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H.O.P.E  PROJECT  TEAM                

             Bruce Yellin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned his B.S. in Education from Temple University and an M.S.W. in Community Organization from Rutgers University.  He serves as the Project Director for the HOPE Project Coalition and is also a mental health counselor with RVCC’s Advising and Counseling Services.

            Prior to joining RVCC, Bruce served for over 20 years as a project manager in a variety of research, planning, and program development initiatives for the N.J. Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS).

           The HOPE project is about environmental change.  What does that mean?  It means that we want to reinforce positive social norms about the use of alcohol and other drugs – every young adult is not abusing alcohol and other drugs and young adults can and do make healthy choices.  It also means that we want to affect changes that are enduring and have a large scale effect on the community.  This can only be achieved if we work from the bottom up by building a sustainable coalition of concerned citizens and top down by working with public officials, institutions, and businesses to enact policy changes that will reinforce those factors that promote healthy choices.


            Lisa Spencer is the H.O.P.E. Project Grant Manager. She received a BA in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College and two Certifications as School Social Worker and Substance Abuse Coordinator. She is Secretary to the Juvenile Officers’ Association of Hunterdon County and Past Chair of the Central Hunterdon Municipal Alliance. Awarded the  "Volunteer of the Year" by the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and "Commitment to Service" by Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s Lisa recalls:

When Bruce Yellin, H.O.P.E. Project Director, approached me in January 2009 to apply for a SPF-SIG grant I was very excited. Here was my chance to make a difference in the lives of young RVCC students. It was gratifying to be one of eleven state awardees; it was exhilarating to represent the only community college to be awarded.

          Our partners, Hunterdon Prevention Resources in Flemington and Somerset Treatment Services in Somerville have provided essential services to our college and its surrounding community.  Through student initiatives there is now a BACCHUS chapter on campus as well as monthly HIV testing.  There is a greater awareness of healthy and responsible living and much, much more to come!”


About Us:             

The Project

The Team


Fact Sheet 







The Coalition                      






How Can We Help You?        

Main Location:

College Center - Room C-121 


Ann Smolinsky  - Safe Communities Coalition

Email:  asmolins@raritanval.edu

Bruce Yellin  - Safe Communities Coalition

Email:  byellin@raritanval.edu

Telephone: 908.526.1200 x8607

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