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The Rescue Mission of Trenton is the April 2010 Spring agency in the City of Trenton that serves the truly needy men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. The Mission provides a safe, clean, warm Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient, the addicted. The Mission provides services and coun- at Rescue Mission of Trenton seling to encourage individuals to reach their greatest potential. The by Pat Vroom Mission creates an environment where one can live with dignity, build self-esteem, experience love, Mindfulness, a program that helps people learn to control their anger, improves focus and responsibility and hope. patience and reduces stress, has come to the Rescue Mission. Services include: Vince’s Place: Licensed by the State Last fall psychologist Pat Vroom, PhD, and social worker Tom Lynch, MSW, led 16 Mission of NJ, Department of Human residents in an eight-week introductory Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Services, as a Residential Addictions course. Treatment Facility (75 beds). Outpatient Program: Substance MBSR is a structured program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical abuse care for men and women School by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in 1979. It includes didactic learning, experiential providing counseling sessions, group counseling meditation and yoga practices, and both small- and large-group discussions. Its success sessions, and addiction education. requires a strong commitment to daily practice. Referral for medical, behavioral health care, and other services as Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention to the present moment, just as it is, with appropriate. awareness and acceptance. It arises naturally when we let go of all the things we usually Robinson Program: Licensed by do with the mind and focus on our present experience. By cultivating mindfulness, we the State of NJ, Department of Community Affairs, Class C Rooming become more aware, less reactive and have more choice in how we respond to thoughts & Boarding House (50 beds). and mood states. Weekend Soup Kitchen Mission participants were given two CDs and a workbook with home practice instructions, Emergency clothing and furniture course summary materials, and articles for expanded learning. Mission CEO Mary Gay Emergency Shelter: Shelter for single men and women. Licensed Abbott-Young was supportive of the program and provided mats for use during class as by the State of NJ, Department well as a “Quiet Room” at the mission for participants to use for their daily mindfulness of Community Affairs. practice. TEACH Program: Individuals are provided training in GED preparation, Research in mindfulness has demonstrated improvements in a range of stress-related basic literacy, reading/writing skills, problems, such as gastrointestinal, headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, job seeking skills and computer and word processing skills. depression, anxiety and panic, as well as physiological conditions including cancer, heart Industrial Salvage: Donated disease, AIDS, and chronic pain. Addiction research centers at University of Washington and materials are collected by route Yale have newly incorporated mindfulness for relapse prevention. trucks and processed and sold through the Carroll Street Store and Mission participants were enthusiastic and committed throughout the program, despite warehouse. The Mission depends struggles to make time for practice within their busy schedules. When asked to give on Industrial Salvage for 40% of its operating budget. reasons to continue practicing mindfulness, participants said it helps them to control their anger/temper, creates calm, improves focus, patience, and open-mindedness, allows better Rescue Mission of Trenton 98 Carroll St., P.O. Box 790 choices and decreases reactivity. They said it allows them to see the larger picture, be in Trenton, NJ 08605-0790 touch with themselves, and think about the moment in which things are happening rather Main 609-695-1436 FAX 609-695-5199 than obsessing about a negative future. Toll Free: 800-528-8825 www.rescuemissionoftrenton.org (continued on page 2) 2 New Jersey Sanitary Supply Association Conduct Operation Clean Sweep at Mission – October 17th The NJ Sanitary Supply Association (NJSSA) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to the advancement and professionalism of its members in the janitorial and sanitary supply industry. Its members include janitorial supply distributors, manufacturers, and representatives. For the past few years NJSSA’s Social Outreach Committee has annually selected a worthwhile community-based program to conduct Operation Clean Sweep day at their location. On October 17th some 30 NJSSA members, under the direction of Dan Rubinstein, Social Outreach Committee Chair and NJSSA Trustee, arrived at 8:00 am at the Mission to begin their clean-up effort. The Mission’s emergency shelter was given a thorough cleaning by the NJSSA team. In addition to dozens of man/woman hours of hard work, NJSSA members also provide the Mission with thousands of dollars worth of janitorial and sanitary supplies to assist in the ongoing cleaning of the Mission. “The effort was greatly appreciated by the Mission and we learned a great deal about best practices with regard to the proper way to clean,” indicated Mary Gay Abbott-Young, the Mission’s CEO. Borden Perlman Agency and Chubb Insurance Perfect Together Over the last seven years the Mission has received an astonishing $54,750 as a result of the Borden Perlman Agency’s participation in the New Jersey and National Chubb Charity Golf Tournaments. This year the Mission will be receiving a whopping $17,000. It began when the Borden Perlman team won first place in the New Jersey Tournament. The team’s first- place finish guaranteed us at least a $5,000 prize at Chubb’s national tournament held in Pinehurst, North Carolina. We were not expecting an additional $10,000, which resulted from Doug Borden’s extraordinary putting skills. At the event’s opening night ceremony 45 teams of 4,180 participants attempted a 45-foot putt through various obstacles. Four golfers made the putt, including our own Doug Borden. Their next challenge was a 20-foot putt-off. Voila! The only golfer to sink the 20-footer was Doug – and an additional William Tully of the Chubb Group with $10,000 was provided to the Mission. Doug Borden, long-time Rescue Mission board member William Tully of the Chubb Group, presented a $17,000 check to Mary Gay-Abbott Young and Doug Borden on November 10, 2009. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Continued from page 1) MBSR has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Oprah, PBS, etc. It is taught internationally and is the basis for virtually all meditation and related brain imaging research going on today. Mission participants received a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. MBSR was co-led by Pat Vroom, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Princeton, NJ and Tom Lynch, MSW, a Social Worker in private practice in the Bordentown area. Pat’s practice focuses on mindfulness-based approaches to stress, anxiety and depression. She teaches MBSR regularly at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health and in New York City. In February 2010, the second session of MBSR began for the residents of Rescue Mission of Trenton. 3 Wh at’s Right is Right 5 6th Annual Adam Shanks Miniature Golf Masters Tournament By Susan Sprague Yeske Outside, the morning was chilly and gray. Inside, the turf was green, the brightly colored golf balls moved smoothly across the grass and the golfers were too busy having fun to think about the lingering winter outside. A snowstorm delayed the sixth annual Adams Shanks Memorial Mission Miniature Golf Masters Tournament by a week, but when the big day arrived, the Rescue Mission fundraising event drew an appreciative and happy crowd to compete for prizes for the highest and lowest scorers on the 18 holes of miniature golf. “The courses are awesome and the themes are really great,” said Denny Rodgers, a volunteer with Battle Against Hunger, which provides funding for the Mission. He and the rest of his foursome were the first to head out on the North Course, a colorful and inventive series of nine holes decorated by Mission employees and residents using recycled items donated to the Mission. The final preparation of the course began early in the morning, with employees, volunteers and Mission residents gathering at 6 a.m. to create golfing holes in a large storage room and an area of the Mission traditionally used as emergency shelter rooms. A rock ‘n roll theme, complete with a cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley and ‘60s music playing in the background, was featured on the first hole, where one golfer hit Elvis hard enough to knock him over. At the same hole, Joel Mordecai of Creative Print Group, a Mission supporter, managed to hit his ball into a dinner plate-sized sand trap. Moving on, the golfers hit through a World War II-themed hole, complete with a tiny skeleton; an Egyptian hole with a pyramid that required careful aim to get through; a baseball hole with soft drinks and popcorn, and a Rescue Ranch- themed hole with its own live, guitar-toting Cowboy Ken. Themes changed with each hole,and the golfers met each challenge with humor and grace.“The key is to keep your eyes closed when you’re putting, and it goes in,”joked Chuck Inman, also of Battle Against Hunger. Despite his jokes, Inman’s score was low enough to place him among the top three finishers. Most important, Inman and Rodgers said, was enjoying the fellowship and companionship of the day,and supporting the Rescue Mission,which raised more than $39,000 through this year’s tournament. A Washington-D.C.-themed hole proved to be a challenge,with Inman hitting his ball inside a pint-sized Lincoln Monument.His friends challenged him to get inside and hit from there, which prompted a laugh from the over-6-foot Inman. The South Course brought another inventive nine holes for the golfers, with themes including outer space, the NFL, the beach, and a superheroes’ hall of fame. Local themes included a reduced-size “Trenton Makes the World Takes”bridge and a Rescue Mission hole complete with miniature clothing pick-up truck.“I couldn’t believe how much work they put into creating the holes,” said Terri Bryant of Bryant Electric Co. A first-time golfer in the tournament, she said her husband Timothy had played the course for the past several years. She had so much fun that she plans to return next year. The annual tournament is held as a memorial to the late Adam Shanks, who served for more than thirty years on the Rescue Mission Board of Trustees, including terms as president and treasurer. His wife, Ruth Shanks, attended the tournament and thanked the participants for attending. “Adam’s passion was the Rescue Mission,” she said during the post-play barbecue luncheon prepared by Mission residents.“I want to thank you all for being here.” Mission CEO Mary Gay Abbott-Young offered praise to everyone who helped create the one-of-a-kind event. "What makes this event so special is that it is a product of the combined talent, commitment and support of the Mission staff, volunteers and supporters,” she said. “The challenging course and wonderful meal are the end products of the labor of our skilled residents and the creativity of our dedicated staff. We could not do it without the help of a wonderful Event Planning Committee. Last but not least, the event would not be the financial success it is without the continued support of our tournament hosts, event supporters and cadre of dedicated golfers.” Board President Bonnie Baker offered praise as well. “This is a great event,” she said. “It costs almost nothing to put together because the staff and residents make all the holes using materials we have here.” The event utilizes available space, she said, and brings people into the Mission who otherwise might not visit. She said the money raised will be used for two projects: fifteen studio apartments for residents, and for emergency shelter and renovations. Part of the day’s proceeds came from a silent auction that featured a variety of donated prizes including a Mexican vacation, beach rental, golf packages, helicopter rides, and dinner at various area restaurants and theater tickets. 6 F OCUS O N …Donald Waters, Jr. If you’re visiting the Rescue Mission of Trenton and happen to A dedicated family see a man with clipboard in hand studiously checking pipes, man who is raising roofing and joints, it’s probably Donald Waters Jr. three teenage sons and a daughter with Don is senior vice president of the family-owned Waters & his wife Heather in Bugbee Inc. based in Hamilton Township. Waters and Bugbee Yardley, Pa., Don said Inc. is a full-serve general contractor in its third generation of his work at the Mission family ownership. The firm is currently celebrating forty-five has been his first experience with hands-on volunteer work. years in construction and employs approximately 135 His involvement came after he was approached by Mission individuals. In recent years, the firm has constructed electrical Chief Executive Officer Mary Gay Abbott-Young after substations for various New Jersey utilities, completed natural attending the Mission’s indoor Adam Shanks Memorial gas and fiber optics installations, installed water mains for the Mission Miniature Golf Tournament. “I really hadn’t done Trenton Water Works, undertook streetscape projects in anything like this before,” he said,“at least not to this degree.” Hopewell Township and for the Mercer County Improvement Authority, built the Mountain View Golf Course Club House, He has found the work rewarding and all he hoped it would renovated the Roebling Building in Trenton, and repaired the be. “I thought it would be a feel-good kind of thing to help New Jersey State Capital Parking Garage in Trenton. people who don’t have the ability to put the right foot forward to help themselves,”he said.“I believe in the Mission’s Don came to the Mission Board two years ago. His expertise work and it makes me feel good to help.” as a general contractor made him a natural choice to head the committee on physical facilities. “It’s very much of a His company, which he operates with his brothers, has been challenge,” he said of the Mission work that has kept him supportive of his volunteer work.“I’m fortunate to be able to busy.“You’re always dealing with antiquated facilities.” give the Mission the time,” he said. Among his duties is planning for future improvements at the Mission and making “The Mission is working hard to provide its clients with a reports to the board, which is where the spot checks come in. varied continuum of housing options. As a result, we are constantly looking at ways to maximize the use of our When not working or volunteering, Don spends time with his existing space and exploring off-site housing options for family. All four children are athletes and he manages a travel clients who have made significant progress in their recovery,” soccer team. He also is an avid golfer who heads for the links he said. whenever he has a chance. THE MISSION CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE YOUR SUPPORT If you did not respond to our annual appeal please do so at this time. We cannot serve those most in need in our community without your continued support. □ $35 □ $50 □ $100 □ $500 □ $1,000 □ other $ _______ Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________________________________________State:________Zip:_____________ Email: __________________________________________ Telephone:_______________________________________ Please send check and coupon to: Rescue Mission of Trenton, P.O. Box 790,Trenton, NJ 08605-0790 7 End of an Era: Joe’ Prewitt Leaves Mission For the past two decades the friendly, professional voice answering calls about clothing and furniture pick-ups and clothing drives has belonged to Joe’ Prewitt. Affectionately known as “Mrs. Prewitt” to her fellow Mission residents, she is the person who has helped tens of thousands of individuals calling to schedule home pick-ups and has helped arrange clothing drives for more than 1,000 religious institutions, schools, businesses, organizations and shopping malls. In November 2009, Mrs. Prewitt moved to Ewing Township. Mrs. Prewitt, who was recently honored by the Mission Board of Directors with a formal resolution recognizing the tremendous contribution she made to all aspects of the Mission, came to the Mission in 1987. What she thought would be “a very short stint”evolved into 23 years at the Mission and a position as a linchpin of the Mission family. Mrs. Prewitt is a Midwesterner with “solid conservative values.” She was born and raised in the suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana and spent much time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She and husband Arthur subsequently lived for almost twenty years in Edina, Minnesota, where they raised their daughter. For a number of years she worked in the hospitality industry. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Prewitt came to the Trenton area to be closer to her family. Through a combination of her work experience and her volunteer work as a fundraiser for a prominent political party in the Midwest, Mrs. Prewitt developed terrific customer-service skills which served her extremely well as the voice of the Mission’s donation line. Every year the Mission received numerous compliments from churches and organizations she helped to schedule pick-ups. Over the years, Mrs. Prewitt developed very close friendships with dozens of Mission donors. After a few years at the Mission, Mrs. Prewitt emerged as one of the bedrocks of the Mission family. Everywhere one would look at the Mission one would see Joe’s ubiquitous presence and sense of style. You’d see it in the paintings and posters that she selected to adorn the various hallways and dining room of the Mission and the various embellishments in the Mission’s inner courtyards. Newcomers at the Mission would feel her firm handshake upon meeting her for the first time. If you were celebrating a birthday or recovering from an illness you would invariably be the recipient of a birthday or get-well card (often with a snack card inside) from Joe’. Even Oscar, the giant fish in the TV room fish tank, and the birds in the courtyard reaped the benefits of her careful attention to detail by never missing a meal. And generations of Mission men will have fond memories of Joe’ calling out the winners at bingo and dispensing snack bar tickets to the winners. Those who know Mrs. Prewitt know that beneath the extremely prim, proper and fashionable exterior is a powerful, assertive, opinionated woman who is not afraid to tell you what’s on her mind, e.g.“in comparison to me, Pat Buchanan is a liberal.” They also know that Mrs. Prewitt will readily acknowledge that she is “incredibly vain” and would not think of going out in public without having her hair done and her nails manicured and a pedicure. Residents at the Mission for years to come will hear heartfelt Interested in volunteering, but do stories about Joe’ Prewitt, a Mission woman who found her niche not have time to commit weekly? at the Rescue Mission, contributed immensely to its success and was loved dearly by donors, fellow residents, and the Mission’s Join our monthly volunteer group! staff. Joe’, thank you for all you did and all you are. Group meets the first Saturday of every month. To get involved contact Joanna Weill Upcoming dates: May 1st and June 5th at 609-695-1436 Ext. 177 or 10:00 am-12:30 pm email@example.com Sorting, painting, cleaning. Must be 18 or older to volunteer. NON PROFIT ORG. R ESCUE US POSTAGE M ISSION PAID PERMIT 1409 O F T R E N T O N TRENTON NJ 98 CARROLL STREET, P.O. BOX 790 TRENTON NJ 08605-0790 WWW.RESCUEMISSIONOFTRENTON.ORG The Rescue Mission of Trenton is not affiliated with any other organization in the U.S. listed as Rescue Mission. It is a private non-profit organization. Did You Know... Did You Know ... ✔ Volunteer Coordinator Appointed: Joanna Weill has joined the Mission staff, through the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organization or local government agency. Joanna, who is a graduate of Vassar College, with a B.A. degree in psychology, is overseeing the recruitment and coordination of volunteers at the Mission. You can reach Joanna at 609-695-1436 ext. 177, or email her at JoannaW@rmtrenton.org. ✔ Mary Gay-Abbott-Young Inteviewed on iGivingWorld: iGivingWorld is a network specifically designed for foundations and philanthropists to collaborate, share information and projects. According to its founders, iGivingWorld can “ help an organization discover like-minded individuals to find out what others are working on in real time, stop the duplication of efforts and possibly pool resources.” To listen to the interview go to www.ingivingworld.com. ✔ Rescue Mission Welcomes New Staff: The Rescue Mission welcomes additional members to our growing staff: Rosalyn Ford, Administrative Assistant; Bryan Meyers, Richard Brown, Mia Baldwin, and Freda Scott, Emergency Shelter Associates; Richard K. Harris, Director of Addiction Services; and David Mazenko, Entrepreneurial and Training Manager. ✔ Congratulations Are In Order: Parbattie Persaud Harris has been promoted to the position of Director of Finance for the Rescue Mission of Trenton, a much earned promotion. ✔ The Rescue Mission suffered another loss on February 9, 2010 when Kermit Register, a former resident who became a long-time employee passed away. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
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