Posted Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The Morris County Department of Human Services wants those impacted by flooding in recent weeks to know that no cost counseling is available to them through Project Recover, an approach to disaster recovery that is backed by the state and by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Project Recovery method is designed to help individuals, families and communities affected by the flooding to better understand and cope with the emotional toll they are experiencing.

According to Frank Pinto, director of the Department of Human Services, this approach is being used by NewBridge Services, a nonprofit community organization that offers programs and services to help people bring balance to their lives.

NewBridge Project Recover counselors are helping to lessen the stress and improve Morris and Passaic county residents’ ability to move forward in their recovery efforts, Pinto said.

Services include providing general support and information on resources available to individuals and families; providing emotional support for ongoing recovery; providing information, educational programs, individual support and group sessions lead by trained crisis counselors about “disaster stress” and coping skills; and organizing interventions and help for civic groups, faith-based groups, schools, senior centers and other community organizations.

NewBridge Project Recover counselors can help people maximize their
communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, time management and stress management skills so they can work effectively with recovery organizations, Pinto said.

For more information or assistance, please call NewBridge Project Recover at 973-316-9333 or visit