November 2020 Newsletter
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  • Job security
  • Fulfilling the Promise
  • Community serving community
  • Resources for community members in need
What Does Your Job Mean to You?

As a community working together to provide support to those experiencing homelessness, it is important to remember that a key part of the equation for sustainable independence is job security. Steady, reliable employment can be the backbone of successful self-sufficient living and can also have great impact on mental health. The intrinsic benefits of a secure job for a person in crisis are immeasurable!

Family Promise graduates, Donald and Jennifer, were both unemployed when they first entered the shelter program. With some tweaking of resumes and some interview practice and coaching, Donald was offered a job very quickly. He was ecstatic to say the least! His spirits and confidence soared, and he became enthused about some hobbies he had long put aside like his love for cooking. With groceries provided by Ledgewood Baptist Church, the host shelter congregation, Donald treated the entire group of shelter guests to a special dinner he prepared and cooked by himself. For Donald, his job means freedom and joy.

With renewed determination, a new resume and some of her own interview coaching, Jennifer pursued many job openings until she was offered employment. Like Donald, Jennifer's outlook became more positive and her self-esteem grew. After becoming employed, Jennifer never seemed to stop smiling! She doesn't take the responsibility of her job lightly, though. In Jennifer's own words, "Employment plays a significant role in living independently, but it takes discipline and sacrifice." For Jennifer, employment means stability and possibilities.

Everyone desires to have purpose in life and feel valued. Going from a crisis situation to a structured, secure lifestyle where you feel needed can have a profound impact on a person's spirit, security and their path to the future!

We are grateful for a community that supports our neighbors in crisis and can help create stable lifestyles!
Fulfilling the Promise!

COVID 19 has had a significant impact on everyone, but it has been especially devastating to the most vulnerable populations served by Family Promise. With the near historic unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity, Family Promise has adjusted all programs to meet the growing demand.

Our direct response to the COVID 19 outbreak and the subsequent economic fallout is to engage in a community-wide effort to house unsheltered households as quickly as possible and prevent others from losing their homes to protect their health and safety.

To meet these unprecedented needs of our community's most vulnerable, Family Promise of Morris County created the Fulfilling the Promise campaign for these additional levels of support that are so badly needed in these precarious times. We invite you to join us in this effort by clicking the donate button below. Your gift will have a direct and lasting impact, not just on the clients we serve, but on our entire community.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT

For Goodness Cakes

Every child deserves a birthday celebration including cake! Thank you For Goodness Cakes for providing a stunning cake to little Ava on her third birthday!

For Goodness Cakes is a nonprofit that enjoys giving individual youth at least one special moment that is about them. They believe that by providing a child a treat made especially for them, it gives them some much needed time to not feel the increasing pressure of their socioeconomic situation, but rather help nurture optimism and confidence at a critical age.
Caring Capital

A big thank you to Caring Capital for donating two new microwave ovens to our newly housed families! They are being enjoyed thoroughly and the families are thrilled to have these kitchen staples!
Fairy Tales Hair Care

Thank you Fairy Tales Hair Care for donating shampoo, conditioner, detangler and more for our families! Providing this type of need helps to keep budgets in tact and our families appreciate it greatly!
Tiffany & Co.

A huge thanks Tiffany & Co. for assembling and donating 150 toiletry bags full of many essential items including hand sanitizer and a rain poncho for guests of our drop-in center, Our Promise!

Your support will help greatly through the ongoing pandemic and we are truly grateful!
RESOURCES
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
 
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.
 
Mental Health Services Family Intervention Services can help with mental health assistance where you can connect with a specialist. They offer Spanish-speaking counselors and have free options. You may also call 973-324-7879 to speak with a specialist.
 
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.
We are in HIGH need of the following items:
Hand & Foot Warmers!

Hand and foot warmers are crucial in helping to make the colder temps more bearable!
Fleece & Thermal Clothing!

Men's sizes M-XXL
Women's sizes M-XL

The extra layer of warmth will go a long way in these colder months!
Household items:

microwave ovens
vacuums
mops
brooms

If you are able to donate, please email Family Promise at info@familypromisemorris.org or call 973-998-0820 ext. 110.

Essential Needs for Our Guests:

Masks
Hand Sanitizer
Toilet Paper
Sanitizing Wipes & Other Cleaning Supplies
Disposable Gloves
Bottled Water
Gatorade

Please email Family Promise at info@familypromisemorris.org to arrange
a no-contact delivery of these key items to our day center.
Click on the map to see Family Promise affiliates across the country!
Donate Your Cancelled Event to Families in Need!

Your special event, birthday, or other celebration can be turned into a fundraiser or donated to the families we serve just by clicking the link below!
Family Promise of Morris County | 973-998-0820 | info@familypromisemorris.org www.familypromisemorris.org