Our 2017 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report - Accomplishments, Highlights, and Finances
Our 37th year in existence was marked by continued growth, community engagement and the departure of an icon: After 27 years of service, our valued team member, Linda Surks, ended her tenure in June 2017.
Extracts from our 2017 report
Nicki Francis delivering a program in a Monmouth County classroom.
Participants in a Pathways Fatherhood Event
Our 37th year in existence was marked by continued growth, and the departure of an icon.After 27 years of service, our valued team member, Linda Surks, ended her tenure in June 2017. Linda was a crusader who testified in front of both Congress and the New Jersey legislature. She was passionate and determined when she was invited to speak to youth, parents and older adults about the consequences of drug abuse. Linda shared her painful story of personal loss, so that no one else had to experience it.We also added several members to our staff last year.
The agency added three Preventionists, two Substance Use Navigators, and one Clinician for our Pathways School-Based Youth Services program at Carteret High School.
Several agency staff joined and became integral members of statewide, county, and local organizations, impacting substance use prevention efforts everywhere. These included presentations on topics such as bullying prevention, and the latest drug trends in area schools and communities. As a result of successful Fee for Service Programs, the agency was able to implement education programs and presentations in more communities than ever. We expanded our footprint by opening an office in Monmouth County to service that county’s grant, and deliver local programming there.
Some of the main events the agency implemented in 2017 included: the annual Young Women’s Conference; the annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit; Town Hall meetings; fatherhood-targeted events; and the annual Tree of Hope event which recognized the Rutgers Recovery and the first-ever recipients of the agency’s Recovery Recognition Award.Wellspring was awarded several grants including a first-ever grant from United Way of Central