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March 20, 2015:  Congratulations to Bound Brook resident, Will, on his acceptance into Raritan Valley Community College.  Congratulations and good luck Will!

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January 19, 2015:  In recognition and appreciation of Martin Luther King Day, our BiCi, Bound Brook and New Brunswick cottages all participated in community service activities.  Bound Brook and Bici Cottages teamed up with the Jersey Cares traveling to Alexander Street middle school in Newark NJ to assist in renovating worn down classrooms.  New Brunswick residents visited the Promise Culinary School (part of Elijah’s Promise) and participated in a day of service to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Day. The young men helped make sandwiches for the soup kitc…hen, participated in an active discussion about racism through current events, watched a movie focusing on the historical civil rights movement, painted rocks for different gardens around New Brunswick and made seed bombs to grow wild flowers around the community.

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November 24, 2014:  Congratulations to our Brae Builders for being mentioned in the Courier News for their efforts!

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November 20, 2014:  This evening we celebrated our Friends and our Family. We gathered for a wonderful feast made by our food services staff and guests toured the school and were able to see the great work being done and progress being made by our young people.

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October 28, 2014:  Many thanks to Susan Head of the Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund for their support of our Bound Brook home.  Susan visited today, enjoyed a tour led by one of our residents, and saw both the room that is named in the fund’s honor and a first-hand look at this great program.

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September 30, 2014:  Yesterday a group of our guys helped out at the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Run in Manhattan handing out water at the finish line.  It was a great day and a great honor to help out these runners!

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September 23, 2014:  Yesterday we hosted the 26th Annual Tartan Classic at Plainfield Country Club.  What an incredible day – gorgeous weather, great golf and the opportunity to honor Tartan Classic co-founder Malcolm Macpherson.  It was truly a special day to celebrate Bonnie Brae.

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September 22, 2014:  Great things happening at our New Brunswick House…Check out their newsletter chock full of exciting happenings and developments!

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August 25, 2014:  And they are off!  Our boys and staff left this morning for Forest Lake Camp in upstate New York for an incredible summer vacation!  Many thanks to all of our generous donors for making this trip possible.

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August 7, 2014:  In an effort to learn more about residential treatment in the United States, representatives from South Africa visited and toured Bonnie Brae with Alan Vietze, Deputy Director of New Jersey Children’s System of Care.

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July 24, 2014:  We are so proud of Bound Brook resident, Andrew, for starting his first job at a large retail establishment.  Despite some challenges, he has persevered and is working towards his future!  Congratulations and good luck Andrew!

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July 22, 2014:  As part of our Extended School Year Program, some of our young people built a gazebo on campus.  With assistance from staff and our facilities group, they “raised the roof” today!Gazebo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 25, 2014:  Congratulations to our 11 Bonnie Brae graduates!

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June 13, 2014:  Check out the launch of “Project Campfire 2014″, the exciting fundraising project of  young , Lex Decker, Jack Proudfoot, Ryan O’Malley, Elizabeth McDevitt and Troy Powell who are putting their heads and their skills together to raise money for the Bonnie Brae boys to go on a summer trip to camp.  Visit their website at www.projectcampfire.weebly.com. See them below putting the finishing touches on it!Lex, Jack and Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 4, 2014:  The young men of our New Brunswick House have been up to great things!  Check out their newsletter, The New Brunswick News…………….NB_Newsletter_APR

 

May 21, 2014:  This weekend our Bonnie Brae Knights took first place in the Strawberry Festival Parade in West Virginia.  To learn more, check out CEO Bill Powers latest blog post at http://www.bonnie-brae.org/west-virginia-strawberry-festival-parade-2014-bonnie-brae-knights/

 

May 8, 2014:  As part of their Community Partnership Day, today employees from several Novartis Group Companies are volunteering their time and efforts painting the hallways in our McNally Building.    As the “first stop” for many of our young men, their families and our visiting guests, the McNally Building is the central hub of our campus.  This painting project is the first step in a renovation that will modernize this building and make for a more “welcoming” atmosphere for our young men and their families when they arrive.  Thank you Novartis!photo 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2014:  Our BiCi Cottage is in need of a new or slightly used desktop computer.  If you are interested in donating one, please contact Maureen Hunt at 908-647-4700 or mhunt@bonnie-brae.org

 

April 29, 2014:  Yesterday marked the Bonnie Brae Knights Tennis Team first competition.  Though the boys had difficulty with consistency, as they have only been playing for one month, all of the most important lessons were upheld.  The Knights respected the Tennis Code of Ethics and the rules of Bonnie Brae in every way.  They were gentlemen on and off the court, thanked their competition and extended their gratitude to the other team’s coaches.  They were honest with their calls and exhibited immense humility despite the fact that they were playing against kids younger than them (who had been playing tennis for years). The boys’ sportsmanship was exemplary.  They applauded all of their competitions’ good shots and held their heads high when they missed opportunities.  Despite mistakes that would be frustrating to any athlete, our boys kept smiles on their faces throughout the entire match.  Congratulations on the first of many great matches!

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April 21, 2014:  Today our campus came alive with a celebration of our Earth.  Happy Earth Day!  Activities around campus included cleaning the grounds, planting trees, fitness challenges, crafts and a celebratory barbecue!

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April 15, 2014:  Great news for two of our Bound Brook boys! Andrew was recently elected to the position of treasurer for the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in New Brunswick and Joshua, a straight A student who has been involved in the Middle Earth afterschool program, was hired yesterday at a local restaurant. Congratulations on these great accomplishments boys!

 

March 17, 2014:  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Yesterday our Bonnie Brae Knights Drummers kicked off their Spring Tour by marching and performing in the Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Despite the frigid temperatures, our boys played and entertained a great group of spectators.

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March 11, 2014:  This weekend our youth group took a trip to Christ Church in Montclair where they assisted with making care packages for the homeless. They also participated in a group discussion about choices, the consequences that come from them, and how to break free from making poor choices.

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February 5, 2014:  Our Green Team has been taking part in a program called, “Homefront Hugs,” corresponding with and sending care packages to one of our American soldiers overseas.  Today they received a letter of thanks from him:

Hello,

I have to apologize for not responding to you all sooner I really feel terrible about it.  Time out here is funny though, I have started and tossed several letters to you all but as time slips away I find what I started was no longer relevant.  I realize that this is not a very good excuse and honestly there are other reasons that have prevented me from writing that I cannot talk about but please know that writing and thanking all of you was never far from my mind.

Next I want to thank you all for your support.  I am truly touched that you would take the time out of your lives to do something for me.  It humbles me to know that there are good hearted people like you back home.  Your actions are speaking much louder than words ever will.  It is because of people like you that makes this all worthwhile.  Knowing that there are good people like you back home makes it much easier to stand guard on a long cold night and it makes it easier to deal with cold water showers and limited time to talk to our families.

I can only imagine what you are all doing for your local community.  I know that if you are all so willing to take the time to send me, a complete stranger, these wonderful things, you all must be making a positive impacts in your homes, school and community.

The hard work that you have put into sending me all of the wonderful things is a true testament to you are.  I wish that I had the verbal capacity to express how much it means to me that you would all take so much time out of your lives just to send me some of my favorite treats from home.

In the next few days I will be sending a package to you.  It is just a small token of my appreciation.  I wish I could send individual gifts but I can really only send one for the group.  I will be going home soon so I suspect that this will be one of the last times we talk but as you have my e-mail address now please do not hesitate to ever drop me a line.  I will do my best to answer any and all questions you may have.

Thank you again for everything!!  You are all wonderful people that have already done more positive things in your young lives than many will do in their entire life.

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January 24, 2014:  Thanks to a very generous donor, last night three of our boys got to attend a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.  The boys had a great time and were thrilled to have this experience!

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January 14, 2014:  We were recently thanked by Jersey Cares for the over 50 hours our boys spent volunteering at community based projects.  They assisted with helping Team Charter School move locations as well as volunteered with Mobile Meals in Newark and Paterson helping the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  Giving back to the community is just one way our boys change their lives in positive and meaningful ways.  This letter of thanks shows how grateful community agencies are for our efforts.

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December 23rd:  Today, Rolling Video Games of New Jersey, generously donated a video game party to the boys on campus.  The truck rolled in this morning and the boys got the opportunity to enjoy the sounds, lights and action provided by the truck and the games it held.  We are very grateful to Chris of Rolling Video Games for giving our boys this great opportunity for a morning of fun!

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December 20th:  Last night, “Santa” made his rounds to all of the cottages on campus, spreading joy and holiday cheer to all of the Bonnie Brae boys.  Many thanks to all of our donors who helped to make holiday dreams come true for the boys of Bonnie Brae by providing gifts for them.  A very happy and thankful campus indeed!

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December 5th:  Yesterday our community came together for our monthly assembly.  One of the highlights of this assembly was the trophy presentation to our JV Bonnie Brae Knights Basketball team.  They worked hard, came together as a team and had an incredible season, making it into the playoff finals.  Unfortunately the exciting game ended with them losing by 5 points, however, their determination and efforts are to be commended.  We are so proud of them!

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November 21st:  Last evening the entire Bonnie Brae community – staff, residents, and family members – came together to celebrate a Family and Friends holiday dinner and school open house.  In a cold gym magically transformed by teacher and student elves into a warm inviting space, staff members, family members, and our students shared a traditional holiday feast.  Before and after dinner, family members walked around the perimeter of the gym oohing and ahhing at their son’s achievements:  art work, poems, science projects, and Brae Builders helping rebuild hurricane damaged houses.  Truly Bonnie Brae’s commitment to helping others in need reinforced the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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November 18th:  Today we welcomed Jane Kurek and Shaunna Rubin of the Provident Bank Foundation to our Bound Brook home.  The Foundation generously supported the Bound Brook campaign with a $10,000 grantOne of the five bedrooms in the house is now named in honor of the Provident Bank Foundation.  Below is a photo of Jane and Shauna with Bound Brook residents, Andrew and Josh, as well as CEO, Bill Powers, who presented them with a plaque recognizing their generosity and commitment to Bonnie Brae and the Bound Brook home.

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November 14th:  Our Brae Builders have been hard at work assisting Habitat for Humanity and Community Hope with renovating a house in Chester that will be home to 3 Iraqi War Veterans.  The house now contains three residential units and our Builders assisted with many facets of the renovation including:  caulking all of the trim; tiling the kitchen and bathrooms; painting the deck; and cleaning up the property.

Below is a photo of them in front of the house that they helped “rebuild”.  Also pictured is Melissa Ailiff of Morris County Habitat for Humanity,  Sharon Singleton, who runs the Bonnie Brae, Brae Builders and Matthew Roberts, who assists Ms. Singleton.

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October 26th:  Last night, Jeff & Vivian Roberts of our Tartan Ball Committee opened their hearts and their home and hosted a cocktail party to raise awareness of Bonnie Brae and of our upcoming Tartan Ball.  We are very grateful to Jeff, Vivian and the entire Tartan Ball Committee for their efforts to make this a successful evening.  We are also grateful to the following businesses for donating in support of this evening:  Metropolitan Seafood Company of Lebanon, Cocoluxe Fine Pastries of Peapack, Party With Us Rentals of Long Hill Township, Bex Kitchen of Califon, Bishop & Bishop Wine and Spirits of Whitehouse Station, Susan & Gregg Dunleavy of Tewksbury, Jeff Goldberg Catering of Whitehouse Station and Marc Sherman of Bob Egan Entertainment in New Hope, PA.

Bonnie Brae resident, Parrish, shared his story with the group.  Below is a photo of him with Jeff & Vivian Roberts.

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October 25th:  This week was RESPECT week at Bonnie Brae!  Our boys worked on the different ways which we show respect to others including kindness, manners and anti-bullying.

October 18th:  Today was our Oktoberfest at Bonnie Brae!  Campus was alive with creative games and activities culminating in the Superbowl Championship game between the Jets and the Bears!

October 16th:  We are delighted to hear that Ben, one of this year’s graduates just finished his first semester as a COLLEGE student!  His final grades were:  2 B’s, 1 B and 1 C+.  Ben is very proud of himself and has made a goal to get all A’s next semester.  Congratulations Ben!

October 8th:  Campus is buzzing with fall sports and activities.  Today our flag football teams are participating in spirited competition; the Bears vs. the Jets and the Cowboys vs. the Ravens.  Good luck to the players!

September 29th:  Today our Ambassadors helped out at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City by handing out water to the runners.  Approximately 25,000 runners made their way from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center,     following the 3.1 mile path hero FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller took on Sept.  11, 2001.

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September 23rd:  Today we celebrated Rich Juntilla at our 25th Annual Tartan Classic, presented by Northeast Lock.  Over 100 golfers supported Bonnie Brae and took to the beautiful links of Plainfield Country Club.  The evening concluded with an inspiring presentation to Rich for his incredible efforts in support of Bonnie Brae.  Many thanks to all who supported this great event!

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September 16th:  Welcome to our new website!   Many thanks to Austin Jenkins of CodeSquare for his incredible work in designing and building it and to Board of Trustee’s member, Lauren Fedechena for connecting us with Austin.

 

September 11th:  Bonnie Brae remembers.  Thoughts and prayers to all on the anniversary of September 11th.

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September 5th:  First day of school!  Principal, Ms. Ellis and all of the teachers were on hand to welcome the boys to a new school year.

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August 30th:  Our residents returned today from a fabulous week of camp and summer vacation at Forest Lake Camp in New York.  Hiking, biking, horse-back riding, swimming, fishing, archery – they did it all!      Camp owners were so impressed, they made a donation to Bonnie Brae!

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August 23rd:  Our Young Alumni Picnic is a great success with over 30 alumni returning for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie!

Markies:  Is looking forward to his Senior year of high school and playing on his school basketball team.

  • Ben:  Is enrolled at New York’s Fashion Institute and is getting      ready for mid-terms.  He has volunteered to help out with NY Fashion Week and is really excited about it.
  • John:  Is living on his own and is selling gym equipment.
  • Joshua: Currently works at Sonic and dreams of being a good father, something he never had.
  • Cole:  Is a Junior in high school and is currently growing his hair to donate to “Locks of Love.”
  • Justin:  Is a Junior in high school and hopes to go to Culinary School.
  • Daniel:  Is a Senior in high school and hopes to study therapy after graduation.
  • Donte:  Is working on his GED and then plans to enter the army and hopefully become a cop someday.  He is working hard to better his life so he can better the lives of his family.
  • Dustin:  Is  currently living in a group home and is interested in studying criminal justice.
  • Devon:  Is currently living in a group home and looking at Culinary Arts Schools.
  • Sam:  Is living at home and working the midnight shift for UPS.  He is working very hard and hoping to move into his own apartment.

 

Big News for our Bound Brook Boys!!

  • Rob– Rob has a job at Applebee’s in Bridgewater. He is currently training but says he loves it! Rob passed his driver’s test and now has his provisional license (stay off the roads!!). Rob applied for Middlesex Community College and got accepted! He is also apartment hunting with Dante T and Antonio (from NB).
  • Harley– Harley went for an interview at Sienna’s and got hired! He started as a trainee.
  • Josh– Josh went for an interview at Quick Check and was hired!
  • Amarius– Amarius has been working at Shop Rite for about a month. His boss said he is a great employee. He is currently the cart pusher but was told he will be promoted to a cashier.
  • Guiseppi– Guiseppi is working at Burger King in his hometown.
  • Dante– Dante has an interview at Shop Rite and is currently apartment searching.
  • Andrew– Andrew had an interview at Abercrombie in the Bridgewater Mall. He has followed up and is waiting for a response. He has been actively looking for jobs.

 

IMG_9518In July, campers from the Somerset Hills YMCA came and assisted us with beautifying our campus.  Thank you campers!

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis past June, we celebrated 14 young men who completed their high school journey and received their High School Diplomas.

 

 

 

 

 

Ben - graduationGraduate, Ben, received the 2nd Annual Donna Crane Scholarship.  This scholarship is presented each year to a student who holds great promise in their future education.

 

 

 

 

 

Quest for the cup

Bonnie Brae wins Quest for the Cup!  Fourteen boys recently competed against five other programs from New Jersey and Delaware in basketball, flag football and track and field.  Despite challenges and the hottest days of the year, our boys took home the cupW