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GOOD RIDDANCE TO SANDY – FAR FROM A PERFECT STORM
2012 Annual Meeting An Outstanding Success
“Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown!”
ASPEN’S Statement on Newtown Tragedy
A WONDERFUL LEGAL CAREER
A Season of Giving Celebrated at hip
Thanks to Some Very Special Donors
hip Holiday Party Warms Many Hearts
hip Mourns . . .
SSI, People With Disabilities...
HUDSON COUNTY DISABILITY ADVOCATES:
Working with a Personal Assistant
Make a Date with Adam Krass!
Susan Vanino Wins Major Scholarship
Rutgers Career Development Program
Direct Deposit of Federal Benefit Checks
2012 Annual Report Available
POT O’ GOLD YIELDS BIG PRIZES FOR LUCKY WINNERS
NJ 2-1-1 Partnership and Hurricane Sandy
NEW JERSEY RECOVERY:One Month Later
When disaster strikes...
Después de una catástrofe...
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Safety Issues
Membership in hip for 2013 – Off to a Flying Start
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  GOOD RIDDANCE TO SANDY – FAR FROM A PERFECT STORM
  
 by Eileen Goff, hip CEO

Hurricane Sandy was responsible for so much devastation in our region of the country. There are many areas that have been incredibly affected forever, while others simply experienced a temporary, major inconvenience.
At hip we became very concerned once the advance notice of the storm came to light. Calls were made from our Bergen and Hudson CILs to many people who live alone and were thought to be vulnerable. Inquiries were made regarding everyone’s stock of food, water, batteries, and other essentials. Staff shopped and delivered items to people who were not able to be prepared for the predicted onslaught.
We know all too well what the effects were in communities in Hudson and Bergen Counties. Although hip offices were closed for more than a week, our staff members phoned those we were concerned about. In some cases, if people were not able to be reached by phone, local police departments were asked to check up on our hip family. The problem was compounded by the unavailability of gas for staff members’ personal vehicles, which left us unable to make home visits. For those members of the hip staff who had the ability to travel, shopping and delivering food and other items proved to be very helpful. It was especially satisfying to deliver warm, cooked food to people who had no power or the ability to eat anything other than cold food. Once the power was reinstated, the gas lines had disappeared, and transportation was in place, staff partnered with FEMA, United Way of Bergen County, and other funding sources to assist hip families to put their lives back together again.
I want to applaud the hip staff for their caring and support of the people we are here to serve. The majority of hippies had their own loss of electricity, heat, hot water, and gas; however, they rose to the tragic occasion. Let us hope that we never experience a similar natural disaster again. I encourage all hipNews readers to review the emergency resource information contained in this issue, and be prepared for future potential disasters.
(See pages 8 and 9 for Emergency and Disaster Resource Information, as well as a summary from FEMA of its early response to Hurricane Sandy.)
 
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  2012 Annual Meeting An Outstanding Success
  
 Hurricane Sandy No Match for hip Planners

With a last-minute location change due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, hip’s annual meeting went off without a hitch on the evening of Tuesday, November 20th at the Ridgefield (NJ) Community Center. The room was decorated with seasonal flowers at each table and all who attended enjoyed a light dinner and socializing before the program began.
Welcoming remarks were made by Eileen Goff, president and CEO, and Board chair Jean Csaposs. A dramatic presentation by Steven Benvenisti, Esq., whose legal practice focuses on people with disabilities, launched the evening’s program. With the intriguing title, “Spring Break,” Steven’s vivid narrative had everyone in the room at full attention, listening to a true story of courage and perseverance. The slide show that illustrated the story was beyond compelling.
Highlights of the formal meeting included Eileen Goff’s Year in Review of agency milestones and accomplishments, the year’s finance report from newly-elected Board treasurer Rick Hodgman, the results of fund-raising activities, and a report from Nominating Committee chair Betty Fetzer. hip bid a fond farewell to retiring treasurer John DeWitt. John, who also served two terms as Board president, has since moved to Arizona.
Election and re-election to the Board of Trustees saw Tom Bengaff and Hyacinthe Nkurunziza elected to new full terms and Anna Navatta, Esq. re-elected for a second term. Bob Ciavaglia has retired from the Board after serving two full terms. It was announced that in addition to Rick Hodgman as treasurer, the Board has elected Jean Csaposs to a second term as chair and Lottie Esteban to a second term as 1st vice chair. Anne Marie Prendergast continues as secretary and Betty Fetzer as 2nd vice chair.
The meeting concluded with the introduction of Bergen and Hudson CIL staff members by Eileen and Kathy Wood, Hudson CIL director, and thanks all around for the dedicated service of hip’s volunteers.
 
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  “Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown!”
  
 Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14th, rumors quickly spread that the shooter had a form of autism. Because it is so important for everyone to understand that there is no link between acts of violence and autism, hipNews has including the following excerpt from a December 17th New York Times Op Ed article by Priscilla Gilman, aptly titled “Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown!” Priscilla Gilman is the author of “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy.” The excerpt has been used with permission of the author.

It began as insinuation, but quickly flowered into outright declaration. Words used to describe the killer, Adam Lanza, began with “odd,” “aloof” and “a loner,” shaded into “lacked empathy,” and finally slipped into “on the autism spectrum” and suffering from “a mental illness like Asperger’s.” By Sunday, it had snowballed into a veritable storm of accusation and stigmatization.
Whether reporters were directly attributing Mr. Lanza’s shooting rampage to his autism or merely shoddily lumping together very different conditions, the false and harmful messages were abundant.
Let me clear up a few misconceptions. For one thing, Asperger’s and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3; most mental illnesses do not appear until the teen or young adult years. Medications rarely work to curb the symptoms of autism, but they can be indispensable in treating mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Underlying much of this misreporting is the pernicious and outdated stereotype that people with autism lack empathy. Children with autism may have trouble understanding the motivations and nonverbal cues of others, be socially naïve and have difficulty expressing their emotions in words, but they are typically more truthful and less manipulative than neurotypical children and are often people of great integrity. They can also have a strong desire to connect with others and they can be intensely empathetic – they just attempt those
connections and express that empathy in unconventional ways. My child with autism, in fact, is the most empathetic and honorable of my three wonderful children.
FRUSTRATION IN COMMUNICATING
Additionally, a psychopathic, sociopathic or homicidal tendency must be separated out from both autism and from mental illness more generally. While autistic children can sometimes be aggressive, this is usually because of their frustration at being unable to express themselves verbally, or their extreme sensory sensitivities. Moreover, the form their aggression takes is typically harmful only to themselves. In the very rare cases where their aggression is externally directed, it does not take the form of systematic, meticulously planned, intentional acts of violence against a community.
And if study after study has definitively established that a person with autism is no more likely to be violent or engage in criminal behavior than a neurotypical person, it is just as clear that autistic people are far more likely to be the victims of bullying and emotional and physical abuse by parents and caregivers than other children. So there is a sad irony in making autism the agent or the cause rather than regarding it as the target of violence.”

Readers can find the entire Op Ed piece on the NY Times website. Press ctrl/click to activate the link: www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/opinion/dont-blame-autism-for-newtown.html? r=0
 
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  ASPEN’S Statement on Newtown Tragedy
  
 by Lori Shery, President, ASPEN®
ASPerger Syndrome Education Network

All of us at ASPEN are shocked and saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Our hearts are heavy as we join the rest of the country in mourning. To all the families who suffered such unimaginable losses, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
The media coverage of this horrific crime has included speculation that the shooter may have had Asperger Syndrome. It is important to keep the following in mind:
• We do not know if the gunman had Asperger’s or any other Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Though any human being is capable of violence, experts report that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are significantly less likely to commit a planned act of violence than the general population. An Autism Spectrum diagnosis does not correlate with a predisposition towards violence.
• Violence is often a last resort for people who have reached the end of their rope. We at ASPEN support the need for expansion of mental health services to help all people in their time of greatest need.
You are invited to visit our website, www.aspennj.org, or call (732) 321-0880 for more information on Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our support groups, conferences and other services.
 
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  A WONDERFUL LEGAL CAREER
  
 A WONDERFUL LEGAL CAREER – AND BY NO MEANS “A BRIEF”!
by Eileen Goff

David Popiel has been the senior managing attorney for the Community Health Law Project, a public interest law firm that has been representing persons with disabilities in New Jersey for over 25 years. He specializes in civil rights litigation, which has included numerous fair housing cases, and other issues of paramount importance to people with disabilities.
David’s relationship with hip began in 1995 when an important issue came to our attention. K. Hovnanian, a nationwide residential construction firm, was in the process of developing a new site in Mahwah, which was not in compliance with the Fair Housing Act. The developer’s “creativity” attempted to present the residences as individual units, which would have made them exempt. There was no question that this was an attempt to “dance around reality.” In fact, the construction would have limited the ability of people with disabilities to purchase condominiums. Barriers existed within the units, as well as along the outdoor common areas.
hip’s Board of Trustees decided to pursue the matter, and became involved in our agency’s first litigation. Disability activists, as well as those responsible for ensuring compliance to existing construction codes, welcomed this class action suit. David easily conquered Goliath, and justice was served, resulting in increased access to 250 units. This class action was followed by several similar confrontations with other major developers over the years, again resulting in hip partnering with David Popiel and the Community Health Law Project. We are very proud to have had the privilege of being represented by such a fine attorney whose goal has been to ensure equal access for people with disabilities.
Having just retired from his position at the close of 2012, David can concentrate on his love of writing, playing tennis, his family, and perhaps even more backpacking adventures. Thank you for your affiliation with hip, David – we wish you good luck in the next step of your journey.
 
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  A Season of Giving Celebrated at hip
  
 by Jayne Gugenheim

During the holiday season, many gifts came into the Bergen hip office to be distributed to appreciative individuals and their families who are known to hip as most in need of our help. The generous parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Church, River Edge, outdid themselves, donating an enormous number of gifts, including new clothing, gift cards for groceries, and toys. Once again, parishioner Chris Black organized the effort, and for her selfless work, has earned our undying gratitude. These gifts brought joy to so many Bergen and Hudson hip families, and we can never sufficiently thank the generous members of St. Peter’s parish.
We also offer our gratitude to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, for including hip once again in their amazing “All Wrapped Up” holiday giving program. This project connects gift givers with families and individuals from the community who might not have received any gifts for the holidays without this program. Handmade scarves and hats were a wonderful addition this year.
All of us at hip were so touched by the generosity of the community during this past holiday season and thank everyone for all their support.
 
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  Thanks to Some Very Special Donors
  
 Pete Ambrose
Lottie Esteban and Family
First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack
The Merck Company Foundation
Lillian Rand and Family, for a donation in memory of a family member
Mike Smith, for donating his Pot O’ Gold winnings to Laura’s Legacy
Herman Hofmann for donating floral table decorations for our Holiday Party
 
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  hip Holiday Party Warms Many Hearts
  
 The Grand Ballroom of the Fort Lee DoubleTree Hotel was quite the festive place to be on the afternoon of Sunday, December 16th. hip’s annual Holiday Party was a joyous day among good friends and plenty of holiday cheer.
The dance floor was hopping all afternoon, led by our wonderful holiday party DJ, Greig Atkinson. After a delicious meal and dancing, it was time for some prizes and gifts! Volunteers from the Board of Trustees conducted a brisk 50/50 raffle, with Phil Chirafisi of Fort Lee and Ruth Burke of Bayonne winning 1st and 2nd prizes.
Door prizes, including holiday items and trays of cookies (all baked and wrapped by staff daughter Angelisa Vasquez) were bestowed on lucky winners whose names were drawn by Angelisa and staff son Moses Giron. All 180 party-goers, however, went home with a sweet treat.
CEO Eileen Goff welcomed everyone, and declared that every year our holiday party gets better and better. Board chair Jean Csaposs thanked Eileen for everything she has done over so many years to make hip the splendid organization we love. A huge round of applause came from around the room in agreement. Thanks also went to our DJ, our personal attendants, and the very helpful DoubleTree hotel staff. Finally, as is our tradition, hip staff, led by longtime member Christopher Gagliardi, sang “White Christmas” to end the party on a happy and hopeful note.
–Reported by Jayne and Jean.
 
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  hip Mourns . . .
  
 Russell D’Angelo, long-time Hudson hip member, who died on November 2nd.
 
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  SSI, People With Disabilities...
  
 SSI, People With Disabilities, and Reaching the Federal Poverty Level
FROM STEVE GOLD’S INFORMATION BULLETIN #366 (11/2012)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is basically a federal program for people who are disabled (and older Americans). As of 2011, there were about 6.7 million people with disabilities who received SSI (another one million recipients were over 65). These people are the poorest of all the disabled people in the country. Most of them do not qualify for either Social Security or Medicare; some receive both SSI and Social Security, but combined, only to the SSI level.
Throughout the recent election campaign and well before that, there has been virtually no discussion, mention or let alone any moral outrage addressing a basic, minimal, livable support for people who struggle to survive on SSI. The current monthly federal SSI grant is $698 a month ($8,376 annually) for a single person and for a couple, it’s $1,086 a month ($13,032 annually). SSI eligibility automatically triggers Medicaid eligibility. States have the option to provide a state supplement to the federal SSI grant. Of the 6.7 million people with disabilities who somehow survive on SSI, only 1.6 million, who live in the community, receive a State Supplement.
STATE SUPPLEMENTS INADEQUATE
By and large, most states supplement SSI for persons who reside in personal care homes, Medicaid facilities, nursing homes, and other institutions, but not for people with disabilities who live independently in the community. The amount of institutional SSI state supplements is much higher than the SSI state supplement to (those who) live independently in the community. Hmmm. Sounds like another institutional bias, contrary to ADA’s “the most integrated setting” – a la Olmstead.
Let’s put the monthly federal SSI sums in some perspective. The federal poverty level is $10,890 for a single person and $14,710 for a couple, compared to the SSI federal $8,376 and $13,032 respectively. As inadequate as the federal poverty level is, it should be the bottom benchmark! For people with disabilities who must survive on SSI, they live on 75% of the federal poverty level for a single person and 83% of the FPL for a couple. This gap has been approximately the same for the last 10 years.
For those persons who reside in the community on SSI, to reach just the federal poverty level, the federal SSI grant (or a state supplement) would have to increase by $209 a month for a single person and $140 for a couple. Other than Alaska, no state provides that amount of a state supplement for single persons with a disability who reside independently in the community. Only five states provide more than $140 a month for a couple.
ADVOCATE VOICES CAN BE HEARD
We all know how extremely difficult it is for an SSI recipient who is disabled to find an affordable place to live. The “2010 Priced Out” report clearly demonstrated how the housing market overwhelmingly trumps the SSI grant.
What advocates could do:
1. This is a federal issue. We do not believe any states will voluntarily increase their SSI state supplements so that people can afford to live healthy and safe lives independently in the community.
2. We need to make this a moral issue! It’s an outrage that the poorest disabled and elderly Americans are totally ignored and forgotten.
3. SSI cuts across all disability categories and the elderly.Therefore, increasing SSI is a great unifying and organizing issue.
4. Increasing the federal SSI amount, even to the extremely inadequate federal poverty level, is an economic stimulus on both federal and state levels. People on SSI spend their entire grants just to survive, putting their entire grants into the economy. These are federal allocations well spent!
5. Where is the White House on this issue? Call the White House Domestic Policy Office : 202-456-5594, and let them know.
6. Where are your U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives who claim to represent and care about persons with disabilities and the elderly? Call them.
From The Disability Odyssey Continues Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at http://www.stevegoldada.com
 
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  HUDSON COUNTY DISABILITY ADVOCATES:
  
 HUDSON COUNTY DISABILITY ADVOCATES:
“Monday Morning Needs You!”

Are you a Hudson County resident with a disability who would like to participate in a state-wide advocacy movement? Would you like to assist in ensuring that people with disabilities are fully included in the community? The MONDAY MORNING PROJECT brings together people of like minds who wish to make a difference. Contact Kathy Wood, Hudson hip director, at 201 533-4407.
 
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  Working with a Personal Assistant
  
 by Kathy Wood
Director, Hudson hip CIL

A critical part of independence for many people with disabilities (PWD) is personal assistant (PA) services. Whether those services are provided by a friend, neighbor, a family member or a person who works for an agency, it is important that the PWD and the assistant develop and maintain an appropriate working relationship. You do not need to be best friends with your PA. However, you must be able to work together to ensure that you get the best assistance possible.
It is important for you to set and maintain boundaries in order to fix the limits in the relationship. Boundaries include physical and emotional guidelines and limits. You can be friendly, develop a warm and trusting relationship, have fun, and be comfortable together without taking advantage of each other. Your assistant needs to know what is expected of him or her in order to work effectively, so it is important to think through what rules of conduct ought to exist between the two of you.
IMPORTANT TO AVOID CROSSING BOUNDARIES
Crossing the boundaries can change the nature of the relationship and make the definition of the relationship unclear. This confusion can lead to a situation where the working relationship must be ended. Below are some suggestions that may be helpful in this area:
• Provide your assistant with clear instructions about what you need him or her to do and how you want each task to be done.
• Review this list of tasks frequently and revise instructions when necessary.
• Don’t disclose unnecessary personal information to each other.
• Don’t socialize with a PA outside the working relationship.
• Don’t borrow money or clothes from each other.
• Don’t extend working hours so that the PA will be around more.
• Decide in advance what your rules are about a PA using your supplies, food, telephone, stereo, computer, television, and other personal items.
• Be understanding of your PA’s personal concerns. Make reasonable changes in your schedule as long as your needs are being met and the worker does not begin to take advantage of you.
• Always treat your PA with respect. Try to be aware of anything that he
or she may feel sensitive about.
• Never subject your PA to verbal, psychological or physical abuse or demands.
• Sometimes a PA will need to work with you in an intimate way. This is part of his or her job. Do not mistake this for physical attraction. Be careful not to say things that could be misunderstood or taken the wrong way. Be prepared to stop a conversation or your behavior, if your PA asks you to do so. What you see as humor or harmless banter may be offensive to him or her.
These simple guidelines may help to make the relationship between you and your PA a long-term, mutually satisfactory one.
 
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  Make a Date with Adam Krass!
  
 Adam Krass, assistive technology consultant, comes to hip’s Bergen office on the last Tuesday of each month to give one-on-one assistance to people with disabilities. If you want to know more about today’s gizmos, gadgets, computer applications, and other technology that might enhance your life at home, at work, and everywhere else, Adam’s your man!
Upcoming dates? January 29th, February 26th, and March 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Call Paula Walsh, Ext 19, or email to pwalsh.ber@hipcil.org for an appointment. Adam’s appointments are snatched up rapidly, so don’t wait!
 
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  Susan Vanino Wins Major Scholarship
  
 Each year, to recognize achievement by scholars who have vision loss, the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey offers college students the opportunity to win one of several scholarship awards. This fall, hip’s Susan Vanino was honored as one of three recipients, along with two outstanding young men, Jason Capati and Michael Foster. In October, Susan began her eighth year on the hip staff, working with people with vision loss.
We congratulate Susan and celebrate this wonderful milestone with her! She tells her own story best:
“In addition to my responsibilities as program coordinator for the Adjustment to Vision Loss Project, over the past three years I have been attending classes at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and will be graduating in 2013. Although I am a non-traditional student, I have many of the same worries that traditional students have throughout their college experience. Writing papers, completing internships, and maintaining a high grade-point average are daunting, but the biggest worry for me and many others, by far, is a financial one. How can I fund all or most of a college education?
“Many find that the key to financing their college education lies in scholarship strategy and creating a successful approach to finding financial awards. I will receive my Bachelor of Social Work degree in May. Special thanks to the NFBNJ for bringing all three of us scholarship recipients one step closer to our goals.”
TWO OTHER WORTHY RECIPIENTS
Jason Capati, an alumnus of hip’s LEAD program, is a freshman at Arcadia University, Philadelphia, where his goal is to receive his undergraduate degree, then go on to earn a Ph.D. in physical therapy. Jason was featured in the Summer 2012 hipNews. Michael Foster will graduate this year from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Last summer, he worked as a finance analyst at Google.
Way to go, all three scholarship winners!
 
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  Rutgers Career Development Program
  
 Rutgers Career Development Program:
SKILL-BUILDING HELPS YOUNG JOB SEEKERS
by Alanna Staton
Independent Living Transition Coordinator

National and local employment statistics for young people with disabilities underscore the need for comprehensive and coordinated services for effective youth development programs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s employment statistics document that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 15 percent in 2011, well above the figure of 8.7 percent for those with no disability. In an effort to tackle what appears to be a growing trend, and because of the YES! program’s stronger vocational focus, hip’s transition coordinator recently seized an opportunity that couldn’t be missed.
Rutgers University’s School of Social Work in New Brunswick offered 30 scholarships to professionals throughout New Jersey to take part in a certificate program called Professional Skills in Job Development. hip was fortunate to gain acceptance. The intensive curriculum covered many essential topics: asset-based career assessment and planning strategies, how to connect with potential employers, understanding the labor market, ethical issues and practice in disability employment, asset-based case management, career coaching, the use of assistive technology, and how to use skill-building to facilitate the job search process. Participants completed the program with the tools needed to guide job-seekers in the right direction.
 
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  Direct Deposit of Federal Benefit Checks
  
 Direct Deposit of Federal Benefit Checks Required by March 1, 2013 Don’t Delay! Go Direct Today!

By March 1, 2013, everyone getting the following federal benefits by paper check is required to switch to electronic payments – direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card:
• Social Security
• Supplemental Security Income
• Veterans Affairs
• Railroad Retirement Board
• Office of Personnel Management
• Department of Labor (Black Lung)
Don’t wait until time runs out. For additional information, visit www.fms.treas.gov.
Want direct deposit? It’s fast and easy to get direct deposit of your benefits right into your checking or savings account. You also can call the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795 or visit your local bank or credit union. With direct deposit, the U.S. Treasury sends an electronic message to your bank or credit union crediting your account with the exact amount of your benefit. The difference is, your check isn’t printed or mailed. If you don’t already have a bank account or you are not sure you can get a bank account, you might like to try a Treasury-sponsored ETA account.
Prefer a prepaid debit card? No bank account or credit check is required for the Direct Express® card, a Treasury-recommended prepaid debit card. You also can call the local office of the agency proving your federal benefits, such as the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs.
If you want to get your federal benefit payments paid by direct deposit to your checking or savings account, you’ll need your:
• Social Security number or claim number
• 12-digit federal benefit check number
• Amount of most recent federal benefit check
• Financial institution’s routing transit number*
• Account number* and type – checking or savings
*This information is often on personal checks.
If you want to get your benefit payments through the Direct Express® card, you’ll need your:
• 12-digit federal benefit check number
• Amount of most recent federal benefit check
 
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  2012 Annual Report Available
  
 At the close of each fiscal year, Heightened Independence & Progress issues a comprehensive Annual Report, highlighting agency accomplishments and milestones for our Bergen and Hudson Centers for Independent Living (CILs). It includes hip’s ongoing programs and new initiatives, funders, benefactors, life members, and professional affiliations. In addition, it lists all personnel, including staff, volunteers, and generous local friends who contribute so much to hip’s success each year.
This year’s Annual Report, for the year from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012, represents the dedicated work of many people and the combined efforts of the Bergen and Hudson CILs. The story of hip’s growing impact on the communities we serve, through our local, statewide, and national programs, is well worth reading. A copy of the Annual Report can be obtained from either the Bergen or Hudson office.
 
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  POT O’ GOLD YIELDS BIG PRIZES FOR LUCKY WINNERS
  
 This year’s Pot O’ Gold raffle was a big success. The winning tickets were drawn for the first time at the Holiday party, with 1st prize winner, Eve Donnelly of Guttenberg, receiving $1,044. 2nd prize winner, Mike Smith of Jersey City, won $261. Trisha Ebel, hip staff member and Hudson Advisory Board chair, sold the most raffle books and won $50. Congratulations to all our winners, including hip! – we all benefit from this annual fund-raiser in which so many of our hip family participate! Thanks to all!
 
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  NJ 2-1-1 Partnership and Hurricane Sandy
  
 DECEMBER 20, 2012
NJ 2-1-1 Partnership and Hurricane Sandy: Preparedness, Response, Recovery

In late October, Hurricane Sandy literally washed disaster over New Jersey and the region. Thankfully, the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership had protocols in place and the experience to serve our State in addressing the vital human needs created by the storm – from preparedness, through response, and into recovery.
NJ 2-1-1’s primary mission is to reduce the confusion and frustration of finding resources by providing the best real-time information. Such need was severely heightened due to the storm – and NJ 2-1-1 has met the goal for nearly 100% of callers and web-users.
 
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  NEW JERSEY RECOVERY:One Month Later
  
 EXCERPTS FROM FEMA NEWS RELEASE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012
NEW JERSEY RECOVERY:
One Month Later

LINCROFT, N.J. – On the evening of October 29, Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, resulting in the most damaging disaster in state history. Since then, Federal funds obligated to assist the residents and communities in the state have totaled more than $730 million.
The federal effort deployed to assist the state included 18 agencies with more than 2,600 personnel. In addition, under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), 12 states have deployed 440 personnel and equipment to support New Jersey... The New Jersey National Guard responded with a force of over 2,200 Guardsmen to support response efforts throughout the state. For New Jersey, it was the largest mobilization of National Guardsmen to a domestic emergency and the largest humanitarian effort the state has orchestrated. The Guard rescued more than 7,000 residents and their pets, operated three fuel distribution points, transported and delivered tens of thousands of basic needs commodities to armories within communities impacted by the storm and provided approximately 250 hours of helicopter lift support to civilian authorities.
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), working with FEMA and local and state authorities, identified critical locations that needed temporary emergency power. They installed 102 emergency generators between Oct. 31 and Nov. 19 to provide life-saving power to 9-1-1 centers, police and fire stations and medical facilities; life-sustaining facilities such as shelters, water and wastewater treatment and pumping facilities; and other municipal facilities required to reinstitute local command and control and post-event recovery... FEMA and local and state authorities turned to USACE for its extensive experience removing debris following natural disasters, assigning a debris management technical assistance mission in New Jersey Nov. 6. USACE placed debris subject matter experts in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex and Union counties working with FEMA, state, county and local authorities to assess the quantities and types of debris and recommend courses of action for its removal. Quantities of various types of debris are still being calculated but are estimated to total around 6.2 million cubic yards, or enough debris to fill the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
FIRE SERVICE SENDS RESCUE TEAMS
The U.S. Fire Service provided 26 chainsaw teams totaling 520 personnel to assist with tree removal in neighborhoods throughout the state. They also provided four Incident Management Teams who assisted the state Fire Marshal with fire coordination and fire planning response... In the first 30 days, FEMA provided $286 million to assist individuals and families repair damaged homes, find temporary housing and assist with expenses such as medical and dental bills. More than 46,000 New Jersey families have benefitted from that assistance so far... The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened 10 Business Recovery Centers in the state to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance and has approved more than $21 million in disaster loans to both individuals and businesses. The first FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers opened just days after the storm passed and continue to assist survivors at more than 36 locations where nearly 25,000 residents have been offered assistance and information about their recovery.
More than 650 FEMA community relations specialists have met with more than 86,000 storm survivors while going door-to-door. In total, nearly 150,000 homes were visited, delivering information vital to disaster survivors’ recovery... The Department of Health and Human Services deployed hundreds of personnel, including five Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and three Public Health Strike Teams to support hospitals and shelters in New Jersey. In total they were able to assist more than 750 people with medical needs... The storm impact on New Jersey was historic in its severity. Storm surge impacts of up to 11 feet battered the coastline and wave heights of more than 14 feet were recorded. Peak wind gusts of 88 mph were clocked in Essex County. The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy affected, damaged or destroyed more than 122,000 structures throughout all 21 counties.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.
 
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  When disaster strikes...
  
 When disaster strikes...
people often react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With support from community and family, most of us bounce back. However, “Some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties,” said U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. Helpline staff provide counseling and support, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.
Visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov for additional information and resources related to disaster behavioral health. Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
• Toll-free
• Multilingual
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round to all U.S. states & territories
• TTY for deaf and hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517 SMS: Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
• Standard text messaging/data rates apply (according to each subscriber’s mobile provider plan)
• Spanish-speakers in the U.S. can text ‘Hablanos’ to 66746
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round to all U.S. states & territories
 
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  Después de una catástrofe...
  
 Después de una catástrofe...
muchas personas reaccionan con ansiedad, temor y rabia. Con el apoyo de la comunidad y la familia, en general podemos sobreponernos. Sin embargo, “es posible que algunas personas necesiten más asistencia para enfrentar los acontecimientos y las incertidumbres,” dijo la Administradora de los Servicios de Abuso de Sustancias y Salud Mental (SAMHSA) de los Estados Unidos, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
La Línea de Ayuda Para Los Afectados Por Catástrofes (DDH) es la primera línea de ayuda nacional dedicada a prestar asistencia en situaciones de crisis durante el año entero. Este servicio gratuito y multilingüe de apoyo en casos de crisis está disponible 24/7 por teléfono (1-800-985-5990) y mensajería SMS (SMS “Hablanos” al 66746) para los residentes en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios que están emocionalmente estresados a raíz de catástrofes naturales o causadas por el ser humano.
Las personas que llaman o envían SMS son conectadas con profesionales capacitados y solícitos del centro de la Red más cercano. Los profesionales de la Línea de Ayuda ofrecen asesoramiento y apoyo, incluyendo información sobre reacciones comunes al estrés y formas saludables de hacerle frente, así como referencias a recursos locales relacionados con catástrofes para dar seguimiento y apoyo.
Para obtener más información y recursos relacionados con la salud emocional y el comportamiento en situaciones de catástrofe, visite la pagina Web de SAMHSA: http://www.samhsa.gov/espanol/. Línea de Ayuda: 1-800-985-5990
• Gratis
• Multilingüe
• Disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana y el año entero
• TTY para las personas sordas o con dificultades auditorias: 1-800-846-8517 SMS: Mensaje “Hablanos” al 66746
• Se aplican las tarifas estándar de texto o datos (según el plan de servicios de cada suscriptor)
• Disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana y el año entero
 
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  Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
  
 HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS:
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services can help you!

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many people in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties need assistance with housing, food, temporary financial assistance, and other aid. NNJLS provides free legal assistance to low-income, senior and disabled residents in these counties so they can get the help they need.
NNJLS can provide eligible residents with assistance on legal issues related to:
• Denial of FEMA or National Flood Insurance claims
• Housing issues, including housing
habitability as a result of hurricane damages
• Public Benefits issues, including denial of Rental Assistance, TANF, Food Stamps, or Unemployment benefits
• Claims arising from fraudulent services or hurricane-related scams
NNJLS also provides eligible residents with legal assistance regarding:
• Evictions, illegal lockouts, and landlord/tenant issues
• SSI/SSDI and other state and local public benefits issues
• Immigration issues for Legal Permanent Residents
• Bankruptcy and debt collection
• Domestic violence
• Federal income tax issues
• Civil legal issues faced by senior residents aged 60 and older
For more information, contact:
Bergen County:
190 Moore Street, Hackensack 07601
Tel: 201-487-2166
Hudson County:
574 Summit Avenue, Jersey City 07306
Tel: 201-792-6363
Passaic County:
152 Market Street, Paterson 07505
Tel: 973-523-2900
Email: nnnjls@lsnj.org
Internet: www.lsnj.org/nnjls
 
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  Safety Issues
  
 Safety Issues
related to cleaning up debris from Hurricane Sandy (from the UMDNJ-School of Public Health)
• Protect yourself from hazards
• Hazard identification
• Traumatic stress
• Eye injuries
• Noise
• Contaminated dusts
• Debris piles
• Handling sharp objects
• Standing water
• Potentially hazardous chemicals
• Driving, transportation safety
• Electrical Safety – power lines
• Carbon monoxide-generators
• Ladders
• Chain saws
• Confined spaces
• Structural integrity
• Heavy equipment operations
• Mold
• Trench foot
• Blood borne diseases
• Food borne diseases
• Water borne diseases
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 
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  Membership in hip for 2013 – Off to a Flying Start
  
 We welcome the following new and renewing members of hip for 2013:

Tamalia Abrams
Todd Adams
Audy Altine
Roselyn Altman
Ivis Alvarez
Pete Ambrose
Susan Andrews
Kevin Angelini
An Anonymous Life Member
James Arkills
Paul Aronsohn*
Michael Augustowicz
Tom Azilides
Barbara Banta
Tina Barbulean
Bernice Baron
Linda Barr
Megan Barron
Thomas Barrows
Annie Been
Joan Bermingham
Thomas Bengaff
Gilbert Benson
Sharon Berman
Tamiko & Darrell Bethea*
Paula Bloom
Jerry Bojko
Lorraine Braden
Barbara Brave
Heather Broad
Rosalind Brown
Elaine Buckwald
Mildred Bullerdick
George Bullerdick
Mary R. Burke
Daniel Calabrese
Theresa Calautti
Christine Calautti
Tonielle Cardinalle
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Carney
Jeanne Carney
Tom & Susan Carney
Trish Carney*
Nancy Carr
Kay Chase*
Philip Chirafisi
Sonia Cordova Chumpitaz
Lillian Ciufo*
Elizabeth Cohen Hittner
Rezena Calcough
Joseph P. Connors, Sr.
Jim Corbett
Webb Comfort
Jim & Jean Csaposs*
Russell** & Jean D’Angelo
Carol Dass*
Joseph N. De Guilmo
Ralph M. DeSimone
John DeWitt*
John Michael DellaValle & family
Anthony Dinaro
Josephine Donalson
James Dougherty
Barbara Dublin*
J. Robert Duffy*
Dennis Dusevic
George O. Dyer
Regina Dzamba
Patricia Ebel
Barbara Ecker
William J. Eisenman
Austin Epstein
Lottie Esteban*
Alicia Facchino
Edward Fedush*
Glenn P. Feinberg
Betty A. Fetzer*
Virginia Flynn
John E. Fox
Gabry Family
Laurie Galvin
Gerardine Galvin
Glenn Gardner
Paul F. Gaughran
Natalie Glicksman*
Eileen Goff*
Alan Gold
Myrtle Green
Diana Guerrero
Jayne Gugenheim
Mary Jo Hackett
Harries Family
Bojane Heap
Ilse Heller
Julie Hobart
Henry Hof
Walter T. Jablonski
Jay Janiec
Rosemarie Kasper
Geraldine Kearns
Stefanie Keiser
Theodosia Kelsey
Mary Keough
Timothy Kerr
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kestenbaum
Joan F. Klug*
John Koch*
Philibert Kongtcheu
Lorena Kos
Doreen Kovach
Ellen LaFurn
John Lampert-Hopkins
Jeanne Laraia
Virginia L. Laughlin
Barbara LeBow
Susan Lee
Mr. & Mrs. Morty Levinson
Gloria Lieberstein
Judith Liebman
Roy Lippin*
Margaret Mahoney
Joyce & Leonard Malech*
Eileen R. Martin
William Matthews
Alice Mawson
Aimee McCarthy
Dorothy & Patrick McCarthy
Philippa McLeod
Olga Melgarejo
Ann Melone*
Dr. Frances Meyer*
Louise A. Micci
Lisa H. Miller
Joseph Molee
Nicholas W. Moreth
Lucia Montalvo
John Mulholland
Martha Nebeling
Anastasia Nonas
Hyacinthe Nkurunziza
Clinton & Josephine Oates
Erich & Pilar Odenheim
Emerlinda S. Padilla
Margaret Papageorgiou
Daniel M. Paredes
Nieves Pega
Ursula Pico
Richard Pietrzak
Marianne Pigoncelli*
Dr. Sandra R. Pinkerton
Jonathen Pixley
Nancy, Henry & Arlene Pompeo
Anne Marie Prendergast
Noel Prussack
Josephine Puzio
Kathy Marie Rager
Lillian Rand
Charles A. Reiche
Joseph & Denise Revello
Rosemarie E. Rose
Pamela & Eddie Rostoczynski
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ruffalo
Christopher Russo
Beverly Ryan
Nita Salileng
Mary San Filippo
Maria Santanasco
Marie Sawyer
Sylvia Schwartz*
Stephanie Seid
Diane Sheiman
Doug Simon
Fredene Skowronek
Michael Smith
Maria Smith
Alanna Staton
St. Germain family
Jo Ann Struzienski
Betsy Thomason
Anthony J. Tobia
Janet Tolliver
Joseph Tomasko
Lisa Toro
Mary Urso
Danny Vaca & family
Marianne Valls
Marily Gonzalez-Vazquez
Carol & Anthony Viceconte
Ron Vida
Roberta Wailes*
Paula Walsh
Beverly, Lois, Frank & Paul Wennin
Winnifred Whilby
Warren Williams
Kathleen Wirt
Richard S. Wolfman
Anthony & Mary Yorio*
Maureen Zurlo
Nancy & Barry Zweben

Corporate Members:
Jerry’s Drug & Surgical – Michael Bologh
Richard M. Hodgman & Associates
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services – Anna Navatta, Esq.
J.S. Perlman & Company
 * Life member
** Deceased
 
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  Save the Date!
  
 hip’s annual dinner dance and fund-raising gala will take place this year on May 18th, once again at the Fort Lee Recreation Center. Undaunted by Hurricane Sandy – perhaps even further inspired by this devastating event – the dinner dance committee has chosen our own Jersey Shore as the theme for the evening. Watch for details in the next hipNews and plan to celebrate with us AT THE BEACH (in Fort Lee!)
 
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