Join the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Monarch Housing, and our Newest Sponsor, New Jersey Community Capital, on October 13 for Wellness and Recovery Walk
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) and its partner, Monarch Housing Associates, invite community organizations, neighbors and friends to participate in their 11th Annual Walk for Wellness and Recovery on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
The Walk will take place in beautiful Nomahegan Park on Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Registration for the event is $25 online and $30 on the day of the event. Click here for more information and to register for the Walk.
Last year’s Walk drew participation from 300 walkers. To register for the Walk, click here.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. – Walk Starts
There will be many NEW as well as traditional favorite activities at this year’s Walk. These activities include pumpkin painting for the first 50 children (with adult) to arrive at the event, DJ, temporary tattoos, games, prizes, warm-up stretches and exercises, community resource and wellness tables, complimentary refreshments and snacks before and after the Walk and community resource information. The walk is a family and dog friendly event.
Monarch Housing Associates thanks our newest and generous $500 Information Alley sponsor – New Jersey Community Capital.
$500 Information Alley Supporter
$100 Mile Marker Sponsor
- Alternatives, Inc.
- Carol Kasabach, Monarch Housing Associates Trustee
- Jeffrey R. Kuschner, Attorney at Law
- MidAtlantic Engineering Partners
“Our Walk calls attention to the importance of emotional wellness and coping with substance use disorders as well as fighting the stigma related to these issues. People who face behavioral health challenges often have difficulties establishing the stability of permanent housing,” said Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO, Mental Health Association in New Jersey. “An important component of the MHANJ’s advocacy initiatives and program goals is to help assure that people have fair and adequate access to appropriate shelter, which, in turn, contributes to mental health and stability. With such a close connection between behavioral health and housing, Monarch Housing is a natural partner for us.”
Monarch Housing Associates is proud to partner with MHANJ in the Walk for Wellness and Recovery. “Now is the time to be aware of the pressing needs of people with mental illness and people who are homeless and partner with them on their paths to recovery and wellness,” said Richard W. Brown, CEO, Monarch Housing Associates. “For most of the developments Monarch Housing works on, the demand for affordable housing is anywhere from five to 10 people applying for every available unit. Unfortunately, the demand for affordable housing always exceeds the number of available units.”
Individuals in recovery often remind us that wellness is possible. Michelle Price from Ocean County, now the Assistant Director of Recovery Services for MHANJ in Ocean County, has made great strides in her own recovery. “You name it, addiction took it from me. The moment I knew I needed to get clean was in 2013, I found out I was pregnant. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey gave me the peer support I needed and pushed me on my journey toward recovery,” she says.
The Walk makes a difference. Every year, the Walk for Wellness and Recovery brings together those who care about helping New Jerseyans cope with emotional health and substance use issues. “Peer support plays a huge role in recovery,” explains Joanne McCarthy, LMHC, LPC, LCADC, Director of MHANJ’s Call Center Services. “There’s so much value to it. When someone calls they speak to a peer, they’re speaking to someone who has walked in their shoes, someone who has had the exact same experience.”