Everyone should have a home...a place to be secure, to raise children in dignity, to thrive in life. We're committed to making that a reality in Southern Ocean County. Join us in our mission!

Every day, Family Promise connects people who want to help with opportunities to make a difference. You don't need to donate thousands of dollars or hundreds of hours of service to make a difference. In fact, you can make a meaningful change for your neighbors in need with one hour of volunteer work or a single donation of clothing, food, or furniture. Won't you join us?

 

Monday
Apr212014

After a long winter we are back online...thanks for being patient!

 

HAPPY EASTER! We hope that you had a wonderful and joyful day! May this beautiful season bring you renewed faith, hope and love! 

 

 A new day has begun! Many wonderful things have been happening with Family Promise.

Thanks to All Saints Regional School -Student Government for putting Easter baskets together for our families! The children were so excited to receive them on Easter morning! Thank you to all of our volunteers who also donated food and baskets for Easter.

Over the winter we hosted several families in need. Fortunately we had 2 of our families move out into their new home! Both families are doing well! Below is a picture of a quilt that was donated by Family Promise (from a group of quilters from Greenbriar Oceanaire) that one of the families displayed in their new home.

 

A note from the Director...

Congratulations to Liz (our new case manager) and family on the arrival of their newest member of the family: Briella Mae- born 4/10!

Our Gift Auction was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who donated for this wonderful event! Stay tuned for our 2nd Annual event coming in the fall.

During the winter holidays we assisted over 50 people in need with holiday gifts for the children and food and gas cards, thanks to a grant that we received from the Allegany Franciscan Ministries.

2013 Statistics

212 Referrals=614 people in need

26 Intakes

8 Families accepted = 26 Children and 13 Adults = 39 People in program

Average length of stay for 1 family = 58 days

We would not have been able to assist the families that we did without the support of all our Host Congregations and Support Congreations and Community Groups in our area that provide hundreds of volunteers who take the time out of their day to help our families by making a meal, providing hospitality, donating for the needs of the families and most importanly helping to restore the families hope...Thank you for all that you have done over the past year!

 

Family Promise Challenge

FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY INC's Fundraiser:

Family Promise Challenge

- See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/FPChallenge#sthash.wvva430j.dpuf

FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY INC's Fundraiser:

Family Promise Challenge

- See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/FPChallenge#sthash.wvva430j.dpuf

Hey Facebook Friends...

Please help us raise funds for Family Promise through:

Please "like" us on Family Promise of Southern Ocean County page then view our challenge. The more people donate the more of an opportunity we have a chance to receive additional funds and receive the grant! Share it with all your friend too!

http://www.crowdrise.com/FPChallenge

BENEFITING: FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY INC

EVENT: OceanFirst Charity Challenge

You are the Organizer of this Fundraiser

THE STORY:

CLUB 274 

As we return home each night to the warmth of our homes, sit down to a hot meal with our loved ones,  we reflect on our good fortune to be warm, well fed and to have a roof over our heads, maybe a car to drive and a job to go to. There are families in our neighborhood who are not as fortunate.  These are hard-working Moms and Dads who have fell on hard times and want to support their own families and help contribute to our community.  Please join us as we strive to help these families in their quest to become self-sufficient once again.

Every family should have a place to call home, will you consider giving a child or family an opportunity to become hopeful once again. For the cost of $5.27 a week, you can become a patron of Club 274 and help Family Promise of Southern Ocean County make a difference in the lives of homeless families in our community. Since 2009, Family Promise SOC has sheltered 160 people- 63% were children and 41% were under 5 years old!

Other Suggestions: 

Sponsor a child for one month  $ 21     

Sponsor a family for one month    $ 84

Sponsor a child for three months    $ 63     

Sponsor a family for three months   $ 253

Sponsor a family for an entire year   $ 1008

 

Family Promise SOC is a community effort, by bringing together local congregations and community organizations to provide meals, hospitality and assistance to homeless children and their families.

See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/FPChallenge#sthash.wvva430j.dpuf

 

 

BENEFITING: FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY INC

EVENT: OceanFirst Charity Challenge

You are the Organizer of this Fundraiser

THE STORY:

CLUB 274

As we return home each night to the warmth of our homes, sit down to a hot meal with our loved ones,  we reflect on our good fortune to be warm, well fed and to have a roof over our heads, maybe a car to drive and a job to go to. There are families in our neighborhood who are not as fortunate.  These are hard-working Moms and Dads who have fell on hard times and want to support their own families and help contribute to our community.  Please join us as we strive to help these families in their quest to become self-sufficient once again.

Every family should have a place to call home, will you consider giving a child or family an opportunity to become hopeful once again. For the cost of $5.27 a week, you can become a patron of Club 274 and help Family Promise of Southern Ocean County make a difference in the lives of homeless families in our community.Since 2009, Family Promise SOC has sheltered 160 people- 63% were children and 41% were under 5 years old!

Other Suggestions:

Sponsor a child for one month  $ 21     

Sponsor a family for one month    $ 84

Sponsor a child for three months    $ 63     

Sponsor a family for three months   $ 253

Sponsor a family for an entire year   $ 1008

 

Family Promise SOC is a community effort, by bringing together local congregations and community organizations to provide meals, hospitality and assistance to homeless children and their families.

 

- See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/FPChallenge#sthash.wvva430j.dpuf

CURRENT NEEDS

Volunteers:

  • Looking for students who want to volunteer their time at our Day Center. Please contact our Director to learn more 609-994-3317 about this opportunity!
  • Office Assistant
  • Childcare Helpers

Full size mattress

Childrens Clothing

Toilet Paper

MORE HOST SITES- if you know of any potential host sites (churches or a building for use in the area) that we may be able to use for our guests please contact us as soon as possible. We need to fill in our weeks for the year.

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Upcoming Events... Please support Family Promise

 

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus #3826


"A Salute to America"

  

4th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show

 

Friday, May 2, 12:30pm

St. Mary’s Parish Center - 100 Bishop Lane, Manahawkin

$25.00 per person donation (no tickets sold at door)

 

 

Fashions will be provided by Lynne’s Fashions of Point Pleasant Beach

Catered by: Touch of Elegance Catering

RAFFLES & BASKETS

Tables of 8 or 10 are available. Reservations Only-Limited Seating

 

For more information and reservations, please contact

Anne Marie at 609-661-8806

 

 

All proceeds will benefit Family Promise and St. Vincent de Paul Society

 

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Family Promise is the 2014 Charity of the Year!


 

5k run/walk that will benefit the Ocean County charities supported by the Ocean County Board of REALTORS Charitable Foundation and the REALTOR Community Service Committee.
Run/Walk on Sunday, May 4th. Race starts at 9:30 AM EST - Registration opens at 8:30 AM EST

Please contact the Ocean County Board of REALTORS 732-244-8111 or https://www.regonline.com/ Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1472045 to register.

 

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Sunday
Oct132013

2013 1st Annual Gift Auction!

Monday
Aug192013

UPDATE

August 29, 2013

Update on Guests:

As the summer comes to an end all three families are preparing to begin another school year. With a total of 8 children currently in our program this time of the year is a time when donations are crucial. We have been lucky enough to have such generous people help these children get prepared and they are all set for their first days!

Thanks to:

Fortunately we have many people to thank for all of their generosity. First, a thank you goes to the First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton and Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit for donating Target gift cards for our families. We have had a variety of volunteers purchasing socks and underwear, shoes, and first day outfits for each child. We could not be more grateful for all of these donations and want to thank you for helping the families get back to school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who donated new toys for the children, it is always helpful to get new toys to occupy the children. In addition, a thank you does to the Manahawkin Baptist church for donating fresh fruit and vegetables from their own garden, the families have really been enjoying them! And lastly, always want to thank the host sites from the previous two week, First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton and St. Mary's, without you the program could not exist and we appreciate your hospitality!

Current Needs:

The daycenter is in need of various household items including disinfecting wipes, scrub brushes and dish detergent. For the children we need baby wipes and Size 5 toddler pull-ups. Lastly, we can always use gas gift cards to help the families with transportation. If you are interested in donating these items contact Cheryl at 609-994-3317.

Host Site Needs:

With the 3 families in the program it is crucial to find host sites for the upcoming weeks, especially the week of September 29th. Please refer to the host site tab for a list of the needed week and contact us if able to help with the site or with housing the families at a local motel.

Auction Update:

The current Auction Committe is working hard on acquiring donations for the 1st Annual Family Promise Gift Auction. To make this event a success so we can raise awareness and funds for the organization we could really use your help with donations! If able to donate to the auction or have any ideas we would love to hear from you.  Please contact our fundraising chair, Audrey, at (732) 773-1351 or youngmommyof3@aol.

 

August 19, 2013

Update on Guests:

This week we are still housing the previous family of Mom and her 5 year old daughter. She is currently job searching, but can't really begin work until the school year begins, but she will be available during school hours is anyone knows of an employment opportunity. In addition we have recently welcomed two new families into the Family Promise program! The second family that we are housing consists of Mom and her four children, 2 sons ages 5 and 6, and two daughters ages 8 and 4. The newest family includes Mom and Dad with an 8 year old son and daughters ages 6 and 3. Both families are now in the process of enrolling in school and getting their children ready for the new school year. As you can see we have many children at this time which means we need lots of help getting them all off to a good start this school year, let us know if you are interested in helping us sponsor one of these families!

 

Thanks to:

We want togive a special thanks to the Women's Auxiliary of Saint Mary's Church for their generous donation, especially President Ann Marie Hagen and the volunteers from there. The ladies of the Auziliary were kind enough to hold a fashion show and luncheon to raise money to donate to 3 of the organizations affiliated with Saint Mary's, including Ken's Kitchen, St. Vincent DePaul, and our own. Check out the picture of the check being presented at the potluck dinner this month! 

 

Other thanks goes to Ocean County Board of Realtors-Realtors Community Service Committee for supplying many day center needs including food and new pillows for the guests. These donations are what keeps the program going, thanks again! Lastly, we want to thank Greenbrier for providing clothing for some of our families, and various volunteers from Greenbrier  for helping us with the needs of the children. They have been generous enough to bring toys to the day center and volunteer their time to spend time with the children so the Moms could have a much needed break!

Auction Update:

The current Auction Committe is working hard on acquiring donations for the 1st Annual Family Promise Gift Auction. To make this event a success so we can raise awareness and funds for the organization we could really use your help with donations! If able to donate to the auction or have any ideas we would love to hear from you.  Please contact our fundraising chair, Audrey, at (732) 773-1351 or youngmommyof3@aol.

Current Needs:

Now that the day center is a full house we are looking for various kinds of donations to help the 3 families with their stay. Our biggest need at the time is back to school clothes and sneakers, or gift cards to local stores to the families can buy back to school apparel. Other needs include: gas gift cards, new pillows, outdoor activites and toys, snacks and juice, laundry baskets, storage bins with kids, & hair detangler.

Volunteer Opportunites:

Looking for anyone interested in occupying the children's time while they are at the day center before they go back to school. Since we currently have so many young children it is hard for the parents to get a break and get things taken care of. Just a few hours of arts and crafts or playing with the children outside would be much appreciated! 

Host Site Needs:

With the 3 families in the program it is crucial to find host sites for the upcoming weeks, especially the week of September 29th. Please refer to the host site tab for a list of the needed week and contact us if able to help with the site or with housing the families at a local motel.

Part-time Case Manager Needed!

Family Promise is still taking inquires for an experienced and caring individual to provide services to our families. Must have previous experience and knowledge as well as bachelors degree and clean driving record. Call Cheryl, or e-mail your resume to familypromisesoc@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from all interested individuals

 

 

August 5, 2013

Update on Guests:

This week we are still housing the single family consisting of Mom and Daughter; however, we recently met with a family of 6 that may soon enter the program. Unfortunatly, in order to take this family in we must get host sites for the upcoming weeks. We are in need of a host for the week of September 29th and other various weeks (please refer to the host site schedule tab). We rely on these generous volunteers and host sites to help care for these families, and without them we cannot take in new families. If you would like to volunteer your time or know of a possible host site, please contact us!

Family Needs:

As September gets closer so does back-to-school days for the children. We need assistance with school clothes and shoes for the children. Whether it be a gift card for the families to buy their own clothes or donations it would be a great help. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring one of our families! 

In addition, we have been fortunate with food donations over the last 2 weeks, however; we could use assistance with food next weekend. If this is something you could supply, please contact Cheryl at 609-994-3317.

News:

Want to remind everyone about the auction that is now beginning to be planned. The auction will take place Saturday, November 23rd and will be be a great opportunity for us raise money so our organization can continue its' mission! We are looking for anyone interested in becoming part of the fundraiser in anyway, big or small. If you are interested in joining the Auction Committee, or helping the night of  we would love to hear from you. Please contact our fundraising chair, Audrey, at (732) 773-1351 or youngmommyof3@aol.

Thanks to:

We want to give a special thanks to the Ocean County Board of Realtors-Realtors Community Service Committee for providing dinners over the past 2 weeks. Thank you for helping our family, we all appreciate your generosity!


Part-time Case Manager Needed

Family Promise is looking for an experienced and caring individual to provide services to our families. Must have previous experience and knowledge as well as bachelors degree and clean driving record. Call Cheryl, or e-mail your resume to familypromisesoc@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from all interested individuals

 

July 24, 2013

Update on Guests:

This week Mom and daughter have returned from the Sea Pirate Campground and are currently spending their time at the day-center due to lack of air conditioning at this weeks host site. Together we celebrated the daughters 5th birthday with cake and all and she could not have been happier! Just seeing her happiness really shows what this program is all about!

News:

For anyone who was unable to read last week's update we want to share that we are currently in the process of planning our 1st Annual Family Promise Gift Auction! The auction will take place Saturday, November 23rd and will be be a great opportunity for us to not only raise money so our organization can continue, but also a way for our supporters to take home various prizes! We are looking for anyone interested in becoming part of the fundraiser in anyway, big or small. If you are interested in joining the Auction Committee, helping the night of with handing out tickets or working the door, making baskets for the items, or know someone who would like to donate to the auction we would love to hear from you. Please contact our fundraising chair, Audrey, at (732) 773-1351 or youngmommyof3@aol.com

Thanks to:

We want to thank all of the volunteers including the individuals from Ocean County Board of Realtors-Realtors Community Service Committee and Greenbriar Oceanaire Women's Club Outreach Committee for donating meals over the past week. This has really been a great help to us and our families really appreciate it!

Family Needs:

The current family is in need of a child safety seat/booster car seat for a 5 year old. In addition, although it is a lot to ask for, the mother in our program has no mean or transportation so we are asking to see if anyone has a car in decent condition that they are getting rid of. If you, or someone you know does have a car please contact us!

As we all know it is almost back to school time again! If anyone could help out with getting the children back to school with new clothes, sneackers, etc. that will be much needed in the upcoming months!

Lastly, we are in desperate need of host sites for the fall/winter. Please click on the hosting site tab located on the top bar. If able to help with the hosting, or any of the above donations please contact Cheryl at 609-994-3317. 

HOSPITALITY Needs:

If anyone with children would like to come and spend some time with the family and just play games and keep the daughter company she would love to have someone around! She is a very active 5 year old and looking for a playdate! Also, since the family is not able to be at a host site with volunteers they are really not recieving much hospitality as usual, so this would be a great way!

We do not need any overnight help for this week, but we could always use snacks for the day center! However, for the upcoming week of August 4th we will be needing volunteers to help overnight at All Saints.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are in need of two volunteers could really be of use on a regular basis. Since Semi-Sweet Bakery is kind enough to donate their left over bread to our program, we are looking for someone to pick the bread up every Thursday at 4 p.m. In addition, the van driver is still in need and would consist of morning and evening volunteer hours to transport our families to and from the host sites. If you are interesting in either of these opportunites, contact Cheryl at 609-994-331.

PT Case Manager Needed

Family Promise is looking for a part-time case manager to provide services to our families. Must have experience and bachelors degree and clean driving record. Call Cheryl, or e-mail your resume to familypromisesoc@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from all interested individuals!

 

July 17, 2013

Update on Guests:

This week we welcomed a new family into our program, consisting of Mom and her 5 year old daughter. The two are staying at the local Sea Pirate Campground and enjoying a mini-vacation with a pool, playground, and numerous activities. The campground has become a great way for the family to take it easy before really getting into the program! As always, we are still interviewing more families in need to also join us.

News:

We are excited to announce that we are currently in the process of planning our 1st Annual Family Promise Gift Auction! The auction will take place Saturday, November 23rd and will be be a great opportunity for us to not only raise money so our organization can continue, but also a way for our supporters to take home various prizes! We are looking for anyone interested in becoming part of the fundraiser in anyway, big or small. If you are interested in joining the Auction Committee, helping the night of with handing out tickets or working the door, making baskets for the items, or know someone who would like to donate to the auction we would love to hear from you. Please contact our fundraising chair, Audrey, at (732) 773-1351 or youngmommyof3@aol.com

Thanks to:

We wanted to thank local business Semi Sweet Bakery and owner Brenden Stuver for reaching out to us this week. The new bakery, located on Mill Creek road in Manahawkin, will be donating all of their excess bread on Thursdays to help us with the family meals. This is much appreciated, and thank you Brenden!

Family Needs:

The current mother in our program is in need of clothing items. She is around size medium and shoe size 8, if looking to get rid of any clothes she would really appreciate any you could spare! Please contact Cheryl (609) 994-3317 if looking to donate or have any questions.

Volunteer Needs:

We are still looking for a van driver, especially now because current Mother does not have a car of her own. Volunteer hours would be mornings around 7:00, and night time hour arounf 5:30. If able to do any days at all, please also contact Cheryl.

Also in need of volunteers to help over the next couple weeks with meals and overnights between 7/21-8/11. Please contact Eileen Hepp at (609) 978-7075 (refer to hosting schedule, tab located on top of homepage)

 

JULY 3, 2013

 

Update on Guests:

This weekend Chris, Danielle and their children will be moving into their new home! They are so excited to finally have a place to call home. Thank you to all our volunteers who have donated items for their new home. They are still in need of a gas dryer and a couch. If you have any of these items please let us know as soon as possible- 609-994-3317


A big THANK YOU to St. Mary's for hosting again this week. We appreciate all of your efforts in doing this again this week. Thanks to all of the other congreagations over the past month for hosting our guests. Your unwavering support has assisted our family with moving forward with their housing journey. Thank you again!


VOLUNTEER DRIVERS WANTED   with excellent driving record to drive our mini van transporting our guest families to the Day Center at 7am from the host site and a volunteer to transport our guest families back to the host site each night at 5:30 pm. We would like to get a team of committed volunteers to donate at least 1 transport from Sunday- Saturday mornings-7am or evenings-5:30. If interested please call Cheryl- 609-994-3317.

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  Over the next few weeks our families will be at sites that will need meals and possibly overnight hosts. If you are able to assist us with the hosting week please contact Eileen Hepp- ehepp@listed2sell.com


WELCOME to our new host site-All Saints Regional School. We are in need of meals and overnightn volunteers the weeks of 7/21- 7/28 and 8/4- 8/11. Eileen Hepp will be coordinating these weeks. Please email her at ehepp@listed2sell.com to volunteer to help.

 

 

                  June 13, 2013
 

Family Update:

Unfortunately we have not been able to share our updates for some time but we want all to know we are still continuing our mission! As of today we have 1 family waiting to enter and another family coming in tomorrow for an interview and currently have 1 family in our network, consisting of Mom, Dad, and their two children, ages 3 and 5. The little boy could not be more proud to just graduate preschool, and both brother and sister are ready for the summer months! Dad has recently found a job, and the family has an exciting new possibility of getting their own home shortly. If looking to help this wonderful family they would appreciate any sort of donations for their new house so they can make it a home of their own. If you have anything to donate or have any connections please contact Cheryl at 609-994-3317, it would be much appreciated!

 

Family Needs:
Washer/ Dryer
Kitchen Chairs
Couch/Chairs
End Tables
Lamps
TV Stands
Dressers
Night Stands

Hurricane Relief Information:
We also wanted to make the Jersey Shore area aware of a great opportunity for families affected by Sandy. An organization called reNewJersey Stronger is offering aid through grant awards to homeowners who were impacted by the Superstorm. If you or someone you know is still in need of assistance please visit the website at http://renewjerseystronger.org/.


Host Sites Much Needed:
Although we do have many generous organizations helping our mission, the upcoming weeks are in need of host sites to house our families overnight, including the following weeks: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 and 8/4. If you are part of a Church or organization, or know of one that would like to become part of our mission it would be a great help in allowing us to continue our goal of sustainable housing, meals, and hospitality! Other ways to help, especially during these weeks, include volunteering for possible host sites, or having any restaurant or motel connections that could potentially feed or house our guest families in need. If interested contact Cheryl at 609-994-3317.

Thank You!
Thank you to all of our Host Site Coordinators and volunteers from our congregations and our Boy Scout volunteers for being available to feed and shelter our guest families. Without you we could not exist! We appreciate all of your efforts for making our guests feel welcomed during this uncertain time in their lives. You make this program what it is by your loving and generous hospitality!
 
Many thanks goes out to the  following groups for your wonderful donations over the past months:

 

  • The Mirage Women's Club for their generous monetary donation that was presented to us at their 10th Annual "Caring by Sharing Night"

 

  • The LBI/Mainland Women's Club for providing us with monthly donations including: May- copy paper; April- bottles of shampoo/conditioner; March- new towels for our guests; February- paper products and cleaning supplies; and January- laundry detergent. Without these donated items we would not be able to offer them to our guest families when they leave the program to have a fresh start in their new home.

 

  • The St. Mary's Ladies Auxiliary for hosting the Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show to support Family Promise.

 

  • The Lacey Women's Club- for their boxes of household donations that will be given to our guest families.

 

 

April 12, 2013


Directors Message...
I want to take this time to thank each Host and all the volunteers who have stood on call these past weeks with anticipation of new guests in the program. Not having guests in the program can be very challenging. We have had several families contact us, one was accepted but did not join us and several others called and did not follow up with their scheduled interview and others who did not meet our criteria. It can get discouraging but although this happens from time to time it should fuel each of us to spread the word about the great things that we all have witnessed when families are with us and how we have helped them move forward and how with a moments notice we are here with open arms when the next family is in need.

I appreciate all of your efforts and thank you for your understanding. I have been reaching out to groups in the community who may know of families in need.Please spread the word about this great program so we can help those families that can benefit from our support.


Volunteer Training
We now have our volunteer training available on our website. Please go to the 'Volunteers' tab on top of the page to see the training video. Each volunteer that works with our guests should see this great video.


Fundraiser
Please join the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Mary's for their Forget Me- Not Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 3rd.. Please view the details on the 'Events" tab above for more information.

 

FREE DISTRIBUTION

(SANDY STORM VICTIMS ONLY)

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH- TOMS RIVER. CORNER OF OLD FREEHOLD RD AND CHESTNUT ST. SATURDAY APRIL 20th AT 10:00AM. SPONSORED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OCEAN COUNTY HUNGER RELIEF AND THE ROTARY CLUB

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2013

They are finally home...

Margaret, Amy, Jess and the 4 little ones have moved into their home yesterday! After being displaced since the Hurricane Sandy, the family can finally sleep comfortable in their own home. Thank you for all the wonderful donations and support from all of our volunteers in helping them move forward.

 


A New Family...

This past Monday we now have a new family that also has been displaced since the storm. Melissa, 11 year old daughter Victoria and 7 year old son Jacob. The kids will be continuing at their school and mom is looking very hard to find a 2-3 BR home. If anyone knows of any homes available please contact Cheryl-994-3317.

 

 

 

NEEDED ITEMS

WAWA GAS CARDS

Toilet Paper

Tissues

Paper Towels

Shampoo/Conditioner

Nail Clippers

Hair Ties

 

 

 FYI...

12th National Conference

 

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In 1988, a grassroots local organization proved it could become a national program and Family Promise was born. Sixteen years later Family Promise’s 100th Affiliate opened in Athens GA—right in the Empire State of the South. Not very far in the future, the 200th Affiliate will start serving families.

Twenty-five years after the founding of Family Promise, Atlanta will host the 12th National Conference. Atlanta has many things to be proud of—but probably none more so than as the birthplace and home of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. 2013 also marks the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and its plea for the rights of all to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But Dr. King spoke just as loudly and clearly about the need for economic justice, about the right of children to grow up free of the fear and uncertainty that comes with poverty.

That is our dream: That children and their families experiencing homelessness can have the course of their lives changed and achieve lasting independence. In a country as great as ours, all the resources we need to accomplish this are present in our communities. It is the volunteers in those communities who have made and kept that promise, resulting in 450,000 people—children and adults—being successfully served by Family Promise Affiliates since 1988.

We are thrilled to spend our 25th anniversary in Atlanta. One of the most dynamic cities in the US, Atlanta offers something for everyone: southern hospitality, state-of-the-art attractions, outdoor activities and world-class cultural institutions. The 12th National Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, home to Atlanta’s most beautiful houses and gardens, its arts district and its center for nightlife.

The National Conference is the premier opportunity for professional development for Family Promise Affiliate leaders—staff, board and volunteers. Join us for a weekend of inspiration. Attend dynamic workshops and sessions on diverse topics crucial to your Affliate’s growth. Whether you’d like to learn the latest in technology-driven fundraising, best practices in case management or the core strategies for program expansion, the Conference will enable you to share the wisdom of other Affiliate leaders, Family Promise experts and leading specialists in a variety of fields. More than that, the Conference is also an opportunity to share the dream with others across the country who are committed to ending homelessness long-term for children and their families.

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In addition to the workshops there will be Conference favorites such as the Interfaith Worship Service, the Saturday Night Event (click here to learn more), and plenary sessions and activities. To kick off the conference on Friday evening, we are especially honored to have as our keynote speaker a stalwart of the Civil Rights Movement and compatriot of Dr. King—former Atlanta mayor, congressman and Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young.

One comment we get from attendees after every conference is: There were so many great workshops, I wish more people from my Affiliate could attend. This year we've kept the cost as low as possible and are offering a a discount for additional attendees from the same Affiliate. We hope this encourages more board members, volunteers and additional staff to attend.

EARLY-BIRD CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE:

  • $325 first Affiliate Representative
  • $310 for each additional representative from the same Affiliate
Pricing includes workshops, presentations and all meals except for Saturday night.

Click here to view the conference brochure.

Questions? Call Angelica Kennedy at 908-273-1100 x20 or email

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March 1, 2013

Time flies...and next Sunday March 10th is Daylight Saving Time already! As some of you may know, Dan,Kerelin and their 5 children moved into their home last Friday. The kids are very happy to get to sleep an extra hour each day before school. They are so grateful for all the donations that everyone help them with. Thank you to Ocean Community Church for the warm send off!


Margaret, Amy, Jess and the kids are hopefully going to move into their home within the next 2 weeks. They are still in need of items for their home. If anyone has any of these donation please call 994-3317. Thank you.

China Cabinet
Queen size mattress cover
Coffee tables
Book Shelves
TV Stand
Toy Chest



PLEASE HELP...
We are in need of overnights at Jersey Shore Council Boy Scout Camp in Barnegat Monday March 18th- Friday March 22nd and at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Sunday 3/24- Saturday 3/30. If anyone is interested please contact us at 994-3317.


FYI...
**PLEASE spread the word so people come to pick up animal supplies this Sunday!!  We have dog and cat food, collars, bowls, toys, etc... We have so much to hand out with the NJ SPCA and we want to reach as many people as we can.  And if you are in the area, please come and say HI!!!!! We LOVE meeting our supporters.  For more information, go to
www.facebook.com/doitduoforpets or e-mail us at hurricanepets@hotmail.com

When:  Sunday, March 3rd at 10am


Where:  Seaside Heights in the Municipal Parking Lot between the Boulevard and Ocean Terrace


Time:  10am until supplies run out


ALSO...
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Please spread the word that we have openings in the program for more families.

 

Day Center Needs

Toilet Paper

Tissues

Paper Towels

Shampoo/Conditioner

Nail Clippers

Hair Ties

 

February 18, 2013

At this present time we have a full house:14 guests in the network: 9 are children and 5 under five years old. We have been fortunate that we have had the facilities to shelter them and  feed them and offer them hospitality from our wonderful volunteers. I appreciate everything that our volunteers do for our guest families.



Thank you to the Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton for hosting our guests last week and providing hospitality to all of them.


At this point in time, when we need it the most, we are going to find ourselves without shelter in March, the week of 3/3 and 3/17. We have reached out to all of our host sites and have not been able to secure shelter.If anyone has any connection with rental properties, motels or possible new host sites, please call Cheryl at 609-994-3317.


Dan and Kerelin have finally found a place to call home in LBI! They will be leaving us this weekend. The kids are  so excited!


Margaret, Amy, Jess and the kids will be moving out soon. They are shooting for March 1 but may have to wait until the 15th. They are looking forward to finally having a place to call home.


Household needs for the families
3 sets of bunk beds- (do not need mattresses)
1 full size bed with mattress and box spring
kitchen set
living room set
dressers
refrigerator
dishes
curtains
TV stands
book shelf
coffee tables
lamps
coffee pot
toaster
pots and pans

Congratulations to JP, Mary and Lily on the birth of Marley Love, born on Valentine's Day! She was 7lbs 9oz, and 20 inches long.

Please see our current Hosting Schedule at the tab at the top of this page.

 

Day Center Needs

Toilet Paper

Tissues

Laundry Detergent

Shampoo/Conditioner

Nail Clippers

Hair Ties

 


 Update Feb. 2, 2013
Happy Groundhogs Day! Well it look like spring is coming, according to Punxsutawney Phil this morning. Whatever the weather, here in NJ it is always unpredictable. But the best part of the present day is that it is a  gift... that is why they call it 'present'.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

To Maris Stella, St. Francis, Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Great Bay Gospel Fellowship and all the wonderful volunteers for providing shelter for our guests during the past few weeks,  for making them feel welcomed, and helping Nick celebrate his 18th Birthday!

Update on Guests:
Dan and Kerelin and family continue to be with us. Dan just completed his tests and received his certificate to be an agent for truckers. They are actively looking to find a home for the family.

Nick-18
Amber 16
Matt-14
Jon-13     Allergic to shellfish
Patrick-3

On  2/5 a new family will be starting. This family also was affected by the hurricane. We hope that with our support we will be able to link them to the resources they need and help them find a place to call home.

Margaret-
Amy- 23
     Zaheem- 3      Allergic to PEANUTS and PEANUT OIL 
     Jamal-1           
Jessica- 21
    Jadier-4
    Larissa-2

Needs for Day Center:
Juicy Juice (not juice boxes)
Water bottles
Snacks

Diapers
Baby wipes

IN NEED OF HOST SITES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3rd AND 10th  Please consider offfering your host site a well as the support of all the volunteers to offer hospitality to our guests. Please take a look at our hosting schedule as we need to fill in the year! Thank you.

Looking for Interns/ Volunteers that would like to assist with our Fundraising and Communications teams. If you are interested please contact Cheryl 609-994-3317

 

UPDATE 1/7

Happy New Year! May the new year bring you much joy in your life.

 

Thank you to Lacey United Methodist Church for hosting our guests during the past two weeks. We appreciate all that you did for our guests.

 

Currently we continue to host Dan, Kerelyn, Nick, Amber, Matt, Jon and Patrick. We are hoping that they will soon find a new home. They are looking, so if you know of any place to rent please let us know. They are also in need of another car for Kerelin to get around in. If you know of any possibliities please let us know.

 

On Thursday Jan. 31 the annual 'Point in Time Count" will be taking place. This day is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT as it tries to capture all the people in the state/county that are experiencing homlessness. We need your help to make people aware of this day. I am currenly trying to get folks to let others know about this day because the more people become aware of the number of people that are homeless the more the county and state can begin to receive more funding to provide services needed for the people. Please contact us 609-994-3317 for more information.

 

We are looking for people to get involved with our Cardboard Box City Event that is scheduled to take place on Friday April 26th. Please consider getting involved. We need your support to make this happen!

 

 

UPDATE 12/24

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate this time. To our friends that celebrate other traditions, Happy Holidays to you. May the New Year bring you and your family good health and happiness.


Over the past few weeks many wonderful things have been happening with Family Promise. It started of with the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Youth Ministry coming to the day center and setting up the beautiful Christmas tree and decorating our day center. Thank you so much for making it look so welcoming especially for our families during the holiday season.This year we have been extremely blessed to have received Christmas gifts for all of our families. Each parent was relieved to know that their child would have presents under the tree for them. We have also received many donations of gift cards for gas that I had requested. We will be using many of the cards throughout the year for families in need of assistance.Additionally we received
delicious homemade cookies from a local Girl Scout Troop and other treats from people in the community.


A big THANK YOU for making this holiday special:: First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton, Womens Club of Greenbriar Outreach Oceanaire, Ocean County Board of Realtors, United Way of Ocean County, LBI/Mainland Women's Club, and for all the gifts we received from many people in our community We appreciate all that you do to help our families, thank you so much. We are so blessed.


Guest Update:
Dan, Kerelin, Nick, Amber, Matt, Jon, and Patrick are doing pretty good. Kids are doing well in school. Unfortunately the van is not good, it broke down for the 3rd time again yesterday. If anyone knows of someone selling a minivan, please let us know as we are on a hunt for one. They are also looking for a home to rent with at least 3-4 bedrooms. Please call the Day Center-609-994-3317 if you have any suggestions.


Thank you to St. Mary's for hosting our guests for the past 2 weeks and to all the volunteers that assisted at this time. Thank you for adding the first week, it wasn't planned but it went well considering the alternative. Thanks to Noreen- for 'learning on the go' how to coordinate a host week.


This week and next Lacey United Methodist Church will be hosting our guests-Thank you for taking on these holiday week.

 

A Note From The Director...

The other day I visited one of our families at their home with a huge box for them that had a 7 1/2 foot Christmas tree for them to set up in their home. As mom and the 4 children opened the box and began to piece together the tree, I couldn't help but think about the fact that it had been many years since this family had their own home to set up their own Christmas tree. I feel so blessed that I am able to assist our families like I do,  BUT,  I would not be able to do this without the support of our donors. You see, this is why were are here...to see the joy on that child's face in the comfort of their new home with the love from their family and the support from all of you. I truly Thank You for all your support.

Blessings for a Wonderful Holiday Season-

Cheryl Polo

 

Thank you to the First United Methodist Church for hosting and the Church of the Holy Spirit for coordinating all the volunteers. We appreciate all that you have done to help our guests.

 

Immediate Needs:

  • Next week the guests will be staying at the St. Mary of the Pines Parish Center. We are in need of volunteers for Overnights and Meals. If you are interested please contact Noreen-698-0025.

  • Wawa Gas Cards for the guests
  • Gift cards for the guests to be used for the holidays and special occassions.

 

Please Help Support Family Promise and consider purchasing a 50/50 ticket to support our efforts. We are in need of your help so that we can continue to help families in need. Please contact the Day Center for Tickets-994-3317. The drawing will be at our OPEN HOUSE which everyone is cordially invited to next Wednesday 12-12-12 at the Day Center. Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

Update on Guests:

JP, Mary and Lily have moved into their new home and are settling in well. Thank you to Dave from Great Bay Gospel for helping the family move in last weekend. The family asked that I extend their thanks for all that you have done for them.

Danny, Kerelin and kids are doing pretty well. They are busy trying to get the needed support so that they move forward from this situation. Congratulations to Amber in getting a job at the antiques shop here in town!

 

 


Weekly Memo- November 20th
Over the past few weeks many of us have witnessed an outpouring of people wanting to help others, from donating time, talents and gifts for the people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers offering their time to help others and the people receiving the assistance have been given the best gift anyone could receive....hope. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped and continue to help victims of the storm.


We are pleased to announce that Forked River Presbyterian Church has become our newest Host Congregation! A big Thank You
to  Pastor Terry Chapman and Coordinator Joanne Schnaudt for hosting our guests for the past 2 weeks! Thank you to all the volunteers for your hospitality during this time.


We may be in need of volunteers for next week at the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton. Please contact Lynn- 609-294-4905 if you are able to assist.


Update on guests:
Welcome to our new guests Daniel, Kerelin and their 5 children. They has been displaced from the storm. We are here to assist the family so that they can stay together and the children can finally return to school again. (The only allergy is shellfish for 1 of the children).


JP, Mary and Lilly will be moving into their new apartment on Dec.1st. They are very excited to move forward and be in their home by Christmas. Below is their wish list. If anyone has anything from the list that they would like to donate, please let us know. (Family is vegetarian does not eat pork or beef Allergy: Tree nuts)

kitchen: blender, rice cooker, crock pot, deep fryer, electric percolator, pressure cooker, dishes, flatware, glasses, mugs,
a few different size lazy susans, wooden spoons, metal spatula, pot holders, glass gallon jugs, salt and pepper shaker,
cereal containers, spice rack, paper towel holder, misto, sugar and flour containers, mason jars, knife sharpener, slap chop,
wooden top cart, high chair, curtains/blinds, shelves, 4 matching chairs (we have a table)...

baby's room/stuff: 
breast pump, toddler bed and sheets/blanket, play mat/pad for floor, rocking chair, area rug, curtains/blinds, shelves

living room: 
sofa, area rug, computer desk, office chair, curtains/blinds, shelves

bathroom: 
rugs, racks, hooks, portable washing machine, shelves

master bedroom: 
bed frame/platform with storage or space underneath, sheets/pillow cases/blankets, area rug, bureau/dresser, large mirror, curtains/blinds, shelves

misc.: 
outlet protectors, coat/hat rack, shoe rack, light switch dimmers, track lighting, surge protectors, hangers,

here is a list of tools i would like to have -


sewing machine, fabric scissors, box cutter, razor blade handle, saws all, circular saw, hack saw, wood saw, hammer, ball pine hammer, drill with bits and screw bits, wrench set, adjustable wrench, measuring tape, t square, sander, stud finder, allen key, pliers, needle nose pliers, screw driver set, rubber mallet, vice, vice grip, clamps, staple gun, heavy duty extension cord


random hardware ie: screws/nails, nuts/bolts, washers, staples, casters,
tool box, tool belt

here is a list of random upcyclable materials: 
wine bottle corks, wood crates, shipping pallets, metal cans, mason jars, parts of old furniture (drawers, legs, feet, hardware), random pieces of wood and glass in decent shape,
picture frames, mason jars, old luggage, etc...

 

 

 

Weekly Update

 This past Friday we were at Operation Halloween at Citta Scout Reservation. The event was sponsored by Southern Ocean Rotary Club. We sold our wrist bands to raise money and awareness. It was a great evening!

It is never too early to start thinking about Cardboard Box City! We are already planning and we hope that you are all planning to attend and spend the night with us on April 26, 2013. For more information go to the Cardboard Box City link at the top of the page.

 

Guest Update:

JP, Mary, and Lilly have been accepted to receive housing assistance and will be moving into their new home soon. They are very busy getting everything in order so that they can make their move by November 1st. We are looking for donations for them and will post their wish list later this week.

 Jeanenne and family have moved into their place on October 1st, and are doing very well. They are still in need of items including:

  • blender
  • mixing bowls
  • cookie sheet
  • pots & pans
  • child's training potty
  • forks
  • toothbrush holder
  • bathroom rugs
  • computer
  • (3) baby gates
  • Gift cards

 

 

Family Promise Needs You:

Over the course of the next four weeks (Oct. 14- Nov. 11) we do not have a host site for our guests. The cost of motels is very costly for us. If anyone has any connections with any area motels and may be able to get us a reduced cost, please let us know. In the meantime, our guests will be staying at the Day Center. If we get another family we will need to have another option.

We are looking for anyone that would like to provide meals (either make meals, donate the food or a Shoprite gift card). Please let us know ASAP if you are able to assist with this.

If there are any groups that would like to have a fundraiser please get in contact with us ASAP. This also a great idea for any potential Eagle Scouts out there for your Eagle Project.

We are also looking for individuals or groups to sell our glow in the dark wrist bands to help raise money for Family Promise and raise awareness of homelessness in Southern Ocean County.


Thank You
I would like to thank both Ocean Community Church and First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton for hosting our guests over the past two weeks. Thank you for all your assistance.

 

Ocean County Board of Realtors for donating pillows and mattress covers and may other needed items for our families.

Friday
Aug242012

WEEKLY UPDATE

September 20, 2012

As the First Day of Autumn arrives this weekend, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is filled with the anticipation and excitement of “new leaves” blowing in with the winds... new Board Members, Staff, Volunteers, Donations and Guests!  And with each changing of the seasons, comes great hope for things to come.

 

Please welcome Dr. Melinda Boye-Nolan as our incoming Board President. It is with deep gratitude we extend our most sincere appreciation to our outgoing Board Member, Dan Lundy for his dedication and support in serving as President of the Board of Trustees since the inception. At the end of the month, we will say farewell to Eleonora Carr, who has faithfully served as our Board Treasurer for Family Promise since 2009. If anyone is interested in serving as Treasurer please contact Dr. Melinda directly or Director Cheryl Polo-609.994.3317.

 

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the Lacey & LBI/Mainland Women's Clubs for their partnership in volunteerism to help homeless and low-income families, as the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs has elected Family Promise as their State Project for 2012 – 2014.

 

A very big Thank You, as well, goes out to Great Bay Gospel Fellowship & Volunteers for 3 weeks of Hosting our guests. As always, the volunteers go above and beyond to graciously assist our guests. This last week was a switch from the volunteers preparing the meals to our guests offering to cook at the day center. Thanks to the generous donations of Shoprite gift cards, the guests enjoyed planning their meals together and cooking for each other. One of the dinners, the guests prepared the meal and brought it to the church for the volunteers to enjoy!

 

Our current guests are well on their way with the program! We are extremely excited that Jeanenne and her family will be moving to their new home next Sunday, September 29th. JP, Mary and family continue to work diligently and are hoping to get assistance for housing very soon.


IMMEDIATE HELP NEEDED!!!

Family Promise of SOC is in need of immediate Volunteers for this coming host week @ First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton. Please consider “jumping in to help” by contacting Lynn Robbins-609.294.4905. Currently, the following Overnights & Dinners are needed for (3) adult Guests & their (3) young children:

 

Overnight:          Monday (9/24), Friday (9/28) & Saturday (9/29)

 

Dinners:             Thursday (9/27), Friday (9/28) & Saturday (9/29)

 

**(Keep in mind that this may change as we may be taking a Mom and 18mo child this week.)

 

DONATIONS NEEDED

Please take a few moments to look over our Day Center and Guest Needs “WISH LIST.” Unless specified otherwise, we graciously accept gently used or 'like new' items, which will find a loving home in our Day Center facility or with our Guests as their families’ transition to their new home.

 

Current Guest Needs:

  • ·         maternity clothes, size XL
  • ·         men's casual work clothes:
  • -         shirts, XL or XXL
  • -        pants 38 (w) x 32 (length)
  • -        socks & shoes, size 10.5 or 11
  • ·         boys twin bed frame
  • ·         boys twin comforter set
  • ·         twin mattress/box spring
  • ·         dresser
  • ·         computer
  • ·         computer desk/chair
  • ·         lamps
  • ·         iron & ironing board
  • ·         curtains
  • ·         towels
  • ·         shower curtain



Day Center Needs:

* Director's desk w/locking file drawers OR 2-drawer file cabinet w/ lock

* laptop computer

* photocopier or “In Kind” printing/copying Service

* large storage bins w/ lids

* cost to purchase marketing materials

* no larger than 32-gallon garbage pail w/ wheels

* new mattresses for overnight Roll-a-way cots or covers for current ones

* (1) stick ram for Work Area computer

* CD sleeves

* wireless doorbell installed

* monthly Cleaning Service

 

 

Standing Supply Needs

  • ·         empty printer cartridges (for STAPLES rewards to purchase office supplies)
  • ·         stamps
  • ·         liquid laundry detergent (new)
  • ·         shampoo & conditioner  (new)
  • ·         coffee (new)
  • ·         Advil/Tylenol/Aspirin (new)
  • ·         new mattresses & pillows for quests
  • ·         Staples & ShopRite gift cards for office supplies,
  • ·         Wawa/Department Store gift cards for guests purchase specific clothing items

 

 

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September 10, 2012

 

Happy September!


Sorry for the delay in getting this update to you. The office has been busy with our current guests needs, training our new office assistant, Laura, and taking calls from families in need.

 

Thank you to Great Bay Gospel Fellowship for taking on the next few weeks in hosting our guests.

 


Guests update:


Jeanenne and her family have been woking very hard to get secure a home and will be moving into their new home Oct. 1!  They all are very excited to finally have the family together once again. Sophia has gone back to school and is excited to start at her new school once they move. Family is looking for childcare for Preston, a few days per week. If anyone knows of someone interested in babysitting please give us a call.


JP and Mary have been looking at options for work and hoping to get assistance in housing very soon. 

 


Families continue to call in need and we are intaking potential guest families for the program and providing referrals to the others. 

 

 

 

VAN DRIVER NEEDED

If you or someone you know is interested in assisting with driving our guests with our van from the Day Center to the Host site and then back to the day center the next morning, please contact us 609-994-3317. We are looking to fill in each day. Even if you can offer one day and time, that is better than not having anyone to help.

 

 


WISH LIST:

Gift cards for clothes for children and parents

Wawa Gas Cards

Shampoo and conditioner

Lap top Computer

Brand new matresses for families

 

We are in need of getting our Host schedule filled for the year. Please consider offering an additional week or providing assistance to the hosts that do so that together we can provide to our guest families. Please see the schedule below:


9/2/2012

Great Bay Gospel Fellowship

9/9/2012

Great Bay Gospel Fellowship

9/16/2012

Great Bay Gospel Fellowship

9/23/2012

First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton

9/30/2012 

Ocean Community Church

10/7/2012

First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton

10/14/2012

 

10/21/2012

 

10/28/2012

 

11/4/2012

 

11/11/2012

Maris Stella

11/18/2012

Maris Stella

11/25/2012        

First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton

12/2/2012

 

12/9/2012 

Ocean Community Church

12/16/2012          

St. Mary’s Church

12/23/2012

 

12/30/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug162012

Weekly Update

August 16, 2012

Thank you to King of Kings for giving us shelter for our guests for the past week. A big thank you to all the overnight volunteers that provided hospitality and transportation and to all the volunteers that provided the meals and for the day center needs for our guests. This could not have been possible without all of your support.

A big Thank You to the Manahawkin United Methodist Church for collecting paper products for the day center. We now do not have to worry about running out of paper products for awhile.

 

Update on our guests:

JP, Mary and Lilly are doing well. As you know they do not have a car so they have been relying on public transportation and our wonderful volunteers to get them where they need to go. Mary is looking for work. JP has a lot of experience with the entertainment world and computers. He hopes to find something now and has met wit Habitat to offer assistance with their computers. If you know of any opportunities please let us know, both have their resumes. 

Last week we had planned on taking another family, however they did not come in as of yet. Fortunately, I was able to assist her with getting some kind of transportation and Billy's Auto assisted the family with a van! 

We need Host Sites for the weeks of 9/2, 9/9, and 9/16. Please consider us as we need to continue to shelter our guest families. We are counting on all of our committed Hosts to open up your doors for our guests in Need. Please help us help them. 

Thank you to both the Women's Clubs of LBI and Lacey for donating book bags filled with needed school items. These are to be given to the children from the network, past and present. The children that have received the bags are so excited to open up their book bag to find all the goodies for school!