JUNE 2022 Newsletter
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  • Celebrating the Promise
  • Community Spotlight
  • Community Support
  • Resources
  • Helping Hands
Celebrating the Promise

A fun time was had by all at Family Promise's volunteer appreciation event, Celebrating the Promise! In honor of our wonderful volunteers, we gathered to celebrate their hard work, thoughtfulness, and support for the families and individuals we serve together. It was a beautiful day at our day center in Morris Plains, and attendees enjoyed live music, games, delicious food, heartwarming words from guest speakers, and the company of fellow volunteers, program graduates, and staff.

Thank you to our guest speakers, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and Family Promise graduate, Terrell! Thank you Morris Music Men and Very Vacants for the super fun music! A big thanks to our sponsors: Bouchedid Foundation, Larry Ragonese, and Don Stahl. Thank you also to all of our hard-working helpers, including the Sheriff's Explorers!
PBF Energy

Since 2018, PBF Energy has supported Family Promise of Morris County through volunteerism, donations, and more. Their dedication to our mission is much appreciated!

Over the years, PBF has provided vital assistance to our agency. Their many donations, ranging from toiletries and diapers to food and grocery store gift cards, have supported thousands of Family Promise guests. Last year, PBF even sponsored our first annual Homebound Hustle 5K, which was integral to the event’s success in raising funds for our agency’s programming.

Most recently, PBF began a series of beautification service projects at our Day Center. Volunteers cleaned out our kitchen, organized donations, planted flowers throughout our grounds, and spruced up our guest meditation garden and furniture just in time for our volunteer appreciation event, Celebrating the Promise.

Thank you, PBF, for your incredible support and hard work!
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Assemblywoman Dunn Honors Family Promise of Morris County

Assemblywoman Aura Dunn attended our Celebrating the Promise volunteer appreciation event, where she spoke poignantly to our agency's vital work within the community. A citation was presented to Family Promise of Morris County in honor of our devoted community of volunteers and supporters.

We are super proud of our network of 1,600 volunteers who continue to inspire us all with their support and dedication!

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Rotary Club of Morristown

Thank you, Rotary Club of Morristown, for awarding Family Promise funding for the benefit of Our Promise Outreach Center. The Rotary has a long-lasting partnership with Family Promise, through which they have supported hundreds of community members over time.

We are excited and grateful for this wonderful support!

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Family Promise Graduates Receive Fine Arts Scholarships!

The Dance innovations Performance Foundation, Chatham, awarded a Kids for Kids Fine Arts Scholarship to two children in our programs! Josias and Kassie are super excited to use their scholarships to attend a dance camp this summer.

Thank you to Dance Innovations for giving these two children the opportunity to explore their creative side and have fun learning some new moves!
Massage Heights

A warm thank you to Massage Heights of Morristown for hosting a yoga and massage fundraiser for Family Promise! Community members came out to enjoy free yoga classes and chair massages, while donating yoga mats and funds for residents of our Promising Solutions women's campus.

Thank you also to Powerflow Yoga, Morristown; Ride + Reflect, Morristown; and In Joy Yoga, Whippany for their participation!
Cindy's Birthday Drive

A very big thank-you to our very small donor, Cindy! For Cindy's 6th birthday, she decided to forgo receiving gifts and instead collected diapers and gift cards for Family Promise! As you can see by the joy on her face, her birthday was a special one.

Way to go, Cindy! Thank you for fulfilling a vital need for our families. Even little hearts can display thoughtfulness and selflessness in a big way!
Ridge High School

Thank you to all the students and teachers from Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, that came out to our day center and Our Promise for a service day! Many projects and tasks were accomplished, including planting flowers, weeding, spreading mulch, deep cleaning of the facility, assembling furniture, and giving some of our outdoor furniture a fresh coat of paint. We truly appreciate all the hard work and attention to detail!
Denville United Methodist Quilting Club

The quilters of the Denville United Methodist Quilting Club created and sewed many, many quilts for families and individuals in our programs! The quilts are beautiful and obviously made with love!

Thank you for your hard work and thoughtfulness toward those we serve together!
Morris School District

Thank you, Morris School District, for donating 50 refurbished Chromebooks!

Keeping up with technology is a luxury most of our families and individuals cannot afford. You have enabled many of those we serve to stay up to date and have equipped many students with a much-needed device.

We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to working with you again!
Girl Scout Troop #96773

Girl Scout Troop #96773 of Madison and Harding, held an outstanding donation drive for household goods for a shelter family. Some of the items included bedding, small appliances, cutlery, dishware, organizers, cleaning supplies, and more!

You have put the family's mind at ease by providing these items for them! Thank you for your hard work and support of this family!
Unemployment benefits – Do you know anyone who has been furloughed or has had their employment put on hold? To find out if eligible for unemployment benefits, check out NJ.com at Unemployed in NJ who has put together an unemployment survival kit. For Unemployment Insurance go to: My Unemployment NJ.gov
211 Assistance Programs - Click on the following programs to learn about each one:

DCAid Assistance Programs - Click here to check out more assistance programs

Eviction Prevention Program - information available here on preventing eviction

Job Opportunities – Check out NJ Jobs, a jobs and hiring site that lists over 65,000 New Jersey job openings.
Mortgage Payments – Refer to the Federal Housing Finance Agency for help with mortgage payments. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks are offering mortgage relief for homeowners.
Monthly Bills –  For assistance with paying monthly bills, please refer to ConsumerFinance.gov. The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau lists steps to take to protect yourself financially.
Food / Cash / Health Insurance Assistance – For additional assistance with food, financial needs, and health insurance, check out NJ Helps.
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text alerts from the NJ Governor’s office . You can also call a Healthcare Professional at 1-800-962-1253.

*Credit to our community partner, Habitat for Humanity, for above information.
Do you have experience with Koi ponds? The Family Promise day center Koi pond is in need of some TLC and we would love to have your expertise! If interested in helping out in this area, please contact Laurice Carbonell at l.carbonell@familypromisemorris.org.
It's that time of year when we need to prepare for the oncoming heat! We are in need of new air conditioner units for families to keep cool this summer. A new window A/C unit provides much relief for an entire family and helps to prevent heat-related ailments. If you would like to donate a unit or funds for one, please contact Nora Godown at n.godown@familypromisemorris.org.

Will You Consider Helping with the Following Needed Items?

  • Diapers - all sizes
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Glass cleaner
  • Comet, Ajax or Soft Scrub
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Sponges
  • Rubber gloves

If interested in providing any of these items, please contact Nora Godown, n.godown@familypromisemorris.org or 973-619-8316.
Essential Needs for Guests at Our Promise:

Men's sweatshirts sizes L, 2XL & 3XL
Men's Boxers sizes L, XL, 2XL & 3XL
Women's Underwear sizes 6, 7, 8, XL
Women's T-shirts all sizes
Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
Sanitizing Wipes & Other Cleaning Supplies
Laundry Detergent
Wash Cloths
Pocket Tissues

Please email Family Promise at info@familypromisemorris.org to donate
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