Center for Hope and Safety Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone that attended last week’s event, called the Church of the Atonement Documentary Showing and Discussion, which was held by the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters). With everyone’s support, the event was a resounding success. Also, thank you to Patrice Lenowitz, a survivor of domestic violence, for leading the discussion and offering some great insight!

If you couldn’t make it, there are always more events that you can attend! For example, the Center for Hope and Safety is holding another event called the 5th Annual Stampin Event Fundraiser! Even though this is much different in nature, as the previous event was about the documentary and group discussion, this is still an important event that will help victims of domestic violence in New Jersey. As the name implies, the event is a fundraiser where all proceeds go to the Center for Hope and Safety.

Center for Hope and Safety

The event will be held on January 31 at the Clifton Avenue Reformed Church. Read the description below, which was written on the Center for Hope and Safety’s website, for more details about the event.

This annual fundraiser has a number of activities that include an open card making class, all day brunch and tricky tray. There will, also, be a Sweets and Gift Shop with handmade goodies for purchase to give your friends and family.

The proceeds from this annual event will benefit Center For Hope And Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters)
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
58 James Street
(Corner of Clinton Avenue and James Street)
Bergenfield, NJ

Suggested Donation: $35.00 per class kit or set of completed cards.

For more information or questions,
please contact Angela Stevenson at 201-446-0862

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? If so, please visit the Center for Hope and Safety’s website for more details. Once again, the more people that show up, the better! Let us know in the comments if you’ll be there.

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Center for Hope and Safety Group Discussion

One of the most important parts of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers) is the nonprofit organizations that we support. That’s why we make sure that our raving fans know about upcoming events from these kinds of organizations. This week, I’d like to highlight a special event from Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters).

Center for Hope and Safety

The event they are holding is called “Church of the Atonement Documentary Showing and Discussion.” At the Church of the Atonement, the Center for Hope and Safety will be holding a discussion led by Patrice Lenowitz, a survivor of domestic violence. Read the description below, pulled from the Center for Hope and Safety’s website, for more details about the event.

On Thursday, January 15th at 7:30 p.m. Patrice Lenowitz, Community Educator at the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters), will discuss the harsh impact that domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault have on our greater community — and how these can be prevented. The discussion will take place at Church of the Atonement located at 97 Highwood Avenue in Tenafly. A portion of the award-winning human trafficking documentary film, “Very Young Girls,” will also be shown.

Lenowitz is a domestic violence survivor and a victims’ rights advocate and activist. In addition to public speaking at various religious congregations, colleges and high schools, local businesses and families identified at risk, and various civic and service groups, she is the founder and co-facilitator of the Nurtured Parent Support Group for Survivors of Domestic Abuse, and co-founder with actress Kelly Rutherford of the Children’s Justice Campaign.

If you’re interested in attending, please visit the Center for Hope and Safety’s website for more details. The more people that show up, the better! The group discussion will be best with a room full of people, so we hope that you attend! If you plan on showing up, please let us know in the comments below.

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January Testimonials

Welcome to this month’s installment of testimonials! When we receive an excess of positive testimonials in a month, we highlight some of our biggest raving fans. We rely on our fans to spread the word about Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), so thank you to everyone that contributed for this month’s post!

Photo credit: Carl Cox

Photo credit: Carl Cox

This first review did not take a job with us, but they still commented on the service from our representatives! The fact that we were still able to leave an impression on her even though she chose another company is truly remarkable. For that reason, I want to highlight this testimony in this month’s post below:

Melissa G.: Representative was very professional and offered helpful suggestions. I did not end up using them because I was referred to another mover by a realtor who had clients with many positive experiences.

The rest of the posts below are from people that have fully used our services. If you want to know what we are capable of as a moving company, read the three testimonials below!

Maureen M.: Ridgewood Moving Services sent a team of very professional packers. They came in with all the supplies they needed. They went right to work on packing all the items that needed special attention. We had a number of antique items, mirrors and fine china. They packed them all carefully and made sure I was happy with the results before they left. I would recommend them to anyone needing a long or short distance move.

Michael U.: They move us from NY to NJ. They were professional from inception – from the time they provided an estimate to the time they finished the move. They were careful in wrapping the furniture which we are happy to say arrived unscratched. |I am the third member of my family to use Ridgewood Moving and highly recommend them.

Anthony T.: Absolutely the best moving company we have ever used. Excellent sales staff, team of movers, and customer service. I highly recommend them. Great job!!

Are you a raving fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Would you like to be featured on our blog? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials page, Yelp, Google +, or Angie’s List. Let your voice be heard! If you write us a testimonial, you have a good chance of being featured on next month’s post! Thanks for reading everyone.

Ridgewood Movers Delivers 4,800lbs of Donated Food

If you’ve been reading our blog or know who we are at Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), you’ve probably heard of Move For Hunger. Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that helps starving families by bringing them donated food. They are able to accomplish this by teaming up with moving companies like us! Whenever we talk to our clients, we always make it a priority to bring up Move For Hunger. By promoting them to all our clients, we are able to help fight against world hunger.

We’re proud to announce that Ridgewood Moving Services was able to deliver 4,800lbs of food to starving families through Move For Hunger! That’s enough to make 4,000 meals! We offered our reliable trucks and men to help deliver the food to those in need. This fantastic news comes directly from Move From Hunger, as it was announced this month on their social media platforms. You can view the tweet that mentions us below.

This is one of the many ways that we help out Move For Hunger. We also collect nonperishable items from our clients that are moving as well. If a client does not want these items for their new home, they’ll hand them over to us and we’ll deliver them to Move For Hunger. If you want to find out ways to help by yourself, visit the Move For Hunger website here.

Are you a raving fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials page, Yelp, Google +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so please consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

Boy Helps Starving Families on His Birthday

Here at Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), we proudly support nonprofit organizations, like Move For Hunger, that are trying to make a difference in the community. Move For Hunger works around the clock collecting food donations to feed starving families that need help, but it needs dedicated people to work for them to make it happen.

Xander is one of the many people that make Move For Hunger so successful. He is only a teenager, yet he’s been donating time to this nonprofit organization on his own birthday for years! His dedication is admirable and he’s been able to help many people by working diligently for Move For Hunger. You can read the whole story below, which is on Move For Hunger’s blog:

Move For Hunger would like to extend its deepest gratitude to a young gentleman name Xander. Most teenagers wish for a cell phone for his or her birthday, but not Xander, he wishes to help the hungry. For five years now, this is exactly what he does, by dedicating his birthday celebration to Move For Hunger.

Instead of presents, Xander asks party goers to bring non-perishable goods that he brings to the local food bank. For the celebrations, Lowy’s Moving Service, with Wheaton Worldwide Van Lines, parks a truck in front of Xander’s house and the challenges him fill it. His party guests responded, bringing 3382 pounds of food and $110.

Xander

“This is an event that we look forward to every year,” says Move For Hunger’s, Adam Lowy. “Xander is an honorary member of the Move For Hunger Family. To be there with him every year and watch him do so much good on what is supposed to be his special day, is incredibly humbling.”

Thank you for your continued generosity Xander and have a very happy birthday!

Did you enjoy this story? Then check out Move For Hunger’s blog! There’s always amazing new content being posted there every week, so check it out! We also blog weekly at Ridgewood Moving Services, so don’t forget to check our posts as well!

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2014 Photo Slideshow Retrospective

Every year, Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers) throws a holiday party to celebrate the end of the year. For the party, Cindy asked me to create a slideshow that captures the spirit of the company throughout the years. As a result, I’ve been working hard on perfecting this slideshow for the past couple of weeks.

I finished the slideshow recently and showed it to everyone at the holiday party this year. However, I also wanted to share it with everyone on the Ridgewood Moving Services’ blog! This is a great way to see what we have accomplished as a company and see our staff members in a series of great photos. Just click the link below and enjoy!

Click here to watch the presentation!

I really love how this one turned out. Not only did I compile a group of nice photos showing us on-the-job and helping non-profit organizations, there are pictures of us having a good time and making silly faces. This really exemplifies how much personality our team has at Ridgewood Moving Services. Tell me what you think of the presentation in the comments below!

Slideshow

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December Testimonials (Retrospective)

Welcome to another monthly installment of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers) testimonials! As you may know, actual moving jobs are not as common in the winter as they are in the summer, especially during the holiday season. Because of this, it’s hard to pick new testimonials to share with everyone here on the blog.

However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to share on the blog this month! I’ve compiled a group of some of my favorite testimonials that I’ve come across since I first started working here as an intern over the summer. I love all of our testimonials, but these truly impressed me for the amount of sheer praise found within them.
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Beverly Jean ConstantinFrom June

I must take this opportunity to totally RAVE about the wonderful experience I had with Ridgewood Moving Services. It has been a long while since my move from Jersey to Florida last year and I admit some of my boxes are still here in a storage facility because the move was so drastic to a small condo. Ridgewood movers put me completely at ease from day ONE !!!

The estimator was wonderful with Her inventory of my old family pieces and paintings that had such sentimental value. The timing and scheduling were perfect for us to move from the home so that we were able to put the Jersey place on the market and we met the truck in Florida at the agreed upon day !!! I could not believe that FOUR Men packed up my entire home in 6 hours the first day !!! Unfortunately they had to do a lot more work than anticipated because my mom in law was moved to a nursing home suddenly 3 days before our move and we had many of her items to move also and I did not have the time to ‘stage’ my possessions because of the situation. The packers were the most friendly and helpful and encouraging crew ever !!!

The movers had 2 stops (the storage unit then the condo) and did a marvelous job separating out what needed to be where … with my ‘inventory’ cataloged numerically for them !!! And labeled ‘storage’ or not !!! They were sooooo careful with each and every piece. Nothing was broken or lost even with 2 other families sharing the truck … all color coded I noticed … AND I had almost 250 boxes myself !!! The movers were pleasant and friendly even with all the work in the warm weather here in Florida … adjusting to the small elevator used to get to the 5th floor !!! We shared family stories and really got to know each other in the few hours working together. Thank YOU Ridgewood Movers for the most wonderful moving experience !!! Opening my boxes that were meticulously ‘wrapped’ is like Christmas every day !!!

Dorothy and RayFrom July

BIG thanks to a wonderful team of guys, Rodney, Ryan and Geraldo who did a fabulous job moving my art studio into my new home. They were positive, patient and willing to go the extra mile to get things just right. It was a daunting job with big equipment and all they did was smile! We actually enjoyed the day. Thank you so much for your generous spirits. I hope to see you at the end of February when you move my household!

Jean K.From August

After being selected, Ridgewood Moving met with us to go over the schedule for the day of our moves (they moved two of our locations) and what we should expect. They then walked around each of our offices and made suggestions of how we should pack things. They provided us with a labeling system for our boxes so the movers would know exactly what rooms we wanted our boxes placed in. Our offices were small and we couldn’t pack any more boxes because we had no place to put them and still continue to function, so they came and moved what we did have packed, freeing up the space to finish our packing. We didn’t have to worry about packing our PCs. They did that for us! They also took apart our desks and cabinets in our kitchenette area, which was a major help for us.

The two moves went extremely well. They showed up on time both days of our move. The first thing they did was walk around our offices to determine everything that was to be moved. The movers’ “coordinator” then told us the order in which the rooms would be moved. At both locations we still had some last minute packing, but they told us not to worry and that we didn’t have to rush even if it was in the first room they were moving – that they would come back to each room at the end and pick up whatever we still had in there. Each and every mover was extremely nice, friendly, and conscientious and no matter who you asked to do something, they all said “No problem.” We were amazed at how efficient they were and how quick the moves were. We expected the move for each office to take the entire day and both moves were done early in the afternoon, so we were able to unpack and start working the next day. I can’t say enough great things about Ridgewood Moving.

Photo Credit: Carl Cox

Photo Credit: Carl Cox

JoAnnFrom October

Truly look no further for the best moving company I’ve ever dealt with. This is from someone who has moved four (4) times, and not until my 4th time can I truly say it went perfectly. Except for the weather which Ridgewood Movers had no control over, but made all necessary adjustments and handled like true professionals.

Our home sold and buyers wanted it as soon as possible. With all the craziness of downsizing, I might have forgotten one very important component: a moving company. Please be aware this is only two (2) weeks before. When I called the office and explained my situation the staff was soon helpful, called me back with an appointment for the next day. Cindy came heard my many problems besides this crazy move. From the moment she walked through my front door I somehow knew I was in good hands.

The very next day I had my estimate and the game plan for the entire move, which at this point was exactly one (1) week away. I booked them immediately and have no regrets at all. Chris and Jimey were in my driveway on time, the first of two (2) trucks. FYI these guys were so professional and just GREAT to work with, they handled everything and supervised the other truck and workers. When they first got there I was a little nervous, one of them said to me, “not to worry they’ve got it,” and you knew they had it! For once everything went perfectly.

The crew went out of their way to make sure everything was covered with the bad weather we had that day. Neat, clean and extremely courteous, on one of your most stressful days they had your back. The estimate was right in range, no surprises, as I had in past moves. Trust me, look no further, you’ve found the right moving company, you can now relax.

Lisa F.From November

Cindy,

I wish I could have sent you this message last week but I was still unpacking and trying to get settled. Now that I feel like a “person” again, I just couldn’t wait to send you this message. Thank you isn’t enough for all of the coordinating and preparing you and Steve did for our 3 part move. From the time we met, I knew that you and Ridgewood Moving would be the mover of choice for us. Your professionalism and ability to process the many facets of this move was impressive. Unlike the average moving from point A to point B jobs, this move was particularly challenging due to our circumstances with the sale of our home, addition of an temporary apartment to add to the mix and an ever changing closing date.

Having access to Steve during the many twists and turns of this move made the process tolerable for me. When I presented him with a problem, he was able to grab a hold and run with it, returning with a solution, which gave me peace of mind.

Your packers were wonderful. They not only work efficiently, their finished product is like artwork. All of my finest and most treasured pieces arrived beautifully packed and safely to their new home.

The movers are unbelievable. I gave them a nickname of the “Olympic Move Team”. Not only are they organized and work like a finely tuned instrument, they were pleasant (most of the time smiles) even as they were carrying heavy pieces of furniture from room to room. They would ask important questions and not simply assume that I wanted something somewhere.

As you know, this was a huge move and they were relentless (not stopping for break or lunch) in order to get the job completed on Day 2 instead of dragging it out into Day 3. This was so greatly appreciated as I could use this extra day to begin organizing my new home.

Geraldo – is such a pleasant man, always keeping me informed and making sure I was ok with how and where items were placed. Big smiles!
Dullah – Hard worker and if you hadn’t heard, helped my elderly neighbor as she was injured by a horse on her farm next door.
Russell – Sweetheart and most adorable. Very responsive when I made an inquiry.
Duncan – Equally as sweet. Works very well with Russell. Good team.
Ryan – Like his smiles, even as he was carrying one of my many wardrobe boxes up a million steps on an empty stomach. Great personality!
Chris – ‘The Brawn’ – If he wasn’t present, my favorite bedroom furniture probably would not have made it to my room. He is truly unbelievable in his capacity to manage the heaviest of pieces. As you know, I had several pieces which would test his ability and he managed without breaking a sweat.

If you would ask me if I could imagine my move being successful without the above individuals and Ridgewood Moving, I’d say NO WAY!

Thank you for everything.

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Center for Hope and Safety Hosts Holiday Boutique

At Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving), we are very vocal about supporting Shelter Our Sisters, which is an organization that helps those that have suffered from domestic violence. For years, it has helped make a difference and now, it continues to do so under a different name. Instead of being called Shelter Our Sisters, the organization has decided to change its name to Center for Hope and Safety. To avoid confusion, we’ll let you know that they were formerly known as Shelter Our Sisters in each post we write.

Even though its name is different, its mission remains the same! That’s why it is holding a Holiday Boutique on December 8th. In some ways, this event is kind of like the upcoming Paterson toy sale on December 5th and 6th. But while the toy sale includes donations and is geared toward kids, the Holiday Boutique is for adults as well! The Center for Hope and Safety will be selling items like jewelry, scarves, accessories, clothing, bags, and more to those looking to buy the perfect present for the holidays. In fact, you can even get each item wrapped at the event!

Holiday Boutique Flyer

Every purchase at the Holiday Boutique event counts because 10% of the proceeds will go toward the Center for Hope and Safety. That means that your purchase will directly help those in need! If you are interested in the event, please go to 12 Overlook Ave., Rochelle Park on the second floor. The event runs from 1:00pm to 6:00pm, so please stop if you get a chance! If you have any questions, please call 201-498-9247 or visit the Center for Hope and Safety’s website.

Also, don’t forget about the toy sale! We’re taking donations until December 4th, which is the day before it starts. If you are interested in helping, please call our office at 201-529-2211 and ask for Alexandra Pico-Cabrera or email her at alexandra@ridgewoodmoving.com. If you want to find out more about the event, please read our in-depth blog post about it here. Thanks for reading everyone!

One Week Until the Paterson Toy Sale!

There’s only one week left until the Paterson toy sale! Let’s take a look at a very important figure that represents this event: Betsy Haley. This woman has been organizing the toy sale at the Paterson Boys and Girls Club for over 30 years. While we put in a lot of work to promote and help the toy sale, Haley is the reason why the sale exists in the first place. We are extremely thankful that she has been doing this for our community for so long and we are honored to help her out every year.

kids at the toy sale

Below are quotes from Haley about the toy sale on an article from North Jersey. Here, she speaks about the toy sale in the beginning and how it has grown over the years. Take a look:

We found these toys that had been donated to the center and we said you know, maybe if we got enough of these toys together, we could have a little toy sale and right across the street from CUMAC was the Boys and Girls Club [of Paterson & Passaic]. That first event was a Saturday morning and everyone at [Bergen United Church] donated toys and we had two tables and it was very, very small, but very successful. We discovered that there were a lot of children that wanted to come in and spend their pennies for a toy. The kids were thrilled, as we were.

It’s been exciting and it’s been in some ways very gratifying to know that so many people want to get involved such a thing. There’s so many people that give, it’s great. I think it’s important, especially for families with children and it’s just a good feeling. It’s a great community service and we’re seeing more and more people involved with community service. I think there’s been a big return to values.

Through her words, you can truly see the passion that she has for the toy sale. This also shows how important it is to have people donate toys to the event. Without the toys and generous donations from people in New Jersey, there would be no toy sale! You can help make a difference in a child’s life by donating before December 4th!

If you would like to learn more about the event, please read our informative blog post about the toy sale here. If you have any questions about the event, call our office at 201-529-2211 and ask for Alexandra Pico-Cabrera or email her at alexandra@ridgewoodmoving.com. Thanks for reading everyone!

Only Two More Weeks Until the Toy Sale

The Paterson Toy Sale is only two weeks away! On December 5th and 6th, any kid can go to the Patterson Boys and Girls Club to purchase toys for extremely low prices. However, the event cannot run without toy donations! Cindy Myer, CEO of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), deeply cares about this event and supports it every year. She wants to keep the event alive and well for all families in our community!

Ridgewood Moving Services supports this event in a couple of different ways. In one way, we help out the toy sale by using our trucks to transport the toys! We head to multiple locations across the state to pick up donated toys and then drop them off in time for the event. You can view the full list of drop off locations here. In another way, our company helps out the toy sale by serving as a drop-off point for toys! If you come to our office in Mahwah at 575 Corporate Drive, we’ll take any toys you have as long as they’re in good condition and come with all the necessary parts!

I wanted to bring this up because I want to show everyone the boxes we are using at the office to store our toys:

Wrapped Boxes

How awesome is that? Ridgewood Moving Services can’t take credit for this, since we didn’t make these beautiful holiday decorations. Instead, the Mahwah Girl Scout Troop came to our warehouse to help out for the event by doing this for us! Thank you to all the girls that came to Ridgewood Moving Services to help us out! If you donate your toys to the office, they will be packed in these gorgeous boxes for the kids at the event.

These boxes are ready to collect unwanted, recycled, and gently used toys for families in the Paterson community. If you want to act, now’s your chance! We will not be collecting any more toys after December 4th, so please start donating to help make a difference in a child’s life.

If you would like to learn more about the event, please read the last blog post about the toy sale here. If you have any questions about the event, call our office at 201-529-2211 and ask for Alexandra Pico-Cabrera or email her at alexandra@ridgewoodmoving.com. Thanks for reading everyone!