March 2015

In This Issue
New Visions Assists During CODE BLUE
Retirement Calls
Hearts of Hope Success
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LSMNJ Disaster Recovery 



Right about now, as New Jersey watches another 4-8 inches of snow fall, the idea of fresh vegetables from the garden and mouthwatering seasonal fruit in our hands is almost a tease. But National Nutrition Month reminds us that good nutrition is important all year long and at any age.

Good nutrition calls for the right ingredients! As a provider of healthcare services to hundreds of New Jersey seniors, LSMNJ is committed to providing healthy, well-balanced, and delicious meals to all of the residents and/or participants in its three senior healthcare programs. There are just two ingredients to LSMNJ's recipe for successful senior nutrition -- 1) LSMNJ's knowledgable and caring staff and 2) Morrison Senior Living. When the two are stirred together it equals high quality dining services for Crane's Mill, Lutheran Crossings, and Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City. 

The talented team at Morrison serves up versatile menu offerings using the freshest local ingredients harvested in a socially responsible way, while meeting the nutritional and dietary requirements of the aging population LSMNJ serves. And, their recent "Menus of Change" principles for 2015 furthers their commitment to ensuring a sustainable future.  

Together, it's a recipe that serves up a nutritional dose of well-being for our seniors!

Camden's CODE BLUE brings the most vulnerable inside


Although it's typically a homeless day shelter, New Visions recently helped provide additional overnight shelter to Camden's most vulnerable during seven state-of-emergency 'Code Blue' nights in February. This was accomplished by partnering with its neighbor, Joseph's House, an overnight homeless shelter. 


New Visions new location at 555B Atlantic Avenue is proving to be a tremendous benefit to the city's homeless population during recent extreme cold and freezing nights. When 'Code Blue' conditions are determined by the Camden County health officer, the day shelter is able to convert its space with temporary cots to accommodate those individuals who would otherwise be turned away from Joseph's House (due to a max capacity of 85 clients). 


In February, New Visions provided overnight accommodations to between 13 - 34 people on each of the seven nights...keeping them warm and safe inside and out of the wintery elements. 


A Bittersweet Goodbye

February ended with bittersweet farewells to two LSMNJ employees who will begin their journey into retirement. Lee Doty (on left) 
LSMNJ's senior vice president and general counsel, and Liz Caran (on right), a social worker for LSMNJ's adoption program are looking forward to spending time with family and traveling the world (respectively) as they leave LSMNJ behind to venture into new chapters of their lives. 

Both have left a positive imprint on the organization and will be greatly missed by everyone. Best wishes Lee & Liz!
Hearts of Hope raises over $50,000 

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Thank you to the nearly 135 people who joined us for an entertaining night of gaming and goodwill to benefit New Visions Homeless Day Shelter, Lutherans Feeding Friends, and the Crane's Mill Good Samaritan Fund. Hearts of Hope 2015 was a tremendous success and we're grateful to all of the organizations that partnered with us and showed their support.

Read more. View photos from the event here.


Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in response to God's love as revealed in the Gospel, the mission of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey is to serve those in New Jersey who hurt, who are in need, or who have limited choices.
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