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2023 Spring Golf Classic & Celebration Dinner
Honoring Robert Detore, Roy Leitstein,and Moneefah Jackson
Green Brook Country Club — North Caldwell, NJ

May 17, 2023

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From a young age, Moneefah Jackson always had a big heart and the deep desire to help others in need. She was born in the British Caribbean Island of Jamaica, but later relocated with her family to New York. As an adult, she moved to Pennsylvania. Growing up, Moneefah had friends who experienced emotional and financial challenges, but were overlooked by the existing social services system. Not getting the care and attention they needed, she witnessed firsthand the hardships and struggles that her peers dealt with on a daily basis, and knew that somehow, she wanted to make a difference.

These experiences left a strong impression on Moneefah and eventually led her to pursue a career in Clinical Social Work while attending Fordham University. Moneefah worked in the social services field for over a decade. Moneefah is licensed in both the social work field and the addiction field. She is also a play therapist. Moneefah has conducted trainings for the Rutgers School of Continuing Education. She has had the opportunity to teach at Seton Hall and Rutgers University (in Newark) for the Department of Social Work.

Moneefah has been a foster parent to children who are in need of a loving home and has taken care of them as if they were one of her own. Her life-long goal of serving the community and providing personalized care to those in need has truly became a reality through the work that she does.

Moneefah started her journey at The Bridge Inc. – Family Preservation Services in 2002. Moneefah strives to be a true role model to the staff she has come in contact with in order to make a difference. She often ensures that she reminds staff about the NASW Code of Ethics and to be sure that she is practicing what she preaches. Although there have been some challenges with dealing with different situations (e.g., domestic violence, gang violence, unsafe neighborhood) within the community, Moneefah has not given up on ensuring that families come first. Moneefah does not take credit for all the work that she does because she knows that it takes a team to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Moneefah sees The Bridge as a family organization. In 2008, her medical condition known has Systematic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which is a fatal chronic illness, took a turn for the worse. She was out of work for six months and her position was held for her because of who she is as a person and the work that she does for the organization.

During her recovery, Moneefah did not hesitate to continue to be available to the Assistant Supervisor who needed guidance from her to oversee the team who was struggling over her absence. She is truly an asset to the organization.