EAST BRUNSWICK – To recognize Elijah’s Promise, this year’s recipient of the 2010 Tree of Hope, a live fruit tree will be planted outside of the organization’s Culinary School located at 211 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick.
The ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 20, from 5-7 p.m. The Tree of Hope is awarded annually to an organization that promotes recovery from addiction. Elijah’s Promise is being honored for the work they do in Middlesex County to enable individuals to continue their recovery while preventing relapse.
“We chose Elijah’s Promise as our 2010 Tree of Hope recipient because of their impact on the community they serve, every day,” said NCADD CEO and Executive Director Steven G. Liga. “Many people know that Elijah’s Promise serves an average of 80,000 meals each year to low-income and homeless individuals and families in central New Jersey, many of whom also suffer from addiction. But their impact goes beyond food. They offer case management, health screening, information and referral and job counseling to give people not only hope, but also a real opportunity for recovery.”
The organization also provides The Promise Jobs Culinary Arts Job Training Program which provides disadvantaged adults with the opportunity to learn culinary arts and prepare for entry level jobs in the food service industry.
Finally, Elijah’s Promise also offers Promise Catering, a catering company that provides students on-the-job-training and financial income. The organization features a Micro-enterprise program which helps low and moderate income individuals start their own small and home-based businesses.
NCADD’s ninth annual Tree of Hope campaign is designed to raise the consciousness of our neighbors in Middlesex County to the fact that addiction is an illness from which many do recover, and to celebrate those recoveries.
The annual Tree of Hope event is one of NCADD’s primary fundraising vehicles and supports their confidential information and referral Helpline, which helps over 800 individuals and families begin their journey of recovery. Commemorative ornaments to decorate the tree for celebration will be offered for sale at $5 each, and special engraved crystal ornaments are available at $100 each. Ornaments for the tree can be personalized, as requested, to commemorate the recovery of a loved one, in the hope of recovery for a friend or family member, or to memorialize someone who did not experience recovery. Ornaments may also remain anonymous.
For more information please call NCADD at 732-254-3344.
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