March 2022 Newsletter
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  • Women's History Month
  • Meet the People of Family Promise of Morris County
  • Community Support
Women's History Month!

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
In honor of Women's History Month, we want to applaud our 20 female residents of the Promising Solutions campus for their hard work and perseverance in accomplishing their independence and stable lifestyles. We also praise our awesome female social workers who have gone alongside the women in their journey and who will continue to support them. Click the image on the right to hear from Benet Seifter, Promising Solutions Program Coordinator.
Meet the People of Family Promise of Morris County

Name: Mary Ledyard

Hometown: Rockaway, NJ

Role with FP: I deliver groceries from the Inter-Faith Food Pantry two days a month to individuals and families of Family Promise. Also, I make dinner and provide fellowship for Family Promise shelter guests. 

How did you get involved with Family Promise: I took the volunteer training at Family Promise due to a suggestion by Frank Novak, Family Promise Board member, so that I could better help homeless families when needed. Then I helped feed the families dinner when they were in shelter, and during COVID I delivered meals to the families when they were in various hotels. 

What do you like most about working with Family Promise?  Helping people in need is just so rewarding. All the recipients I deliver to are SO thankful, so it really feeds my soul.

Favorite vacation spot and why: We don’t have a favorite vacation spot because we love travel anywhere. International travel has taught us so much about other cultures, but really any place where we can do something like hiking, swimming, fishing, snowboarding, biking, etc. I’d love to visit all the National Parks and we’ve been lucky to visit at least 10 so far.

How would your friends describe you? Most would probably call me the ‘Energizer Bunny’. Other words might be generous and caring. I asked four coworkers and friends and here is the list from them: caring, charitable, generous, creative, selfless, philanthropic, hardworking, dedicated, inspiring, genuine, empathetic, & friendly.
Mary and husband John
Mary is the recipient of the 2022 Seeds of Change Award given by the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women. The Seeds of Change Award was created to honor the legacy of Leanna Brown who valued grassroots activism and building up the community. The award is named Seeds of Change to reflect the concept of planting seeds, nurturing seedlings, and cultivating real change over time.

Mary started volunteering as a teenager and has not stopped caring for others since then. She and her husband, John, have actively volunteered for countless causes and organizations.

Click picture below to view an article about the 2022 Seeds of Change Award.
A Successful and Fun Comedy Night

Thanks to all who attended our virtual Comedy Night! Your support is so much appreciated and it was great to see your smiling faces on Zoom!
An Evening of Comedy was Family Promise's first virtual comedy event, and your support helped make it a success! Comedians Leighann Lord, Mike Morse, and Terry-Ann Zander were a hit! Many laughs and wine/hot cocoa kits were enjoyed by our attendees while raising awareness and funds for our mission to end homelessness in Morris County.
"Laughter is the best medicine in general and in trying times such as this pandemic. It was nice to gather virtually for some laughs and good medicine.” - Attendee
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany

Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany for donating children's coats! You filled a need just when the temps dipped to an all-time low this winter.

We appreciate your thoughtfulness toward the families we serve!
Lucy's Gift Boutique

A big thank you to Marisa Spagnoletti, owner of Lucy's Gift Boutique, Florham Park, for donating a lady's bag to one of our shelter guests.

Julia* was very excited to receive the bag and felt very special by the generous gesture.

*Name was changed for protection of identity.
St. Vincent Martyr School

Thank you to the 6th-grade students at St. Vincent Martyr School, Madison, for creating and donating "Move-In Day" kits. The hand-made cards in each kit are especially touching!

What a warm way to welcome individuals and families into their new homes!
Dear New Homeowner,

Congratulations!! I am so proud of you! I admire your hard work and accomplishments. Today is such a special day for you and you deserve it more than anybody. I am praying for you and you should be excited about the great future ahead of you.
A girl who wishes she was as brave as you
Community of St. John Baptist Convent

A warm thank-you to the Community of St. John Baptist Convent, Mendham, for donating heavy-duty blankets.

They are just what we need to make homes cozy when housing guests in our programs.
Ledgewood Baptist Church

Thank you Ledgewood Baptist Church for donating welcome bags for our shelter guests!

It's an extra special way to help individuals and families acclimate into the program when receiving a goodie bag with cookies, treats, and toiletries.
Randolph High School Girls Basketball Team

A huge thank you to the Randolph High School girls basketball team for conducting a foul shot fundraiser and donation drive for those we serve! The supplies you provided will help many visitors of our outreach center, Our Promise, and the funds will provide support across all our programs!
Sigma Tau Sigma Sorority

Thank you to Sigma Tau Sigma Sorority for donating purses to the women in our programs!

They are very excited to have the opportunity to pick out a new purse, which is a luxury they normally aren't afforded.

Thank you for brightening their day!
Communty of Greenbriar at
Fox Ridge

A big thank-you to the Community of Greenbriar at Fox Ridge, Rockaway, for donating women’s coats for the winter.

Many of our moms and single women were excited to receive a new winter coat! Visitors of Our Promise were also treated to some extra warmth.
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.
Will You Consider Helping with the Following Needed Items?

  • 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
Click on the map to see Family Promise
affiliates across the country!
Do you have a women's bike that you no longer need and wish to see enjoyed by someone else? Or would you like to donate a new bike? Residents of Promising Solutions are gearing up for the mild weather and would love to bike in their community. If you are interested in donating a bike or funds for a new or used bike, please contact Nora Godown at or
Family Promise of Morris County | 973-998-0820 |