to Nov 14

Coping with Work and Family Stress

This is a 12 lesson program to help with everyday stresses from work and family while teaching healthy coping and communication skills. You must complete 9 out of the 12 to be eligible for graduation and graduation gifts.


Please contact Bethany Vega at
(856)-794-1011 x 323 or by email at


  • Locations will vary week to week. Information will be given out the first day. 

  • September 5, 12, 19, 26

  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

  • November 7, 14

  • 7:30pm-8:30pm


  • Light refreshments

  • Activities

  • Take Home Information

  • Graduation gifts

  • Self care reflection

  • FREE!!! 
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to Nov 29

Strengthening Families Program

Our evidence-based program teaches helpful parenting tips and useful life skills for children.

7 Free Sessions for Families with One Child between 10-14 -Includes Dinner, Gifts, & Incentives for Participating Families


Contact: Kevin Allen

(856)-494-4950 Ext. 101


Dinner Served @ 5:00 PM

Program - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

October 11, 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 29

Compass Academy Charter School

23 W Chestnut Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360

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9:00 AM09:00

Points Penalties Pills

Points Penalties Pills will take place on Friday, October 19, from 9:00am to 2:00pm as an extension of Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, a state-wide opioid misuse prevention initiative that takes place annually in early October.  

Athletic directors, trainers, coaches, school nurses, school administration, and concerned parents and guardians of youth athletes in Salem and Cumberland Counties are encouraged to attend!  There is no cost to attend, however registration is required. Professional Development hours will be given to Salem & Cumberland County school staff in attendance through the Department of Education. Light breakfast & lunch are included, and as additional incentive, Running Deer Golf Club is offering a discounted green fee rate of $20 for 9 holes of golf available after the conference!

Points Penalties Pills will include:

Keynote Speaker & Breakout Presenter - William Lynch - Staff Pharmacist with Jefferson Health System-Cherry Hill Hospital (JHS-CH) "Prescription Drug Abuse: Our National Epidemic" - educating about the real world implications of drug abuse, particularly with students and youth athletes. Bill shares stories from his personal experiences as a pharmacist and coach to teach how to better care for and protect the youth in your life.

Breakout Presenter - Larry White - Executive Director - NJSIAA, Larry addresses youth opioid use from every angle.  Speaking from his experiences as a former youth athlete, coach, and now Executive Director of the New Jersey Interstate Interscholastic Athletic Association to teach best coaching practices.   Larry is poised to addresses athletic departments and trainers on what to consider when an athlete is injured.

Breakout Presenter - Ashley Mallon - Prevention Specialist - Southwest Council, "SPOT IT: Are You Missing The Signs?" - spotting the trending signs of substance abuse can be tricky. Ashley's research and anecdotes provides fresh context to open your eyes to potential abuse, as well as how and why to engage the students for substance abuse prevention, including the personal value of accounting, securing, disposing of your prescription medication.

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to Oct 11

Wellness Initiative Senior Education (WISE)

The Southwest Council is offering WISE (Wellness Initiative Senior Education) at Salem Senior Village in Salem, NJ taking place in September and October!

Session topics include medication use and misuse, stress management, the aging process, depression, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse. This program is offered to seniors in Salem County at no cost and includes light refreshments!


Pre-Registration is required! 

Let us know if you will be attending the Morning Session or Evening Session!

To register, please contact Bethany Vega at

856-794-1011 x 323, or at 


WISE Morning Session

Thursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11 -  10:30 am - 12:30 pm


WISE Evening Session

Thursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11 -  5pm - 7pm



Salem Senior


55 W. Broadway,

Salem, NJ 08079


WISE has been recognized as an evidence-based prevention program by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). 

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to Aug 17

Camp YEY

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Camp YEY is a week-long youth leadership development camp for children in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties entering 4th - 8th grade. Camp YEY campers will receive educational lessons on subjects such as the following: peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, decision making, communication and self-esteem. Camp YEY is provided at no cost through grant funding. Counselor Assistant (CA) positions available to former campers entering 9th - 12th grade who have exceptional leadership skills. 


Campers entering 6th, 7th & 8th grades are eligible to attend:
August 6th - August 10th, 2018 from 9am-3:15pm

Campers entering 4th & 5th grades are eligible to attend:
August 13th - 17th, 2018 from 9am-3:15pm

Registration is full, see you soon Campers!!!

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to Jul 5

Strengthening Families Program

Glassboro, NJ - Join The Southwest Council for the Strengthening Families Program at the Mosaic Family Success Center (110 E. High St. Glassboro, NJ 08028).

SFP is a family skills training
program designed to increase communication and develop healthy habits within the family. The SFP program will be held from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on June 7, 14, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, & 26. 

SFP Includes
-Fun and informative lessons for parents, children, and the family as a whole
-Dinner provided at each session
-Tips and strategies for improving communication and quality time within the family
-Guest Speakers
-Graduation Gifts
*Must attend 5 of 7 sessions to graduate
**Must have a child between the ages of 10-14

For more information contact Angelica Lawler 856-794-1011 x 319 or 

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6:00 PM18:00

Announcing: 4th Annual Tree of Hope

We are excited about our upcoming 4th Annual Tree of Hope, which will take place from 6-8pm on Friday, December 1st at the Cumberland County Community Church in Millville, NJ! After the success of last year’s Tree of Hope Coffeehouse Fundraiser, the Southwest Council will again host this fundraising event in a coffeehouse format. Tree of Hope partners with numerous artists, organizations, treatment facilities, and the larger community to raise funds for local Recovery Support Services. 

Tree of Hope seeks to achieve several objectives:

1st objective: to celebrate our local recovery community and commemorate lives lost to the disease of addiction.

2nd objective: to raise awareness about and funds for local Recovery Support Services

3rd objective: to create connection and combat stigma, while spreading the message that recovery is possible and worthy of supporting! 

Tree of Hope creates a warm, hospitable atmosphere with live music, coffee, food, and a place to come together in celebration as we aspire to be a healthy and whole community free from substance abuse addiction. A unique element of Tree of Hope is the musical artists who carry the tenor of the night. The program is designed primarily around music and letting the commonality of music add to the anthem of recovery. At this year’s Tree of Hope we will publicly install 14 newly trained peer recovery coaches! 

There are two ways we are asking for support: 

Share: spread the word about the coffeehouse for a sober, fun Friday night event! 

Give: in some meaningful way; whether money, time or offer your talents.

There is no fee to attend the coffeehouse; all voluntary donations benefit support recovery services, like sustaining the volunteer recovery coaches. Attendees can donate by purchasing commemorative ornaments to write names of their loved ones  to honor those suffering from addiction, in recovery, or whose lives were lost to overdose. There will also be additional opportunities to give throughout the night. 

We hope you will join us! Let us know you are coming by registering for a ticket.

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4:30 PM16:30

Bird's Eye Strengthening Families

  • Bird's Eye Family Success Center (map)
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Join The Southwest Council for Strengthening Families (SFP) at Bird's Eye Family Success Center. SFP is a family skills training
program designed to increase communication and develop healthy habits within the family. The SFP program will be held on Thursdays for 7 weeks.

SFP Includes
-Fun and informative lessons for parents, children, and the family as a whole
-Dinner provided at each session
-Tips and strategies for improving communication and quality time within the family
-Guest Speakers
-Graduation Gifts
*Must attend 5 of 7 sessions to graduate
**Must have a child between the ages of 10-14

For more information contact Adrienne Davis 856-494-4950 or

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5:45 PM17:45

Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall Meeting

  • Rowan College at Gloucester County (map)
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The GRASP Coalition and The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey have collaborated to present Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall meeting to address the issue of opiate abuse in our communities across the state.

Town hall meetings provide an opportunity to dialogue with community members and learn their concerns, needs and questions about the opioid abuse epidemic in New Jersey and in the local community. Town hall meetings provide opportunities for community members to discuss a topic in the presence of stakeholders and others in the community. These structured conversations provide panelists an opportunity to listen to the community. At these town hall meetings, the audience can share their concerns, questions, and success strategies and ask questions to of the stakeholders.

These community level meetings will be in concert with the recommendations of the Surgeon General’s report on addiction. It is necessary to work together as a community to try and come up with ways to eradicate this epidemic and to change the public attitude toward addiction, and change attitudes on addiction to ultimately reduce and prevent opiate abuse. 

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4:00 PM16:00

Dining For Dollars

LongHorn Steakhouse®, is proud that fundraising is such a huge part of community involvement.

Join us June 14,2017, as LongHorn Steakhouse® partners with The Southwest Council through the Dining for Dollars program. Bring your voucher in between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00pm and LongHorn Steakhouse® will donate 10% of your check to The Southwest Council.

Download Your Voucher Here!

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to Jun 22

Family Nights Out

  • Riverview Family Succeess Center (map)
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The program is no cost to the participants and has many incentives including a fun, engaging and interactive field trip at the end of the program in addition to weekly drawings for gift cards and a family dinner at each session. The program will run for 7 weeks beginning May 11 through June 22.   The program is being held at the Riverview Family Success Center in Penns Grove although anyone from any county can attend and if needed, transportation can be provided. 

The evidenced-based program “Strengthening Families” works to support families whom are affiliated in some way to the military. The objectives of the program are to encourage healthy and positive behaviors, promote effective discipline, develop family values and communication skills, and resist peer pressure and cope with stress with healthy strategies.

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to May 31

Peer Recovery Training

In a collaborative effort between the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cumberland County Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services , and The Southwest Council, Inc. this volunteer program provides training in the guidance and support of others seeking freedom from addiction through peer-to-peer recovery mentorship. Those personally impacted by addiction, in long-term recovery, or wishing to make a difference in the recovery community are encouraged to apply.  Applications due May 31.

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