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Come and join us for a FUN night.  We have a large selection of wonderful baskets and prizes.  Complimentary dessert, coffee and tea.  Outside refreshments are allowed (non-alcoholic).

Friday, October 2nd - The Center School
2 Riverview Drive - Somerset, NJ 08873
Single Admission $20
Table of 10 $200
 
 
or call 908-722-4900  



  
Tickets are on sale now for the EmPoWER Somerset 50/50 cash raffle fundraiser! 
 
or call 908-722-4900  


 

EmPoWER Somerset would like to support the Somerset County Business Partnership inviting you to attend their free Workplace Health & Wellness Expo hosted by ANEW Wellness in Somerset. 
 
 

EmPoWER Somerset is pleased to support Somerset County Providers Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in inviting the public to view "The Anonymous People" as part of the county's proclamation of September as Recovery Month.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 29 : 11:30 am to 2 pm
Somerset County/Bridgewater Library
North Bridge Street and Vogt Drive
 
Light refreshments and networking will begin at 11:30 am and the film will be shown at noon. A panel discussion and question and answer session will be held immediately after the film.  
 
 
 


Coordinated School Health 
 
  
 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the twenty-four New Jersey schools and five school districts that were selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health
. These grants will support school and district initiatives including wellness programs, water bottle filling stations, school gardens, healthy food campaigns, physical activity clubs, yoga programs and more.
 


  
Introducing Our New Team Members 
  
 My name is Agyaaku Kyei; I am 24 years old, turning 25 in November. I have lived in Newark, NJ for about 19 years now. My family and I moved here from Ghana in 1996. Many people know me by Emmanuel or Manny, why is that? It was the name my mother unofficially gave me when I was born and it has stuck with me. I attended Science Park High, Rutgers University for undergrad in which I majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I recently completed my masters in Social Work there as well. I recently joined the EmPoWER Somerset team this August; my role with the agency will be working with Drug Free Community (DFC) Grant, in which my tasks will consist of assisting in development and implementation of programs in the community, coordination of the youth coalition which meets bi-monthly and maintaining communication with key community partners. Fun facts about me; I'm ambidextrous, my favorite sports teams are, Yankees, Lakers, Patriots, and Chelsea FC of England, a huge Marvel and DC fanatic, and I enjoy traveling!

 
My name is Joseph Diacheysn, but I prefer to be called Joe. I am 27 years old and in my senior year of my BSW at Rutgers University. I intend to finish my MSW with Rutgers University, immediately following graduation. I was born on an Army base in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. After High School, I followed in my father's footsteps and served 5 ½ years in the United States Army. I served a one year tour to Afghanistan in 2009; this experience led me to want to help my fellow veterans heal and live a fulfilling life. With EmPoWER Somerset, I will be facilitating the Achieving Personal Balance (Stress Management) and Financial Peace programs with Veterans at Community Hope, on the Lyons Campus of Veteran Affairs Medical Center. I am married to my beautiful wife of five years and we have two dogs and our first child on its way. I enjoy working out and watching sports, my favorite teams/sports are the New York Yankees (baseball) and the Philadelphia Eagles (football).
 
Hello, I'm Emily Christ! I am a first year Rutgers MSW student from Pennsylvania.  I graduated in May from Allegheny College with my BS in Psychology.  I love books, music, and all animals!  For my internship I will be working with Cheryl in the Bridge to Success program for caregivers at the Adult Day Care Center and with Ruth and Kristen on some Coordinated School Health projects. A fun fact about me is that I love cooking and watching the Food Network!
 
 
Hi, everyone! My name is Colleen Chen and I am a first year MSW student at Rutgers University. I will be co-facilitating Financial Peace groups at Community Hope with Cheryl. I have experience working with adolescents, older adults, and detox/rehab patients in a psychiatric hospital setting. However, I have never worked with veterans so I believe interning here will be a valuable experience. In my free time (if I ever get any!), I enjoy rereading some of my favorite novels. I am also a huge fan of ancient Greek and Roman art. I hope to get to know everyone through EmPoWER Somerset and I look forward to working with each one of you!

Hello, everyone! My name is Lauren Zak, and I will be working in the FSC as one of the Social Work Interns for Fall 2015/Spring & Summer 2016. I am an MSW student at Rutgers University, and work full-time as a Mental Health Technician on the Adolescent Unit of Carrier Clinic. In my spare time, I am an avid hiker and reader, board game enthusiast, and crazy cat lady with a decent jump shot. I look forward to working with all of you, please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out!
 

Family Success Center
 
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County...     
       
Superheroes, snacks, and smiles filled Raritan Recreation's Washington Field on Thursday August 27th, for the annual Outdoor Family Movie Night hosted by the EmPoWER Family Success Center (FSC).  Over 100 local residents enjoyed a free showing of Disney Pixar's The Incredibles while snacking on complimentary popcorn and sweets. 

Upon arrival, families learned about upcoming EmPoWER FSC events from staff and volunteers while taking keepsake photos with a superhero themed, jumbo-sized photo frame.  Each family member was automatically entered in a free drawing to win prizes including local movie theater tickets and superhero memorabilia.  Many families went home with extra snacks, EmPoWER FSC information, and complimentary superhero masks.  

 

With Raritan Recreation's donation of Washington School field and the support of Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, the EmPoWER FSC staff was able to make this free Family Fun Night even more fun, attractive, and entertaining for the families of Somerset County. 
  
  
Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or fsc@empowersomerset.com
 
        Check out the links below for more 
Family Success Center happenings:
 

Girls Circle

The EmPoWER Family Success Center partnered with the Family Support Organization to run Girls Circle this summer.  Eight girls, ages 11-12, completed the 8-week workshop where they learned about and discussed relationship building and addressed common issues like feuds and exclusion.


 

 

The program consisted of a series of individual and group activities that involved the participants to get to know themselves and be their own friend first, learn how to build and maintain relationships with friends and family, and how to use interpersonal skills and empathy for problem solving.


 

The workshop was concluded with a simple and meaningful activity where the girls reflected on all the lessons they learned. A certificate of completion and incentives were provided.

 
 

       2014 Annual Report  

We invite you to view EmPoWER Somerset's 2014 annual report detailing our diverse programs and services including Coordinated School Health, EmPoWER Family Success Center, Safe Communities Coalition and a spectrum of evidence-based prevention education programs.

 

Our Mission:   EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.