Volume 19 19B Dellwood Lane • Somerset, NJ 08873 • Tel: 732-247-7003 • 1-855-HOPELIVES Winter II 2011
he doorbell of House B rang one
afternoon, just before Christmas
Eve. When the door opened,
there was little Claire and her family
smiling expectantly at us. They had
traveled to New Jersey to spend
Christmas with her grandparents, but very mother and child at the Center resident wished for an inexpensive
first Claire had a special task to had a merry, merry Christmas camera so she could take pictures of her
complete – a mission given to her by thanks to the generosity of our children, something she had never been
Santa Claus himself! When Santa supporters. There was so much laughter,
answered Claire’s Christmas letter he love and fun for the little ones this year
wrote that he would be delighted to that everyone, staff and residents alike,
bring her that beautiful doll she had were deeply touched and very grateful. As
asked for this year, but first, he asked the Center has grown, so has the support
her to find the true meaning of and kindness of our donors. Each year we
Christmas. “Look for a special place”, have been able to supply more for our
he wrote, “where needy mommies and residents and children because there are
their little girls live”. Claire and her people out there that care about them and
parents found The Center for Great their opportunity to change their lives.
Expectations. Little Claire, who is four This year, our children received warm
years old, wanted to make sure that socks, shoes, boots, pants, shirts,
other children would also be smiling
sweaters, mittens, slippers, robes and a
on Christmas morning. And so sweet
warm winter coat. Our little girls received
Claire stood holding a festively
a pretty dress and shiny new shoes, and
wrapped box, topped with a bright red
bow, that jingled when she moved – a for those of you who are wondering if
present filled with her piggy bank Jasmine received her little kitchen, she
money. One of our little residents, certainly did. She has been cooking the
Marita, and her mommy, happily most amazing things ever since including
accepted on behalf of the Center. her version of gourmet, a hot dog with
One of our children, Kevin, 2 ½, flashing his million
Claire asked us to make sure that each marshmallows and pickles (pretend of
and every child at the Center would be course!).
smiling big on Christmas morning, just Our good friend Santa paid a visit and able to do. Thanks to our generous
like she would be. Indeed, joy did come each child received a modest but much donors, we were able to provide all our
to the Center on Christmas morning, desired set of toys. One of our children, residents with their special wish and a few
thanks to Claire, and to all of you Kevin, who is 2 ½, was so excited he items that were wonderful surprises.
with such generous didn’t know what to do to express his joy It is difficult to adequately thank those
hearts that made so he got down on the floor and rolled of you who provided support to the Center
this a season over and over and over. He rolled right over the holidays. The special dinners,
of giving. out of the room and down the hall! the making of gifts and cards for each
Everyone laughed and felt his joy. other, the cookie day when flour was
Our mothers were not overlooked. everywhere including in the hair! There
Each received warm coats, pants, tops, were excursions to a church concert, to
pajamas, robes, slippers, personal care see Santa, and to church on Christmas
items, and one special gift that they Eve, all due to the caring people who
especially hoped Santa would bring. One remember us at Christmas, and all year
resident was hoping that Santa would through. We are sending you our deepest
bring her a journal so she could write thanks and our wish to you for a happy,
down her thoughts every day as she healthy year filled with joy and prosperity.
journeyed through our program. Another May God bless you all.
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2010 Gift of Hope Gala
The 2010 Gala took place at the Palace on November 12th. Two hundred and fifty people gathered to congratulate the
Honoree Dale Florio of Princeton Public Affairs Group, feted as Humanitarian of the Year, and Sister Sheila Murray, Director
of Outreach at the Center for Great Expectations, as she received the Outstanding Service Award. Both were selected for their
outstanding contribution to the Center and its mission. Host for the evening was Steve Kalafer, 3-time Academy Award
nominee, and principal partner in Flemington Car and Truck Country, Flemington, NJ. Following the award ceremony, a
resident from the Center spoke to the attendees about her journey through the Center and how her life was changed because
of it. An elegant dinner, followed by dancing to the fabulous Greaseband, made the evening an outstanding success.
Volunteer of the Year, Tom Didario,
and his wife, Elaine. The Center’s new Giving Tree and Little House. Two happy guests enjoying the Gala.
Proud dad, Joseph Florio, with his son, Honoree, Dale Florio, and his wife, Leslie.
Congratulating the group is Peg Wright, President of the Center. Board Members and Center supporters.
2010 Outstanding Service Award winner,
Sister Sheila Murray, SSJ. Our resident tells her success story to attendees. Steve Kalafer, Honorary Chairman of the Gala.
Steve Kalafer, praising Sister Sheila and Dale Florio, Honorees at this year’s
Dr. Mary Christian, Chairman of the Gala. Gala. Peg Wright, President, lends her support.
Specialized Treatment for Special Women:
A New Look at Co-Occurring Disorders
This article was written for us by Loran Vocaturo, EdD, ABPP (Rp). Dr. Vocaturo is the Director of Neurospsychology
at Kessler Institute in West Orange, NJ. She has been affiliated with the Center since 1998.
Although 65 % of clients with substance use disorders have neglect, trauma and years of emotional pain resulting in
another diagnosable mental health disorder, less than 10% chemical addiction along with a number of mental health
receive treatment for both. Although many have heard the issues. While the Center has always been committed to
terms co-occurring disorders, dually diagnosed or MICA providing quality care, the caliber of staff has increased in
(mentally ill chemically addicted), they have historically been order to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment
set aside for clients with severe and chronic mental illness and improve client outcomes. All of the clinical staff at the
(i.e., schizophrenic or bipolar disorders). The truth is that the Center for Great Expectations are masters-level, licensed
most common psychiatric disorders with substance abuse are mental health clinicians who provide treatment along with
mood (depression) and anxiety disorders (posttraumatic traditional, certified drug and alcohol counselors. The
stress). Clearly, these types of clients require specialized programs are overseen and supervised by a licensed,
treatment; however, traditional programs designed to treat doctoral-level psychologist who specializes in addiction
co-occurring disorders focus largely on the chronically, treatment and an ASAM certified psychiatrist. This level of
mentally ill. The mental health needs of the more common care provides comprehensive treatment for both the
dually diagnosed clients are not being met. It is not surprising addiction and mental health needs of our clients as well as
that many of these clients have been unsuccessful in staying the opportunity for psychopharmacological intervention–
clean in traditional recovery programs. The Center for Great allowing us to help break the cycle of addiction and
Expectations has responded to this need by developing a improve recovery outcomes. In fact, 90% of the clients at
specialized residential and intensive outpatient program for the Center for Great Expectations remain clean and are
women; many of whom have survived histories of abuse, successfully discharged from our program.
Sometimes No Medication is the Best Medicine
Serving women who are feeding, pharmaceutical treatment stop medications because they is blessed with the opportunity
dually diagnosed with addiction strategies come with significantly represent negative emotions and of working with these women
and psychiatric disorders is more risk to the health of these memories rather then seeing them over several months. Working
challenging. We understand the women and their babies. as needed agents in her recovery. closely with our house manager
importance of successfully treating Therefore simply prescribing the Alternatively, consider if those and her team of caring residential
an underlying psychiatric disorder right medications to a particular same women, rather than associates, we maintain a
in this population: 70% of diagnosis is never simple. pressured into taking medications, therapeutic connection to our
addicted women have a The spirit of our approach were encouraged to identify their clients at all times allowing us to
psychiatric disorder other is community impact driven, behaviors as possible clinical refrain from short cuts and
then addiction and untreated longitudinal, with a goal to not symptoms of a known syndrome interventions that have only short
depression and anxiety disorders only offer therapeutic results in of depression that has effective term gains. We are challenged to
are the leading trigger for relapse the short term but rather instill a treatments. She may be guided approach each woman's clinical
according to the National healthier approach to maternal to recognize the impact these case with creativity and sensitivity,
Institute of Drug Addiction. and pediatric health throughout symptoms have on her health to think big, expect more, and
This said, there are several barriers the lives of our residents. now, and in all likelihood have never settle for less for the women
to success. Consider severely depressed had historically. We encourage we serve.
Experience has shown us that women with a newborn: We her to take responsibility for the
homeless, pregnant women with strongly urge and insist on outcome of previous choices she
addiction are a diverse group her taking medications despite made when feeling similar things,
despite their unique similarity. her hesitancy (she may be and empower her to realize she
Our residents come from a wide someone who like many "does can make different choices now.
range of backgrounds and not believe in medications"). The latter approach is not
family settings, differing in And her condition improves all simple or straight forward. It takes
education, family support, and the while she finds herself coerced longer, involves more support
legal circumstance. Many women and railroaded, made to feel from all clinical and non clinical
have never been diagnosed before dependent on the medications staff, and challenges all the other
and making such a diagnosis and on the clinicians prescribing residents to unite and support a
is particularly challenging when them: Analogous to her addiction women in need. The outcome
in the setting of drug use or early to drugs and drug dealers. however is usually a woman who
drug recovery. Some women have Reminded of childhood trauma cooperatively and collaboratively
been improperly diagnosed and that too may have coercion of works with us as she struggles
pressured to take medications another kind. She may seem for sobriety and fights for her
that did more harm then good. better in the short term and rights to independently parent
Since our residents enter the deemed a great success but her child.
program pregnant or breast commonly after discharge will The clinical team at the Center Dr. Edward Ratush, the Center’s psychiatrist.
Residential treatment for homeless, pregnant adolescents, and their children;
and homeless pregnant women with substance use disorders, and their children.
intensive outPatient PRogRam
For pregnant and post-partum women with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
ZIP NOTES CALENDAR of EVENTS
Please remember the Center in your
estate planning. Wondering how?
Please call us. Board of Ken
Our number is 732-247-7003 Ext. 33 April Directors July Daneyko
Does your company have a matching
Retreat Golf Classic
If so, you may be able to double your gift NEEDS LIST
to the Center. Your Human Resource Updated as of December 2010
Department can tell you. We do all the work
We are often asked what we need for residents, babies, and children. Currently, the list below represents
- you just send us the form with your gift. items that are completely off our shelves. We appreciate any donation, and sincerely thank you for your
Have an old car?
GIFT CARDS BABY MONITORS UNDER-BED STORAGE CONTAINERS
We will pick it up at your home or business Restaurants, Movies, Safety 1st Brand PILLOW PROTECTORS
regardless if it runs or not! You pick the CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, BABY MEDICAL KITS Adult Pillows
time and we’ll be there. It is a turn-key Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays FIRST AID SUPPLIES SMALL TRASH CANS
and Chucky Cheese VASELINE, BABY OIL, BABY with Covers for Bedrooms
operation. Call us at 732-247-7003 Ext 33 DIAPERS BATH SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER NURSING PADS
to speak to Cathy. All Sizes and Wipes AND OTHER PRODUCTS FOR BATTERIES
HUMIDIFIERS WOMEN OF COLOR (Hemp etc.) C and 9 Volt
For Cool Moisture, Not Medication BABY BRUSH AND COMB SET KITCHEN TOWELS AND
Want to have a wish list drive for BOPPY PILLOW BABY TOWELS POT HOLDERS
the Center? SNUGLI BABY BATHROBES Blue, Brown or Tan
Wonderful! But please check with Sister ONESIES All Sizes up to 2T MICROWAVE OVEN
Long Sleeve; CHILDREN’S TIE SHOES DVD PLAYER
Sheila at 732-247-7003 Ext. 25 to hear All Sizes,Boy and Girls Boys and Girls, Toddlers Sizes CAN OPENERS
about the items we currently need the SLEEP AND PLAYS MESH HAMPERS OR Electric or Manual
most. Thank you for caring about our Long Sleeves and Long Legs;
Boys, All Sizes Up to 3T
MESH LAUNDRY BAGS
ZIP LOCK BAGS
Regular Gallon Size
women and children. CAR SEAT AND WOMEN PANTIES (not freezer style)
STROLLER TRAVEL SET - New Size 5,6,7,8 SHOWER AND BIRTHDAY
Visit the Center on Facebook.com BABY BOTTLES
Approved, BPA-Free, Large and Small
Only Towel Type, No Rugs
Including Plates, Forks, Napkins
Contact Sister Sheila at (732) 247-7003, Ext 25, for more information.