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Friday, September 8, 2017 | Kim Mulford/Courier Post
VOORHEES - Deborah Kroop often ducks into the Living Proof Recovery Center, one of the Center For Family Services programs assisting people with addiction and mental illness.  A member of the nonprofit's board of trustees since 2007, the 69-year-old Woodbury resident is passionate about the need...
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | Kim Mulford/Courier Post
CHERRY HILL - Somewhere between a 2015 Huffington Post story and Samantha Bee's endorsement, a local nonprofit became a big deal.  Launched three years ago from the living room of Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire, Distributing Dignity has since swelled to fill a warehouse near their home...
Friday, August 25, 2017 | NJ.com/Bob Shryock
The late Victoria Dalton, a tireless advocate for victims and families of domestic violence despite her 14-year struggle with cancer, will be remembered Saturday, Sept. 9, when a team that has been formed in her honor, "Victoria's Corner," participates in a 5K race and mile walk hosted by the...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | Kim Mulford/Courier Post
On her 12-hour shift each Friday night, Kelly Sottile wait for a call for help. When it comes, she heads out to Inspira Woodbury to meet a person who was just revived from an opioid overdose - a person now in withdrawl.  The 46-year-old recovery coach knows what to say. She kicked her own heroin...
Thursday, July 20, 2017 | SNJ Today Staff
CAMDEN, NJ - A new program in Camden is working to help students get on the path to success.  On Wednesday, July 19, the Camden Corps Plus program, based out of Rutgers University's Camden campus and lead in conjuction with Center For Family Services, celebrated the graduation of its first 10...
Thursday, June 15, 2017
CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. is proud to announce a major new support initiative to help Camden, NJ residents. Entitled 'Subaru Camden Works,' the initiative is part of Subaru's Love Promise charitable platform which supports local communities across the...
Friday, April 21, 2017 | Phaedra Trethan/Courier Post
CAMDEN - Anthony Tyson is no stranger to hard work. "I always have two or three job going at once," the North Camden resident said. But those jobs - mostly in retail or fast food - weren't enough for the father of three children under the age of 7. After suffering ligament damage to his arm in a...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Kim Mulford/Courier Post
VOORHEES - Kim Govak didn't realize it for decades, but her education in mental health, addiction, and recovery began at age 16.  That's when she witnessed the shooting death of a close friend. The traumatic event led to depression and self-medication with alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.  "I was...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Andrew Schmertz/ NJTV News
CAMDEN - They came to the KIPP Charter School in Camden to celebrate the awarding of a federal grant aimed at helping the city’s most distressed neighborhoods. “The 21st is now Christmas Day for many of us who call the city home, with the announcement of a $30 million Department of Education grant...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | NJ.com/Rebecca Everett
CAMDEN - It's been four years since the Center for Family Services received a $500,000 federal grant to start planning their own "Promise Neighborhood," an initiative to support children in poor neighborhoods with a goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. Merilee Rutolo, the center's chief operating...
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | SNJ Today
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - A local food chain held its annual donation drive to provide gifts to teens living in safe housing programs throughout South Jersey. In Cherry Hill, Chili's Grill & Bar employees went shopping for brand new hoodies, gift cards, bedding, electronics, and other gifts to help...
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | Phaedra Trethan / Courier Post
CAMDEN - Miguel Chacon wants to show his children, 2 and 7 years old, something different. “They see me doing something positive,” said the Centerville resident, now six months into his stint with PowerCorps Camden. “They’ll see me being a better person.” PowerCorps, which trains city youth ages 18...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Melissa Killeen / The Fix
Without a mechanism to connect the overdose patients to addiction services, Narcan creates a revolving door in emergency rooms. Many people suffering from opioid dependence are repeatedly treated for overdose, only to return to previous patterns of use once the crisis has passed. Obviously, in many...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
CAMDEN - Philadelphia 76ers' rookie center Jahlil Okafor is leading youth at Center For Family Services on a path to success. Check out the video below highlighting Jahlil's day with the young men from Center For Family Services' Camden Group Home.  
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Event unveils details of a new asset management project with Center For Family Services' Power Corps Program
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In conjunction with the national Infrastructure Week observance, taking place May 16-23, 2016, American Water is partnering with the City of Camden, New Jersey and the Value of Water Coalition to participate in the Coalition’s “Local Innovators Tour.” The tour,...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
CAMDEN - Camden's nearly century old water and sewer pipes snake through the city, with its hydrants, valves and meters scattered across streets and neighborhoods. American Water, the Voorhees based company that took over the city's water and sewer service operations and maintenance in February,...
Friday, April 8, 2016 | Community Bulletin/NJ.com
In 2008, 12-year-old DaQuan Johnson of Camden was struggling in school, getting into trouble, and succumbing to peer pressure. With an incarcerated parent, Johnson needed a role model, and that's when the Center for Family Services (CFS) of Camden stepped in. Johnson became part of CFS' Project...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Phaedra Threthan/Courier Post
CAMDEN — While New Jersey residents are unlikely to see Gov. Chris Christie ride into Margate with a mop, U.S. Senator Cory Booker appeared in Camden Tuesday morning, two snow shovels slung over his shoulders. The Democrat and former Newark mayor joined Camden Mayor Dana Redd, Camden County...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | Darnell Moore/ Mic.com
A 13-year-old boy from Camden, New Jersey, was buried on Monday. Nathaniel Plummer Jr., described by family members in a local newspaper as a "phenomenal writer" and "good boy," was fatally shot a short distance from his grandmother's house on the evening of Jan. 7. Plummer was the oldest of three...
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | NJ.com/Greg Adomaitis
CAMDEN-What can state Senate President Stephen Sweeney — and the rest of the New Jersey, for that matter — learn from Camden? That comprehensive community care to those of all ages, such as what's offered within the Cooper Lanning "Promise Neighborhood" Sweeney visited Monday morning, creates...

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