Shrewsbury, N.J. (Oct. 27, 2016) – New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake, Assistant Commissioner Charmaine Thomas and Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley joined local residents in marking the 4th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy today at The Community YMCA’s Bayshore Family Success Center in Leonardo.

The state-supported center provided critical assistance to families after Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore four years ago and continues to be a gathering place for families in need of support.

“The center is a warm and welcoming place with tools to help strengthen families,” Blake said. “It’s where the impossible becomes possible.”

The center is one of 54 state-supported Family Success Centers throughout New Jersey that act as “one-stop” shops for wrap-around resources and supports for families. The centers bring together concerned community residents, leaders, and community agencies to address the problems that threaten the safety and stability of families and the community.

Supported by a committee of local volunteers, the Bayshore Family Success Center this past year hosted over 250 activities, workshops and presentations that served 2,331 local residents.

Five community leaders and partners of the Bayshore Family Success Center shared their experiences of working with the center to benefit children and families. They included: Donna Blaze, CEO of the Affordable Housing Alliance; Paul Coughlin, Business Development Officer of the Bayshore Community Bank; Holly Schult, Branch Manager of the Bayshore Community Bank; Christine McCoid, Principal of Hazlet Middle School and Debbie Palacious, Benefits Coordinator for the Monmouth County Food Bank.

For more information about the center e-mail familysuccess@cymca.org or call 732.497.3811.

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Photo Caption: Holly Schult, Branch Manager of the Bayshore Community Bank; Debbie Palacious, Benefits Coordinator for the Monmouth County Food Bank, Christine McCoid, Principal of Hazlet Middle School, Donna Blaze, CEO of the Affordable Housing Alliance; Colleen Verriest, Vice President, YMCA Counseling & Social Services; Dr. Allison Blake, LCSW, Commissioner of Department of Children and Families; Charmaine Thomas, Assistant Commissioner of Department of Children and Families; Paul Coughlin, Business Development Officer of the Bayshore Community Bank.

About The Community YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, health and wellness, leadership, arts enrichment, personal and family counseling and summer day camp. With a mission to serve all, more than $350,000 in reduced and free membership fees and programs is provided by the YCares financial assistance program to individuals and families in need. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.