County to participate in Drug Take Back Day

County to participate in Drug Take Back Day

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Monday, April 16, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Division of Community Health joined with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association to announce plans for Drug […]

‘A Taste of NJ’s Best’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — FAMILYConnections’ “A Taste of NJ’s Best” will be Wednesday, May 2, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. This popular evening of music and delicious food will benefit more than 4,000 area children, adults and families. This year’s event honorees include Short Hills’ Beth Berns, a […]

‘A Taste of NJ’s Best’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Save the date for FAMILYConnection’s annual fundraising gala “A Taste of NJ’s Best” on Wednesday, May 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. This event will honor Beth Berns, the Berns family and Bernice Manshel. Beth Berns is a former […]

Connect to Wellness is a smashing success

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In honor of National Recovery Month, FAMILYConnections hosted Connect to Wellness, its first free family wellness festival, on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Clipper Pavilion in West Orange. National Recovery Month, a national health observance, aims to remind Americans that people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders to […]

‘Connect to Wellness’ for National Recovery Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “Connect to Wellness” with FAMILYConnections on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clipper Pavilion on Cherry Street in West Orange to celebrate National Recovery Month. This free festival includes activities such as arts and crafts, children’s activities, yoga, meditation, Zumba and more. For more information, contact Nancy […]

FAMILYConnections kicks off backpack collection

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — FAMILYConnections, a local counseling and family services agency, has announced the start of a “Got Your Back” backpack drive to benefit students in the agency’s Outreach to At-Risk Youth and School-Based Youth Services programs. Donations of individual school items and full backpacks will be accepted through Sept. 1 and can be […]

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

DREAMS works to change culture, outcomes in county

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Domestic violence has long-lasting repercussions beyond the immediate effects of pain, fear and injury. A family touched by domestic violence can struggle to regain its footing, plagued by physical and emotional reminders of its trauma. In Essex County, these families receive help from DREAMS, a program from FAMILYConnections that aims to […]

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It is no easy feat to raise children in this day and age. There are many external stressors and unavoidable family issues that can make this even more difficult. Through its Parents As Teachers program, FAMILYConnections identifies at-risk families and provides one-on-one help to ensure everyone in a home remains safe. […]

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Heading into summer vacation, many parents and guardians become concerned with how their children will fill their time. Unstructured time can be dangerous, especially for teenagers who may have access to drugs or alcohol. Luckily, Essex County parents and guardians can count on ADAPT to help them steer their children in […]