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Support Services

From the Desk Of 
Caryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW 
 

 

Putting Neighborliness into the Neighborhood

By the time you read this winter, ice, snow and shoveling are far behind us and green grass, tulips and sunscreen are within reach. I have heard from several of you that your neighbors were wonderful when it came to helping you remove snow this past season. Sadly, from others I heard that you don’t know your neighbors and they don’t know you. Well we have approximately 5-6 months before winter; it’s time to get to know your neighbors!
You might be seeing a trend toward younger families moving in on your block and therefore you don’t know them and perhaps they don’t bother with you. But here’s the thing… if you make an effort now to say hello to them and learn about them they might feel very comfortable reaching out to you this winter because they will have gotten to know you by then. This will likely only happen if you make the first move. It’s not always easy making the first move but the worst case scenario is someone won’t say ‘hello’ back to you. There is no success without risk. Just think about the potential of a friendly neighborhood. You could collect mail when your neighbor is away on vacation and they might shovel your sidewalk on a snowy day. The truth is in neighborhoods where people know each other, life works better.
Last word on snow- if you live in a more rural area work on finding a company that would plow and shovel for you. We are always happy to try and find companies that provide that service but if you have someone you use for landscaping for example, they might give you an excellent rate because you are an existing customer. You also might be interested in putting your name on the ‘Office of Emergency Managements’ list of vulnerable households. Should there be an emergency/disaster in town this office, ‘OEM’ maintains a database of residences with special needs or individuals that require specialized accommodations.
Please let me know if you would like an application.

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Monthly Bereavement Group: Monday, June 17th  & July 15th 10:45am Anyone who has suffered the loss of a spouse or partner

Questions? Please call Caryl x 7212 is welcome to attend the monthly bereavement group. 

 

Join A Group...


What's
 on Your Mind 

"What's On Your Mind" meets on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. to discuss current events and information that interests you. We welcome new members.  You can drop in anytime.  Call Caryl for more information. 


Monthly Bereavement Support Group
Ongoing support group. Participants offer mutual support to each other as we share our struggles and grief in a safe non-judgmental venue.

Book Club
A weekly group using literature as a conduit for discussion. Participants share thoughts and feelings about what they have read and relate it ‘if applicable’ to their life experience. We meet every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 10:30 am. Please call Caryl for more information.

VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Meets the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.  This is an opportunity to meet new people, share information and benefit from mutual support. 

Veterans 

Veterans age 55 + meet monthly to share stories and strive to re-create the camaraderie that is experienced when sharing a common bond. This group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:45 a.m.

Social Work Services
As more individuals are choosing to ‘age in place’, the senior center offers ‘home visits’ by the Social Worker to the HOMEBOUND elderly. We can provide limited case management services, emotional support and counseling. Many issues include loss, care giving concerns and tensions, coping with health problems, relationship issues, independence, depression, substance abuse, isolation and more.  The Social Worker also sees individuals and couples on site. Please contact Caryl Greenberg for further information. 

Notary

I am now a NOTARY PUBLIC in the state of NJ. If you need something to be notarized, free of cost, to ensure you are not disappointed please call first to make sure I am in.

Office on Aging
Christine Wildemuth

cwildemu@sbtnj.net
Director
Senior Center
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732-329-4000 x7670
or
732-438-0918
(rotary phones)
Transportation
732-329-4000 x7363
Center Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.