HPR Honors Several Community Organizations At Annual Open House

Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR), in partnership with the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and theHunterdon County Family Success Center (FSC), held its Annual Open House on May 14, 2015 at the FSC located at 87 Park Avenue in Flemington. Both a Day and Evening Event were held, awarding esteemed members of our community for all they have done for our agency and the community throughout the year.  “We are very privileged and fortunate to have great partnerships and continued support from the community,” said Lesley Gabel, HPR Co-Executive Director.  “HPR truly believes in giving back to the community and recognizing those who are deserving,” said Jean Ciullo, Director of Prevention Programs at HPR.  “This Open House is our way of saying thank you to those who believe in HPR and what we do.”


Community members honored at the daytime event included:


  • Anthony P. Kearns III, John Kuczynski and Members of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office for their collaboration with the Coalition on a multitude of initiatives, such as One Voice (faith-based initiative), LEAP (Law Enforcement Adolescent Program), START (Steps to Action, Recovery, Treatment), the making of From Pills to Heroindocumentary, and Teen Safety Night at Hunterdon Central High School.
  • Members of the Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC) for their support and assistance to families served by the FSC and their support on our One Voice initiatives.
  • Chris Steffner, Suzanne Cooley and Members of Hunterdon Central Regional High School  for their partnership in Teen Safety Night; Coalition initiatives with school support and resources; providing prevention information on substance abuse issues throughout the school year; and involvement in the Safe Homes Directory.  Hunterdon Central was also honored for their continual recognition and positive reinforcement of those students who make good decisions, and for the peer-to-peer support they provide to the Coalition each year.


“We are so proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish for the Coalition through the collaborative efforts of the Prosecutor’s Office and Hunterdon Central,” said Jerri Collevechio, Senior Director at HPR.  “And each year, we add new members to our Coalition, such as Nancy Scanlon at the Hunterdon Regional Community Health Pharmacy, who has gone above and beyond in helping us get the word out about the Rx drop boxes.  Through her dedication in helping reduce the availability of prescription medications, we have reached a larger part of the county than we could have reached on our own.”


Those honored in the evening included:


  • The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick who have provided donations and services to the FSC and our families since our first year in operation.  The Friendly Sons helped the FSC move into its new location at 87 Park Avenue.
  • Nick Pellitta, Esq. and Members of the Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA Law Firm for the pro bono legal advice and assistance they provided to the FSC for the closing of the new FSC.
  • Nancy Scanlon, Pharmacist, Hunterdon Regional Community Health Pharmacy, for her dedication and support in disseminating information about the permanent Rx drop boxes located throughout the county, in an effort to keep these drugs off the street and out of the hands of our youth.
  • The Large Foundation who’s funding helped with a down payment of the FSC site.


“We have been so blessed to have the support of these organizations,” said Carmel M. Gettings, FSC Director.  “The FSC has helped over 3,000 families since we opened in January 2012.  We would not be able to provide the needed assistance to these families without groups such as The Friendly Sons, HIOC and The Large Foundation, who provide not only funding, but give of their time as well.”


Said Karen A. Widico, Co-Executive Director of HPR, “We are so proud to honor these individuals and organizations for the time and support they provide on a regular basis.  Our successes are due to their commitment to our mission.”


Caption:  HPR honored the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and the Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC) at their annual daytime Open House.  Back Row from left to right:  Anthony P. Kearns, III, Hunterdon County Prosecutor; HIOC Member Deacon Paul Santella of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; Jerri Collevechio, HPR Senior Director; HIOC Member Laurie Sponaugle of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church; and Carmel M. Gettings, FSC Director.  Front Row from left to right:  Lesley Gabel, HPR Co-Executive Director; HIOC Member Fr. Harry Mazujian of Calvary Episcopal Church of Flemington; Christina Steffner, Superintendent, Hunterdon Central; Suzanne Cooley, Hunterdon Central Principal; Karen A. Widico, HPR Co-Executive Director; and John Kuczynski, Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief of Detectives.


Caption:  HPR honored The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. law firm, Hunterdon Regional Health Pharmacy and The Large Foundation at their annual evening Open House.  Back Row:  Members of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  Front Row from left to right:  Tim McKeown and Nick Pellitta of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.; Karen A. Widico, HPR Co-Executive Director; Nancy Scanlon, Hunterdon Regional Health Pharmacy; Lesley Gabel, HPR Co-Executive Director; and Jerri Collevechio, HPR Senior Director.


Caption:  HPR Staff were also on hand for a ribbon cutting for the new location of the Hunterdon County Family Success Center.


Hunterdon Prevention Resources supports the health and wellness of individuals, families, and the communities we serve by providing education, counseling, advocacy for policies, and collaboration necessary to keep our communities healthy and drug free.   For confidential help or for services or programs, contact us at 908-782-3909.  For more information on the organization, visit us online at www.hunterdonprevention.com. Also, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HPRNJ.


The goal of the Safe Communities Coalition is to live in a safe and healthy community by eliminating drug use, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse.  Through wide-spread community collaboration, environmental change, and community education in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, the Safe Communities Coalition will address areas of concern including, but not limited to, reducing Rx drug abuse across the lifespan, underage drinking, tobacco, marijuana, heroin, and other drug use.  For more information on the Coalition, visit our website atwww.safecoalition.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SafeCommunitiesCoalitionTwitter @HunCOKnowINFO or Instagram at safe_communities.


The FSC is a statewide network administered by Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) with funding from the New Jersey Division of Family and Community Partnerships.  The mission of the FSC is to provide a welcoming family-friendly environment to all county residents in order to strengthen and empower individuals and families through collaborative family-centered activities, educational workshops, and access to resources to acquire knowledge and skills needed to maintain healthy family relationships.  For more information about the Hunterdon County Family Success Center, contact us at 908-237-0465 or visit our web site at www.hcfsc.com or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hcfsc.