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Grassroots director to retire after 27 years

Grassroots director to retire after 27 years

Andrea Ingram has led Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center for 27 years with a central, guiding principle: Our lives are the product of an "accident of birth for which we are not responsible, for which we can take no credit and for which we are not born deserving."

Those born into good fortune have a "human obligation" to help the less fortunate, she said.

Ingram, who plans to retire early next year from the county's only 24-hour crisis intervention center and homeless shelter, has led her life implementing that philosophy.

Born to a Catholic family in northern New Jersey, Ingram said her parents were living examples of helping others, even though...

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