Jersey City will shine on June 20—World Refugee Day

2019-06-17T12:08:34+00:00May 30th, 2019|

By Mike McLean, Immigrant Affairs Division Director World Refugee Day will not only show who we are, but what we can become. As millions around the globe recognize World Refugee Day, Jersey City will shine on June 20, showcasing community action, public and non-profit partnerships, and the resilience of our newest refugee and asylee neighbors. • The Division of Immigrant Affairs will publish a comprehensive study of refugee and asylee resettlement in Jersey City. Conducted by Church World Service, the report informs how our collaborative public health strategy can better address short-term resettlement needs to ensure long-term citywide gains. According to the New American Economy, refugees make enormous economic contributions, become citizens, and consistently engage in democracy. • Mayor Steven M. Fulop will sign a Mayoral Proclamation on Jersey City’s [...]

4th Annual Keep Jersey City Beautiful Day: A Recap!

2019-05-24T10:33:34+00:00May 22nd, 2019|

On Saturday, April 13th, Jersey City celebrated the fourth annual “Keep Jersey City Beautiful Day.” Each year, this day brings thousands of Jersey City residents together to focus on litter reduction, recycling, greening initiatives, and neighborhood beautification. Clean up activities took place across the City, including at Adopt-A-Lot (AAL) community gardens. This program allows residents to transform vacant City-owned properties into community gardens. During Keep Jersey City Beautiful Day, AAL gardens held open hours for the public to stop by, learn how to become a member, and get their hands in the soil. Riverview Community Garden is one of Jersey City's longest-running Adopt-a-Lot Gardens For more information on how to become a member or volunteer, contact Carena Miles, Healthy Food Access Coordinator, at 201-547-5289. Make sure to visit [...]

All About: Mental Health First Aid!

2019-05-22T11:10:32+00:00May 22nd, 2019|

Imagine you are in your local grocery store, and you see a fellow shopper who appears to have trouble breathing. She cannot seem to catch her breath, looks troubled and scared. What do you do? Call 9-1-1? Keep Shopping? Alert another shopper? Ask her if she needs help? This is a disturbing situation, and one that can happen almost anywhere. There is help available. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a wonderful resource that can help provide answers. What is Mental Health First Aid? Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, [...]

Convening on Violence Prevention

2019-05-09T15:50:54+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Mayor Fulop announces the formation of a Violence Prevention Task Force When people say “there is an epidemic of violence,” they recognize that violence is like a contagious disease. As such, public health strategies are effective ways to treat and prevent violence in ways that law enforcement cannot. On May 8, Mayor Steven Fulop announced an executive order establishing a Violence Prevention Task Force to develop a community and health-based plan to reduce violent deaths and injuries in Jersey City. “Violence has terrible effects on individuals and communities,” Mayor Fulop said. “No level of violence is acceptable in our community.” The executive order was signed as part of a gathering of people and organizations involved in violence prevention work in Jersey City. In addition to Mayor Fulop’s announcement [...]