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Teen goes from isolated and shy to a group leader

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Robert attended FAMILYConnections Outreach to At-Risk Youth (OTARY) program for two years. When he began OTARY, he was shy, had difficulty making friends at school and was made fun of because of a speech impediment. As a result, he began to isolate himself. OTARY gave Robert the chance to talk and connect with teens his own age in a safe and respectful place. The goal of the group-based counseling program

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Family Connections’ program helps man improve social skills, self-esteem

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Rick came to FamilyConnections’ Outpatient Mental Health program for counseling following difficult transitions in his life. Because Rick had learning and developmental issues, he spent most of his life living with his parents in the same house. His mother assisted him with daily tasks, and Rick did not have any friends or close acquaintances outside of his mother. He also did not get along well with his sister. However, Rick

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The Newark Holiday Fund campaign kicks off

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Organizers of this year’s Greater Newark Holiday Fund campaign have high hopes. For 2017, the organization, which helps families and individuals in Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris and Bergen counties by providing funds to nine charities that serve and help them every day, has set its sights on breaking last year’s total of more than $400,000. That money will have a profound impact by funding mental health services, providing food,

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