September 2019 Newsletter
Mark your calendars for Family Promise's annual
volunteer appreciation dinner!

October 24
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Meadow Wood Manor, Randolph, NJ

Complimentary tickets to all volunteers and clergy!
Encouraging Words!
(a letter from Temple Shalom, Succasunna, to its congregants)

"In one month, we will proudly open our doors and wrap our arms around 14 guests; parents, children, and single women who do not have a place to live. With your help, we will provide breakfast and dinner and our guests will bunk down in our facility for a week. We are partnering with Family Promise, an organization that provides food, shelter, educational, work and housing opportunities to people experiencing homelessness.

Who are our guests?  Poverty often goes unseen. One of our upcoming guests, a student at Rutgers University, will be matriculating to medical school, but has no support net, no money, and lives week to week in different synagogues and churches until her life becomes financially stable. 

Some call it Tzedakah. Some call it Tikkun Olam. But I would say that housing the homeless shows us the very best of what a congregation can be. We are caring for others, preserving their dignity, living our religious values. It is about family; their families and ours. This is one of the ways we can teach our children (and ourselves) that poverty and homelessness exists amongst us in Morris County.

How can you help?  

  • Set up the space and help clean up each day.
  • Prepare meals
  • Spend time getting to know our guests and letting them get to know us as human
beings. That is how tolerance and mutual understanding occur.
  • Act as overnight hosts so that our guests will feel safe in their temporary space.
  • Collect and donate any needed items"

If you would like to join our team of volunteers, we invite you to help one of our congregational partners during their hosting week, regardless of being a member.
To lend a hand and provide support to a host and to our shelter guests,
please call Nora Godown at 973.998.0820, ext.110.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
A big thank you to the Leadership Morris team for sponsoring a special day at the ballpark for some of our shelter and community support families. It was a beautiful day and guests were treated to a luxury box with lunch and t-shirts for all!

Nearby fans were treated to chants of "batter, batter, batter" from our little enthusiastic guests!

Thank you, Leadership Morris, for the much-needed reprieve for our families
in crisis!
Cooling Off!

A tremendous thank you to a special supporter of Family Promise for donating $3,500 for air conditioners that provided enormous relief from the heat for many individuals and families across our housing and outreach programs.

Thank you also to our donors who contributed additional air conditioner units that greatly benefited our neighbors in need!
Thank You Riverview Elementary!

Through their service learning initiative, Riverview Elementary School collected and donated a small mountain of hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and laundry detergents!

Our guests will be thrilled with these essential items! We are very grateful for your time and energy dedicated to families experiencing homelessness!
Time for School!

Thank you, Project Readiness , for donating dozens of backpacks for the children in our shelter and community support programs. Every backpack was customized and assembled according to age, gender, and specific school needs for each child.

Children who experience material hardships are at risk to miss educational opportunities that can help break the cycle of generational poverty.

Project Readiness seeks to support and empower New Jersey's most underserved children to achieve academic success.
Many Thanks!

A special thank you to our youth volunteers, Lily, Devon, Dalilia, and Maddie (not shown) for spending hours assembling hygiene kits to be distributed to clients through our Navigating Hope mobile unit and at Our Promise drop-in center.

We truly appreciate all your time, effort and support!
Graduating!

Christine, a guest in our Community Support program, is about to become a graduate! She will graduate in October with an associate's degree in medical billing and coding from Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Florida.
Because of your support, Christine has been able to sustain her independence and even expand her education to enter into a field she loves! She is hoping to attend graduation this fall and walk among her fellow graduates to receive her diploma.

If you would like to help Christine reach her goal of attending graduation by contributing towards her $600 travel expense,
please contact Ally Wise at 973.998.0820, ext. 101.
Meet the People of Family Promise Morris County
Name:   Madeline Boland

Hometown : Chatham , NJ

Role with Family Promise: Volunteer with Making Moves Matter

 What you like most about helping Family Promise: I like helping guests move into their new homes with the Making Moves Matter team. It is rewarding to do something so tangible for the families who go through the shelter program. I especially love when the family has kids and I get to see their smiles in their new home.

How would your friends describe you: Kind, smart and witty

Fun fact: I am very much into technical theater and I am my school's youngest production stage manager.
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Essential Needs for Our Guests:

Rain Ponchos
Men's & Women's t-shirts (all sizes)
Men's & Women's underwear (all sizes)
Gatorade/Juice boxes
Bottled Water
Snacks
Lip Balm
Deodorant

or call 973.998.0820 for drop-off details.
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