January, 2021
Roots and Wings After Foster Care
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Feature Article
Volunteer Spotlight
Impacting lives through intergenerational connections
What began as an evening of pizza, shared stories, and commonalities has developed into a partnership between the elder residents of Arbor Terrace in Morris Plains and the clients and staff at Roots and Wings (R&W).

Since 2017, the Arbor Terrace residents, with the efforts of Mary Beth Kane, senior care counselor, have become an integral part of empowering and motivating our young clients. A workshop introducing R&W clients to their senior community was the beginning of this intergenerational connection.

“Our residents are eager to connect with and support the R&W team,” said Kane, who plans to create additional opportunities to explore relationships of mutual support. “They are open to being a resource to the clients.”

R&W is grateful to the Arbor Terrace residents for their thoughtfulness during the 2020 holiday season. They, along with their engagement team, filled holiday stockings with wonderful gifts and treats for our clients. 

At the end of January, the R&W staff will attend Mental Health First Aid training with the Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex County through a sponsorship by Arbor Terrace-Morris Plains. 

“Connection to others and the opportunity to feel needed are some of life’s most essential components,” Kane shared. “Arbor Terrace residents and the R & W folks have so much to gain through these opportunities. We look forward to additional opportunities to impact each other’s lives.
Client Spotlight - Chelsea
Achieving goals with growth and perseverance
We are so proud of all of our clients. Today we recognize Chelsea for her growth and perseverance over this last year. Initially, she struggled a bit in her studies, but Chelsea did not give up! She switched gears and took a different path in order to achieve her goal of working in the medical field.

Currently, Chelsea is studying to become a Medical Assistant at Morris County Vocational School and even earned an A in her course! At the beginning of the pandemic, Chelsea was working as a Rehab Coordinator at a veteran’s hospital, but after her hours were cut, she immediately began to search for a second job. Not long into her search, she was hired as the front desk receptionist at an Urgent Care.

Chelsea’s sweet personality, in addition to her motivation and perseverance, will take her very far and we can’t wait to see all she will accomplish! -- Allison Mirabelli, FLY and Intake coordinator
Happenings at R&W
Volunteers needed to help with upcoming fundraising events

Roots & Wings is seeking 8-10 volunteers to help with fundraising events, which include our upcoming Authors Talk in March, and 5K Run in April.

If you are interested in serving on either committee, please contact Shaun Adams, executive director, at shaun.adams@rootsandwingsnj.org.
Upcoming client events

The following January and February events are being led by our supportive volunteers.

Financial Literacy Series -  A series of workshops centered around financial literacy. 

  • January 25 - Setting the Stage for Your Financial and Life Goals – creating a vision board and understanding emotional connections to money
  • February 1 - Creating an Effective and Realistic Budget to Meet Your Needs and Goals
  • February 8 - Learning How to Save and an Introduction to Investing
  • February 15 - Everything You Need to Know About Credit
Thank you for your continued support of Roots and Wings. It is greatly appreciated!