Fundraising for 2015 Marriage Retreat

We are participating in Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends fundraiser.
It costs $5 and you will get a 25% off coupon for October 21st and will be entered to win many prizes.

They will also have refreshments at the store during the event.
All proceeds from the $5 tickets will go to 2015 Marriage Retreat.
If you are interested in donating please email me

New groups are forming!

Groups are now forming please come out and join us

Pre/Martial Group -August 26-September 24 th- September 30, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00

“Family Matters” -September 3, 2012 -October 8, 2013 from 6:30-7:30

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Educational & Informational

Youth Employability Success Program (GED training for ages 16-21)     808 Market Street, 3rd fl- Suite 322  Camden, NJ 08012  (856) 541-1372

South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. (legal aid for landlord tenant cases, bankruptcies, domestic violence, public benefits denials and terminations such as SSI, TANF, and Food Stamps, plus more) (856) 964-9400

Hopeworks ‘N Camden  Provides educational assistance and training for youths and young adults  543 State Street Camden, NJ 08102             (856) 365-4673

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will set up disaster recovery centers in South Jersey where applicants can go for information about assistance. The locations for those centers will be determined and announced soon.

There are several categories of assistance available from FEMA.

  • Unemployment payments of up to 26 weeks can be available to employees who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for other state benefits, including self-employed individuals.
  • Grants are available for home repairs and replacement of essential household items that are not covered by insurance. These grants to replace personal property cover improvements that make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary, and functional. They also can be applied to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
  • Rental payments for temporary housing can be made to families whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners, and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.

Camden County residents seeking assistance from FEMA can apply several ways:

After a resident applies for assistance, a FEMA inspector will be assigned to assess the damage and determine the level of assistance available. Then a check can be issued, or in the case of business owners, a referral made to the Small Business Administration for low-interest loan assistance.

Cell Phone Rules

Cell phones. We love them, and we hate them. They are easy to love when you find yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire, or when you’re trying to track down your daughter and her friend after being separated while shopping in the mall. The love fades when your teenager daughter or son is up late at night texting and talking to who knows who or you find a litany of text messages that is XXX rated at best. Continue reading

Reduce Back to School Stress

“Returning to work after a vacation, transitioning your children to a new school, even fighting a busier rush hour as schools reopen, can all contribute to an increased stress level.

My advice is to become aware of events that are likely to increase your stress levels and take steps to actively manage your stress and promote healthy coping behaviors in your children. Continue reading

Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope
Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year. Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help. Continue reading

Love Language

Improve Your Marriage by Learning Your Spouse’s Love Language
For our loved ones, for good friends and family, and for the comforts of home we often say thank you. But when was the last time you said “thanks” to your spouse ? How often do you show your partner that you value him or her? When we’re busy and stressed out, we often forget to thank or show appreciation to the very person we chose to share our life with! Continue reading