County Organizations Work Together to Help Spanish-Speaking Residents Flourish at Freehold Community Garden

Freehold resident Karen works with her daughter to tend the pole beans she grows at the Freehold Community Garden. Karen and her friend Sara grow vegetables in their shared garden plot to supplement their groceries. When administrators at the Freehold Community Garden noticed a decline in the number of applications for a garden bed, they took action. Gardener Jeanne Patterson tapped into her network with Neighborhood Connections To Health (NCTH), a coalition comprised of individuals who have a vested interest in improving the health and well-being of Freehold residents, to learn more. “Neighborhood Connections shared with me that Freehold Borough…
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Division of Social Services Partners with Brookdale Community College

When officials at Brookdale Community College noted they encountered students with limited resources that could benefit from County Services, Monmouth ACTS stepped in. Students didn't know where to turn for housing, food and more. "There was a need for a larger connection," said Christine Aumack, administrative supervisor of Social Work for Monmouth County Division of Social Services. "We decided to bring our resources directly to the students by having a social worker available to them on campus." Now Sylvina Mendez, MCDSS social worker, is posted at the Brookdale-Lincroft campus Veteran's Center each Monday and Thursday. She provides students with information…
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