Many thanks to our Cor­po­rate
and Non Profit Spon­sors

Woman’s Club of Franklin Lakes

Bergen High­lands Ram­sey Rotary

Clifton Moose Lodge


The DACKKs Group for Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Devel­op­ment, a Bergen County, New Jer­sey, char­ity, is ded­i­cated to help­ing the home­less make the tran­si­tion to inde­pen­dent liv­ing. Our mis­sion is sim­ple. With the help of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and the finan­cial sup­port from gov­ern­ment and foun­da­tion grants, and pri­vate donors, we pur­chase prop­er­ties through­out the Bergen County area , such as con­do­minium units, sin­gle– and multi-​family homes. These units are rented to peo­ple work­ing to over­come home­less­ness and liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties for thirty per­cent of their income…what­ever their income

Octo­ber 2014

Dear Friends,

The DACKKs Group for Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Devel­op­ment is tremen­dously grate­ful for your gen­er­ous sup­port over the years. With your help, we have been able to pro­vide 37 home­less fam­i­lies and indi­vid­u­als of Bergen County with safe, decent and afford­able homes. So it is with great excite­ment that I announce the next chap­ter in our on-​going mis­sion to pro­vide more hous­ing to more in need… The DACKKs Group and Van­tage Health Sys­tem have signed a merger agree­ment. The DACKKs Group for Sup­port­ive Hous­ing will become a Divi­sion of Van­tage Health Sys­tem. The effec­tive date is expected soon.

Our rea­sons for choos­ing to align with Van­tage are many. 

Like us, Van­tage Health Sys­tem is a pri­vate not for profit 501 © 3 char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion. In oper­a­tion since 1957, it is a sys­tem of community-​based facil­i­ties and pro­grams located in Bergen County, NJ, annu­ally pro­vid­ing ser­vices to over 3,000 chil­dren, ado­les­cents, adults and elders with men­tal health, addic­tion, devel­op­men­tal and elder­care chal­lenges.

Van­tage offers a full range of clin­i­cal ser­vices designed to meet the indi­vid­ual needs of those who seek its assis­tance. They draw on the expe­ri­ence and diver­sity of 120 pro­fes­sional and cre­den­tialed staff, includ­ing board cer­ti­fied psy­chi­a­trists, an Advance Prac­tice Psy­chi­atric Nurse, licensed clin­i­cal social work­ers, licensed alco­hol and drug coun­selors, Korean– and Spanish-​speaking licensed pro­fes­sional coun­selors, reg­is­tered nurses and many other pro­fes­sional and para­pro­fes­sional staff.

Like us, Van­tage prides itself on devel­op­ing per­ma­nent hous­ing for spe­cial needs indi­vid­u­als in Bergen County. 

Van­tage owns and oper­ates 8 homes serv­ing 71 adults with a men­tal ill­ness in long term, tran­si­tional and per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing. Addi­tion­ally, it pro­vides in-​home sup­port ser­vices to over 50 indi­vid­u­als liv­ing in their own apart­ments, some of whom are DACKKs ten­ants!

Van­tage recently built a $3.5 mil­lion sup­port­ive hous­ing apart­ment build­ing for home­less adults with men­tal ill­ness. The Van Sciver Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Project, located in Closter, NJ, is a 16 effi­ciency unit res­i­dence. This ambi­tious endeavor has earned Van­tage sev­eral pres­ti­gious awards, includ­ing recog­ni­tion as the first GOLD LEED cer­ti­fied afford­able hous­ing project for indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties in New Jer­sey under NJHMFA’s Spe­cial Needs Hous­ing Trust Fund from the New Jer­sey Chap­ter of the USGBC (U.S. Green Build­ing

Coun­cil); the Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Project Award from the Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Asso­ci­a­tion of New Jer­sey, and, just this month, the Lead­ing Sup­port­ive Hous­ing Devel­op­ment through Cre­ative Part­ner­ships Award at the Governor’s Excel­lence in Hous­ing and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Con­fer­ence in Atlantic City. Vantage’s newest pro­gram, Open­ing Doors, is funded by a $2.5 mil­lion HUD grant which focuses on hous­ing for home­less fam­i­lies with school-​aged chil­dren. Com­bin­ing the resources of both of our orga­ni­za­tions will enable Van­tage to meet future chal­lenges and the grow­ing demand for afford­able hous­ing.

And like us, in addi­tion to shar­ing the same val­ues and mis­sion, Van­tage is com­mit­ted to qual­ity care and ser­vice deliv­ery.

DACKKs’ choice was clear. Our belief, shared by Van­tage –that every­one deserves a safe, decent, afford­able place to live regard­less of their income– is unwa­ver­ing. By com­ing together, our abil­ity to pro­vide a leg up, not a hand­out to peo­ple in need will not only con­tinue but become even stronger. 

It has been with your gen­er­ous sup­port that we have been able to ful­fill our mis­sion over the last four­teen years. And, going for­ward, when you sup­port Van­tage, the DACKKs Group sup­port­ive hous­ing projects will grow even more. 


On Mon­day, Novem­ber 17,2014, at The Brick House, we will join with Van­tage to cel­e­brate this impor­tant merger and intro­duce our loyal sup­port­ers to Vicki Sidrow, Vantage’s Pres­i­dent and CEO, and mem­bers of their board of trustees. John Cavan and Bet­tina Fowler, DACKKs Board mem­bers, will join Vantage’s Board of Trustees. I will serve as an Emer­i­tus Trustee and con­sul­tant.


Please come and sup­port this excit­ing new ven­ture. We look for­ward to see­ing you there!


All the best,


Karen E. Amy


Karen E. Amy

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Novem­ber 17

Wine and Food: A Per­fect Pair­ing
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