Depression: AccentHealth

Depression: AccentHealth

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Depression takes the joy out of life and makes it hard to carry out daily activities. Yet too many people struggle silently with depression.

Treatment can lighten your mood, strengthened your connections with loved ones, let you enjoy your interests and hobbies again and make you feel more like yourself.

Talk with your doctor:

Whether this is your first visit or a follow-up ask your doctor:

*How can I tell the difference between normal sadness and depression?

*What kind of depression might I have?

*Could an underlying health problem be causing my symptoms?

*Should I try medication to relieve my depression?

*Should I see a mental health professional? If so, what kind?

*What should I do if I feel like harming myself?

Your doctor may want to know:

*Have you noticed changes in your appetite, energy or sleep habits?

*Have you experienced a recent loss or stressful event in your life?

*How often have you felt down, depressed or hopeless over the last month?

* Have you taken less interest in doing things or gotten less pleasure from activities?

What is Depression?

Most people feel “down” or “blue” from time to time.

That’s normal but Depression is more than passing sadness, grief or disappointment. Depression is a major illness that takes the pleasure out of life, saps energy and makes it hard to get through the day.

It can also increase the risk of developing heart disease and other health problems. Anyone can get depressed and many people do.

Causes of depression include:


*chemical changes in the brain


*life expectations


Symptoms of Depression:

Depression comes in many forms.

Some of the symptoms include:

Symptoms can be as minor mood swings or as major as inability to function or thoughts of suicide. People with major depression have some combination of symptoms for two weeks or longer. Other signs include a loss of interest in sex, pessimistic or hopeless feelings, headaches, unexplained aches and pains or digestive problems.

Depression Symptoms:

*trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

*depressed mood most of the day, nearly everyday

*restless and agitation

*low energy

*thoughts of worthlessness or guilt

*sluggish thinking and movement

*thinking often about death or suicide

*change in appetite

*inability to focus

*loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities

Other signs include a loss of interest in sex, pessimistic or hopeless feelings, headaches, unexplained aches and pains or digestive problems.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a hotline that is free and available 24 hours a day.

Call 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

How can my doctor tell if I have depression?

Your doctor will want to know about your mood, experiences and overall health.

If your symptoms suggest depression, your doctor will want to know if you’ve been feeling sad or hopeless and whether you’ve noticed any changes in your appetite, sex drive or sleep pattern.

Your doctor should also evaluate your general health. Certain medical problems are linked to significant and lasting depression. Examples include:

*too little thyroid hormone

*some nutritional deficiencies

*multiple sclerosis

*some infections, such as mononucleosis

A physical exam and blood tests can often identify the problem.

Treating Depression:

There is no single “best” treatment for depression.

A combination of medication and talk therapy helps many people feel better. Talk therapy or psychotherapy, can ease depression and prevent future episodes by teaching you more productive ways of thinking and acting. Common and effective forms of talk therapy include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy:

Cognitive therapy helps you change negative patterns of thinking. Behavioral therapy helps you get back to doing the things you used to enjoy.

Interpersonal psychotherapy:

This method helps you improve how you cope with conflicts in relationships and better deal with social roles.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy:

This technique focuses on how life events, along with past and current relationships, affect your choices and how you feel.

More important than the specific method is finding someone you’re comfortable talking to.

Medications for Depression:

Medications called antidepressants can greatly relieve symptoms of depression. Some people start to feel better within a week or two but it often takes three to six weeks to get full relief.

Antidepressants can have side effects, including:

*loss of sexual


*trouble sleeping



*dry mouth


*loss of appetite


There are many different types of antidepressants. It’s usually possible to work with your doctor to try a different drug to reduce or eliminate side effects.

Depression is a serious illness requiring treatment. Don’t let side effects get in the way of feeling better.

Other ways to manage Depression:

Taking good care of yourself can help improve your health and depression.

If you have mild depression, the following steps may greatly improve your mood and sense of well-being. If your depression is moderate or severe, these are still likely to improve your quality of life.


Being physically active every day can improve anyone’s mood, no matter how intense the depression. There’s no set rule for how often or how hard you need to exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Even walking at a good pace can help.


A diet rich in fruits and vegetables; chicken, fish and other kinds of lean protein; nuts; legumes (peas and beans) and olive oil may help improve your mood.

Mindfulness meditation:

Mindfulness is the practice of centering attention on what is happening right now and accepting it without judgement. Meditation-focusing your attention by concentrating on your breathing, a phase or an image is one way to learn mindfulness. A meditation class or CD can help you learn this technique.

Other treatments for Depression:

Therapies that activate the brain with electricity, magnets or implants may help when other treatments don’t.

The oldest, quickest and most effective treatment for the most severe forms of depression is electro-convulsive therapy or shock therapy.

*The person is in a relaxed sleep

*An electrical impulse is applied to the scalp

*This causes a seizure that shows no outward signs

*The doctor follows the brain’s electrical activity

*The seizure restores the brain’s ability to regulate mood and decreases the symptoms of depression

*Depression usually improves gradually over days to weeks

Three newer treatments are sometimes used:

*repetitive intracranial magnetic stimulation

They also ease depression by generating impulses that help specific brain circuits work better. However, these treatments don’t have the proven track record of shock therapy.

How to stick with your treatment plan:

Depression can make it hard to take the necessary steps to feel better.

Here are some tips to help you stay on track.

*Take your medications as directed. Don’t skip pills or change doses without checking with your doctor.

*Report any side effects. Your doctor may be able to adjust your dose or try a different drug.

*Try to stay connected. Joining a club, taking a class, having a meal with an understanding friend, attending religious services or going to a movie, ball game or concert can help lift mood.

*Don’t make big decisions-about moving, changing jobs or personal relationships-until your depression has eased or is under control.

*If you decide to try a “natural” remedy, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it might interact with any other medication you’re taking.

*Friends and family often want to help. Let them.

Postpartum Depression:

Depression in a new mother is a serious problem that need attention.

Most women experience mood swings (“baby blues”) after giving birth. These usually last only a week or two.

About 15% of women develop a more serious form  time of depression. It’s called postpartum depression and can begin any time within 2-3 months after delivery. Signs of postpartum depression are similar to those of major depression but can also include:

*feeling like you can’t care for your baby or yourself

*worrying a lot about your baby

*having negative feelings or thoughts about harming your baby

*not wanting to be alone with your baby

*not being interested in caring for your baby

It can be hard to admit you’re struggling emotionally at a time when the world expects you to be happy. But post postpartum depression can and should be treated. Ask your doctor or midwife about medications that are generally safe when breastfeeding as well as other way to help improve your mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder:

In some people, the onset of winter can trigger depression.

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that seems to be triggered by reduced exposure to daylight. It usually comes on during the fall or winter months and goes away in the spring. Symptoms are similar to those of major depression.

Light Therapy:

The treatment for seasonal affective disorder is light therapy also known as phototherapy. This involves sitting close to a special light source every day. This light is far more intense than normal indoor light. In order to work, the light must enter through you eyes, not shine on your skin.

Its best to talk with your doctor before trying light therapy. Certain drugs and health conditions can make it more likely that light therapy could damage your eyes.

Depression and Men:

Anger or aches and pains can be signs of depression in men.

For men, depression doesn’t always come in the form of persistent sadness or feeling “down”. It might show up in other ways.


Irritability, loss of sense of humor, anger, verbal abuse of loved ones. A man who seems to need “anger management” counseling may actually be suffering from depression.

Physical symptoms:

Low back pain, headaches, insomnia, sexual problems, stomach and digestive problems. If these problems are caused by depression, their standard treatments may not improve them but depression treatment might.

Compulsive behaviors:

Increasing intake of alcohol, abuse of drugs, compulsive gambling.


Impulsive, risky behaviors, such as reckless driving or unsafe sex.

Getting Help:

Don’t let fear keep you from getting the treatment you need.

People suffering from depression may be embarrassed by their depression and reluctant to seek help. This can lead to more pain, poorer quality of life and in some cases suicide.

Depression isn’t something to be ashamed of or embarrassed by. Acknowledging the pain and talking with a health professional can help you feel better.

Other resources for help with depression include:

National Institute of Mental Health

866-615-6464 (toll-free)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

800-826-3632 (toll-free)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

800-950-6264 (toll-free)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

888-333-2377 (toll-free)

Get more information on depression: or text Depression to 55155. AccentHealth provides patient education at the point of care. Learn more at

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the AccentHealth pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call them directly for more information.








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CFA: Action beyond the Bag-Emergency Services Program

CFA: Action beyond the Bag-Emergency Services Program


  1. Every 30 days, clients are eligible to call to schedule an appointment to receive a 7 day food package containing enough food for each person in their household.
  2. Utility Assistance: Once every 365 days up to 3 times, clients with a shut off notice or clients with their utilities already shut off can receive a payment of up to $300.00 towards their utility bill. Eligible clients that are out of heating oil can receive the minimum delivery.
  3. Late Rent Assistance: Once every 365 days, up to 3 times, clients with a court ordered eviction notice or lock out can receive a payment of up to $1,500 towards rental arrears.
  4. Security Deposit & First Month’s Rent Assistance: Clients who are homeless or who wish to move into more affordable housing can receive a payment of up to $1,800 towards their security deposit or $1,500 towards their first month’s rent. Clients are eligible for future security deposit assistance if at least 80% is returned to CFA upon vacating the apartment.


Program rules:

*Provision of all services is subject to the availability of funds.

*Services only, walk-ins will not be admitted.

*All clients must be under 300% of the poverty level (See table below).

*Clients assisted by special grants are subject to the rules of those grants.

*Clients must live in Bergen County or upper Passaic County (excludes Paterson and the City of Passaic).

*Clients will be assisted in the order in which they contact CFA.

*Utility, rent and security deposit services will only be provided when a household can provide proof of financial and resource stability going forward.

*Utility, rent and security deposit assistance payment checks are written out and mailed directly to the landlord or utility company and not to the client.

*CFA reserves the right to deny service for any reason allowed by law including visible intoxication and violent behavior.


Household Size 1-$3,035

Household Size 2-$4,115

Household Size 3-$5,195

Household Size 4-$6,275

Household Size 5-$7,355

Household Size 6-$8,435

Household Size 7-$9,515

Household Size 8-$10,595

Required Documents (All clients):

*Picture ID for head of household

*ID for all household members (Social Security cards and/or birth certificates preferred)

*Proof of address for all household members (Example: utility bill, school records)

*Proof of income for all household members; must include:

Employment/Unemployment income:

-Last 4 pay stubs for all working household members

-Official company letterhead stating: date of hire and start date, number of hours, hourly wage or yearly salary, temporary or permanent status, signature and phone number of supervisor or

-Unemployment claim and letter from previous employer with above information including date of termination

*All benefits including: Social Security, Child Support, SSDI, SSI, TANF, GA, SNAP, etc.

*Most recent tax return, if available

*Most recent checking and savings statement, if available

*Proof of why you fell behind (Example: medical bills, care repair)

Additionally Required (By Service):

Utility Assistance:

-Shut-off notice

Late Rent Assistance:

-Court-ordered eviction notice

First Month’s Rent:


*Name, address and phone number of future landlord

*Receipt for security deposit and realtor’s fee

Security Deposit Assistance (Non-Section 8):


-Name, address and phone number of future landlord

-Receipt for first month order made out to new landlord

Security Deposit Assistance (Section 8):


-Name, address and phone number of future landlord

-Section 8 Voucher

-Request for Tenancy Approval

-Inspection Checklist

-Lead Paint Assessment

Emergency Services Client Guide 2018:

Englewood (Headquarters)

192 West Demarest Avenue

(201) 569-1804

M-F 9-5

Bergen Community College (With BCC ID Only)

Student Exchange Center

(201) 447-7191


239 Anderson Avenue

(201) 945-5831

M, Tu, Thu 9:30-5:00pm


316 First Street

(201) 883-9375

M-Th 9:30-3:30, F 9:30-2:30pm


90 Ridge Road

(201) 529-2029

M 10-6:30pm, Tu-F 10-2pm

Palisades Park (Korean language services)

7 Broad Avenue #201

(201) 956-7630

M, F 10-4pm


145 Carletondale Road

(201)  529-2029

Saddle Brook

224 Midland Avenue

(201) 703-9857

M, W-F 9:30-3:30pm, Tu 12-6pm

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CFA pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call them directly for more information.

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Center for Food Action: Action beyond the Bag: 2018 Impact

Center for Food Action: Action beyond the Bag: 2018 Impact

Emergency Food:

Through a combination of donated goods, monetary donations, produce grown in CFA’s garden and the 447.792 pounds of food rescued from 12 area supermarkets, CFA supplies 6 area pantries serving thousands of local residents. ($5,000,000 worth of food distributed).

An emergency food package consists of seven days’ worth of food. In 2018, CFA assisted more than 4,600 household a month (64,046 Emergency & holiday food packages).

Several hundred volunteers gathered over two days to assemble more than 3,100 Thanksgiving packages (9,386) Thanksgiving meals).

Weekend Snack Pack and Smile Packs were distributed to children in 14 area elementary schools (32,215 Weekend Snack meals).

In 2018, CFA helped 823 households with rent, security deposits, utility and heating bills ($760,000 in rental, utility and heating assistance).

The impact we made in 2018 is a direct result of the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who gave so generously of their time (37,508 hours).

For more information, please contact Patricia Epsy, Executive Director/

192 West Demarest Avenue

Englewood, NJ  07631

(201) 569-1804

Hackensack/Mahwah/Ringwood/Saddle Brook/Bergen Community College

CFA Programs:

Emergency Food: Once a month households receive food for about 28 meals, including a substantial amount of fresh produce, meat, frozen vegetables and dairy, along with other basics. Diapers, adult briefs, pets food and cleaning and personal care items are also given, as needed.

Thanksgiving Packages:  Turkeys and all the traditional Thanksgiving foods are given to families for the holiday.

Weekend Snack Pack: Each Friday during the school year, CFA delivers packs of nutritious  foods to area schools so that children who are eligible for free and reduced price school meals do not go hungry on weekends.

Smile Pack: A pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. are given to children as part of the Weekend Snack Pack program each school year.

Dinner4Seniors: Provides low-income seniors an extra four complete dinners.

Diabetic Food: Low-sugar, low-salt packages for people who are on special diets.

Homeless Prevention, Heating and Utility Assistance: CFA prevents evictions and the disconnection of utilities by paying security deposits, rents and heating and utility bills on behalf of households in need of short-term assistance.

CFA Garden: As part of our effort to improve the quality of food our clients receive, CFA has a garden on site. Adult volunteers and school groups maintain the three-season garden.

Case Management:  CFA values the human connection we have with clients and provides them with individual support including information, referrals, counseling and advocacy.

Nutrition, Budgeting and Health: In conjunction with various health departments, local chefs and hospitals and the Englewood Community Chest CFA offers workshops on nutrition, budgeting and health.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CFA pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers for more information on the programs.


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Center for Food Action: Weekend Snack Pack Program-Because Hunger does not take the weekend off

Center for Food Action: Weekend Snack Pack Program-Because Hunger does not take the weekend off

CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program

Many children who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition on weekends and holidays breaks.

CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program is designed to fill this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly and easy to prepare foods to children at risk of weekend hunger.

On Friday, a Ziploc bag of nutritious food is placed into the backpacks of children who participate in the free and reduced-price school meal program.

Center for Food Action:

CFA improves the lives of low-income families and individuals from over 100 towns in northern NJ by administering the following programs:

*Emergency Food Program

*Homelessness Prevention Program

*Weekend Snack Pack Program

*Community Garden Program

*Smile Pack Program

*Young Professional Action Network

*Hunger Free NJ

What’s in a Weekend Snack Pack?

1-2% milk box, 8 oz. non-flavored shelf stable

1 cold cereal-individual serving size box

1 fruit cup or peaches 4 oz.

1 Chef Boyardee or similar 7.5 oz. microwaveable bowl

1 macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz.

1 nutri-grain snack bar 1.3 oz.

How can I help?

  1. With a minimum order of  500 packs CFA will provide the product an materials and organize your packing event at the CFA Saddle Brook site or a location of your choice. CFA will bring the finished packs to our warehouse and deliver them to one of the 14 participating schools. Each snack pack costs $4.50.
  2. You can collect monetary donations and purchase the items from CFA. This is an efficient method because CFA purchases the items in bulk at a discount and you assemble the packs with family and friends at your convenience.
  3. You can collect or purchase the attached list of items, assemble the bags yourself and drop them off at CFA. We will distribute these packs from one of our five locations to families with school-age children in need. Please follow the assembly guidelines to maintain consistency.

Because hunger does not take the weekend off. You can help today!

$4.50 will send 1 child home with a weekend worth of kid-friendly foods.

$22.50 helps 5 children

$45.00 helps 10 children

$225.00 helps 50 children

$450.00 helps 100 children


Phone: (201) 569-1804 x25


Center for Food Action

192 West Demarest Avenue

Englewood, NJ  07631

Please note: “WSPP”


CFA-Center for Food Action





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YWCA Bergen County: Healing Space

YWCA Bergen County: Healing Space


A sexual Violence Resource Center

24 Hour Hotline:

(201) 487-2227

Eliminating racism empowering women YWCA-Bergen County.

24 Hour Hotline: (201) 487-2227

We provide a confidential 24/7 hotline to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, their families and friends. Support is available to anyone who has experienced sexual violence, whether it happened hours or years ago.

HealingSpace services are available to anyone with concerns about all forms of sexual violence.

Confidential sexual violence advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven day a week to provide:

*Short-term crisis intervention counseling.

*Medical and legal accompaniments to hospital emergency rooms, medical appointments, police/law enforcement agencies and legal proceedings within Bergen County.

*Information about all options including medical attention, reporting, the legal process and sources of support for survivors, family and friends.

*Referrals and community resources for survivors and family members seeking group counseling, long-term counseling, medical legal and/or financial information as well as other community resources.

Individual and Group Counseling:

Individual and group counseling is available for survivors and their loved ones. Separate groups for men and women are available free of charge and individual counseling is offered at a small fee for individuals ages 13 and older. All clinical services are provided by a Master’s level licensed professional with experience in working with survivors of sexual violence.

Community Education/Training:

Our speakers bureau is available to address schools, professional and community groups on issues surrounding all forms of sexual violence. Training is available to professionals and first responders who work directly with survivors and we offer a variety of informational brochures and handouts.


Our goal is to stop sexual violence before it starts and one way to accomplish this is through bystander intervention. Our primary prevention strategy works with local schools and other youth-serving organizations to educate key stakeholders on becoming active bystanders, while promoting a safe and healthy environment for all.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including office work, public speaking, letter writing, research and direct service provision.

To schedule a speaker or find out more about our service or volunteer opportunities call (201) 487-2227 or visit

Awareness Events: healingSPACE sponsers events throughout the year to help raise community awareness of sexual violence. These include:

Bergen County Clothesline Project:  A powerful display of T-shirts, created by or on behalf of survivors that bears witness to sexual assault, sexual abuse, incest, child abuse, domestic  to violence and death as a result of violence. Call (201) 487-2227 to schedule a display in your school, business or community.

Denim Day: An annual observance held on April 28th dedicated to raising awareness and educating young women and men about consent and the prevention of sexual violence.

The Art of Healing: An Exhibit of Survivors Artwork & Poetry: An event featuring an art exhibit and poetry reading that seeks to acknowledge the pain of survivors of sexual victimization, celebrate their healing process and develop a sense of community among concerned individuals.

Sexual Violence is:

*Sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given.

*Perpetrated by someone the survivor knows. Approximately 70%-80% of survivors know their attacker in some way.

*The responsibility of the offender, not the survivor. No person “asks for” or provokes sexual assault by acting or dressing in a particular manner.

*Not an act of lust. The offender’s motive is not sexual gratification but to control, humiliate and/or degrade a person.

*The most under-reported crime. The FBI estimates that only 1 in 10 rapes are reported.

*A serious problem that affects survivors in significant ways over their lifetime, including long-term health problems. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.

Sexual Assault Can Happen:

*At any time, night or day.

*Anywhere: at home, on a date, in a car or in a public place.

*To any person; regardless of sex, gender identity, age, race, sexual orientation, appearance, religion, occupation or educational level.

If you are sexually assaulted:

*Get to a safe place.

*Call healingSPACE for support and information.

*Consider obtaining medical attention to assess for and treat potential injuries.

*Consider notifying the police or activating the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). (IF you plan to pursue prosecution, do not bathe, shower, douche, change clothes, eat, drink, smoke or urinate for the purposes of evidence preservation).

Myths and facts about Sexual Violence:

Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers:

In reality the majority of the time the offender is someone that the victim knows. Victims are someone that the victim knows. Victims are usually coerced, manipulated, tricked or threatened by someone they are acquainted with. One study found that 84% of women who were raped knew their attacker and for 57% of those women, the offender was a first date or romantic acquaintance.

Fact: Alcohol or drugs increase a person’s vulnerability to sexual assault.

Alcohol and drugs can increase anyone’s vulnerability. In one study, 75% of males and 55% of females were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the sexual assault occurred.

Myth: Men cannot be sexually assaulted.

Anyone can be victimized. 1 in 6 boys under the age of 18 are sexually assaulted. It has also been estimated that 10% of all men have been sexually assaulted. Because of social stigma however, male sexual victimization is vastly underreported.

Fact: The most common place for sexual violence to occur is in the survivor’s home.

The second most common place is the offender’s home, because the offender is usually someone the victim knows. Many people think that sexual assaults happen in dark, abandoned places but the greatest risk lies where we feel the safest.

Fact: Most of the time, sexual assault is planned.

Sexual assault is not an impulsive act. It is a single offender, it is planned 60% of the time; gang attacks are planned 90% of the time.

Myth: Perpetrators are deranged, psychopathic, under-educated men from poor backgrounds.

Sex offenders are found in all socioeconomic classes. Offenders can be anyone: doctors, lawyers, the homeless, blue-collar workers, classmates, co-workers, etc.

For more information contact our 24 hour hotline: (201) 487-2227

YWCA Bergen County’s Healing SPACE

Mission: To empower survivors of all forms of sexual violence through support, advocacy, counseling and resources necessary to lay the foundation for the healing process and to prevent sexual violence through education, training and awareness to create a safe community for all.

214 State Street, Suite 207

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Office: (201) 881-1700

Fax: (201) 487-5990


YWCA: The YWCA Bergen County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the YWCA pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers for more information.








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Social Security: When someone misuses your number

Social Security: When someone misuses your number

Your Social Security number is personal to you. It is the key to your Social Security earnings record and you’re the only person with that Social Security number. When someone misuses your number, it generally means they’re pretending to be you-they assume your identity. And when someone pretends to be you, they can wreak havoc with your life.

If you think you are victim of identity theft, this leaflet explains:

*how you can find out if someone is using your number to work

*what you should do to report this misuse

*what to do if you have credit problems because someone used your Social Security number to obtain credit

*how to get a new Social Security number

It may be easy to steal your number:

You may not realize how easy it is for someone to get access to information about you. Identity thieves get your personal information by:

*stealing wallets and purses, your mail (bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, telephone calling cards and tax information):

*stealing personal information you provide to an unsecured site on the Internet from business or personal records at work and personal information in your home.

*rummaging through your trash and business trash for personal data

*posing as someone who legitimately and legally need information about you such as employers and landlords

*buying personal information from ‘inside’ sources

Be careful with your Social Security number and card to prevent their theft. Show your card to your employer when you start a job, so your records are correct. Then, put it in a safe place-don’t carry your card with you.

Is someone misusing your number?

Do you suspect that someone is using your number? You may have noticed unexplained charges on your phone bill or credit card statement. Maybe your wallet or purse was stolen.

One way to find out whether someone is using your number to work is to check your earning record. If you’re age 25 or older and not already receiving Social Security benefits, you’ll automatically receive a Social Security Statement each year. The Statement lists earnings posted to your Social Security record and provides an estimate of benefits you and your family may be eligible to receive now and in the future. You should receive your statement about three months before your birth month.

If you don’t receive a statement, you can ask for one by submitting a Request for Social Security Statement (Form 7004). To get a Form 7004:

*Download the form from the Internet at

*Call our toll-free number 1-800-772-1213

*Visit your local Social Security Office

After you complete the form and return it to us, you can expect to receive your statement in 4 to 6 weeks You should call and tell us right away if there are any errors or if you have any of the problems listed below:

*You have missing or incorrect earnings. If possible, have your W-2 or tax return for those years available.

*Your name is listed incorrectly. We’ll need to see a document with your name spelled correctly.

*Your date of birth is listed incorrectly. We’ll need current identification and an original source document-such as your birth certificate indicating the correct date.

What should I do to report that someone is using my Social Security number?

You should report this information to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. Depending on the circumstances of your particular care, we may open an investigation. Even if we don’t investigate, we’re interested in learning how your Social Security number has been used by someone.

What if I have credit problems?

If someone has used your Social Security number to get credit, Social Security cannot fix your credit record. To resolve your credit problems, you need to:

*Immediately contact the creditors who approved the credit (follow up with a letter).

*File a police report.

*Contact the fraud department of the major credit bureaus.

*Ask to have a flag placed on your record, requiring creditors to contact your before approving additional credit using your name and number. Ask how long the flag is posted on your account and how you can extend it, if necessary.

*Add a victim’s statement to your report; include your name, state the problem and provide a telephone number where you can be reached.

*Request a copy of your credit report from each major credit bureau and check for signs of fraudulent activity. If you’ve been denied credit, you may be entitled to a free copy of your report. If you haven’t been denied credit, the most you can be charged is $8.00.

The major credit reporting agencies are:


Report fraud: 1-800-525-6285

Order a credit report: (800) 685-1111

P.O. Box 740256

Atlanta, GA 30374-0241


Report fraud: 1-888-397-3742

Order a credit report:

(888) EXPERIAN (397-3742)

P.O. Box 1017

Allen, TX  75013-0949

Trans Union

Report fraud: 1-800-680-7289

Order a credit report: (800) 916-8800

Fraud Victim Assistance Department

P.O. Box 6790

Fullerton, CA  92834

To remove incorrect information from your records, you should contact and follow up with a letter with each involved:

*credit bureau


*employer and

*government agency.

You’ll want to check your credit report annually for errors. Keep copies of:

*your correspondence

*records of your telephone calls and

*other documents showing your efforts to correct the problem.

Can I get a new Social Security number?

If you can prove that you’re being disadvantaged because someone used your Social Security number, visit your local Social Security office to request a new one. If you’ve done all you can yo fix the problem and someone is still using your number, under certain circumstances, we may assign you a new number. We can’t guarantee, however, that a new number will solve your problem.

A new Social Security number will NOT be assigned to you:

*intend to avoid the law or your legal responsibility.

*commit fraud or a criminal action.

*intend to avoid disclosing a poor credit or criminal record.

*file for bankruptcy.

*have lost your Social Security card or it was stolen but there is no evidence that your number is being used by someone and you’re being disadvantaged by that use.

Can I do anything else?

You can file a complaint about identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Information your provide can help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies track, investigate and prosecute identity thieves. You can file a complaint with the FTC by:

Telephone-1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)

TTY-(202) 326-2502

or write to:

Identity Theft Clearinghouse

Federal Trade Commission

600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC  20580

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Social Security Administration pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email the above numbers for more information on what can help.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi, Hackensack & Teaneck: Great Futures Start Here

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi, Hackensack & Teaneck: Great Futures Start Here

Administrative Offices:

460 Passaic Avenue

Lodi, NJ  07644

(973) 473-7410

*We are a 501(c) 3 Charitable Organization* Federal Tax ID#22-1632037

Clubhouse Locations:

Boys & Girls Club of Lodi

460 Passaic Avenue

Lodi, NJ  07644

(973) 473-7410 ext. 101

Boys & Girls Club of Hackensack

Located in the Oratam Housing Complex

170B Sussex Street

Hackensack, NJ  07601

(201) 880-7244 ext. 117

Boys & Girls Club of Teaneck

479 Maitland Avenue

Teaneck, NJ  07666

(201) 945-1236 ext. 501

What do we offer?

*After School Programs

*Summer Camps


*Field Trips



Visit our website for Employment Information:

Volunteer Opportunities:

We are always looking for Motivated & Passionate Individuals who will help us enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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To enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.


Provide a world-calls Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.

The Formula for Impact

The Formula for Impact is a road map for clubs to help ensure that members achieve our priority outcomes of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyle.

It represent the five elements for positive youth development:

  1. A safe positive environment
  2. Fun
  3. Supportive relationships
  4. Opportunities and expectations
  5. Recognition

It also incorporates high yield learning activities, targeted programs and regular attendance.

Power Hour: making minutes count:

Power Hour:

Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Printed program materials include a resource guide for program coordinators, homework helpers and tutors and a poster sized Power Points chart for tracking and rewarding participants progress.

Tutoring Program: Assisting children in a one on one setting with homework help.

Literacy Leaders: Volunteers will implement story time with grade levels K-1.

Triple Play: Game plan for the body

The “Body” component of Triple Play promotes becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness routines. Curricula/programs include Daily Challenges and Triple Play Leadership Clubs (formerly Sports Clubs). These resources encourage youth to become more physically active through fun fitness routines. Triple Play Leadership Clubs infuse small-group leadership and service into active play.

Gym: Volunteers will assist the Gym Director with group activities in after school program.

Recreational Basketball League: Volunteers need as referees.

Healthy Habits is the “Mind” component of the Triple Play program. The Healthy Habits curricula is designed to teach young people about the benefits of developing healthy habits such as eating smart and being physically active; equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; and encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior changes. The program, for ages 6 to 15 is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul.

The “Soul” component of the Triple Play program encompasses the social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. This includes strengthening interpersonal skills, positive behavior and good character through social recreation programs.

National Fine Arts Exhibit:

National Fine Arts: This year round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Using the interactive National Fine Arts Program Guide, staff can guide youth through the various art projects with step by step instructions and instructural videos. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed throughout the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference. Visit our National Fine Arts Exhibit which highlights the artistic talents of our Club members. Enjoy!


Mentoring Program: Become a positive adult in a child’s life and expand his/her world by spending time in the community together. Mentor and Mentee are matched based on interests, hobbies and compatibility. This mentoring program also has an academic component; mentors are expected to provide additional reading help to their mentees twice a month. Mentors are free to plan and implement their own reading strategies or work with the Educational Director to ensure that mentees are improving in their reading skills.

Passport to Manhood:

Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own ‘passport’ to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to.

Smart Girls:

SMART GIRLS: offers young women ages 8 to 17 guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and more.

Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field  trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying  physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships.

Other topics addressed include how the media influences attitudes about females; date rape and sexual harassment; sexually transmitted diseases; sexual myths and truths; getting regular gynecological care and physical and emotional changes girls’ experiences.

Smart Moves:

The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a “Say No” message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal; to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

Positive Action:

Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. Out thoughts lead to actions and those actions lead to feelings about ourselves which in turn lead to more thoughts. This program empowers greatness through positive learning, in a growing environment. Positive Action takes into consideration all aspects of a person: Mental, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social.


DIY Stem:

The STEM program allows our club members to use their creative and uniquely innovative minds to approach STEM. They are able to be inventive while being fully immersed in our next generations’ problems and aspirations to better our world. Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics our children can see the world all around us in a different light. Our hands-on activities range depending on the topic of the week. A few of our activities that the club members have immersed themselves in are as follows: Waterbotics, Volcanoes, “The Egg Drop Challenge”, the APP project etc.

KEYSTONE: The Ultimate Teen Program

Keystone Clubs:

This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas; academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Torch Club:


Torch Clubs are chartered, small group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13.

A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas; service to Club and community; education; health and fitness and social recreation. The Staples National Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in each area. Each year, Torch Club members from across the country take part in a service learning experience through the National Torch Club Project.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Boys & Girls Club pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers for more information on their programs. There is a lot to choose from.







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