“Empowering Futures, Transforming Communities 2019”

The Center for Great Expectations Unveils New Initiatives and

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Celebrates Long-Standing Rutgers Partnerships at October 18 Annual Gala


The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) Shares Its Innovative Platforms and

Honors Rutgers University Partners at Largest Annual Fundraiser


Somerset, NJ, August 20, 2019: The Center for Great Expectations announces its annual gala “Empowering Futures, Transforming Communities 2019,” to take place Friday, October 18th, at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Guests will learn about CGE’s 2019 push to strengthen its uncompromised continuum of care throughout New Jersey and beyond. The event’s focus will include HOPE-filled stories of transformation—both on an individual and community level. Long-standing partnerships with Rutgers, The State University community will also be featured, celebrating the impactful contributions made through this unique and extensive collaboration. Peg Wright, CGE Founder & CEO, states: “We are excited to recognize this array of accomplished Rutgers faculty and staff, who have collaborated with the CGE team—providing expertise and leadership in the areas of research and innovations in behavioral health.”

Now entering its 21st year, The Center for Great Expectations is known as a leader in the field of treatment, and is uniquely positioned to amplify its impact in the lives of individual clients, families and at the community level. The Center’s Trauma C.A.R.E.™ model, addressing ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, at the very core of clients’ experiences, creates an evidence-based path forward for more than 600 people annually across six empowering programs.

This year, CGE launched two new platforms of service in their ecosystem of trauma-informed care: It looked outward to schools, organizations and workplaces to share the very same prevention and attunement methods from within CGE’s own transformational culture to create healthy and emotionally safe environments as a means of prevention in the larger community. And, The Center’s fresh “renewal” platform targets workforce development opportunities and complements the agency’s client-focused, uncompromised continuum of care. 4EvrCarma™ will provide living-wage opportunities for women with a focus on upcycling, thus benefiting the environment, while offering meaningful work and economic security for CGE’s families.

CGE’s 2019 Gala on October 18th will honor multiple professionals from the Rutgers University community. These esteemed partners helped build and evolve CGE’s trauma-informed model. Josue Falaise, EdD, Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement and Cathryn Potter, PhD, Dean of the School of Social Work are among those recognized from various departments within Rutgers, which also include the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Department of Psychology among others. “I am honored to be recognized by The Center for Great Expectations. I am proud of the work the Center for Alcohol and Substance Use Studies and CGE are doing together to provide a foundation for life-long recovery,” said CAS Director Denise Hien, PhD. For more information about all of our 2019 Humanitarians of the Year and the Outstanding Service and Volunteer honorees, please visit our Gala event page.

The October 18 celebration and fundraiser will take place at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick and will include an extensive silent auction with electronic bidding, dining and dancing with New Jersey’s premiere event band Platinum Band Music. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Allison Lavallato, Event Manager, at, or (732) 247-7003 ext. 336 or visit our website.



About CGE: The Center for Great Expectations provides an Uncompromised Continuum of Care across prevention and treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. Programs include: prevention services; Residential Treatment Centers for pregnant or parenting women and adolescents; Katy’s Place, an on-site child development center; Roots to Recovery, an outpatient center; Permanent Supportive Housing; S.T.A.R.T. program, providing in-home substance use treatment for pregnant or parenting women with opioid use disorders, case management, and parent-infant mental health; and workforce development. CGE’s organizational Nurtured Heart Approach© provides a safe environment for each client to benefit from an innovative treatment modality, combining trauma-informed care and Parent-Infant Mental Health, for the best possible outcomes for both parent and child to heal and break the intergenerational cycle of trauma, substance use, abuse, and homelessness.

For more information, contact Allison Lavallato at or 732-247-7003, ext. 336 or visit our Annual Gala webpage.