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Unity Place of Monmouth clients are really looking forward to lunch these days. That is because they are treated to delicious and creative meals virtually every day since the facility’s new chef, Dena, came on-board last fall.  Dena gives her all to coming up with meals the clients will enjoy and has recently given them a say what will be served.

Dena decided Unity’s clients should have choice in the lunches at least one day a week. Beginning last month, she has been giving Unity clients a choice of their Wednesday lunches.  Among the selections for them to pick from: barbecue brisket or stuffed peppers, tacos or Italian hotdogs, cheese steaks or fried chicken. They really couldn’t go wrong.

Unsurprisingly, Dena’s offerings have met with enthusiasm by most of the clients. She works hard to try “to appease everyone,” and she comes very close to doing so.

She is aware of different religious diets that need to be respected. During Lent, for example, she and her staff have honored the tradition of not eating meat on Fridays. All meals provide balance, with a vegetable and fruit served as side dishes every day.

Dena, who operates a catering business, Dee-Lish in Farmingdale, tops of the main courses with desserts that will delight everyone. For the end-of-the-month party that Unity Place regularly holds, she serves up such dishes as cakes, ice cream Sundays. Even the regular day desserts sound delectable: blueberry cobbler or peach turnover.

With Dena in the kitchen as a complement to Unity Place’s outstanding counseling staff, the clients are having both their spirits and their bodies well nourished.


Unity Place of Monmouth clients will have a new look to go with the new season. Unity dedicated the first day of spring to holding its annual clothing drive, which allows clients of the facility spruce up their wardrobes. It is one of the many ways Unity Place lets the people who are treated at the facility for addiction or mental health  know they are special.

 Unit Place staff and their family and friends donate the clothes. Each year, the drive brings in more and more clothes. The clients come in group by group and pick whatever they want.

 The staff get assistance from Unity’s pre-vocational clients, who worked hard all month separating and folding the clothes. Any unclaimed articles of clothing are bagged up and donated at drop-off locations for Good Will.


Unity Place of Monmouth Partial Care will host a presentation by New Jersey Organizing Project the first week of April. NJOP is a grassroots organization that helps residents of the Shore and South Jersey with some of its most pressing issues, including the many opiate overdoses seen in the region and the barriers to care many people face. It has also helped with people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Sandy. Partnering with groups such as NJOP are in keeping with Unity’s commitment to provide care to people who have an addiction to opiates and to improve the community that we serve.

NJOP members are residents of the community who “connect and train members in the decision-making that affects their lives.” With respect to the opiate crisis, this means stressing the importance of seeking quality care such as what Unity Place provides. Unity Place is known for having the highest standards of treatment, which one sees in its program director and each of its counselors.

NJOP’s Pricilla Robinson stresses the many lives our state has lost to overdose – more than 3,000 a year in recent years. NJOP notes that shore counties are some of the hardest hit by the crisis, making the work Unity does all the more critical. NJOP also works to hold the state accountable for how it is responding to the epidemic levels of overdose. New Jersey’s overdose death rate has continued to climb as others have seen a decline.

The opiate crisis has created a tremendous need for addiction treatment. In its treatment for opiate addiction, Unity provides Medication-Assisted Treatment using suboxone and vivitrol, which ease the cravings for an opiate the addicted person experiences. MAT is used in concert with group and individual counseling that Unity staff provides its clients, with the goal of seeing those individuals return to full and productive lives in recovery.




Clients of Unity Place know the care they receive for drug use or mental health is excellent. They also know that, beyond the care they get, the staff strives to make their experience at the Partial Care facility productive and enjoyable. The newest activity offered at Unity is the opportunity to visit and take out books from an in-house lending library Program Director Lorraine Laura proposed the idea for the library, which the took the collective effort of outreach staff Jamie Paris and Bridget Cowan and one committed client to make it a reality.

Larry is the client who has dedicated himself to grouping and alphabetizing the books in the library. He devotes all of this prevocational time to the project, which amounts to an hour every day.  Larry’s fellow clients will be able to visit the library during their lunch breaks and with their case managers.  

Libraries in Oceanport, Middletown and Long Branch, members of the Monmouth County Library system, have been providing the books.  To donate books, please call Unity Place at 848-208-2636.

And Unity is not ignoring technological needs of the clients. They are offering computer time to hone their skills as part of a new outreach effort.  Unity Place is making some of its computers available to clients.


Unity Place of Monmouth works with its clients to overcome mental health and addiction issues and does so by taking a holistic approach with them. Success for us means improving the overall health of our clients. Unity staff are mindful of that year-round but especially during February, which is Healthy Heart Month.

Unity Place understands that people suffering from depression or who are addicted to a narcotic need to be treated in a way that promotes both physical and emotional health.  Staff at Unity impart information to clients about healthy eating, staying active and meditating. Among the groups that foster holistic health is yoga. In addition, smoking cessation is of course part of the conversation around health, especially heart health.

The food served at Unity reflects the belief that we want clients to feel physically as well as emotionally and mentally. Unity Place provides three meals a day, all of which incorporate grains, fruits vegetables and proteins. Our chef has creative ways to ensure nutrition for clients.

A recent development in caring for clients’ entire range of health needs is a partnership Unity Place has formed with Monmouth Family Health Care, located in Long Branch. The health center provides primary care and a range of specialty medical care. Through this collaboration, Unity Place treats Monmouth Family Health patients meets a need of providing addiction care and in return sends our clients to Monmouth for medical or dental issues.   

All it all, the people who come to Unity Place for behavioral health care receive that and so much more.


At Unity, our goal is to provide a therapeutic environment where each client can learn how to successfully handle life’s challenges.

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