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Russ Berrie Awards 2018 Part 1 – Video

Russ Berrie Awards 2018 Part 1 – Video

During part one of this three-part special, Steve Adubato goes on-location to the 2018 Russ Berrie “Making a Difference Awards” to talk with extraordinary unsung heroes who change lives of New Jersey residents through community service and kindness.

Guests Include:
Eileen Goff, Founder, Heightened Independence and Progress
Don Quigley, Co-Founder, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, Founder, Hope Loves Company
Jack Fanous, Co-Chair, New Jersey My VA
Tricia Baker & Kurtis Baker, Co-Founders, Attitudes in Reverse
Melissa Gertz, Founder, Community Justice Center

7/25/18 #2150

source from Steve Adubato org website

Letter – July, 2018

Letter – July, 2018


Despite the fact that June broke records for hot weather, it was a busy month for hip. We held our Annual Picnic, participated in the Aurora 5K Walk and the Bassmasters  30th Anniversary event, and had some fun with pottery as part of the Women’s Group. We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Bergen County Division of Disability Services, participated in the “Stigma Free” event in Fort Lee, and joined our colleagues from the other Centers for Independent Living for a Legislative Day in Trenton.

Not all of the activities at hip offer us high-profile interactions with the community, which is made evident by our one-on-one work with the consumers through our Care Management Programs. I’ve just had the opportunity to meet with our Care Management team to review their cases, and I have been impressed by their professionalism and compassion for residents of Bergen County facing a multitude of challenges and barriers.

Funded by the Bergen County Department of Human Services, the Care Managers can provide assessment, direct services, referrals to community-based programs, and coordination in the following areas:

  • Linkage to:
    • Home Care
    • Respite Care
    • Caregiver Support
  • Assistance in applying for:
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid
    • Managed Long-term Support Services (MLTSS)
  • Assistance with applications for:
    • Food Stamps
    • Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)
    • Rental Assistance
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Affordable Housing
    • Durable Medical Equipment
    • Home Modifications

hip is able to provide an amazing array of services to strengthen the ability for individuals and families to thrive in their communities.

Call us for more information.



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