This year has been a roller coaster of a ride. Many events have made an impact on our lives; good and bad. Some we want to forget. Some we learned from and made steps forward.
The beginning of the year James Tedesco III took oath and with in weeks started taking action on his campaign promises!
We had started the year off good, with our new Bergen County Executive then had to jump into action along
with all of our Bergen County and neighbors on Feb. 10, 2015 the Community of Edge Water to help with the victims. Housing health& human services, Red Cross, The River Mission at Church on the Green, NYC harbor patrol and many others came together to help.
Later on in the year Bergen County stood in solidarity with The Slaying of Congregants Of a Church down south. The Bergen Chapter of the NAACP and county officials Held a vigil at the court house.
During 2015 I had become homeless again and went to the Shelter, even being in the shelter I continued to try to get the word out about the growing homeless population.
In Hackensack NJ the redevelopment of our city This image i had captured before the demolition of the structure on Kansas and Hudson St.
I had taken another trip to My home town in Mahwah
to meet with The Indians and MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) on Stag Hill. I had met with people I had grown up with and others I had just met. We spoke about Indian Resources. I had also later on I had gone out with Tamara Laine of Fox/My9 to bring food and warn homeless in the Hackensack area about the up coming storm with a stop at Emanuel Christian Fellowship.
In the summer of 2015 Mr. Diaz was met by many members of the community including Members of Mount Olive Church.
Mr. Diaz had lost his son when Melvin allegedly lunged towards police and was shot during a welfare check. No one will ever know what happened But many witnesses had different versions of the event as it unfolded. Both police and The Diaz family are left with emotional scars. The whole community came together to support everyone in the events that unfolded.
Bergen County’s “Stigma Free” Initiative had spread crossed the County declaring May as “Mental Health awareness Month” At the time While Justin was found (an autistic young man from Lyndhurst) “Meg” is still missing.
A Beirut memorial service was also held at the court house this fall!
The County, Veterans services and Hackensack Fire department coordinated the event. The day had come to a close………….
At the end of the day I captured this picture of the Bergen County Court house.
As the holidays began; from the Teaneck NCJW Panel-“AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY: A TALE OF TWO BERGEN COUNTIES”-http://www.ncjwbcs.org/affluence-and-poverty-a-tale-of-two-bergen-counties/ to “The River Mission” Thanksgiving free community dinner at Church on the Green with Pastor Don, Judy and On Our Own Wellness Center the season Changed and then Christmas at Housing, Health and human services sponsored by Family promise. was really good followed by “The River Mission”-https://www.facebook.com/The-River-148089006227 Sunday nights Worship service then community Dinner and to-go meals; donated unused trays of dinners by Family Promise! Gifts and clothing donated by many River Mission Partners were given out to anyone in need.
(The Best for last by the way)
(Thanksgiving 2015; Pastor Don of “The River Mission” Welcoming everyone before the community dinner had begun)
Happy New Year!–
Paul Nickels (Founder-HRG Community Resource Guide)
HERE ARE THE LINKS TO ALL THE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HRG SITES-
link to our Veterans information web site:
As ALWAYS check out our web site for all thee free resources in our community:
check out our news site as well: www.HrgCommunityNews.com
As always We have all the resources and the website where you can check out what is free in your area:
face book- https://www.facebook.com/hrg.homeless.nj
please check out our web sites these are the counties we are working on right now one county at a time hoping to get the free resources out to all thoughts in need!
HRG Union County:
ALSO by popular demand, i want to thank all of you for your support and asking me about a donation button and we have it on our donation site- http://hrgcommunityresources.webs.com/