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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Editor, December 20, 2016)
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.
Click here for directions
Rosemary Fellner of Unity Bank would like to thank all those who helped make this year's car show such a big success. Thanks to all who participated, over 110 cars were displayed, and the show brought in $8010!
100% of that revenue was donated to Family Promise of Hunterdon and Warren Counties, with all show expenses donated by Unity Bank.
Rosemary shared that she would especially like to give a HUGE "Thank You" to:
Winners and more photos can be found at:
Rosemary's thank you can be viewed here
Like Family Promise of Warren County, the Center for Assessment and Treatment is a small grassroots nonprofit organization that seeks to help those in need.
Born in 2009 by founders Todd Bennett and Roseann Stanton, the Center for Assessment and Treatment's mission is to serve the underserved. Those with Medicaid or NJ Family Care are often met with long waiting lists for outpatient treatment, and they and there staff are committed to changing that.
Please feel free to post and share this information, which includes a flier about an upcoming free lecture to be offered by Dr. Bennett. This will help those in need of service to get help. You can find more information at their web site: http://www.assessmentandtreatment.org/
The Center for Assessment and Treatment has been one of Family Promise's non-profit supporters from the beginning, and we are very pleased to support them by sharing for your information and distribution.
Come have a great dinner AND benefit Family Promise of Warren County on SATURDAY June 18th, from 4:30 – 7:00pm at United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere.
Tickets for ADULTS are just $10.00; for Kids are $5.00; and UNDER 5 are FREE!For tickets or more information, call:
908-475-2771 or 908-475-5085
Proceeds will be used to support both Family Promise of Warren, and Swisher's Mission Trailer. So, help us spread the word, and download and share the attached flier.
United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere
224 Mansfield St.
Belvidere, NJ 07823
Family Promise of Warren County is pleased to announce that the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere, is officially joining our IHN community.
While they have been supporting the program for quite some time, they are now an official support congregation.
Our staff had the pleasure and opportunity to meet Reverend Rose Cohen Hassan on her recent visit to the Family Promise day center.
Reverend Rose holds a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from the General Theological Seminary in New York.
She is enthusiastic about being a part of this mission in our own backyards.
Please visit http://www.stlukestmary.com/ for information about the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere.
Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere
346 High Street PO Box 292
Hope, NJ 07844
408 Third Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1834
Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 3pm
For one week each summer, the Christian Outreach Project sends groups to houses in local communities of Northwest New Jersey (Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties) to provide housing repairs to homeowners who are unable to handle the projects themselves.
How are work sites selected? Homeowners and work sites are chosen by a committee based on need for repairs, ability of the homeowner to perform the repairs themselves, and the capabilities of the work crews. If you are a homeowner who would like to request a crew during the summer, contact us.
The work week for COP 2016 is June 27-July 1. The cost for participants will be $385, and this money goes to help offset costs, as well as to help pay for the supplies necessary to complete the projects undertaken.
In 2015, 14 homes were repaired by 83 youth and adult participants from 10 participating churches. Some examples of jobs that have been undertaken in years past include:
For more information, visit the site, or download the brochure and application form below.
The COP is a non-profit organization, part of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Did you miss it? On May 2, singer-songwriter, author and presenter Gordon Thomas Ward interviewed Brian McCloskey, the organizer of the Muses in the Vineyard concert, and Family Promise Director, Bob Frankenfield on sponsor radio station WDVR.
In the interview, Brian shares about the upcoming concert to benefit Warren County Family Promise, and Bob explains the Family Promise program and how it works.
Sadly, homelessness is particularly devastating for children. Nearly 40% of all homeless persons are families with children, and in NJ, they are more than 50% of all homeless persons. And 51% of homeless children are too young for school, so they are not even counted.
It's especially hard to believe that here in America, over 16 million children live in households where they have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. And two-thirds of these poor children live in families in which at least one family member works!
Host Gordon Thomas Ward has graciously allowed us to share the interviews with you - just click here to listen (Bob's interview starts about 6 minutes in.)
And if you haven't purchased your tickets to the Muses in the Vineyard Concert, please consider doing so - it's just a week away, on Saturday, May 14, from 11 am until 9 pm at Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia, NJ.
There will be music - food - wine - and crafters - AND you will be supporting our efforts to help homeless families. A good time and a good cause all in one!
For tickets and more information, visit:
or call 570-801-1771
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