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June 27, 2017

Volunesia, which means that moment when you forget you're volunteering to help change lives, because it is changing yours. Yes, that is exactly what my experience has been volunteering for Pinwheel Place. Deep inside I always knew I wanted to make a difference. When I read through the whole purpose of Pinwheel Place, it was very inspiring and I wanted to be associated with their mission in my own small way. With my desire and passion for writing, I took up blogging assignments to raise awareness of their philosophy. Every assignment has been a learning experience. Little did I know, that as I got myself more involved, I was not only touched by the harsh realities of abused children but I was coming to value and appreciate my life even more, I feel grateful for all that I am blessed with. I look forward to contributing and being the voice to support making a difference in the lives of the innocent victims. Lynn gives me the opportunity to explore and write on something new, and I challe...

June 21, 2017

The reason that volunteering is important to me might sound a bit different because it doesn’t come from a compassionate place, a word that is used to often describe volunteers.  No, my reason is much more selfish some might say.  I volunteer for myself.  Yes, it might seem selfish to some, however, it is a reason to do a good thing—give back.  

Day to day life, especially if you have chosen a career in the corporate world, can be so mind numbly, monotonous if you let it.  Getting up out of bed before the sun is up, making the commute, having to sum up the energy to walk into a building that you clearly don’t want to be in for the remainder of your day, working all day to only have to work all day the next day, get home after dark, and for what?  To make someone else money for reasons that you aren’t entirely sure on yourself.  What do we do here?  Is it worth any of this?  Is this multi-million-dollar international company really doing anything GOOD? Unfortunately, this...

June 4, 2017

There are many children like Kevin who are victims of maltreatment and carry deep scars, which are largely unrecognized throughout their lives. The key concept underlying the ACE Study is that stressful and traumatic childhood experiences can negatively impact almost every aspect of human life. 

Let's be cognizant of the effects of toxic stress from ACEs - 

Long-term effects on the body

Studies have found a strong relationship between the exposure to abuse or household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults. Childhood trauma has been directly linked to chronic lung disease, cancer, ischemic heart disease, skeletal fractures, liver disease, challenges with physical inactivity, and severe obesity.

Effects on child's developing brain 

Prolonged exposure to chronic stress and trauma can disrupt healthy brain development and induce changes in the architecture of different regions of the developing brain (e.g., amygdala, hippoca...

May 27, 2017

Adverse Childhood Experiences-Part 1

Kevin is 11 years old and has grown up in an abusive home. He has scars from being beaten and punched by his alcoholic father. Kevin is being raised in a family that lives below the poverty line and has to struggle even for regular meals. Kevin has painful experiences of seeing his mother being violently treated. He also has bad memories of his father being imprisoned in the past. Kevin is often humiliated, belittled, and yelled at. When Kevin started having frequent nightmares and his teacher suspected ADHD, the pediatrician screened him for Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, wherein Kevin got a high ACE score of 6. 

According to studies, what this would reveal is that compared with people who have zero ACEs, people with an ACEs score of 4 or more, later in their adult life have a 240 percent greater risk of hepatitis, were 390 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis), and a 240 percent h...

April 19, 2017

 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

It is a month to raise awareness and bring forth one of the leading concerns of the nation - Child Abuse. Let the spirit of the month inspire each one of us to jointly work towards preventing child abuse. Many children are victims of abuse and neglect and prevention is the key force in reducing violence. Scientifically child abuse has been linked to various medical, emotional and behavioral disorders. Imagine kids losing the happiest times of their lives - their innocence, creativity, curiosity, imagination and play being scarred by lifelong evils of fear, depression, stress, aggression and anxiety.

It’s high time we collectively raise our voices for the innocent victims of child abuse and support a cause to build loving homes where children feel loved, treasured and valued.

A conscious act from your side can make a big difference in a child's life. Nothing can be more rewarding and fulfilling. By getting involved you can definitely...

January 1, 2017

Last year we began our journey to Pinwheel Place. We did not know what the future held in store for us. However, we knew we could no longer stand on the sidelines while children suffered from abuse and neglect on a daily basis. We were very grateful to quickly find other people who shared our passion and dedication to ensure that all children feel safe, loved and valued and to know that they are not alone. With these dedicated volunteers and many local businesses by our side, we were able to host our first event within the community which helped spread the news about our nonprofit. This year we hope to include the community even more by hosting a variety of different events. One of these events is a pinwheel photography contest because as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Another is  #thejarproject which is a year-round event that encourages you to save your spare change to help Pinwheel place and the children we will serve   We also hope to have people plant pinwheel garde...

August 20, 2016

 On my road to Pinwheel Place many people have asked me why I am on this journey?  For me that is a strange question because when you think of the at -risk children we will serve and what they go through or went through on any given day  how can you not want to do something? That being said, when I originally went to Casa de Esperanza in Houston my answer to that question was that  I was blessed with two loving parents and I had a wonderful childhood  and I just wanted to give back to children who weren’t that fortunate. Very simple. I guess now my answer is that and more. I have a daughter and I can’t imagine her living through what some of these children live through, it pains my heart.  Also as a parent, I realize how hard it it is to be a parent under normal circumstances but not everyone is so lucky to live in “normal”. Some people travel along bumpier roads in life with lots of road blocks. That adds layers to what I want to accomplish. I think it also makes me ask more “why’s” a...

August 4, 2016

Whenever you travel you must research your destination, so in thinking about Pinwheel Place and researching we found out about a place called Angels Wings. Angels Wings was a residential home in New Jersey for young children whose parents were unable to care for them. In further research we found out that it is no longer in existence but it’s parent organization Anchor House is still found in Trenton. Anchor House is a transitional home for adolescent youth. We decided to make our next stop the Anchor House to find out about their agency as well as find out what happened to Angel’s Wings.

The staff at Anchor House were very welcoming and very open to sharing their mission. They are very passionate about helping the youths transition into returning home or a more stable placement. They provide emergency housing, food,  clothing and hope for runaway and homeless youth ages 10-17.  They provide immediate help to youth while looking to reunite them with their families . They also provide co...

July 25, 2016

                                              

Welcome back to the second leg of our road to Pinwheel Place.  If you have ever driven on the highways and byways of New Jersey, you may have experienced what is affectionately called a “traffic circle”.  It happens when the road you are on intersects with another major roadway.  But instead of a normal traffic light, you are sent around a circle in the road … hoping the traffic that is supposed to let you merge does and that you are in the correct lane when you want to exit.  Otherwise, you may find yourself back at the beginning!  As Quady and I decided during the summer of 2015 that this was the time to fulfill our dream, we headed back to the beginning by traveling to Houston to visit where it began for me … Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos.

Today’s Casa is not the Casa of 25 years ago.  Their annual operat...

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PO Box 257

Red Bank, NJ 07701

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(732)542-1026

A home for children at risk of abuse or neglect

A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization

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