The Hasbrouck Heights Chapter of Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors meets every Monday from 1PM until 2:30.
Meeting in the Hasbrouck Heights Library, the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors Hasbrouck Heights Chapter has already completed its second meeting. Like all other NHN chapters, our objective is to help each other get ourselves out of unemployment or underemployment. My name is Matthew J. Milsop and I am the official blogger of the talented and diverse Hasbrouck Heights Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors chapters.
The devastation that rocked the economy four years ago is still with us. Through NHN, however, many people are getting back to work, back into positions that provide pay that allow them to support their families. We are about working together, helping each other, we are doing what people have always done in the past; ban together, share, join, accomplish.
Historically speaking, this has been a very successful strategy. Strength in numbers is the old saying!
In prehistoric times, early humans living in the wilderness banded together. The challenges were great; they needed food, shelter, leadership, and protection. One person could not do it alone; that was never realistic.
Today, many of us are not in the wilderness, but it certainly feels close. High unemployment, rejection after rejection or no response at all, mounting bills and student loans and bad news all over on top of bad news assails us! It’s daunting and depressing, it has brought tears to the eyes of many, shattered hopes and
But for many of us, intelligence and the will to survive, to take action, has taken
over! We the unemployed and the underemployed have banned together, we have formed our tribes and we are sharing our resources. We are determined to survive, to grow, to help others grow! We are Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors and we are on our way back to work!
Back to growth, prosperity and life!
Optimism is the first step!
May 14, 2012 was a meeting where such work was accomplished. There were more members this time about 14, which is great. Moderated that day by Mr. Bob Kline, it will be moderated by another next week and another after that. At one o’clock, Mr. Kline asked for introductions and one by one we did so. A brief history of the organization was given and to work we went.
More people equal more resources. We talked about Job Fairs, the end of New Jersey-sponsored Personal Service Groups, general frustrations with the department of labor, shared war stories and suggestions. Many of these strategies were some no one had ever thought of before; it was a learning experience, something we could take notes on, take home, digest and incorporate. We talked about the good connection NHN has and the potential for more. I know when I left, I felt far more hopeful than I did going in.
The beginning to success is optimism and that is what we start with at NHN. After that, it is the amount of effort we put into it. We share notes; we talk about what has worked, what has not worked. We talk about opportunities to network, places where we can meet others in similar groups. Information and websites are exchanged as well as contacts in industries we wish to enter.
Optimism is the inspiration, the spark, but the fire
comes from us, each and every one of us and the desire to get ourselves back,
to grow, to adapt, to fight on, and to succeed!
Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors. We will
Some relevant websites
(Build a profile and get a professional picture in there!)
(not as terrible as you think! I know someone who found gainful,
professional employment related to his field through here!)
(Company profiles and addresses. Not always up to date)