AUGUST 2022 Newsletter
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  • Homebound Hustle Save the Date
  • The People's Picnic
  • Alicia's Move
  • Community Spotlight
  • Community Support
  • Resources
  • Helping Hands

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5 to join us at our second annual Homebound Hustle 5K and Walk!

Music, food, t-shirts, community spirit, and more!
The People's Picnic

In collaboration with Mental Health Association, Team DeStig of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, and UMEWE, The People's Picnic is a social art project aiming to raise awareness and spark important conversations for and about mental health.

Promising Solution's Women's Campus had a painting party to bring this bright marker of mental health awareness to our community.
The fun, colorful picnic table will become an addition to the campus this fall!
Alicia and Family Receive New Home

Alicia and her children are excited to be settling into their new home! Alicia came to Family Promise after struggling with COVID19 and needing assistance with back rent. Family Promise social workers began working with the family through our Diversion Program and identified funding to assist them so they could stay housed. During this time, Alicia and her family experienced a fire in their apartment that left them displaced and living in a hotel. Alicia was awarded a permanent housing voucher, but was not able to move into her old apartment. Because the family needed to find a new place to live, Family Promise staff, through our Rapid Rehousing Program, was able to identify a three-bedroom unit using Alicia's housing voucher.

The Making Moves Matter team set up the home with all their special touches. Alicia and her children are thrilled to have a special place again to call home! Thank you to our wonderful donors for the furniture and household items, and a special thank-you to the donor who provided a basketball hoop!
Meet the People of Family Promise of Morris County
Click on photo to see Patrick featured in our blog.
Name: Patrick Higgins

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Role with Family Promise: I am part of the Making Moves Matter team, do handyman work at the day center, sort donations, and will help with office renovations.

How did you get involved with FP? I got involved after reading an article in Vicinity magazine about Michele Caruso and her involvement with Making Moves Matter.

What do you like most about working with Family Promise? The feeling of satisfaction after a move is done and I am driving home and wishing we could do more.

Favorite vacation spot? Stone Harbor and Avalon, New Jersey

How would your friends describe you? Someone who always tries to be available to help and give back with a sense of humor and a positive attitude every day.
Chatham Daisy Troop

A kind thank-you to all the girls of Daisy Troop #98237, Chatham for designing and assembling summer fun kits for the children in our shelter program!

What an awesome way to welcome children into the program, especially when feeling uncertain or nervous in a new environment.

We appreciate your kindness and for thinking of others!
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Thank you, Macculloch Hall Historcial Museum, for providing adorable, fun art kits for the children in our programs! The art kits include everything needed to make a homemade bird feeder and will help keep little fingers busy this summer!

We appreciate and enjoy your continued partnership to creatively educate and entertain young ones in our community!
Operation Chillout

A big thank-you to Operation Chillout, Long Valley, for donating cases of water bottles!

Visitors of Our Promise drop-in resource center especially enjoyed having fresh water during the heat wave!
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 newborn and sizes 1 & 2 for some new babies in our programs, in addition to larger sizes as well. If you would like to donate a package of diapers, please contact Nora Godown at
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

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

Please email Family Promise at to donate
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