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La Casa de Don Pedro to host its own Employment Fair on January 16 with over 20 available employment opportunities.

[Newark, January 7, 2019] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, and a major employer of more than 250 employees, will host an Employment Fair on January 16, 2018 from 11am-2pm at 39 Broadway, Second Floor, Newark, NJ

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[Newark, January 7, 2019] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, and a major employer of more than 250 employees, will host an Employment Fair on January 16, 2018 from 11am-2pm at 39 Broadway, Second Floor, Newark, NJ 07104 with on-site parking available.

Currently, La Casa de Don Pedro has over 20 open positions, ranging from administrative & clerical assistants, educators, family workers, and cooks, with some positions offering on-site interviews. Registration is required and space is very limited so be sure to register on Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/yd8b4kgp. Applicants should bring plenty of copies of their resume and arrive dressed for success.

La Casa de Don Pedro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and committed to diversity in the workplace. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex. A career with La Casa de Don Pedro offers competitive salaries for the sector, comprehensive health insurance, paid time off, 401k retirement benefits.  Just as importantly, a career with La Casa offers the opportunity to help achieve the organization’s mission to foster self-sufficiency, empowerment, and neighborhood revitalization in Greater Newark.

To view La Casa de Don Pedro’s current employment opportunities please visit, http://www.lacasanwk.org/employment/.

About La Casa de Don Pedro
Since its founding in 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, La Casa de Don Pedro’s values have been driven by a mission to foster self-sufficiency, empowerment, and neighborhood revitalization, and deep-rooted history of shared experiences with the community. Recognizing the greater Newark community’s adversity, La Casa emphasizes, celebrates, and nurtures core values of advocacy, responsibility (civic, personal, financial), education, home, diversity, and creativity in a culturally sensitive and caring environment.

La Casa de Don Pedro offers a comprehensive, nurturing, proven solution that addresses the social determinants of health, providing safety, stability, tools, resources, and opportunities that enrich peoples’ lives and builds social capital, helping them overcome their adverse experiences and become economically prosperous.

For more information about La Casa de Don Pedro, visit: www.lacasanwk.org.
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Winter Break Hours & Days of Operation

Many La Casa de Don Pedro centers are closed for Winter Break. The following centers will reopen on January 2nd: 23 Broadway 282 First Avenue Family Success Center 39 Broadway 76 Clinton Avenue All Preschool and Head Start Centers 75 Park Avenue Administrative Offices and 317 Roseville Avenue will be

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Many La Casa de Don Pedro centers are closed for Winter Break.

The following centers will reopen on January 2nd:

23 Broadway

282 First Avenue Family Success Center

39 Broadway

76 Clinton Avenue

All Preschool and Head Start Centers

75 Park Avenue Administrative Offices and 317 Roseville Avenue will be closed December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1st.  They will be open December 26-28.

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Holiday Toy Drive Reception at The Rectangle Studio on 12/13

La Casa de Don Pedro and The Rectangle Studio & Gallery will co-host a Holiday Toy Drive Reception on Thursday, December 13th, 2018, 540 A Freeman Street, Orange, NJ, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The toy drive reception will benefit the children that La Casa de Don Pedro educates

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ToyDriveReceptionSquareFinalLa Casa de Don Pedro and The Rectangle Studio & Gallery will co-host a Holiday Toy Drive Reception on Thursday, December 13th, 2018, 540 A Freeman Street, Orange, NJ, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The toy drive reception will benefit the children that La Casa de Don Pedro educates and supports as part of its #GivingTuesday Holiday Toy Drive.

Admission to the reception is one new, unwrapped toy per person, ages 3-18, valued at approximately $15.

Guests will enjoy food spreads and goodies from local businesses while viewing sports photography by the renowned photographer, Rob Tringali. His photos capture some of the most famous moments in sports history such as the 1991 Super Bowl, Derek Jeter’s last game, and more.

The evening of art and giving is made possible by the following generous donors:

The Rectangle Studio & Gallery   |   SOMA Brewing Company
The Able Baker   |   Ashley Marketplace
Eight Hills Caterers   |   Casa Belvedere

Stop & Shop Maplewood   |   Town Hall Delicatessen 

This is a 21 and older reception.  Please RSVP to info@lacasanwk.org.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Holiday Toy Drive is one component of it’s #GivingTuesday Campaign that launched on November 27th and runs until December 31, with goals to raise $20,000, provide 500 families with holiday meals, and fulfill the holiday toy wishes of the 900+ children and teenagers the organization educates and supports.

Can’t make the reception but still want to drop off a toy?  Come by the studio starting Monday, December 3rd through December 17th.  Be sure to call or email first at 917-744-5124 or info@therectanglestudio.com.

About The Rectangle Studio & Gallery
Located in the heart of the Valley Arts District in Orange, NJ, The Rectangle Studio & Gallery’s mission is to showcase the area’s most talented creatives through uniquely themed shows and function as an intimate space for events and gatherings. The Rectangle is operated by South Orange residents, Lee Seidenberg, and Marcia LeBeau, and serves as the studio of Lee Seidenberg Photography. For more information, please visit https://www.therectanglestudio.com/.

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#GivingTuesday is November 27th

Are you ready to celebrate #GivingTuesday with us? We’re counting down the days until November 27th! Help support La Casa de Don Pedro’s end of year campaign to raise money to support our programs, and collect food and toys for the children and families we support! Spread the word &

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Are you ready to celebrate #GivingTuesday with us?

We’re counting down the days until November 27th! Help support La Casa de Don Pedro’s end of year campaign to raise money to support our programs, and collect food and toys for the children and families we support!

Spread the word & join us! Every act of generosity counts and each means even more when we give together.

Anyone, anywhere can get involved and give back in a way that’s meaningful to them. There’s no minimum or limit to how people can do good. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

#GivingTuesday is the start of our end of year appeal campaign, which extends through December 31st! Help La Casa de Don Pedro reach its #GivingTuesday goals of:

  • raising $20,000 to support our comprehensive programs
  • providing toys to the 900+ children we educate
  • providing a holiday meal to 500+ Newark families.
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La Casa de Don Pedro Celebrated National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day by Educating and Reducing the Stigma of HIV/AIDS among Latinos.

[Newark, October 10, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro hosted National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on Saturday, October 6 at it’s 23 Broadway Community Center in Newark, NJ. This year’s National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day’s theme was “Celebrando La Vida (Celebrating Life).” National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) was

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[Newark, October 10, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro hosted National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on Saturday, October 6 at it’s 23 Broadway Community Center in Newark, NJ. This year’s National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day’s theme was “Celebrando La Vida (Celebrating Life).”

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) was a free and entertaining event open to the public that focused on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community, education about the latest prevention and treatment options and encouraged advocacy. La Casa de Don Pedro’s NLAAD event was one of hundreds held across the country to foster community engagement and reduce the stigma, especially among Latinos, associated in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Community partners like Broadway House for Continuing Care, New Jersey Community Research Initiative, Center for Health Identity Behavior and Prevention Studies, Hackensack University, and Gilead Sciences joined the event and provided resources to residents.

NLAAD attendees participated in educational conversations about the latest information available to prevent and manage HIV, including using PrEP, the most current prevention approach, HIV rapid testing, condom demonstrations, HIV testing, and raffles.

“The superheroes of the Youth, Family, and Health Services Division engaged our clients in overcoming barriers in their sexual health and highlighted all the options available to them,” said La Casa de Don Pedro’s Health Services Unit Manager, Noshella Singh. “Clients were also exposed to and showed great interest many La Casa de Don Pedro programs available such as the Heart Disease Prevention Program, Mammogram, and Pap smear screening to name a few.”

This event was made possible by a grant from The New Jersey Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB Services, and sponsors: Premiere Gold: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., M&T Bank, and PSEG, Silver: RWJBarnabas Health, Physically Fit: Lotus Equity Group and Rutgers University-Newark; Mentally Strong: Broadway House for Continuing Care, Horizon NJ Health, and Thornton Agency.

About National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
The National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is a national day dedicated to mobilizing Latino/Hispanic communities in an effort to raise HIV awareness, reduce its stigma, promote HIV testing, prevention, and education, in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB).

For more information on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, visit: www.nlaad.org.

About La Casa de Don Pedro
Since its founding in 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, La Casa de Don Pedro’s values have been driven by a mission to foster self-sufficiency, empowerment, and neighborhood revitalization, and a deep-rooted history of shared experiences with the community. Recognizing the greater Newark community’s adversity, La Casa emphasizes, celebrates, and nurtures core values of advocacy, responsibility (civic, personal, financial), education, home, diversity, and creativity in a culturally sensitive and caring environment.

La Casa de Don Pedro offers a comprehensive, nurturing, proven solution that addresses the social determinants of health, providing safety, stability, tools, resources, and opportunities that enrich peoples’ lives and builds social capital, helping them overcome their adverse experiences and become economically prosperous.

For more information about La Casa de Don Pedro, visit www.lacasanwk.org.
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La Casa de Don Pedro was featured on News 12 New Jersey as a resource for New Jersey residents seeking assistance with their utility bills.

Newark, NJ [July 11, 2018] In the wake of the terrible tragedy of Linda Daniels untimely death after her power was shut off, News 12 New Jersey sought to ensure something like what happened to Ms. Daniels doesn’t happen again. La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s

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Newark, NJ [July 11, 2018] In the wake of the terrible tragedy of Linda Daniels untimely death after her power was shut off, News 12 New Jersey sought to ensure something like what happened to Ms. Daniels doesn’t happen again. La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, was featured on News 12 New Jersey as a resource to New Jersey utility customers, informing them about their rights and how they can put loved ones on lists the utility company keeps so they do not experience a shutoff.

 

La Casa de Don Pedro is a resource for residents to utilize when they are in need of assistance with their utility bills. Norma Sessa, La Casa de Don Pedro’s Director of Community Improvement, spoke with News 12 New Jersey saying, “It’s very devastating, especially devastating knowing that there are programs here to help everyone.”

 

“A person can always come in, they can call and find out what the requirements are,” says La Casa de Don Pedro’s Outreach Coordinator Kim Robinson. “People that have fallen behind, they can come here to the agency and one of the intake workers will help them fill out an application.”

 

For those individuals with medical conditions that require electricity to function, they can fill out a form known as a Priority 4. “Once they have that form filled out and they take it to the doctor and the doctor fills it out and faxes it to PSE&G, PSE&G is not allowed to turn their lights off,” Robinson says.

 

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Universal Service Fund programs, provided through the NJ Public Utility Board, help manage the costs of home heating and energy. Program eligibility is determined by income, household size, fuel type, living arrangement, and region.  Eligible households may also receive a one-time, medically necessary cooling benefit issued to the individual or the utility provider.

 

La Casa de Don Pedro on New Jersey 12 News:

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/38614933/board-of-public utilities-investigates-after-womans-death-when-pseg-cut-power

 

For more information, please contact La Casa de Don Pedro at 973-485-0795, go to http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/energy-assistance/.

 

About La Casa de Don Pedro

La Casa de Don Pedro’s programs impact the lives of 50,000 people in Greater Newark, NJ every year. From early childhood education to community health & wellness, adult education, immigration services, youth enrichment, neighborhood development, community advocacy and beyond, our programs empower people and revitalize neighborhoods, every step of the way.

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s 5th Annual Burgers & Brew Returned to McLoone’s Boathouse, Celebrating the End of Summer and the Appointment of New Board President, Arcelio Aponte

[September 24, 2018] As the end of summer came to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro hosted the season’s final hurrah in one of Essex County’s favorite outdoor venues – McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange on Thursday, September 20. At the event, La Casa de Don Pedro welcomed its

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[September 24, 2018] As the end of summer came to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro hosted the season’s final hurrah in one of Essex County’s favorite outdoor venues – McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange on Thursday, September 20. At the event, La Casa de Don Pedro welcomed its new Board President Arcelio Aponte, Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, Economic Development and Chief Financial Officer at Rutgers University-Newark.

 

Portraits and testimonials around the venue showcased beneficiaries of La Casa de Don Pedro’s programs. Francia Casado, a parent of After School Enrichment Program youth, said “La Casa is there for my family in so many ways. They give my kids a safe environment to come to when they get out of school each day.  My family is all in Santo Domingo; La Casa is our new family. My kids have friends that would be like cousins and teachers and staff who are like aunts and uncles. I am so grateful for everything La Casa does for me and my family.”

 

McLoone’s Boathouse grilled up fresh burgers along their outdoor patio overlooking the Orange Reservoir while offering plenty of beer options on tap. Jimenez Tobacco, a Newark based cigar lounge and family business with roots in Cuba, showcased the age-old art of cigar rolling with their signature blends during a live demonstration as guest watched and even took part in rolling the cigars. Afrocuba Band provided the rhythm for the evening, with Ricky Rodriguez, bongo, Chris Nieves, conga, Oscar Oñoz, piano, and Carlos Mena on bass.

 

Arcelio Aponte has a long history in Newark, growing up in the Ironbound neighborhood and graduating from East Side High School.  As Director of Operations and Management for Economic & Housing Development in the City of Newark, Mr. Aponte led the city’s programs in workforce, economic development, housing, and ex-offender re-entry programs.  He also designed and launched the Newark College Freshman Initiative, a program to help first generation young adults transition into college, and guide them through this often new and difficult experience, which can be especially challenging for immigrant families.

 

Mr. Aponte was one of the early partners of Newark’s City of Learning Collaborative, with its goal that by 2025, 25% of Newark’s population has a college education.

When Rutgers-Newark’s Chancellor Nancy Cantor hired Mr. Aponte to be her Vice Provost, he helped make her vision to provide free tuition to low-income Newark residents a reality. And, in his current capacity as Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, Economic Development and Chief Financial Officer for Rutgers- Newark, Mr. Aponte was instrumental in opening up the Barnes & Noble college bookstore and Tech Bar in Newark’s newly renovated Hahne’s Building.

 

Mr. Aponte also worked closely to align resources to create the Rutgers Honors Living & Learning Community. Mr. Aponte also serves as President of the NJ State Board of Education, is a board member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, the Newark Downtown District, and the Salvation Army Advisory. He and his wife, Susan, are proud parents of two children, Arcelio and Elissa.

 

Burgers & Brew benefited La Casa de Don Pedro, a Newark-based comprehensive, social service and community development organization founded 46 years ago that empowers people and revitalizes neighborhoods, every step of the way.

 

To view photos from this year’s Burgers & Brew please click this link, https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/albums/72157698467885962.

 

Burgers and Brew was made possible due to the support of the following sponsors:

 

Premier Gold Sponsors

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

M&T Bank

PSEG

Bronze Sponsors

Prudential Financial

TD Bank

Verizon

Wells Fargo

Friend Sponsors

McCarter & English, LLP

Russo Development

WithumSmith+Brown

Fall Equinox Supporters

L. Ross Wealth Management

Lotus Equity Group

Rutgers University-Newark

Sunset Supporters

Driscoll Foods

EVCO Mechanical

Facility Solutions Group

Security On Point, Inc.

Thornton Agency

Dusk Supporters

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin

Dawn Gammon

Joy Yagid Photography

 Newark Trust for Education

NJPAC

Stobbs Printing

Thornton Agency

Valley National Bank

 

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Burgers & Brew Returns to Celebrate the End of Summer with Live Latin Jazz and Cigar Rolling Demonstrations at McLoone’s Boathouse

[September 7, 2018] As the end of summer comes to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro will host the season’s final hurrah in one of Essex County’s favorite outdoor venues – McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.   McLoone’s

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[September 7, 2018] As the end of summer comes to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro will host the season’s final hurrah in one of Essex County’s favorite outdoor venues – McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

 

McLoone’s Boathouse will set out grills along their outdoor patio overlooking the Orange Reservoir to prepare their burgers done just right and will offer six popular beers on tap. Jimenez Tobacco, a Newark based cigar lounge and family business with roots in Cuba, will show guests the age-old art of cigar rolling with their signature blends during a live cigar rolling demonstration. Afrocuba Band will provide the rhythm for the evening, playing their original music along with covers of upbeat Latin Jazz classics.

 

Reserve your space to Burgers & Brew soon because the event always sells out.  To purchase tickets click here, learn more, or view photos from prior Burgers & B­­­­­­rew events.

 

Event proceeds benefit La Casa de Don Pedro, a Newark-based comprehensive, social service and community development organization founded 46 years ago that empowers people and revitalizes neighborhoods, every step of the way.

 

Burgers and Brew is made possible due to the support of the following sponsors:

 

Premier Gold Sponsors

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

M&T Bank

PSEG

Bronze Sponsors

Prudential Financial

TD Bank

Verizon

Wells Fargo

Friend Sponsors

McCarter & English, LLP

WithumSmith+Brown

Fall Equinox Supporters

L. Ross Wealth Management

Lotus Equity Group

Rutgers University-Newark

Sunset Supporters

EVCO Mechanical

Security On Point, Inc.

Dusk Supporters

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin

NJPAC

Horizon NJ Health

Newark Trust for Education

Joy Yagid Photography

Thornton Agency

Valley National Bank

 

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The 11th Annual Festival de la Familia Celebrated Newark’s Rich Heritage, Diversity, and Unity with a Special Back to School Theme

La Casa de Don Pedro,  Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, and Presenting Sponsor Valley National Bank, hosted the 11th Annual Festival de la Familia (#FestivaldelaFamilia) on Saturday, August 25th. Families, friends, local partner organizations and volunteers looking to lend a hand gathered on

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La Casa de Don Pedro,  Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, and Presenting Sponsor Valley National Bank, hosted the 11th Annual Festival de la Familia (#FestivaldelaFamilia) on Saturday, August 25th.

Families, friends, local partner organizations and volunteers looking to lend a hand gathered on Broadway between Bloomfield Pl. & Broad St. for the free, lively, and exciting event.  Held in the heart of Newark’s Lower Broadway Community, Festival de la Familia celebrates Newark’s vibrant diversity and the strength of the community.  This year, Festival de la Familia boasted a special back to school theme where La Casa de Don Pedro distributed 500+ backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies to help make the upcoming school year a memorable one for the children of Newark. Newark’s Mayor, Ras Baraka, joined in the festivities, as did Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr., Councilmember-at-Large Luis Quintana, and Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement, Jacqueline Quiles.

La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio said, “This year Festival was very exciting because it was very successful, even when confronted with two other festivals taking place in the north end of the City. Despite the choices people had, we were a clear hit for parents who came to acquire school bags and supplies so as to send their children to school ready to learn. In addition, the water slide, the face painting, the sand bottles and other child focused activities made our Festival de la Familia the choice for our parents and children. As an “extra” community focused event, I’m proud and pleased with the generosity of La Casa staff who gave up their time to support the event. Many of our own co-workers also came to enjoy the event with their own families…making this truly a “Festival de la Familia!”

The streets were lined with free carnival games, street performers, arts and crafts, and many other activities. Street performances, musicians and artists showcased music and dance from countries like Peru, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and the continent of Africa. These performers included DJ Cisco, Michelle Galvis, Yahaya Kamate Drummers, Ruben Figueroa and Conjunto Ritmo Tropical, Peruvian Dance Troup, and the San Jose Newark Ecuadoran Dancers. Partner organizations such as the Focus Hispanic Center for Community Development, The Newark Public Library, NJPAC, the Barat Foundation, Girl Scouts Heart of America, North Star Academy and others offered children activities and shared resources. Attendees also got to take advantage of La Casa’s free HIV testing and blood pressure screenings.

“Festival de la Familia provides us with another opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Newark and the Lower Broadway neighborhood. With the generous support of our sponsors and the City of Newark, La Casa is able to bring the music, dance, and culture of Ecuador, Peru, West Africa, and Puerto Rico to life in a family friendly environment that encourages the preservation and recognition of our community’s heritage,” said Louis Prezeau, La Casa de Don Pedro’s Director of Community and Economic Development.

Festival de la Familia was made possible by the support of sponsors: Valley National Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., M&T Bank, PSE&G, Prudential Financial, TD Bank, Horizon NJ Health, Rutgers University- Newark, Capacity Benefits & Financial Services, KIPP NJ, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association.

Backpack donations and supplies were made possible by La Casa de Don Pedro’s #ProjectBackpack donors: The City of Newark, Valley National Bank, PSE&G, Office Depot, Capacity Benefits & Financial Services, Network Digital, United Way of Essex and West Hudson/ My Very Own Library, Brick City Bricks 4 Kidz, KIPP NJ, Roberto Clemente Elementary School, the Roldán Family, and the Melendez Family.

For further information, visit www.festivaldelafamilia.weebly.com or contact Keishla Gonzalez-Quiles at festival@lacasanwk.org.  For photos, visit https://bit.ly/2BU18RU or https://bit.ly/2N06oI0.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s next special event in the 2018 Special Event Series is Burgers & Brew on September 20th, an evening to round out the summer and embrace the fall, with unlimited burgers & seasonal brew on tap, signature cocktails, live Latin music and cigar rolling by Jimenez Tobacco at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange. Please contact info@lacasanwk.org for more information.

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s Critical Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs Featured on News 12 New Jersey

Newark, NJ [July 11, 2018]  La Casa de Don Pedro was featured on News 12 New Jersey Tuesday evening, July 10, sharing its role as a resource to low income Essex County residents to help manage the cost of their utility bills. The news piece also emphasized that people who

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Newark, NJ [July 11, 2018]  La Casa de Don Pedro was featured on News 12 New Jersey Tuesday evening, July 10, sharing its role as a resource to low income Essex County residents to help manage the cost of their utility bills.

The news piece also emphasized that people who face medical conditions that require life-sustaining equipment can apply to prevent their power from being cut off. This came in response after Ms. Linda Daniels, a Newark resident, passed away from medical complications after the electricity was cut from her home last week.

Norma Sessa, La Casa de Don Pedro’s Director of Community Improvement, spoke with News 12 New Jersey saying, “It’s very devastating, especially devastating knowing that there are programs here to help everyone.”

“A person can always come in, they can call and find out what the requirements are,” said La Casa de Don Pedro’s Home Energy Assistance Outreach Coordinator Kimberly Robinson. “People that have fallen behind can come here to the agency and one of the intake workers will help them fill out an application.”

Individuals with medical conditions requiring life-sustaining equipment can have their physician complete a certification form. “Once they have that form filled out and they take it to the doctor, the doctor fills it out and faxes it to PSE&G.” Robinson said.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, passed through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Universal Service Fund, provided through the NJ Public Utility Board, help manage the costs of home heating and energy. Program eligibility is determined by income, household size, fuel type, living arrangement, and region.  Eligible households may also receive a one-time, medically necessary cooling benefit issued to the individual or the utility provider.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance deadline has been extended until August 31st.  Essex County residents can apply by completing an application, providing all required documentation and delivering it­­ to La Casa de Don Pedro at 317 Roseville Avenue, Newark, NJ  07107.

La Casa de Don Pedro on New Jersey 12 News:

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/38614933/board-of-public utilities-investigates-after-womans-death-when-pseg-cut-power.

For more information, please contact La Casa de Don Pedro at 973-485-0795, or visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/energy-assistance/.

About La Casa de Don Pedro

La Casa de Don Pedro’s programs impact the lives of 50,000 people in Greater Newark, NJ every year. From early childhood education to community health & wellness, adult education, immigration services, youth enrichment, neighborhood development, community advocacy and beyond, our programs empower people and revitalize neighborhoods, every step of the way.

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