Paterson, NJ [March 2, 2011] – Staff members, clients, and friends of Harbor House at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, came together to celebrate Black History Month. The celebration has been a tradition at Harbor House, a partial hospitalization client-centered program for adults with a history of serious and persistent mental illness and functional limitations, for more than 10 years.
Events included the participation of a special hearing impaired choir who performed by both singing and signing songs including 'Amazing Grace' and 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'. This year's guest speaker was the Honorable Jeffrey Jones, Mayor, City of Paterson. Mayor Jones gave a powerful and encouraging talk in regards to change and the importance of being a part of positive change. "We should learn to appreciate yesterday, think about tomorrow, and work towards it," Mayor Jones encouraged. "That is what this month is all about. We take time to celebrate those before us who did just that. They stopped saying 'I'm going to' and started doing," he added. Harbor House is truly appreciative of all those who offered their support. Pictured with Mayor Jones (center) are Harbor House Caseworkers Dana Rudison and Yolanda Esquiche.