March 2021 Newsletter
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  • Motel Shelter Program
  • Promising Solutions move
  • Community serving community
  • Guest Spotlight
  • Resources for community members in need
Motel Shelter Program

While March 2020 brought the challenge of COVID-19 and spurred Family Promise Morris County to suspend its Emergency Shelter Program, the challenge also brought silver linings and new opportunities for us to re-engage in emergency shelter in a new way in 2021. Now in March 2021, with funds received through the CARES Act, we have successfully launched our Motel Shelter Program utilizing three rooms at a nearby motel.

With congregational and community support stronger than ever, our Motel Shelter guests are safe, thriving, and working hard toward permanent housing. "This is by far the greatest thing that's happened in my life," said one shelter guest about entering Family Promise's Motel Shelter Program.

Thank you for your wonderful, generous support and for making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve together! Stay tuned for more to come about this new program!
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Family Promise's housing team has been fierce this March with almost non-stop moves and a current tally of eight people moved so far this month! One move brought four people together to begin a new journey.

We are very excited to welcome four new residents to our Promising Solutions campus! The women are settling in nicely, getting to know each other, and adapting to their new living space.

Thank you for donating items to furnish the home, to have beds made and bathrooms ready, and to have a kitchen stocked waiting to welcome its new family. Our Making Moves Matter team pulled out all the stops and worked tirelessly to set up an entire home in one day!

Best wishes, much success, and many joyful times ahead to our new neighbors!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
St. Vincent Martyr School

Thank you, St. Vincent Martyr School, for assembling and donating care bags for visitors of Our Promise.

It was especially nice to give homemade cards by the sixth grade students with the bags. The caring sentiments in the cards were very impactful!

One visitor was so moved by her card that she keeps it close to her and reads it whenever she needs a boost.
Message on card: "Hi! How are you? I know you are going through a tough time but I believe that you can do this! Hopefully you will enjoy this bag and it makes you feel very happy. You may be feeling sad, but if you are happy the time will be a lot easier. I believe in you because you got this! I am always praying for you."
Mt. Freedom Jewish Center

A big thank-you to Mt. Freedom Jewish Center for donating sleeping bags for families and individuals in our programs.

They came in handy especially during the cold months and provided a much-needed extra layer of warmth!
Calvary Baptist Church

Thank you, Calvary Baptist Church, for donating PPE care bags that included masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and disinfectant spray. Our shelter guests will get a lot of use out of the care bags and will help keep them safe!
The Woman's Club of Morristown

A warm thank you to The Woman's Club of Morristown for collecting and donating many household items for our Promising Solutions Program!

We are excited to give the items a new home and the women will be thrilled!

We look forward to partnering again to serve our neighbors in need!
Morris Catholic High School

Thank you, Morris Catholic High School, for providing a very large amount of diapers and wipes for our families!

We are grateful to be well-stocked for the moms in our programs and your generosity provides tremendous savings for families!
Girl Scout Troop #94993

Thank you, Lily Boland, for creatively making and donating 60 colorful key chains for your Girl Scout Silver Award! They will be given to individuals and families when receiving keys to their new homes!
We appreciate the 75 hours you spent making these treasures and we are excited to hand them out with each move!
Norwescap

A heartfelt thanks to Norwescap for donating dozens of new blankets from Best Home Fashions to Our Promise during the cold winter months!

The blankets were such a hit that some visitors asked for a second one!

We greatly appreciate your support!
FAMILY PROMISE GUEST SPOTLIGHT
JULIA

One of our first Promising Solutions residents, Julia*, recently chatted with a Family Promise staff member and reflected on her journey through homelessness and her feelings about the program.

Julia returned to her hometown in Morris County after living outside the US for 10 years. Returning from an unhealthy relationship and suffering from a deep depression, including suicidal thoughts, Julia was unable to work or support herself and entered into a situation of homelessness. The timing coincided with the creation of the Promising Solutions Program, and she became one of the first residents on campus.

Julia is extremely grateful for where she is living now and enjoys the company of her housemates. She gets choked up when talking about how far she has come and how fortunate she is to be in the program. "There is so much compassion at Family Promise and no judging. Compassion just flows out of Benet (Promising Solutions Program Coordinator) and there is so much respect."

Julia, who loves to work hard and interact with people, looks forward to attaining her goal of getting a job and enjoying working again. Way to go, Julia!

*The name has been changed to protect privacy.
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 need of the following items:
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New Twin Size Sheets

We are in need of new twin sheets for housing families and individuals - adults and children.
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New Cutlery Sets

New cutlery sets are needed for families and individuals being housed. Service for 6 or 8 is greatly appreciated!
Household items:

New microwave ovens
New vacuums

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:

Baseball Caps
Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
Toilet Paper
Sanitizing Wipes & Other Cleaning Supplies
Coloring Books
Snacks
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.
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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!
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