Christmas comes early at the Cinnaminson House

From left to right, Supervisor, Clifton RIchie, Deshawn Halloway, Kwandera Smith, Devin Talavera, Dzmitry Bykav, Jordan Smith, Brandon Mooney, Sara Fonseca, DDSand James Currell.

For the last 15 years, Sara Fonseca, DDS and family have helped the Cinniminson House with a large gift for the house, and individual $100 gift cards for every resident. It has had up to 13 residents during each Christmas season, and Fonseca, who is an endodontist in Moorestown, first became aware of the Cinniminson House when she was volunteering and performing root canals therapy for a resident of the House. Thus, a friendship was found.

For the first 10 years, on Christmas morning before opening gifts at her residence in Moorestown, Fonseca and family went to visit the Cinniminson House with fresh baked goods and gifts. During one of the years, a resident was crying and said, “This was the best Christmas I ever have had in my life,” bringing tears to everyone’s eyes.

The Cinniminson House focuses on school and work achievements, and serves as a residential treatment home that provides young adults with an opportunity to practice the skills needed for independent living. The program provides life skills training with medium level supervision to offer a balance of independence and supportive care. In this setting, residents may safely learn, grow, make mistakes and learn more knowing that they have a supportive and caring staff there to help guide their decision making, before leaving the system.

Cinnaminson House empowers young adults by promoting positive, healthy youth development, enhancing daily living and self-sufficiency skills and by fostering responsibility, resiliency and respect for self and others. Safe, stable residential services provide the base for individualized programming designed to identify, build upon, promote and celebrate talents, skills and positive character traits as well as to address deficits in learning or adolescent development.

The program equips homeless youth who are 16 to 21 years old, with the assets, skills, and resources they will need to find and maintain gainful employment, maintain stable housing, and build healthy relationships, establishing a solid foundation for healthy, independent living. In Crossroads’ continuum of transitional programs for youth aging out of foster care, Cinnaminson House provides a mid-level of independence with monitoring of activities, employment and education. These youth typically still need guidance and counseling in their everyday decision making.

Cinnaminson House serves male and female youth who demonstrate the motivation and potential to benefit from independent living services in order to successfully transition to independent young adulthood. Program participants must participate in group activities in the home, attend a public or an alternative school and should be working on at least a part-time basis.

Fonseca’s practice is limited to endodontics “Root Canal Therapy” and located on Lenola Road in Moorestown. Fonseca has been recognized by the follow publications — New Jersey Monthly — Jersey Choice Top Dentist as chosen by her peers 2016–2013, Philadelphia Magazine 2016–2010, Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Dentist in the Philadelphia Region 2016 As Chosen By Their Peers, South Jersey Magazine Top Dentist 2016–2011, Consumer Research Council of America Excellence — America’s Top Dentist Endodontics 2011- 2016. To reach Fonseca, call (856) 778–5533 or visit: www.drsarafonsecaendodontics.com/.