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Somerset County unveils new Operation Helping Hand vehicle

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John Fodor along with numerous municipal, county and state representatives Tuesday unveiled the new Somerset County Operation Helping Hand vehicle.

On July 27, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Somerset County Law Enforcement, accompanied by Recovery Support Specialists from Reach for Recovery (R4R) Program, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center and OHH Coordinators from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, unveiled the new Operation Helping Hand vehicle which will be utilized to conduct door-to-door outreach of known Somerset County residents with substance use disorders.

The vehicle will be present for the public to approach at various community events throughout Somerset County, and was purchased and equipped through the use of federal and state funding, along with a private donation from the Anthony Calderaro Memorial Fund, Robertson said.

The goal during each encounter is to have the Recovery Support Specialists engage residents in need providing on-the-spot referrals to treatment and other resources, Robertson said.

“The success of Somerset County’s OHH initiative would not be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of its community partners, especially, the working professionals of Somerset County Department of Human Services, (R4R) Program – Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, Somerset Treatment Services, and Pioneer Family Success Center – EmPower Somerset,” Robertson said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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