Spring Into Summer 2016
In This Issue 

Dean's Corner

We are proud that Bergen's Promise is growing everyday. Over the last several months, we've welcomed many more families, new members to our team, and welcomed more provider and community-based partners. We've opened up a second office in Hackensack as a result of our growth; and  continue to recruit hard-working and compassionate Care Managers and Care Manager Supervisors to join our team.

We're also thrilled to be involved in the launch of a web-based, county resource portal called Bergen ResourceNet which connects providers and families to programs, activities, events, organizations, and services available to youth and families throughout Bergen County!   

As we approach the summer months, we hope that you and your families have a safe and healthy summer. 

Dean Pastras, ACSW, LCSW
Executive Director News1

  What's New at Bergen's Promise?

Level of Service

We are currently serving  988  youth with 62 of those youth presently enrolled in Behavioral Health Home services as of 6/27/2016.
The Centralized County Resource Hub we've all been waiting for...
Bergen ResourceNet Officially Launched!

Be sure to bookmark  www.BergenResourceNet.org
Find supportive resources throughout the county and individual communities! Bergen ResourceNet is a free mobile friendly, web platform providing a comprehensive listing of local resources. It includes services, support groups, events, webinars, workshops specific to the health and wellbeing of children and families throughout Bergen County.   

Search for resources by keyword, town, age group, category/need. This is the centralized resource depot for anyone looking for, or offering health and wellbeing related services for the children and families of Bergen County. New resources are added daily! All listings are printable and can be shared through social media.

Additionally, there is a Professional Development Events and Workshops Calendar listing opportunities throughout the county to earn contact hours, continuing education credits for professionals working with children and families. There is also an Industry News section to keep abreast of state, local and national policy, tools, etcetera.   We encourage you to submit these types of professional resources as well!  

ResourceNet Training for Professionals
To facilitate a standard format for all listings and to optimize your listing for search results, we are offering ResourceNet trainings for Professionals regarding reviewing and/or entering your agency/organization events, services, programs, groups, etc., as well as searching for resources for your clients.   

Click here for a Flyer for Families that you can distribute to spread the word!
Bergen's Promise Opens New 2nd Building

We are excited to announce that we have opened a brand new 2nd office in Hackensack. As our organization continues to grow, so must our facilities. This new location is located at 3 University Plaza in Hackensack, right on Fairleigh Dickinson University's campus. We are happy to call this newly renovated facility our new home!

Time with Families at the Bergen County Family Fun Fest 

Saturday, May 21st was the Bergen County Family Fun Fest.  Van Saun Park in Paramus was filled with over 5000 families throughout the day.  There were many planned activities, events, food, fun and information from community partners available throughout the park. 

                Fun was had by all!

Caring for the Well-Being of Our Team Members

The Roman Poet Virgil once said "The greatest wealth is health." Health and wellness are a fundamental part of our lives. The Bergen's Promise volunteer Wellness Committee hosted their first Wellness Fair.  Staff members were able to explore various dimensions of well-being by visiting any of the twelve stations that focused on proper eating, exercise, massage therapy, insurance, dental, CPR, and much more.

According to Joanna Henry, Care Manager Supervisor, "It was truly a wonderfully revitalizing event and one that we look forward to participating in again in the near future."

A special thanks to all of the Wellness Committee members and following vendors present to provide the opportunity for our staff to enjoy some self-care moments:
  • Aflac
  • Blink Fitness
  • Blood Pressure Screenings by the Wellness Committee
  • CPR Station provided by Wellness Committee and AHA
  • Delta Dental
  • Hackensack Medical Center
  • Horizon Insurance
  • Montclair State University Audiology Clinic
  • NVA Vision
  • Reflexology
  • Shoprite - Dietician
  • Valley Hospital   FSO

For Families By Families                
Family Support Organization of Bergen County
Sharing the Bill of Rights for Adults, Youth and Children with Behavioral Healthcare Needs and Their Family Members

In May, the Family Support Organization of Bergen County joined the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health in celebrating this year's theme for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week titled "Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair."

The FSOBC shares in strengthening the community awareness of children's mental health by having as its primary philosophy the recognition of the worth, knowledge and dignity of all families and caregivers. To understand how families can be supported in their hopes for their children and their families; the FSOBC is honored to provide the Bill of Rights for Adults, Youth and Children with Behavioral Healthcare Needs and Their Family Members  as presented by the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

Celebrating Hope, Celebrating Progress
Positive Story: Dylan

Dylan is a 13-year-old boy who has been living with autism since 18 months old.  He and his family were struggling with his aggressive, self-injurious behavior and lack of ability to communicate. Consistent and collaborative Child and Family teamwork between the school district, the family, and Bergen's Promise led to dramatic improvements for Dylan and his family.  Click here to watch his story...
For more inspiration, visit our  Success Stories page.

We hope that YOU will consider letting us highlight your story of Wraparound Success!

Who's New on O ur Growing Team
Meet the Newest Members of the Bergen's Promise Team:

Victoria Wolther, MSW, LSW
Care Manager
Danielle Martinez, BA
Care Manager
Krystal Martinez,  MSW, LMSW
Care Manager

Angeline Osores, BS
Health/Wellness Educator
Kyanne Sager, BA
Care Manager
Rebecca Allman,  BA
Care Manager
Stephanie DeJesus,  BSW
Care Manager

Sasha C. Acevedo, BA
Care Manager
Nicole Fahnestock, BSW
Care Manager
Matilde Santiago,  BA 
Care Manager
Alyssa Martinez, MSW
Care Manager
Kyle Dyer, MSW 
Care Manager
Sarah Habache, BA
Operations Assistant
Ebony Ray, BA 
Care Manager
Diane Barone,  BA
Care Manager
Danielle Carbone, MA
Care Manager
Christopher Parfett,  MSW
Care Manager
Diego Demichelli, BA
Care Manager
Kathy Taylor,  LSW, MSW
Care Manager Supervisor
Karl Viel, BA
Care Manager
Sherece Shabazz, BA
Care Manager
Kimberly Estrella, BA
Care Manager
Patrick Mawolo, BA
Care Manager
Kristi Young, BA
Care Manager
Christine Moody,  BA
Care Manager
Adrienne Parham, BSW
Care Manager
Kelly Peck, BSW
Care Manager
Jacquetta White, BA
Care Manager
We Are Hiring! 
Join Our Dynamic Team to Wraparound our Families!  
CLICK HERE to see our current career opportunities!
Welcome to our Newest Providers:

Thank you for partnering with us to serve the children and families of Bergen County! Click on the links below to learn more about their services.

Stay Connected With Us!


Bergen's Promise
218 Route 17 North, Suite 304
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Phone: (201) 712-1170 | Email: communityresources@bergenspromise.org