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Community Announcements

Updated: 4 days ago

Programs are available for those in need from the county and town. Maplewood's

Vulnerable Populations Outreach Coordinator, Taliah Jeffers has asked if we would share the programs available. Clicking the flyer will take you to a clickable document or the website of the sponsoring organization. If you have any questions please contact Taliah at

Maplewood Offers several programs for resident seniors.. day activities or courses, free or low cost. Check out the programs on their website.

There are also flyers from New Jersey Hope and Healing. A group providing ways to get free, mental health help through groups (all working on zoom right now.) They have a range of free, weekly or monthly groups meeting online for many different issues. Currently, there are groups for COVID survivors, teens, college aged people, first responders, seniors and Spanish speakers. There are also several groups for substance use recovery- a spiritual based group, general support, families and a holistic wellness group. You can find the full list with times and zoom links here. If none of the groups listed seems like your type, they also do individual counseling.

In addition, COVID information and help from the State of NJ is available. See the flyers below.. or visit the state website.

Organizations to help families dealing with a member with substance abuse, parents of infants or preschoolers- there are programs for you too...

Hurricane Ida Relief:

American Red Cross Displacement Services 1-800-507-6058

Essex County Residents are currently eligible for direct help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Ida damages as a result of a Major Disaster Declaration. You can apply now for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs designed to help people and business owners recover by visiting

Lost a Vehicle to Ida?

Governor Murphy announced a partnership with Uber and Lyft to provide free and discounted rides to New Jersey residents who lost a personal vehicle as a result of Tropical Storm Ida. If you need a ride to an essential service, text NJIDARIDE to 898-211 or dial 2-1-1.

For information on other resources available to New Jerseyans affected by Tropical Storm Ida, visit

If you need help paying utility bills because of COVID, the State of NJ has extended the no-shut off program through December 31. More information and link to apply for utility assistance here.

“Journey Toward Wholeness in the Time of

Covid-19,” a free 7-week grief seminar begins Sunday, September 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Sessions are led by Patti Williams, an RN and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Meet by Zoom or in person at First Presbyterian Church in Cranford. In 21 years, 3,500 people have participated in this seminar. Register by calling Patti Williams at 908-709-1341.

FEMA is offering some COVID related Funeral expenses relief. Click Here for Info.

The State of New Jersey's COVID website suggests using an app on your phone to track your vaccinations... Get the DOCKET app information here.

Mental Health America has information for students returning to school and the post-COVID fear that might cause... "Facing Fears, Supporting Students".

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