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The Work to Build a Culture of Health Continues…

Despite the profound challenges of COVID-19, the members of the HealthierJC partner network have been working tirelessly to reimagine and reinvent how to continue the delivery of needed and meaningful services.  Over the next few months, we will highlight 2019 Mini-Grant Winners and share how they have persevered throughout the 2020 pandemic to maintain a viable culture of health within the Jersey City Community.

 

Featured Mini-Grantee | Riverview Community Garden

November 29th, 2021|

The Community Garden for All Jersey City Residents Since 1995, Riverview Community Garden has provided gardening opportunities and activities to citizens of all ages and incomes. The Riverview Community Garden Team believes that gardening can build a healthier community. Gardens uplift the mind and rejuvenate the body; therefore, the individual and communal benefits are innumerable. Working in a garden provides cardiovascular exercise, and consuming healthy food builds a strong body. Additionally, the use of medicinal herbs improves health and well-being, and watching plants grow and bloom reduces stress. Participating in a community endeavor increases a sense of belonging, which improves individual quality of life. It is all interconnected and the more people understand these benefits, the better off the Jersey City community will be. A HealthierJC begins with access to healthy food and healing herbs grown in organic soil, without pesticides. Many people in the community cannot find fresh organic [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | Team Wilderness

November 15th, 2021|

Outdoor learning for Jersey City Teens Team Wilderness is a national nonprofit organization that uses an experiential educational model to teach urban teenagers teamwork, leadership, and character. Team Wilderness is the only wilderness experiential education organization offering programs focusing specifically on Hudson County's most underserved youth. Their programs are affordable for all income levels, since they cater to the youth from the community, they help positively impact the community itself. The mission of Team Wilderness is to grow teamwork, leadership, and character within the urban youth through wilderness excursions. To achieve their mission, Team Wilderness emphasizes striving to be E.T.H.I.C.A.L. in the wilderness and reflecting on its application to life. They are firm believers in Wilderness Therapy and the data shows that it is good for all teens, especially urban ones. They hope to help teens be their best self and live a healthy and balanced life through mental and physical challenges. [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | SAMHIN

November 4th, 2021|

Improving Mental Health Care for South Asians The South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network (SAMHIN) team consists of mental health clinicians and other professionals who volunteer their time to decrease the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, and offer resources for those seeking help. These volunteers participate in planning, community outreach, public educational events, writing articles, facilitating support groups in support of that mission. Working within the community, SAMHIN develops an understanding of the disparities and deficiencies in legacy mental health care services. In response, they develop programs to increase awareness, improve comprehensive health literacy, decrease stigma, and improve acceptance of mental health care diagnosis, treatment programs and services.   Partnering with HealthierJC to Create a Culture of Mental Health Care for South Asians HealthierJC believes in developing a culture of health, and in alignment with this objective, SAMHIN proposed conducting a free Suicide Prevention Workshop with mini-grant [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | Sarah’s Daughters

October 29th, 2021|

Domestic Violence Outreach in Jersey City   Based in Jersey City, Sarah's Daughters Domestic Violence Awareness (DVA) Foundation is a network of volunteers from all walks of life: domestic violence survivors, social workers, retired educators, and real estate professionals. The diverse gifts and talents of these volunteers are utilized to support and uplift women struggling with domestic violence circumstances. Once contact is made with Sarah's Daughters, the volunteers assess each client's unique situation and make meaningful connections to address individual needs.   Areas of need addressed may include: Emergency shelter Temporary hotel accommodations Clothing Food Medical attention Other social services Partnering with HealthierJC to Increase Domestic Violence Awareness & Support Victims Sarah's Daughters plays an important role in assisting domestic violence survivors and their children to live peaceful, positive, productive lifestyles, free of fear, control, and intimidation in Jersey City. The Partnership for a HealthierJC appreciates our meaningful partnership with Sarah's [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | Mo’Hair Foundation, Inc.

August 26th, 2021|

Building Confidence to Confront a Health Crisis The Mo’Hair Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting adults and children who may have lost their hair due to illness, a catastrophic event such as a fire, or other acute life trauma.  This 501(c)(3) organization works with individuals, businesses, and corporations to help cover the cost of hair replacement for anyone in need. The organization was founded by Monique Smith-Andrews, who has owned and operated Monique’s Techniques, a full-service hair care and beauty salon serving Jersey City since 1988.  She was inspired to help others cope with hair loss when her mother was diagnosed with lymphoma – a cancer of the immune system.  “She lost her hair… and it bothered me that it was bothering her.”  Monique researched options and quickly discovered how expensive hair replacement was for cancer patients, and that most insurance companies did not cover the cost. Bottom [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | CHOICES Mindfulness Training

February 5th, 2021|

Helping Jersey City Students Make Mindful CHOICES The CHOICES Program is an alternative special education program, implemented in the Jersey City Public School system to achieve positive change and outcomes for at-risk students.  The acronym CHOICES stands for Choosing Honor, Opportunity, Integrity, Character, Excellence and Service. It signifies a commitment to help children with behavioral and emotional disabilities acquire self-regulation skills, social skills, and anger management techniques to improve their overall mental health and sense of well-being. The CHOICES academic program: Offers a low student to teacher ratio with a typical maximum of six students per class. Utilizes a behavioral management system (Class Dojo) to monitor classroom behavior. Teaches and reinforces behaviors necessary for a positive classroom setting. Provides 1:1 and group in-classroom counseling by psychologists and social workers. Includes art therapy, music therapy or adapted physical education. Requires daily engagement in movement, relaxation, and Mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is a [...]