Roots & Wings was recently awarded the 2016 Unity Award for Achievement in Law Enforcement by the New Jersey Human Relations Council. This award is in recognition of Roots & Wings’ extraordinary impact on the lives and futures of aged-out foster youth in New Jersey.

The award was presented to Roots & Wings at the New Jersey Human Relations Council’s (NJHRC) 2016 Annual Leadership Conference at Kean University. Executive Director Emily La Iacona, Board member Wendy Masteller, and volunteer Lisa Kowalski accepted the award.

“On behalf of all the hard work, passion and commitment from the staff and volunteers, thank you for this acknowledgement,” commented La Iacona. “Roots & Wings was founded in 1999 as a community-based volunteer operation and has grown into an incredible organization that provides support, guidance and stability to aged-out foster youth in New Jersey.” Added Masteller,“We are so grateful for being recognized for the good work that we are providing to the community and to this disadvantaged population.”  

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For more information about the New Jersey Human Relations Council, visit For more information about Roots & Wings, visit or contact Emily La Iacona at 973-453-6668, ext. 101.  

Roots & Wings’ mission is to provide young adults who age out of the New Jersey foster care system with safe housing, educational support, case management, counseling, and life skills in order to empower motivated individuals toward self-sufficiency. Today, Roots & Wings serves 30-40 young adults in Union and Morris counties through two direct service programs – the Residential Program and the Outreach Case Management Program. Additionally, current and past clients are welcome at Roots & Wings’ main office in Denville, New Jersey, where they have access to a food and supplies pantry as well as a media room.