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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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New Jersey’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) deadline has extended to August 31, 2018.

Newark, NJ [June 28, 2018] New Jersey’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) deadline has been extended to August 31, 2018. La Casa de Don Pedro operates the program for Essex County residents. The extension includes all benefits – regular Heating Assistance, Cooling, and Emergency Assistance. The federal Low

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Newark, NJ [June 28, 2018] New Jersey’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) deadline has been extended to August 31, 2018. La Casa de Don Pedro operates the program for Essex County residents. The extension includes all benefits – regular Heating Assistance, Cooling, and Emergency Assistance.

The federal 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.

As an added benefit, all LIHEAP and USF applicants are referred to La Casa de Don Pedro’s Weatherization Assistance and Lead Safety Programs. The programs offer Essex County residents energy conservation measures that reduce home energy costs and remediate lead in homes.

For more information or to apply, please contact La Casa de Don Pedro at 973-485-0795, go to our website, download an application, or visit a Home Energy Assistance Center.
Home Energy Assistance Customer Service Hours & Locations
La Casa de Don Pedro
317 Roseville Avenue, Newark NJ 07107

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Center closes at 5pm.
Closed Fridays

An application drop box is accessible during normal agency business hours even when the center is not open for customer service.
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 annual reception, La Casa es su Casa, raised awareness about the community development sector’s role and responsibility to improve health for all.

Newark, NJ [May 11, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, hosted its signature cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres reception, La Casa es su Casa with the theme, “Health Matters,” on Tuesday, May 8th at Nico Kitchen + Bar. Guests enjoyed musical performances, program testimonials, presentations

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Newark, NJ [May 11, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, hosted its signature cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres reception, La Casa es su Casa with the theme, “Health Matters,” on Tuesday, May 8th at Nico Kitchen + Bar. Guests enjoyed musical performances, program testimonials, presentations by the honorees and La Casa’s leadership, and a youth performance. “Health Matters” shared La Casa de Don Pedro’s role – and responsibility – as a comprehensive, community development organization to help guide its community on a path to progress by addressing all of the factors – from education, housing, employment, social supports, access to health services, and more – to enhance people’s quality of life and to allow them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

With Alexandra Hill, the Afternoon News Anchor and Reporter with WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM as the evening’s emcee, La Casa es su Casa “Health Matters” honored New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Dr. Denise V. Rodgers, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Pamela Clarke, Ph.D, MBA, President & CEO of Newark Community Health Centers. The evening’s honorees highlighted their excitement about the future health of Greater Newark with La Casa de Don Pedro serving a critical, supportive role.

Michael Allen, Javier Morales, and Patricia Coyotecatl shared testimonials about how La Casa de Don Pedro has helped keep themselves, their family and the community healthy. Michael Allen, a participant in La Casa’s Ryan White Program, performed a moving spoken word piece called “Stigma” bringing awareness about battling the stigma of HIV. Javier Morales shared his experiences giving back to the community by delivering healthy, fresh, nutritious meals to La Casa’s kids. Patricia Coyotecatl spoke about becoming a community leader with the support of La Casa de Don Pedro’s Family Success and Head Start Centers.

La Casa’s kids showed how their health matters by performing a Zumba demonstration as a fun and expressive way to keep fit and healthy.

La Casa es su Casa was made possible by the support of sponsors:  M&T Bank, PSE&G, JP Morgan Chase & Co, RWJBarnabas Health, Prudential Financial, Capacity Coverage, The Diloné Family, Horizon NJ Health, McCarter & English, LLP, Newark Community Health Centers, PNC Bank, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University- Newark, and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

That evening, La Casa de Don Pedro launched a Wellness Center Appeal with a goal to raise $5,000 by June 30th to provide free access to exercise equipment, coaches, and a caring staff. If you would like to help La Casa de Don Pedro reach its goal you can do so online, at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lacasadedonpedro.

Find more photos from La Casa es su Casa on
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/sets/72157696018408794/with/28151482188/

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La Casa de Don Pedro to honor Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Drs. Denise Rodgers and Pamela Clark at its annual celebration on May 8.

Newark, NJ [April 23, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host La Casa es su Casa, its signature annual cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres reception on Tuesday, May 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Nico Kitchen+Bar at the

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Newark, NJ [April 23, 2018] La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host La Casa es su Casa, its signature annual cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres reception on Tuesday, May 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Nico Kitchen+Bar at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.  The theme is “Health Matters.”

Alexandra Hill, Afternoon News Anchor, and Reporter with WBGO 88.3FM will serve as emcee. La Casa de Don Pedro will honor New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Dr. Denise V. Rodgers, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Pamela Clarke, Ph.D., MBA, President & CEO of Newark Community Health Centers. From preparing youth for postsecondary education to advocating for the rights of low-income homeowners, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver has built a lasting legacy working to better the health and well-being of women, children, and families across New Jersey. Dr. Rodgers, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, facilitates the advancement of health initiatives in Newark that teach individuals how to work together effectively to integrate various areas of health in Newark’s communities. Dr. Clarke is devoted to providing quality and affordable healthcare to Newark’s underserved populations.

This event will feature stories from participants who have benefited from La Casa de Don Pedro’s comprehensive approach to addressing the health disparities within the community.  La Casa’s youth will showcase an exercise demonstration as a creative expression to keep fit and healthy.  Guests will be invited to support an appeal to establish a wellness center that will provide free fitness activities for participants of La Casa’s Healthy Living Initiative. AfroCuba Band will provide musical entertainment for the evening.

This event is made possible by support from sponsors:  M&T Bank, PSE&G, JP Morgan Chase & Co, RWJ Barnabas Health, Prudential Financial, Capacity Coverage, Horizon NJ Health, McCarter & English, LLP, Newark Community Health Centers, PNC Bank, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University- Newark, Withum+Brown, PC. Tickets can be purchased online at https://lacasanwk.givezooks.com/events/la-casa-es-su-casa-2018. Special discounts are available for nonprofits.

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La Casa de Don Pedro Hosted Its Second Annual Job Fair

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Second Annual Job Fair was a day that inspired people to look to the future for opportunity.  Held in our Personal Development Center at 39 Broadway in Newark, NJ our job fair brought out over 210 Newark residents looking for employment to La Casa de

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s Second Annual Job Fair was a day that inspired people to look to the future for opportunity.  Held in our Personal Development Center at 39 Broadway in Newark, NJ our job fair brought out over 210 Newark residents looking for employment to La Casa de Don Pedro.  Starting bright and early on February 22nd, 30 employers came to our center preparing to meet with and hire Newark residents.  Connecting the residents of our community to potential job opportunities is what drives events like La Casa’s job fair.  With the unemployment rate in Newark at 7.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s vital to bridge the gap between the residents and employers.  By offering opportunities for employment, La Casa de Don Pedro is encouraging Newark residents to become independent and self-sufficient, in turn tackling the unemployment rate of the city head-on.

With five rooms set up for residents to meet with employers, excitement filled the air.  Dahama Johnson, a Newark resident attending the job fair said, “I came here today very specifically looking for something with New Jersey Transit as a bus operator or something similar to that. They had La Casa’s flyer on their website telling people about the job fair so here I am.  Coming here today was a big help, I got to meet hiring staff from New Jersey Transit and even found out that they will be having on-site hiring at their facility on March 1st.  All in all, this was a very successful job fair in my opinion. One of the best I’ve been to.”  Taking advantage of opportunities to connect with real people in real time looking to hire Newark residents was at the top of Dahama’s list when looking for employment.  She got just what she asked for when coming to see New Jersey Transit and the other employers at our job fair.

For some Newark residents, employers being available to them means they can look to the future with the prospects of employment despite any happening of their past. One Newark Resident at La Casa’s Second Annual Job Fair said, “It’s very hard sometimes to find a job, for me it’s even harder because of my past. They see someone who had a criminal record a long time ago and gets turned off by me, but I’m a hard worker. A lot of times people look past it and see that I am a hardworking man looking to work, but other times I can’t get so lucky. Having all of these options available to me makes it that much easier for someone like me, it gives me options.  I have a lot of training as a chef; I came here today looking to see if Whole Foods Market can hire me.  This job fair is a great opportunity for me and leaving here today I’m very hopeful for the future.

Terrance Womble said, “I’m so happy that I got a chance to be here, I went to go see My Brother Keeper Alliance, Farmland Dairy, and Global Endorsement Group to check out the jobs.  I spoke a lot to Mr. Gold from Global Endorsement Group so I hope something good comes from that.  This job fair is really awesome, the unemployment rate in Newark is climbing and if La Casa can tackle that then I’m 100% behind it.  We need more opportunities and events like this in the city.” La Casa’s Second Annual Job fair brought the opportunity to the residents of Newark.  These opportunities inspire change and we will continue to provide chances like these for our residents.

La Casa’s Second Annual Job Fair connected Newark residents with countless opportunities to inspire change and advance their own self-sufficiency and empowerment.  This world is fundamental to our mission.

Thanks to all the employers who participated: Staff Management, Accredited Health, Global Endorsement Group, Waste Management, Avon, RWJ Barnabas Health Claara Mass Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Bartlett Distribution Services, FedEx, CDS, Preferred Health Care, People Ready, America Works, Blessed Ministries, Primerica, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berkley College, New York Life, NJ Transit, Healthcare Simplicity, NJ Department of Corrections, NJ State Police, Essex Regional Education Services Commission, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Chrill Care, TD Bank, Mary Kay, Whole Foods, La Casa de Don Pedro, and Jersey Cares.  For photos from our Second Annual Job Fair please click here.

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