Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey is a peer led not-for-profit organization.
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. (CSPNJ), a peer-led not-for-profit organization, provides flexible, community-based services that promote responsibility, recovery, and wellness through the provision of community wellness centers, supportive and respite housing, human rights advocacy, educational and innovative programs for people with the lived experience of behavioral health conditions.
It is with a heavy heart and profound sorrow we announce that
we have lost a valuable member of our community, Karen Burke.
Services will be held at Beth Judah on Sunday, July 11 at 12:00 noon. Please plan to arrive early, as it will take time to seat everyone in order to comply with social distancing and Covid protocols. Masks are required.
A minyan will be held the same day at 5:00 p.m. at Beth Judah. Again, social distancing and masks are required.
Karen has been with Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey since 2001. As the Regional Coordinator she played an instrumental role helping the Self-Help Centers/Wellness Centers to grow and expand to better support the recovery for many people in the community and state hospitals.
Karen had passion for her work and a thirst for knowledge. She seized every opportunity to grow to maximize all her strengths earning Master’s degree in psychiatric rehabilitation, passing the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) examination, attending and presenting at national Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA), New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NJPRA) and COMCHO conferences for decades.
She was intimately involved in creating numerous recovery- focused educational forums and programs that benefited the lives of so many colleagues and people in the community the Centers served.
Karen made sure others had that same opportunity and she mentored and supported others by sharing what she learned and ensuring they had these same opportunities. She was instrumental in creating many Recovery Learning opportunities for so many and was a passionate advocate, reliable and supportive coworker, and great friend to many!!
Karen made a positive impact on the lives of so many. Her dedication to our work and our community will continue to benefit many for decades to come.
We would like to extend gratitude to Karen for her tireless efforts and advocacy to mobilize our community to carry the message of recovery and wellness through peer-led services.
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