Chaplain’s Annemarie Cook and Mike Stinsman, along with Chief of Police Chris Fletcher and Traffic Officer Matt Shaw, attended the Maple Shade Fire Department Open House on Friday October 8, 2021. The event was well attended and allowed our team to support the members of the fire company as we collectively engage with the community. Our team handed out plenty of give away items and the children present enjoyed them thoroughly. It was a great night and we appreciated the invitation to join in the fun. Thank you MSFD for putting on a great event!
In a partnership between Rest Wood Crafts, the Maple Shade Food Bank, the MSPCA, the Police Chaplain Corp, the Police Department, PBA Local #267, the Township of Maple Shade, Maple Shade Public Works, Teamsters Local 676, the Maple Shade Business Association and Rotary International, we are proud to announce that the Grab N Go Food Box is live and operational. The food box is located at the Main Entrance to the Municipal Building located at 200 Stiles Avenue in Maple Shade. The box contains bags of free groceries for those who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity issues. We ask that the public please take only one bag of free groceries to fill their immediate need as we care for not only you, but others as well.
If an additional need exists beyond this, here are several options you can explore. First, you can contact the Volunteers of America – IMPACT Program at #856-298-7741 who are based out of the Maple Shade Police Department. They can help you navigate through issues such as this as well as other challenges you may be experiencing. Second, you can visit the Maple Shade Food Bank on the first and third Wednesday of the month or you can visit NJ Snap at https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/ for further assistance.
We are hopeful that this initiative will help to stamp out hunger and is another example of Shaders helping Shaders in need!
The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (MSPCA) and all of our partners would like to thank the community of Maple Shade for their unbelievable support of our 2021 Fill the Truck Food Drive! We took in thousands of items from the general public all to benefit the Maple Shade Food Bank, where Shaders help Shaders. In addition, the Youth Competition took in almost 5,000 donated items themselves with the $1,000 first place prize going to the OLPH-CCD program, the $650 second place prize going to Maple Shade Street Hockey and the $350 third place prize going to All About the Kidz. Since there was no 4th place finisher, the $200 4th place prize was given to the Maple Shade Food Bank to purchase gift cards to help those battling food insecurity. We are blessed and thankful for your tremendous support!
The MSPCA, the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, MSPD and PBA Local #267 teamed up with their community partners to once again host the Fill the Truck Food Event. The event kicked off in August of 2021 and runs until September 15, 2021. The culmination of the event takes place at Gazebo Park during the Downtown Maple Shade festival, where free water ice will be handed out to anyone dropping off a donation in person between 4:30pm and 7:30pm on 9/15. There is also a food drive competition amongst our youth groups in town and cash prizes will be handed out for 1st to 4th place finishers. Everyone participating must check in at the Gazebo park on 9/15 with their donation totals and then transport those donations to the Maple Shade Food Bank who will be the recipient of all donations raised during the entire event. It is a great chance for Shaders to help Shaders!
Chaplain Greg Ginion, Chief Chris Fletcher and Officer Matt Shaw teamed up together to attend the Kid’s Event as part of the Downtown Maple Shade series in August of 2021. Chaplain Ginion and Officer Shaw handed out free give away items to the children attending the event. Give away items included wiffle ball sets, foam footballs and draw string bags all courtesy of MSPD. In addition, Chief Fletcher was busy grilling up hot dogs for the community members attending the event and it proved to be a great chance for Shaders to come together and celebrate Maple Shade.
The very dedicated Maple Shade Chaplain Corp stayed on the front lines with our first responders during a challenging 2020. Whether it was Covid-19, protest marches or community insecurities with respect to food or mental health issues, our Chaplain Corp was there to meet the challenges.
The Chaplain Corp handled 18 activations for 2020 to include responding out to a major fire to support victims, providing counseling and caring to those struggling with family or personal issues and supporting our residents when family or friends pass away. Covid-19 did not take the Chaplain Corp off-line, they stayed in the fight, cared for our community and continue to do so to this day. We thank them for their selfless service!
The Chaplain Corp also partnered with the Police Department, the Township of Maple Shade, PBA Local #267, the Maple Shade Food Bank, the Maple Shade Business Association and Advisory Board of Commerce, Bentley Trucking, U-Haul of Maple Shade, Maple Shade Youth Groups and Sports Organizations, the Maple Shade School District and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (our non-profit) to host a massive town wide food drive called the “Fill the Truck Event” in September 2020. Unable to host our National Night Out Event due to Covid-19 which is typically held in August, our team mobilized throughout the community to address food insecurity issues and support our township food bank.
Thanks to the generosity of the Tilghman Funeral Home, McDowell Law, the Maple Shade Business Association and Carol-Ann Peacock and Investor’s Bank, prize money was awarded to our participating youth and sports groups who donated requested items in exchange for an opportunity to win prize money during a time when many groups were unable to do any fundraising. It was a win-win for all involved and we appreciate the efforts of our children and their parents for working with us in caring for our community.
As we transition into 2021, the Chaplain Corp will remain on the front lines ready, willing and able to care for our community, our first responders and their families as we continue to battle through a pandemic unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes. The Chaplain Corp remains resilient and grounded knowing full well that the power of the human spirit will emerge victorious and there will be a better collective future ahead for us all and the town that we care so much about.
Deacon Mike Stinsman of the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp is seen heading out to a call in the newly appointed Chaplain Response Vehicle. The Chaplain Vehicle is a repurposed previous Maple Shade PD Detective Car. The Maple Shade Police Chaplains will use the Response Vehicle when they respond to calls and events in the community alongside the Maple Shade Police Department.
A special thanks goes to recently retired Ptl. Michael Anyzek for designing the graphics package and Acerbo’s Auto Trim and Lettering of Medford, NJ for installing the graphics.
The Maple Shade Police Chaplain’s Association would like to thank everyone that came out on Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 to the Carrabba’s Cares fundraiser event. Your generous support will be used by the MSPCA to fund the 2020 National Night Out event on August 4th, 2020.
The Maple Shade Police Chaplains responded to 24 activations for this calendar year. Those activations included: 9 deceased persons where a loved one or family member(s) needed comforting, 4 counseling sessions for subjects in need of direction, assistance or a kind ear, 2 death notifications on behalf of other townships who needed assistance making the notification, 7 fire calls including a double fatal fire, 1 juvenile counseling session in support of the School Resource Officer and 1 call out to support the school district students and staff on a school evacuation.
Police Chaplains also performed ceremonial duties at the township council reorganization meeting, banquets and opening ceremonies.
Police Chaplains worked extensively with School Resource Officer Misty Weiss diverting juvenile offenders from the Juvenile Justice System into our Stationhouse Adjustment Program (SHA’s), providing safe locations for community service and providing mentoring/counseling for at risk youth and their families. In 2019, 11 juveniles were diverted away from the Juvenile Justice System thanks to the Chaplains and the recidivism rate of the involved youth was almost non-existent. Additionally, Maple Shade has now joined 3 other towns in forming a Municipal Alliance in the County at the request of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Probation, helping in part to funnel services and support to our families in the township.
Police Chaplains, Maple Shade PD and PBA Local #267 in partnership with our township businesses and community supporters organized the 4th Annual National Night Out Event in August 2019 which was a FREE, family fun event. It was an overwhelming success welcoming thousands to our Main Street area to celebrate the positive attributes that bring us together as a community. The Chaplains also doubled their efforts in holding a food drive in conjunction with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA Local #267) and the “Dunk A Cop” program, where all food donated and all money raised from the dunk tank was immediately used to help stock and supply our Maple Shade Food Bank at a time when the shelves are normally running low. Additionally, the Maple Shade Moose Lodge #2682 also generously donated $500 dollars netting the Food Bank almost $1,300.00 to help support their efforts. We are hard at work planning the fifth event for Tuesday August 4, 2020 (Rain Date: Wednesday August 5, 2020) and expect another tremendous experience for all! Stayed tuned for additional updates at a later time.
Police Chaplains have also worked hard in forming relationships with our first responders and their families. Understanding the challenges a career in public safety brings especially in today’s world, the Chaplains have mentored, counseled and simply listened when it was needed most. They integrated themselves into the operation of the police department to include our training components like active shooter and scenario based training. In addition, Chaplain Greg Ginion, who was certified as a Master Train the Trainer by the FBI National Academy in their Resiliency Program in June 2018, along with the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (a 501c(3) – NJ non-profit corporation) partnered with PBA Local #267 and Detective Brian Martino (also a certified FBI Resiliency Trainer) to host quarterly training sessions on Resiliency for our spouses, significant others and family members. This joint effort has been undertaken to ensure the entire family is supported and cared for helping to make certain that our officers can be their very best at work and at home!
In reference to the Burlington County Police Chaplain Association, Chaplain Greg Ginion continues to serve as a board member along with Chief of Police Chris Fletcher, who serves in a liaison role to the association on behalf of the Chaplain Liaison Police Officers in Burlington County. The Association continues to grow and expand in the county under the leadership of President Erik Jarvis and we look forward to what 2020 holds for the Association.
The Police Chaplains would like to sincerely thank all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make our program a success and it is our hope to continue to positively impact the lives of those living, working, shopping, traveling through and worshipping in Maple Shade. A special thanks to our board who selflessly and tirelessly give of themselves to support our efforts in making our program such a success! The current MSPCA board consists of: President – Chaplain Vince McDonald, VP – Chief Chris Fletcher, Treasurer – Chaplain Mike Stinsman, Secretary – Chaplain Annemarie Cook, Board Member Ellen McDowell, Esq., Board Member Carol-Anne Peacock, Board Member Mark Tilghman and Board Member Nelson Wiest.
On November 12, 2019, Principal Yvonne Reitz and the students and faculty members of the Howard Yocum Elementary School paid tribute to all of the Maple Shade Military Veterans in observance of Veterans Day.
Maple Shade Police Corporal Michael Mastrangelo was honored as the Veteran of the Year during the presentation. Members of MSPD were on hand to celebrate Corporal Mastrangelo’s award and to show their appreciation to all of the Veterans of Maple Shade.