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Join Cardboard City on May 9th

posted Apr 14, 2015, 6:05 PM by web feat

Ever wonder what homeless family’s experience? 

Want to do something to help? 

Then join us as we raise awareness and come together to raise money for local organizations that support and help the homeless and impoverished in our community. 

What: A Cardboard City- our goal is to gather as many youth together as possible and spend the night in a temporary dwelling; a cardboard box

When: Saturday May 9th-Sunday May 10th @ 3:30pm (to assemble houses and attend 5:30pm Mass) -8:30am 

Why: To raise awareness of homelessness here within our local community and to raise money for organizations that support the homeless and impoverished. (Monies to be donated to Family Promise of Warren County Inc. www.wcihn.org)

Where: Parking lot of Church of the Assumption’s School and Church of the Assumptions front lawn. Hackettstown, NJ

How: Become a resident of the city by collecting pledges and spending one night in a cardboard box. Invite your friends to participate as well.

Bring: Your dwelling if possible, (or contact Lisa Valentino and let her know that you will need a box.) Duct tape, a sleeping bag and a pillow, a quiet game like cards.

Do Not Bring: Personal electronic devices (such as ipods, hand held video games etc.) If you bring a cell phone we will ask that you use it in case of emergency only.

What will be provided at the event?  A simple meal for dinner much like what would be served at a soup kitchen and a simple breakfast in the morning as well. 

What if it rains? Just as the homeless do we will cope with the weather that day. If a safety risk is involved we will move the event indoors.

We will be having Adoration all night long starting at 10:45pm and going through the night till 6:15am please consider signing up for a half hour or so and pray with us before our Lord for all who are homeless.

Security and adult chaperones will be on site at all times. Adult volunteers are needed to help in this area so please consider volunteering. 

For more information or to volunteer to help at this event please contact: 

Lisa Valentino at the parish office (908)852-3320 or by email: w.assumption@comcast.net
St. Mary’s School and Church of the Assumption
302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 

Help us spread the word - download and share the flyer below

Special Event to Benefit Homeless Families

posted Apr 14, 2015, 5:35 PM by web feat

The Women’s Philanthropy Division of The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties welcomes June Feiss Hersh to our community. 

She will discuss her book Recipes Remembered, A Celebration of Survival, a cookbook featuring recipes and stories from Holocaust survivors. Books will be available for purchase at the event with the proceeds going to Women’s Philanthropy. June will personally sign each book.

Proceeds from this event will benefit homeless children and families locally and in Israel, at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, Family Promise of Warren County, Family Promise of Hunterdon County, and Gagon in Israel.

Temple Beth El, Hillsborough Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM.
Couvert $40

To register, visit www.jfedshaw.org/women
For more information, download fliers below

Together We All Win!

posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:55 PM by web feat   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 2:03 PM ]

Join forces with Unity Bank, and help Family Promise of Warren County earn a donation from Unity Bank! 

That's right - Unity Bank is offering 2 ways to help Family Promise:

1. Vote for Family Promise in the Non-profit Campaign. Just go to: www.unitybank.com/joinforces and cast your nomination! You can continue to nominate Family Promise once per day through June 20th.

2. Open a new Unity bank account, and $25 can be donated to Family Promise (plus you can earn a $50 cash bonus for yourself if you sign up for Direct Deposit)

For more information just download the flier from the link below. And be sure to this with your friends!

You're Invited to "An Evening of Comedy!"

posted Mar 5, 2015, 9:09 AM by web feat

Howl with laughter, have a great dinner and support a marvelous cause with Family Promise of Warren County's Evening of Comedy, Saturday, June 6, 2015 At Hawk Pointe Golf Club, Route 31, Washington Township NJ.

The evening includes a full buffet dinner, socializing with the comedians, cash bar and raffle all leading up to performances by four talented and very funny standup comics, led by National Headliners Leighann Lord and Mark DeMayo and featuring Adam Lucidi and Phil Sweet (read more about them below).

Admission to this exciting and fun filled charitable event is just $65 for the show and dinner. 
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM 
  • Dinner begins at 7:15 PM 
  • Comedy show starts at 8:30 PM 
  • Cash bar and raffle and will continue throughout the evening. 
This event is open to the public and all are invited. The show has sold out in previous years, so buy your tickets early!

A number of sponsorship opportunities are also still available. 

For sponsorship and ticket information:
Call Bob or Vivienne at 908-453-2194
Tickets are also available 24/7 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com 
 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. 


Meet the Talent:

Leighann Lord 
is smart, sexy, savvy, funny! Named one of New York's 10 Hottest Comics stand-up comedian, Leighann Lord has appeared on many TV stand-up comedy shows including Lifetime's Girls Night Out, The Original HBO Def Comedy All Star Jam, ABC's The View, Comedy Central's Premium Blend; and most recently Aspire TV's We Got Next! She's performed for U. S. troops stationed in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. 

Leighann's comedy album, I've Got Connections, is played heavily on Sirius satellite radio and she's a co-host on Skeptiles, WBAI radio's NiteShift, and The Julianna Forlano Show. Leighann is also a co-host on Star Talk Radio with Neil de Grasse Tyson. As a writer, Leighann is the longest running columnist on Stage Time Magazine and a contributor to the Huffington Post
  • "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.
  • "Lord kept the audience on the edge of their seats . As she continued her delightfully entertaining set, Lord seamlessly crossed between all topics, offering something for everyone. . Although Lord's set took up a big chunk of the night, . I could not help but to want more."  Megan Montalvo, Queens Tribune

Mark DeMayo
is fresh off taping Gotham Comedy Live for AXS.TV. He is a regular at the top Comedy Clubs in NYC & Tri-State area. He headlines Casino Resorts and has toured College Campuses throughout the country. Mark worked his way to the top of the comedy business, all the while continuing to fight crime as a NYC Police Detective. 

Recently retired from The NYPD. Mark is now free to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, about what it’s really like to be a NYC Cop. Mark's stories about his days on the force are hysterical, insightful and interesting and will soon be included in his One Man Show perfectly entitled "20 & OUT."

Mark has been featured on ShowTime's "White Boyz in da Hood" Comedy Centrals "Laffopolooza" Si-Tv's "Latino Laughter" and the film "Stand-Up 360". He can also be seen giving celebrity commentary on MTV & Spike TV. 

Mark is also an accomplished actor with guest starring roles on CBS "DellaVentura" "Central Park West" and Fox "The Jury".

Adam Lucidi
has been performing all over the country, bringing a sarcastic and sometimes nostalgic view of his life and the world around him. Making his television debut on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV and being featured in Time Out New York, Adam continues to leave a dent in the world of comedy. 

Whether he's talking about his small town, being a "buckist", or his common sense fighting against booksmarts, Adam as taken his "boy next door charm with a sharptongue," to top NYC venues like Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Comix, Broadway Comedy Club and NYU as well as colleges, comedy clubs and benefit shows across the nation. But wherever he is, one thing is guaranteed, he'll leave the audience wanting more.

Phil Sweet
grew up in northeastern PA and moved to New Jersey in 1992. In 2009, he retired after 30 years with a large Corporation and started doing standup after he realized that his whole career was actually 30 years of comedy material. 

Phil's shrewd commentary on the modern world gone wacky gives audiences lots to think about and even more to laugh about. He has performed from Virginia to Massachusetts at comedy festivals, benefit shows and comedy clubs including Gotham, Broadway, Eastville and Laugh Lounge in NYC, Helium in Philly and Catch a Rising Star in NJ. 

He won the "Catch a New Rising Star" contest in 2010 and the Eastville comedy club's "Eastville's Next Headliner" contest in 2011. Phil also produces and performs in comedy benefit shows which have generated more than $70,000 for numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations.

UPDATE re: Free Dental Work for Needy Kids!

posted Jan 29, 2015, 4:58 PM by web feat   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 10:41 AM ]

Due to the inclement weather yestereday, prescreenings have been rescheduled to tomorrow, February 4th from 5 – 8 pm! 

Can you help us spread the word?

Alpha dentist, Dr. Richard L. Lachenmayr, is offering FREE dental exams/screenings, prophylaxis (cleaning), oral health education, bitewing X-rays, sealants, and fluoride treatment for children under the age of 14 who are in need and are dentally uninsured. But pre-screeneings are needed.

 If you can't make the date and another time is needed, please call the office to schedule. 

 Parent/guardian must accompany all patients. 

For more information, contact Dr. Lachenmayr's office:

1150 Third Ave., Suite 2, Alpha, NJ 08865 
Phone 908.454-8400 ~ fax 908.454.8443 

Download the flier below, and share with those who might benefit

Are You Homeless or at Risk? Here's Some Help

posted Jan 10, 2015, 2:06 PM by web feat   [ updated Jan 10, 2015, 2:10 PM ]

re you homeless? At risk of becoming homeless? In need of services? 

If so, you're invited to attend a special one-day event on Wednesday, January 28th, from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. Come learn more about programs and resources that can help! There is no charge to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Warren County Department of Human Services, Project Homeless Connect/ Community Connect is being offered at 2 different locations:

Saint Philip & Saint James Church, in Mercy Hall 
430 South Main Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 


American Legion450 
Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ  07840 

A wide range of services will be offered, including:

 Health & dental screenings Education resources
 Social & financial resources Legal resources
 Mental health assistance Housing assistance
 Social security information Veterans services
 Job readiness help Domestic violence services
 Haircuts, giveaways Information on health insurance and Affordable Care Act
 Free flu shots Substance abuse services

Come and find out more! (and feel free to share the downloadable flier with others who could benefit - offered in both English and Spanish. Click on links below.)

* In the event of significant snow, Project Homeless Connect/Community Connect will takeplace on January 30, 2015. In case of bad weather, please call (908) 475-6331 or 6336 for additional information.

* There is no cost for this event.  Lunch will be provided.

* PHC is a key strategy of Warren County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Special Thanks to All Our Supporters

posted Dec 22, 2014, 2:05 PM by web feat   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 2:13 PM ]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

The end of another year is fast approaching, and with it the holidays we cherish and celebrate with family and friends. For families served by Family Promise, this time of the year can be more stressful than usual. They long for stability in their lives and a home of their own.

The good news is that with your help and support we are making a huge difference. With our operation of a supportive housing program, our small after care program and our involvement with two other re-housing and supportive housing programs in addition to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, we are making a difference in our own backyards.

Family Promise continues to work toward its own financial stability. Several years ago we faced the serious potential of the agency’s demise. While we still struggle to sustain the agency, we are pleased to tell you that Family Promise and the Interfaith Hospitality Network is more secure now.

A great deal of those thanks go to the large number of volunteers and supporters who give their best, each and every day, to serve and provide for the most vulnerable folks in Warren County. And we cannot forget the tremendous support of our partners in the business community.

There are always challenges and there always will be difficulties. Just today for example, we learned that our passenger van with only 78,000 miles needs yet another transmission…..and we are just out of warranty. (But at least the first engine and transmission replacements were covered by General Motors.)

The agency is meant to endure and it will. This is especially true as the success of Family Promise of Warren County is the result of the wonderful efforts and support from all of you.

Many of our supporters make their charitable contributions during the last few days of the calendar year, more than at any other time of the year. You have many options and there are many agencies to support. We are honored when you choose to support Family Promise of Warren County. Your tax deductible contribution allows us to continue our mission of serving families and children.

On behalf of the staff and the Board of Trustees of Family Promise, I want to extend to you our sincere appreciation for all your efforts in support of the agency’s mission. And we wish you the best of the holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

You may donate by sending a check to:

PO Box 267
Oxford, NJ 07863 


Click here for an easy donation online

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Bob Frankenfield, Executive Director

Vivienne Ziobro, Housing Stability Case Manager II

 Special Thanks to Linde Gas, Unity Bank and Target 
for their donations of gifts for our families!

Thanks to Mansfield Township Elementary School!

posted Dec 22, 2014, 9:17 AM by web feat   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 9:27 AM ]

Special thanks to the Mansfield Township Elementary School Student Council and to all of the students, the staff and administration for their donation of pajamas to Family Promise of Warren County and for their loyal and continued support of our programs. 

 Not only did they provide the families we serve with new pajamas, but they also provided a most generous contribution.

This economy has been hitting low-income families the hardest and Family Promise and our main program, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, is crucial in preventing homelessness, as well as sheltering and keeping families intact and helping them to remain self sufficient once they obtain housing. 

 The partnership with Mansfield Elementary has been invaluable for the families and children of Warren County.

St. Luke's Lutheran Offering Free Christmas Dinner

posted Dec 8, 2014, 5:31 PM by web feat

For the 25th year, St. Luke's in Washington is offering a free Christmas Day dinner following the11:30 a.m. worship service on Christmas Day. If you are a senior citizen or are alone for the holidays, are unable to cook or just want some company, you're invited to join them. Everyone is welcome. Deliveries and take-out are also available.

For all the information, download the dinner registration form below, and get your reservation in before December 20th.

WCIHN Featured in Newton Presbytery Newsletter

posted Dec 6, 2014, 2:58 PM by web feat

 This week, Warren County Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) and partner church Oxford Second Presbyterian were featured in the Newton Presbytery Newsletter.  In the article, Henry Newbold, of the Communications Committee of the Presbytery Coordinating Team, shared about the program and the active church involvement.

Read some excerpts below:

"IHN of Warren County is a collection of roughly fourteen congregations which, on a rotating basis, house the temporarily homeless with the commitment of dinner and evening shelter. The program, an affiliate of Family Promise of Warren County, offers shelter to homeless families from the Warren, southern Sussex, and occasionally northern Hunterdon County areas. Recently, with the addition of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Easton, PA, service has been extended to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

"The Day Center offers the opportunity for coached job search, including preparation of resumes, a response location, and opportunity for such normal daily tasks as laundry, infant nurture, and a solid breakfast. The cooperating churches provide dinners, relaxation opportunities, and night shelter via sleeping quarters.

"The program’s major benefit is its ability to keep the family unit intact while they are in the midst of the wrenching experience of homelessness. As we know, most shelter housing requires separation into gender situations destroying the family fabric, which doesn’t happen with IHN.

"The program has served approximately 14 families, 27 individuals, and 18 children this year. Access to counseling and social service providers, both governmental and private is also available. The program has offered outplaced counseling and real estate assistance to six hundred twenty three families since its inception..."

Click here to read the full article.

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