SEPTEMBER 2022 Newsletter
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  • Back to School Fair
  • Birthday Celebration at PS
  • A New Home for Jackson & Family
  • Community Support
  • Resources
  • Helping Hands
Back to School!

It's that exciting time of year when families gear up for the return to school and kids get to meet their teachers and see friends. Through the generosity of many donors, Family Promise held a Back-to-School Fair that provided school supplies, pajamas, coats, shoes, and more! One mom's sentiments: "I honestly don't know how we would afford to get what my kids need for school, and I am so grateful that Family Promise is always there for us."
The excitement was contagious and even little ones not yet in school were able to leave with a fun surprise! We wish all of the families a wonderful school year!
Birthday Celebrations at Promising Solutions

What better way to welcome the end of summer than with a multi-birthday celebration! Many of the residents of the women's campus, Promising Solutions, were delighted to have a special day to celebrate their birthdays. Organized by Family Promise's Savannah Voelbel, Promising Solutions Program Coordinator and Alanna Angulo, Outreach Case Manager, the women enjoyed some special treats and a fun time together.

Happy Birthday to our lovely guests!
A New Home for Jackson and His Boys

Jackson, a single dad of four children, has reason to celebrate. After being in the Motel Shelter Program with his children for seven months, he is excited to be living in his new home with his family. The occasion is especially meaningful to him as he has struggled with homelessness since he was a child.

Jackson and his mom participated in another shelter program over 10 years ago, but were never successful in obtaining long-term, stable housing. Upon entering our shelter program in January, Jackson very quickly began financial literacy and budgeting classes, applied for TANF/SNAP (food stamps) and housing vouchers, and received assistance in paying down debt. Eventually, Jackson was able to secure a three-bedroom apartment in Sussex County!

When Jackson and his mother saw the apartment and the landlord signed the rental approval papers, both mom and son began to cry. He stated that he is “excited to start this next journey with his boys and is thankful that Family Promise gave him a chance.” Best wishes to Jackson and his family!

*Name was changed for privacy.
Putnam Associates

Thank you to the employees of Putnam Associates, New York, for coming out to our day center for a service project! It was a fun day of weeding, trimming, and assembling school backpacks. We appreciate your hard work and enjoyed your enthusiasm and camaraderie! We are looking forward to working with you again!
PBF Energy

A big thank-you to PBF Energy for continually doing Done-in-a-Day projects at our day center! We are thrilled to have the support and many items on the Family Promise to-do list are getting crossed off! We now have two picnic tables that received a freshening up and look brand new, along with another weeded and mulched area of our grounds!
Project Readiness

Thank you Annie and Jen of Project Readiness for always supporting our families and individuals and for donating over 50 backpacks filled with school supplies! They were a huge hit at our Back-to-School Fair, and there were many smiles on young faces!

Resurrection Parish

Thank you, Resurrection Parish of Randolph, for donating a large amount of school supplies for our families! Your donation helped provide many needed items for the children in our programs. They had fun filling up a backpack and it created excitement for the start of school!

A warm thank-you to Artech for creating 21 care kits for the guests at Our Promise Drop-In Resource Center! Visitors of the center will surely appreciate these bags of goodies!

We appreciate your thoughtfulness towards our neighbors in need of support!
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 at Unemployed in NJ who has put together an unemployment survival kit. For Unemployment Insurance go to: My Unemployment
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 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.
Diaper Shortage! The day center is running critically low on diapers. We especially need sizes 5 & 6, as well as other sizes. If you would like to donate a package of diapers, please contact Nora Godown at

Will You Consider Helping with the Following Needed Items?

  • 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, 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

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