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Meet the Talent for the 8th Annual Evening of Comedy

posted Feb 17, 2018, 2:48 PM by web feat

Our  "The Magic of Comedy & The Comedy of Magic" is coming soon, and you won't want to miss it!

The show will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Almond Tree Manor, on 319 East Central Avenue in Alpha, N.J. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with sit-down dinner at 7:15 pm. The Show will start at 8:30pm.  There will also be a 50/50 Raffle, and a cash bar open all night. Admission is $50, and may be purchased online, or call (24/7) 1-800-838-3006.

The talent for this year's show is impressive:

RC SMITH  possesses an innate ability to bond with an audience. His style is rapid-fire, relentless, and non-stop. And, audiences love it because he’s just plain hysterical. He’s at warp 10 speed the second he hits the stage. He can jumpstart even the toughest audience from ho-hum to hilarity. That’s why, in addition to headlining comedy shows around the country, he is one of the best and funniest “tv warm-up” guys in the business.  He’s the guy who makes sure  that the audience is in a GREAT mood when the show starts and he never misses. RC is currently the warm-up comic for ABC's “The Chew”, was a long-standing warm-up for "The Rachel Ray Show" and has also done warm-up for TV’s "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", “The Colbert Report”, "The Tony Danza Show”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, “The Caroline Rhea Show” and “Ricki Lake”. RC works that same magic in a comedy club, theatre, private party, or corporate event.  He headlines all around the country and Canada, is a regular on a number of 50,000 watt radio stations around the country and regularly plays Atlantic City, Las Vegas and the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Joe Garsetti is a comedy magician based in Sparta, NJ.  Originaly from Huntington, NY, Joe’s magic talent is unusual because he performs both on the large stage as an illusionst as well as in the close-up arena as a sleight of hand manipulator.  His stage magic has taken him to State Fairs in Oregon, Idaho, Pennsyvlannia, the NJ Meadowlands and more recently, the NJ State Fair in Augusta, NJ.  Although classicaly trained in the art of magic and theater, Joe’s interest in comedy magic goes back to his college days, when to make a couple of bucks, he would work the comedy club circuit on Long Island with his magic, performing with and being skewered by young and upcoming comedians, one being Eddie Murphy.  In 2012, Joe and his wife, Diane purchased an old Firehouse in Sparta NJ and in two years transformed the space into the Sparta Avenue Stage-a small, intimate 66 seat theater-specifically designed for magic, comedy and performance theater.  For more information on the Magic Garsetti, please visit his website at www.magicgarsetti.com or for more information on the somewhat eclectic magic and comedy performances at the Sparta Avenue Stage, please visit www.spartastage.com.

Bob DiBuono has established himself as one of the most dynamic acts on stage. With a sarcastic and edgy wit coupled with a high energy and animated delivery, he exposes the absurdities in life, his family and the social conscious. The versatility of being able to go in and out of original characters along with dead-on impersonations heightens this unique act!!
Bob DiBuono just appeared on GOTHAM LIVE ON AXS TV and has also been seen on MTV, E!, CNN, FOX’S RED EYE, GOOD DAY NY, OPIE AND ANTHONY and BOB AND TOM radio. He was a regular on the JIM BREUER Show on SIRIUS and has been seen in numerous TV commercials.  Bob currently is based out of NYC and headlines around the country.

We hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 3 at Almond Tree Manor
319 East Central Avenue in Alpha, N.J. 
Doors open at 6:30 PM -- Dinner at 7:15 pm -- Show starts at 8:30pm  
50/50 Raffle & cash bar open all night 
Admission is $50, and may be purchased online, or call (24/7) 1-800-838-3006

Download the flier below, and help us spread the word!

Save the Date - March 3rd is Comedy Night

posted Jan 15, 2018, 2:50 PM by web feat   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 2:53 PM ]

Come join us for this year's wonderful Evening of Comedy!

 "The Magic of Comedy & The Comedy of Magic" will be hosted by Phil Sweet, and features 3 Great Comics and 1 Amazing Magician. 

This year, the show will be held at Almond Tree Manor, on 319 East Central Avenue in Alpha, N.J. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with sit-down dinner at 7:15 pm. The Show will start at 8:30pm.  There will also be a 50/50 Raffle, and a cash bar open all night. Admission is $50, and may be purchased online, or call (24/7) 1-800-838-3006.

A flier is available for download, and we hope you'll share with your friends. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Gratitude to Our Supporters!

posted Jun 23, 2017, 2:50 PM by Joicy b

The healing starts with a tiny spark ... a glimmer of hope in children’s soft, soulful eyes.

For local homeless families with children who come to Family Promise, the hope and the healing are all because of you.

We have been very fortunate to receive donations of blankets, sheets, pillows, disinfectant wipes, and other supplies from the United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere.

The folks at UPC of Belvidere are always there for us and special thanks go out to Pastor Pamela Szurek, Diane Friedman, Ann Rogers, Rheva Smickle and everyone at UPC.

[In photo, from left to right: Jim Seng, Behavioral Health System Navigator, Angela Popp, RN, MSN
Patient Care Manager, Bob Frankenfield, Family Promise Director, Maggie Koonz, Family Promise Case Manager]

As a community program we cannot do our work without the collaborative efforts of everyone and we are pleased to announce a new friend. We are honored to work with St. Luke’s University Health Network - Warren Campus and their compassionate staff.

Thank you so very much for the recent supply drive and donation led by Angela Popp, RN, MSN Patient Care Manager at St. Luke’s University Health Network - Warren Campus and the nurse leadership team. Also special thanks to Jim Seng, Behavioral Health System Navigator at St. Luke’s - Warren Campus for the introduction to Angela and her team and for his efforts and support. Together we assist some of the most vulnerable folks in our own backyards. 

These kind donations of supplies are already being utilized and we are grateful for the assistance.

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,
The staff and board of directors of Family Promise of Warren County

Father/Daughter Dance Raises Funds for FPWC

posted Jun 3, 2017, 2:39 PM by web feat

Our thanks to the Belvidere Elementary School Builders Club, their advisors, Kristi Weber, the fathers and daughters in attendance, and everyone from the Oxford Street School who helped to make the Father/Daughter Dance so successful.

The proceeds from the dance were donated to Family Promise of Warren County so that we may continue to serve some of the most vulnerable families with children.

The Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.
Their core values include:
• Character building: The ability to do the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice.
• Leadership: The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others.
• Inclusiveness: Accepting and welcoming differences in other people.
• Caring: The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations.

Clubs are chartered in partnership with a Kiwanis club and a school or community-based organization serving middle or junior high school students. You can learn more about this amazing organization at their web site:

This is not the first time that this club has provided financial support to the families and children served by Family Promise, and we are deeply grateful. 

Our Thanks to Madison, a Teen on a Mission

posted Jun 3, 2017, 2:30 PM by web feat

Our thanks to an extraordinary young lady, Madison McGourty, for her efforts to raise money to purchase supplies and to assemble first aid kits for distribution to the families involved with Family Promise of Warren County and Family Promise of Hunterdon County.

As Madison points out, a first aid kit is necessary in every home, and especially for the families with children assisted in our Family Promise programs.

The kits were assembled with the help of some friends in Madison’s high school biology class, and were personally delivered by Madison.

Madison's efforts were also featured in a story posted on NJ.com. Money is being raised to pay for the kits through a Go Fund Me page (https://www.gofundme.com/firstaidforhunterdon), and donations are greatly appreciated. 


On behalf of the families we serve, thank you Madison!

7th Annual Comedy Night - Help AND Have Fun!

posted Jan 28, 2017, 9:55 AM by web feat   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 9:57 AM ]

Join us for the Family Promise of Warren County 7th Annual Evening of Comedy, presenting the Growlers & Howlers Craft Beer and Comedy Festival on March 4, 2017 from 6-9 pm. Have a night of fun and laughter while helping Family Promise of Warren County help homeless families. Win-win!

This special event features 50 different craft beers on tap and SEVEN of the funniest comics you’ll find anywhere, including comedy stand-outs Mark DeMayo and Leighann Lord. 

It will be staged at Gnarly Brews, a unique 6,000 sq.ft. taproom in a renovated silk mill, with the charm and ambience of a trendy Brooklyn taproom right here in Phillipsburg. (Visit them on their website or Facebook for more information).

Tickets are just $30, and include two drinks plus a fun night of beer, wine, comedy, raffles and more. Easily purchase tickets online, or if you prefer, order from the FPWC office at 908-453-2194.

Want to help us spread the news? Just download and share the flier below, or share this link with your friends.

Christmas 2016 FPWC "Adopt a Family" Program

posted Dec 23, 2016, 4:05 PM by web feat

Though many of our families are now in their own homes, some still struggle to make ends meet due to the lack of affordable housing and living wage jobs. 
 Family Promise continues to support these families with gifts donated from area businesses, churches, and individuals. 

And this year, there were over 450 Christmas gifts donated to Family Promise for our current and former shelter families!

Below are photos of the gift drives by Linde Gas and Amec-Foster Wheeler.  The work of organizing the drives at these companies is largely due to the commitment of Rebecca Dabkowski at Linde Gas and Mikesha Calhoun at Amec – Foster Wheeler.

Fred Pfeiffer and Rebecca Dabkowski of Linde Gas (far left) deliver Christmas gifts to the Day Center. Case manager, Maggie Koonz, and supervisor, Vivienne Ziobro, shown accepting the gifts.

Additionally, some of our families received gifts from the Jesse Tree at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Washington, Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, Highlands Presbyterian Church in Long Valley, NJ and Laura Baggerly and the Mansfield Township Elementary Student Council for their pajama drive.  Most folks also received new pjs with their gifts.

Thanks to all for ensuring that the families and children we serve 
have a very Merry Christmas!

Linde Gas from Stewartsville is loaded down with a truck full of Christmas gifts.

Amec- Foster Wheeler delivering Christmas gifts.

Bruce T. Young and Mikesha Calhoun from Amec-Foster Wheeler (far left) 
delivering gifts for distribution.

Thanks also to Laura Baggerly and the Mansfield Township Student Council 
or their pajama drive and $500.00 cash donation!
Pajamas were included with the Christmas gifts.

Give the Greatest Gift of All: LAUGHTER!

posted Dec 21, 2016, 7:53 AM by web feat   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 8:11 AM ]

Do you hate waiting in lines? 
Need a gift for that hard-to buy-for person? Can’t buy on-line because it won’t get here in time? 

Dilemma SOLVED!  Give the no-wait, guaranteed to please, instantly available gift of tickets to the Family Promise of Warren County 7th Annual Evening of Comedy, presenting the Growlers & Howlers Craft Beer and Comedy Festival on March 4, 2017 from 6-9 pm. And the best part? Your gift is helping Family Promise of Warren County help homeless families. Win-win!

This special event features 50 different craft beers on tap and SEVEN of the funniest comics you’ll find anywhere. And it will be staged at Gnarly Brewsa unique 6,000 sq.ft. taproom in a renovated silk mill, with the charm and ambience of a trendy Brooklyn taproom right here in Phillipsburg. (Visit them on Facebook).

Tickets are just $30, and include two drinks plus a fun night of beer, wine, comedy, raffles and more. Easily purchase tickets online, or if you prefer, order from the FPWC office at 908-453-2194.

To help us spread the word - just download the flier below

Featured comics include:

Mark DeMayo
A regular at the top Comedy Clubs in NYC & Tri-State area, Mark routinely headlines casino resorts and college campuses throughout the country. Recently retired from the NYPD, Mark's stories about his days on the force are insightful, interesting and absolutely hysterical. He has been featured on ShowTime, Comedy Central and Si-TV specials, and in the film Stand-Up 360. He provides celebrity commentary on MTV and Spike TV, and has guest-starred in roles on CBS in DellaVentura, Central Park West, and on Fox in The Jury.
  • “Mark DeMayo is hilarious.” -The Stand Comedy Club
  • “An amazing performance and recollection of an NYPD cop's career!...We never stopped laughing.” - TripAdvisor.com
  • “The story of his work guarding Leonardo DiCaprio is one a person must see for themselves. …. wearing the shield or performing stand up, … he is one New York’s finest.” - Mike Sgroi, ComedySpotNation
Leighann Lord: Named one of New York’s 10 Hottest Comics, Leighann has had numerous TV appearances, including shows on Lifetime, HBO, ABC, Comedy Central and Aspire TV. Her CD Connections, is played heavily on Sirius satellite radio. She’s a co-host on several radio shows, including Star Talk Radio with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Leighann is also a columnist in Stage Time Magazine, a contributor to the Huffington Post, and the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget.
  • “Unabashedly smart and wickedly funny, Leighann’s on-stage charisma, topics and punch lines get you laughing and thinking at the same time!” - Gail A. Stocker, Comedy Contact
  • "She’s Even Funny Reading the Dictionary" - Mike Sgroi, ComedySpotNation
  • "...sexy, sophisticated, alluring, captivating, funny, and smart. …. one of the most sought-after female comedians." -Phillipe Mathews, thePMshow.tv

Many Thanks to All Our Volunteers & Supporters

posted Dec 21, 2016, 6:21 AM by web feat   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 6:29 AM ]

On behalf of the families we serve and our Family Promise of Warren County board of trustees, I'd would like to thank the volunteers of our Interfaith Hospitality Network shelter program. 

Providing the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter, and services, Family Promise provided 47,964 meals and 15,988 bednights from July 2008 to December 2015. Our 2016 statistics will be just as meaningful.
Diane & Dennis Winegar, Freeholders Sarnoski, Smith, & Gardner

This program is self-supporting. Without the support and hard work of our volunteers it would not exist. We assist families to regain housing and sustainable independence, while keeping families with children together.

Thanks to the 166 volunteers who made our ninth holiday and volunteer recognition dinner a huge success, along with Freeholders Jason Sarnoski,  Richard Gardner and Edward Smith for taking 
the time to thank the volunteers.  Their kind words were meaningful and inspiring.   

Special thanks to Anthony Pugliese, Gayle Winzenreid, and Tina Earley of Elizabethtown Gas Company who made  this event possible. Maschio's Food Services, Joseph Colalillo of ShopRite of Greenwich and Lisa Hoffman of the Phillipsburg Lowes store were very generous with services and donations. 

The United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere earned the recognition of 2016 Family Promise of IHN Church of the year. Congratulations!

Thanks for helping displaced families with children remain together and be safe.  Your willingness to help folks weather the crises in their lives makes all the difference.

                  Bob Frankenfield
                  Executive Director, Family Promise of Warren County
Above, IHN Church of 2016, UPC Belvidere
 Rheva Smickle & Anne Rogers

To the left, 
Carlos, Lori, Bert
        Below, Freeholder Ed Smith

(From a letter published in the Express-Times Letters to the EditorDecember 20, 2016)

You're Invited - Open House October 19th, 12-6 pm

posted Sep 24, 2016, 9:19 AM by web feat

Did you know that since our opening in July of 2008, over 80 families have been assisted in the IHN program? And since 2009, over 400 
Warren County families have been helped with our re-housing and prevention programs and services. 

As part of Family Promise Week, we invite you to come celebrate with us! Take a tour of our Day Center, and enjoy coffee and refreshments. Your participation will help us raise awareness about homelessness, and honor the service of our volunteers. 

Family Promise of Warren County and the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is an independent and self supporting agency uniting the faith, civic and business communities to help children and their families who are homeless. 

We hope you'll join us for this special day, and help us spread the word! (see attached flier below).

65A Washington Ave.
Oxford, NJ

Click here for directions

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