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 The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) recently held the “Spring Health and Wellness Awareness Day of Community Resources 2024” at Joanne Hollis Gardens (JHG) Community Resource Center for residents and members of the Plainfield community. 

Nearly 40 different organizations and businesses participated in the April 24 event to provide low- and middle-income families with information and resources available from the City of Plainfield and Union County and other community partners.  

Residents learned about resources for childcare, cancer care, funeral home services, LGBTQ workforce development, community services, and public safety, as well as senior citizen, youth, disability, and health and mental health services. 

“The center has been a great success,” said Community Resource Center Volunteer and 16-year JHG resident Bridgette Graham. “I really love what I do working with other residents. More and more people have sought out our services and I’m proud that we have this center to offer to people because if you participate it will work for you.” 

HAP’s JHG Community Resource Center, led by Director Eric Graham and Deputy Director Scotty McFarland, emphasizes the importance of these various wraparound services. 

“We are pleased to host a spring resource fair to complement the fall and winter health and wellness fair,” Graham said.  

“It takes time for people to get comfortable and understand the services that are available in the community, and we’re excited to offer such a wide variety of organizations at today’s event,” Graham said. “We extend our appreciation for the community partners who continue to help provide resources for the families and children of Joanne Hollis Gardens.”  

Participating organizations included: 

  • Plainfield Police Department  
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)  
  • Hackensack Meridian Health  
  • Union County Fatherhood Initiative Coalition  
  • Prosecutor’s Office Health  
  • Hyacinth  
  • Proceed Inc.  
  • Rutgers ScreenNJ  
  • New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
  • Organization for Recovery  
  • Plainfield Health Department 
  • DrugMart  
  • Plainfield Fire Department  
  • Star Rehab Inc.  
  • Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey  
  • Jewish Family Services  
  • Brown’s Funeral Home Inc. 
  • Community Access Unlimited  
  • Union County Social Services  
  • Plainfield Public School District 
  • Jazz For Prostate Cancer Awareness® (Jazz 4 PCA)  
  • Union County Prosecutor’s Office  
  • Pillar College 
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters  
  • Plainfield Recreation Department  
  • Edison Job Corps Center 
  • HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc. (HOPES CAP, Inc.)  
  • Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services 
  • Neighborhood Health Services Corporation  
  • Morris Habitat for Humanity 
  • Judkins Colonial Home  
  • Bridges  
  • Families and Communities Together (FACT)  
  • Prevention Links  
  • Salvation Army  
  • St. Peter’s Health Care