand other services like General Assistance(GA), temporary rental assistance(TRA)  and permanent housing. When you’redealing with many people from all different walks of life, including thoughtswith serious problems there will be challenges.

                All inall it was very productive meeting and not really much drama. There are so manythings that people can get out of the shelter. And the ones that are not in theshelter they try to help them find suitable places. They work with everyonethat they can. There is still much work to do. Bottom line is it is not ahangout it is a place to get your life back on track and they are working withthe community and homeless and low income to get their goals met. Simply, “dowhat you got to do”! And if you have a problem with them, do the appealsprocess and get back on track and move on. Remember, some people want to getbetter, some don’t realize they have problems and some are not yet motivated   but most do the right thing and have a betterlife.


For more information on the shelter call them at:201-336-6475    or drop in; they arelocated at 120 so. River Street Hackensack NJ 07601

If you want to know what they have or need more resourcesyou can email us at   

Bergen County monthly "mental health" board meeting


Last night was the monthly "Bergen County Mental Health Board Meeting": at plaza one FYI this month is drug and alcohol awareness month and if you know anyone with a problem help them out guide them to ameeting or one of the many places in Bergen county for treatment!

At the meeting were various Organization Representatives like Compcare Carepluss, Bergen Regional, Friendship house and more. At first They spoke about the usual funding issues, then the yspoke on house they want to expand certain things in the county like project "stigma free zones" like in Paramus. What that is is about our leaders being aware of mental illness and also the police being aware and showing compassion for these people and getting them help. also theyspoke about new programs for mental illness as well as homeless and mental illness. It was very informative, also they are trying to work with Social Services at Rochell pk. with their problem of being overwhelmed with people signing up for medicaid. Just to let you know, May is Mental health awareness month! If you think you have a mental illness or know someone, there are many organizations that can help.

Pastor John of Calvary Church on state street had a week long camp out and fasting and praying for Hackensack and all in the area many Pastors and Reverends from other churches prayed at Calvary on Thursday night letting everyone know that people do care and that the Higher power will help the people, all that are suffering and all that do so much for this town and county. "God is good" Pasture John says Reverend Dawn was also one of the ones that was touched and prayed for the healing of Hackensack and area and that if you think your alone in your struggles God is with you and so is the many churches that did not show up, they had similar prayer services at the there locations, also praying for Hackensack! It was a very Spiritual event! people do care!!!!
Calvary Temple Pentecostal church is located next to the 7/11 on state street. Saturday night 5pm Worship

If you’re looking for a place to go for Easter:
Church Emmanuel will have a feast and mass on Easter at 10:00AM
Bergen County Shelter 120 So. River Street will have a Easter meal

Never Alone again at 25 Banta place in Hackensack will be having a nice Easter meal call in advance for details: 201-397-8939

We recently took a trip to Trenton to support Covenant house; At the state house senators, assembly men and other officials had a camp out in front of the capitol to raise homeless youth awareness and we were privileged to take part. we commend the different parties, putting their politics aside and have the "camp out" for a good cause. Covenant house celebrating 25 years of helping troubled, homeless youth.

This first pic of the slide show is a historic site in Trenton a part of the old state house

We put together a short slide show of the what happened

Pasture Don and his group from the “River Mission” spreadingthe word at Anderson Park On Sunday mornings. Bringing joy to passersby. From the Church on the Green where they arebased out of, help homeless and others in our community with a Wednesday night Biblestudy and Sunday night mass and dinner for homeless in our area. He has beendoing this for a while and brings joy to Anderson Park in Hackensack. Many knowthat this park has been known for drug deals and illegal activities. A whileago Prosecutors office sources told us that crime in that park has gone down asmall percentage but still exists. Bringing positive energy to the park is aninspiration.

Picture and story courtesy of HRG homeless ResourceGuide

Christian was on the wrong path & now he is in the shelter going to programs and getting ready to start a new life

Christian was on a path to self destruction, when we met him he was in the shelter and almost ready to complete his rehabilitation.

   When we  spoke to him he was coming out of church. He told us that he was proud to be clean and sober and dealing with his demons. We asked him what he is going to do, some goals and such. He told us that he is proud that he will shortly be getting an award for completing a substance abuse program and that he wants to get housing and wants to stay on the right path. it was a long hard road but he is on the right track


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Church on the Green - "River mission" has a great wed. and Sunday night! Wed. snacks and worship on Sunday night they have some worship and a really good meal

In the spirit of Valentines day coming up we came up with this cute spoof I hope you get a laugh from our music video! Let us know how corny it is! :o)

Lets work together and raise food stamps with a petition were at a good start

click on the link above ^ just fill out some basic information and we can get enough signatures and maybe we can get the government to listen. Thank you

-HRG Team

the homeless count went great We had many goto the shelter- pic. curtecy of bergen record's-Carmine
Center for food action can help with food and some other basic supplies

If you have not set up with CFA in your town it's a good idea! They can help!

Here is a link to their website:

Set up an appointment today!