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Christian Outreach Project Offers Home Repairs for Those in Need

posted May 7, 2016, 2:58 PM by web feat

Do you know someone struggling to get some home repairs done?

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 churchesSome examples of jobs that have been undertaken in years past include:
  • Interior/Exterior house painting
  • Wheelchair ramp construction
  • Porch and step repair
  • Insulation/weatherization installation
  • Gutter replacement
  • Window replacement/reglazing
  • Masonry repair
  • Handrail installation
  • Roof repair
  • Tiling
  • Sheet rocking
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. 

Listen to Family Promise Radio Interview

posted May 7, 2016, 9:57 AM by web feat   [ updated May 7, 2016, 10:16 AM ]

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:
click HERE
or call 570-801-1771

Special thanks to Gordon Thomas Ward  and Radio WDVR for helping us spread the word!

Volunteer Appreciation Day, April 20

posted Apr 20, 2016, 5:31 PM by web feat

On behalf of the children and families served by Family Promise of Warren County, the staff and board wish to thank our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to end homelessness in our 
own backyards.

Our volunteers are truly the heart of the Interfaith Hospitality Network program. Their efforts provide safe, secure lodging and a sense of community to children and families who have lost their homes.

The significance and impact of our volunteers are not simply measured in the number of meals or bed nights served but in the children and families whose lives are enriched by the dedication 
and commitment of our volunteers.

Please join us in recognizing the power of our volunteers to transform lives and the resulting positive community impact.

Host Congregations:
  1. Alpha Mennonite Church, Alpha: Nancy Lee
  2. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Phillipsburg:  Ruth Cochrane, Reverend Chet Pensa
  3. Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church, Stewartsville: Lori Metz, Sharon Smith
  4. Second Presbyterian Church, Oxford: Jacki Clauson
  5. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Phillipsburg: Amy Zebrowski
  6. Summerfield United Methodist Church, Belvidere: Eric John Chaytor, Bill Carling, Sandra Gonda
  7. Trinity United Methodist, Hackettstown: Mary Kashmanian, Carol Munro
  8. Presbyterian Church in Harmony, Harmony: Jan & Bert Kuhn, Colleen Roan
  9. United Presbyterian Church, Belvidere: Ann Rogers, Rheva Smickle
  10. Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, Allamuchy: Henry Newbold
  11. Stewartsville Presbyterian Church, Stewartsville: Cindy Bowman, Kathy Montgomery, Ed Ham
  12. St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hope:  Pat Clark, Audrey Planer
  13. Phillipsburg Alliance Church, Phillipsburg: Tom Carr
  14. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Easton, PA:  Pastor Susan Ruggles
  15. Knowlton Presbyterian Church, Knowlton: Pastor Stephen Lewis

Support Congregations:
  1. Broadway United Methodist Church, Broadway:  Betty Lake, Janet Doremus
  2. Changewater United Methodist Church, Changewater: Barbara Snyder, Pamela Olsen, Larry & Barb Durfee
  3. Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, Phillipsburg:  Fritz Hamlin, Sandy Friedman
  4. Highlands Presbyterian, Long Valley:  Paula Benson
  5. Port Colden United Methodist Church, Port Colden:  Linda Hendershot
  6. Port Murray United Methodist Church, Port Murray
  7. Rockport Presbyterian, Port Murray: Betty Baggerly
  8. St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairstown
  9. St. Philip & St. James Roman Catholic Church, Phillipsburg: Pat Brisson, Mary O'Sullivan, Karen Llanos
  10. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Alpha: Fred Maas
  11. St. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Parish, Great Meadows:  Shana Kisatsky
  12. Belvidere United Methodist Church, Belvidere 
  13. Grace Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg: Ruth Ladd
  14. McCrea Memorial: James McMekin

B u i l d i n g  C o m m u n i t y,   S t r e n g t h e n i n g  L i v e s.
In Our Own Backyards...
Click the link below:

Family Promise of Warren County  
PO Box 267 65A Washington Avenue 
Oxford, NJ 07863

From the Desk of Our Executive Director

posted Apr 17, 2016, 4:06 PM by web feat

 To date, our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelter program has assisted 81 households and Family Promise of Warren County has assisted 394 households in our complementary Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing and permanent supportive housing programs and partnerships (HPRP).

For the past 7 years we have been able to provide necessary services to county residents as a private nonprofit agency without being a burden to the taxpayers of Warren County.

We are extremely proud that our very small agency was able to bring in federal and state funding totaling $1,462,056.00 for Warren County families in need of service.

 This has allowed us to develop programs and infrastructure for county residents without county funding and without expense to county taxpayers. We have leveraged federal dollars from HUD to develop the agency and provide essential services.

 The majority of the federal and state funding directly serviced the residents of Warren County by paying for past due rents to prevent evictions, security deposits, and utility deposits.

 We administer these other complementary and vital programs to help re-house the families we serve and prevent homelessness by paying rents and security deposits. 

All IHN contributions are designated solely for the IHN shelter program and never fund the rehousing or prevention programs.

Unfortunately, our NJ Division of Family Development emergency shelter funds have been reduced by $50,000, putting the IHN program at great risk of ending and closing.

 Please support our fundraisers and help us to get the word out that we are an agency that provides essential and much needed services to our community.

Thank you for your support,

Bob Frankenfield,
Executive Director

Many Thanks to Our Donors

posted Apr 17, 2016, 3:46 PM by web feat

Family Promise of Warren County (FPWC) would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors and to especially acknowledge the following individual(s) and organization(s). We are grateful for their generous donations to our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN):

Mrs. Janet Richards - $10,000
Edhard Corp, Hackettstown, NJ - $5,000
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Alpha, NJ - $4,000
Their financial support makes it possible for us to continue to be a source of hope and opportunity for families who need us. FPWC is determined to keep the IHN program operating despite the significant loss of public funding for the IHN shelter program.

Please consider making a financial donation to our mission.

Your donation will go directly to support Warren County’s IHN. We appreciate everyone’s support of our efforts to serve some of the county’s most vulnerable families and children.

For more information about the Interfaith Hospitality Network, click on the donate button below, 
or contact us at IHNsupport@wcihn.org or (908) 453-2194

We thank you for your support!

Spring Newsletter Posted

posted Apr 10, 2016, 4:09 PM by web feat

Want to find out the latest? 

Click here to read our Spring Newsletter!

Welcome to New Host Church, Knowlton Presbyterian

posted Apr 10, 2016, 3:50 PM by web feat

As Spring blossoms and we celebrate new life and resurrection, our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) has expanded! Pastor Stephen Lewis and Knowlton Presbyterian Church in Knowlton, NJ, officially joined Family Promise of Warren County (FPWC) as a host congregation. 

Knowlton Presbyterian began in 1766, and has so far planted three daughter churches. Knowlton Presbyterian seeks to provide many opportunities to know Jesus and make him known together.

Hosting families speaks to the scripture of all faiths and provides families who have lost their homes with safe, secure lodging and a sense of community. It gives volunteers the opportunity to provide hands-on outreach in their own congregational facility.

If you know of a congregation or civic group interested in joining our interfaith ministries, please contact FPWC at (908) 453-2194 or IHNsupport@wcihn.org

Free Services Offered January 27th

posted Jan 9, 2016, 2:37 PM by web feat   [ updated Jan 9, 2016, 3:22 PM ]

Family Promise of Warren County is once again proud to be a participant at the upcoming Project Homeless/Community Connect to be held at:
Saint Philip & Saint James Church - Mercy Hall
430 South Main Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
January 27, 2016
10:00 - 3:00

Project Homeless /Community Connect is a one-day event to provide a broad range of services to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness OR in need of services. There is no cost for the event, and lunch is provided.

See details below:

Film to Be Shown in Honor of MLK, Jr. Day

posted Jan 9, 2016, 2:29 PM by web feat

Family Promise of Warren County, in Partnership with Phillipsburg Free Public Library, will be presenting Alice's Ordinary People, a film by Craig Dudnick, on Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Call 908-454-3712 to reserve a space.

Eagle Scout & Troop Members Restore Parking Area

posted Jan 9, 2016, 2:20 PM by web feat

Service to others is an important part of the Boy Scout oath and Family Promise of Warren County is very pleased to be the beneficiary or a great Eagle Scout Service Project. 

Jonathan Carlile took on the massive project of restoring our parking lot. Even the gloomiest days did not stop him and his hardy crew from Boy Scout troop # 2010 from working on this project at the Family Promise of Warren County Day Center. 

Jonathan was the leader for this much needed parking lot restoration, and he did a great job repairing this area for the agency’s passenger van and employee parking.

One of the rank requirements for Boy Scout projects is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a nonprofit organization such as Family Promise.

Through this requirement, Jonathan practices what he has learned and gains valuable project management and leadership experience.

Special thanks to soon to be Eagle Scout Jonathan for his hard work and to his troop and leaders for their role in his journey for making our area safer for the families we serve!

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