April 2020 Newsletter

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  • Stories of hope and acts of kindness
  • Community serving community
  • Family Promise video debut
  • Resources
Safely Home!

Congratulations to Stephanie and her family on moving into their own home! At such a crucial time when families want to feel safe and protect their loved ones, a special place such as home provides that essential comfort.
We are grateful for the partnerships we have with Morris County landlords that make it possible to house families even during a health crisis, and for our partnerships with all of you whose support helps us to continue to serve those in need regardless of the recent challenges!
OUTREACH
Delivering Joy, Care and Goods!

What better way to lift someone's spirits during so much isolation than to bring essential needs such as food, toiletries, diapers, school supplies and even Easter surprises!

Family Promise staff made their masked and gloved way around Morris County this month bringing much-needed food and supplies to the families we serve. During our no-contact drop-off of goods, we encountered many excited faces in windows, waves of appreciation and reports and pictures of happy family members.
Thank you to the Interfaith Food Pantry , Morris Plains, for providing groceries to many of our families!
Our Doors are Open!

Family Promise's drop-in center, Our Promise , continues to support the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. Many of our neighbors who are without a home utilize Our Promise as an address to receive mail. Christina Pilkington, Resource Navigator and Single Stop Lead Benefits Enroller, safely distributes mail outdoors to Our Promise guests.

Our Promise staff is available by phone Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm, and can be reached at 973-644-0100.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Shown: Ray Freaney, 2020 Rotary District Governor, and Bob Button, Chairman of the Board, District 7475
Rotary Club of Lake Hopatcong Offers Support!

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lake Hopatcong and to Rotary District 7475 for your financial support and for going out of your way to meet during these uncertain times to help our neighbors in need!

Your extra efforts and thoughtfulness is tremendously appreciated!
Thank You to Our Easter Donors!

Many thanks to our friends at Crum & Forster Insurance Company for donating dozens of Easter bags to the children in our Emergency Shelter and Community Support Programs! Your Easter goodies brought smiles to many young faces and to moms and dads as well. Crum & Forster also provided delicious gourmet Easter dinners to our Emergency Shelter families to help make the occasion a true celebration!
A huge thank you also to our partners from the Easter Basket Drive of New Jersey for donating almost 100 Easter baskets to the families we serve!

The bags and baskets of joy brought reassurance to our families in need that our community is thinking of them, caring for them, and supporting them even in these precarious times.
Project Readiness Jumps in to Help Students!

Thank you to Project Readiness for providing an abundance of school supplies and several Chromebooks for students in need.

Enthusiasm is boosted and stress is greatly reduced when students have adequate supplies and online access to school from home!
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Family Promise Video Debut!

We are so excited to debut an original song composed and performed by Jay Everett for Family Promise!

What a super fun song and great way to spread enthusiasm for supporting individuals and families in crisis from Morris County!

Thank you, Jay, for your fun support and work on such a meaningful song!

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 Assistanc e – 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 t o receive text alerts from the NJ Governor’s office  . You can also call a Healthcare Professional at 1-800-962-1253.

*Credit to Habitat for Humanity for above information.

Virtual Opportunities for Volunteer and Fundraising Activities!

Keep watch for a special # Giving Tuesday campaign from
April 27th through May 5th!

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!
Click on the map to see Family Promise affiliates across the country!
Essential Needs for Our Guests During this Challenging Time:
Hand Sanitizer
Toilet Paper
Sanitizing Wipes & Other Cleaning Supplies
Disposable Gloves

Please email Family Promise at info@familypromisemorris.org t o arrange
a no-contact delivery of these key items to our day center.
Family Promise of Morris County | 973-998-0820 | info@familypromisemorris.org www.familypromisemorris.org