We are THE safe space where people turn first to restore one’s whole being and family.
Our network embraces all people touched by cancer — the diagnosed and their loved ones — to become empowered to take control of their health and care, through programs of support, resources, education, wellbeing, and hope.
All our programs and services are delivered at no charge to people with cancer, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and bereaved.
Taking on Your Cancer Journey.
Founders (left to right):
Eunice Jadlocki, Ann Tidey Brown, Lynn Arnold, and Nancy Dowd
Our Founding – 2001
Eunice Jadlocki, Ann Tidey Brown, Lynn Arnold, and Nancy Dowd, through their personal and professional experiences with cancer, developed a vision that they wanted to ensure that all those affected by cancer – people with cancer and their loved ones — should have a safe place to turn for emotional and social support programs and services, at no charge. On March 9, 2001, thanks to a groundswell of support from the community, their vision became a reality and our organization was incorporated as Hopes Springs. Subsequently, based on guidance from a local community leader, our founders signed a licensing agreement with a national organization that enabled us to retain our independence and connection to community. In March 2002, our charter as The Wellness Community of Central New Jersey became effective.
The First Programs
In 2004, the organization moves into its first location, the Van Horne house, in Somerville. The first staff is hired, the Professional Advisory Board is formed, and the first mind body programs are delivered. In 2005, the first support group is held, and the organization moves to the Johnson House in Bedminster, NJ. The first Kids Connect / Parents Connect support groups are formed for families affected by cancer.
In 2008, the milestone of 1,000 members is reached, and a Center of Excellence Award is received from the national office. In 2009 The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Clubs merge, forming Cancer Support Community. In 2010, we hold our first Wings of Hope event to celebrate the cancer journey, and the Men’s Cancer Support Group is formed.
Celebrating 10 Years
Chief Executive Officer Amy J. Sutton joins the staff. The groundbreaking for the Dodie Loughlin Wellness Center takes place and dedicated in 2013. The organization celebrates 10 years of service to the community. Our leadership team and Board of Trustees develop the Vision for the Future: a multi-year roadmap for programmatic innovation leveraging our next-generation technology to expand our reach.
For nearly two decades, we have served all those affected by cancer by delivering essential emotional and social support and services when it was needed most. The excellence of our program has improved the lives of tens of thousands of individuals by reducing the burden of cancer, so that individuals could move the health crisis to become empowered with the behaviors that enable them to take control of their health, wellbeing and care.
Our Board of Trustees realized that to best meet the changing needs of the untold numbers of people who face their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one, we needed to end our license agreement with Cancer Support Community. As a result, on February 1, 2021 we became Crossroads4Hope.
We are working to transform the cancer experience for all those affected by the disease by leveraging our expertise in psychosocial support and patient activation with innovative technology, and strong community partnerships. Our roadmap for the future includes programmatic innovation and growth focusing on Multicultural Outreach, Support4Families, Nutrition, Unmet Needs, and Person and Family-Centered Care.
Board of Trustees
Crossroads4Hope Board of Trustees is comprised of professional and community leaders who dedicate their time to guiding the long term strategic vision of the organization.
East West Connection
Immediate Past Board Chair
Elysian Communications LLC
Manager, Global Sourcing
Pankaj Amin Managing Director SC Ventures
Mr. Christmas, Inc.
Chief Procurement Officer
Brian E. Cain
Strategic Growth Management Advisor
Sandra L. Kennedy
Sales Manager – Labor and Gaming
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Debbie Lynch, PhD, SPHR
Executive Director, Global Oncology Lung Cancer
Schaible, Russo & Company
Govi Rao CEO Phase Change Solutions
William Sundheim Account Manager (Ret.) Merck
Thomas Schaible Partner Schaible, Russo & Company
Amy J. Sutton
Chief Executive Officer
President & CEO Engineering and Land Planning Associates
VP, HR BD
Michael K. Mullen Esq.
Partner Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP