Director of Prevention Services
People Must Know You Care
Joe Faldetta has been with Cape Assist since 2006, and currently serves as the Prevention Director, where he focuses on developing and growing the agency’s prevention programming. Joe also supervisors the prevention staff and oversees the programs’ effectiveness and quality. He also provides outpatient counseling to those suffering from substance use disorders, and teaches Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor classes for the New Jersey Prevention Network.
One of Joe’s proudest accomplishments has been growing the prevention program. Under his direction, the program has grown from two full-time and two part-time coordinators to nine full-time team members providing services to the community.
Joe and his team focus on enhancing the “protective factors” through support and education to improve the environmental risk factors with which marginalized populations often are faced.
Words of Wisdom
In terms of important advice, Joe cites Teddy Roosevelt and former Cape Assist Executive Director Lynne Krukosky. From Roosevelt, “Nobody cares what you know, until they know you care.” From Krukosky, “Multiple strategies across multiple sectors, the layering of efforts is what makes the difference in our community.” Not a surprise that these words resonate with Joe: knowledge alone does not break through barriers, people must know you care; and making a difference in the community requires more than a single approach.
Background and Education
Before joining Cape Assist, Joe worked in finance and marketing for seven years, using his bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and master’s degree in Business Studies and Business Administration from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
After joining Cape Assist, Joe earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and is now a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), and a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).