In conjunction with the Point in Time Count, Warren County recently held "Project Homeless Connect" for individuals experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. And Family Promise was among those there to help.
From free haircuts (provided by Warren County Vo-tech students) to warm clothing to gift bags, those in need were also able to receive a variety of services such as information on housing, emergency social service benefits, health insurance, how to obtain information on the Affordable Care Act, legal services, substance abuse, mental health, medical services and employment. In addition, lunch was served, and flu shots were provided.
The event was hosted at Saint Philip and Saint James’ Mercy Hall in Phillipsburg, and at the Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown, and very well attended. Operation Chillout, which gave away hats, scarves, and sweatshirts, was depleted by 1 p.m. And in Phillipsburg, three large bins of warm clothing were given away within an hour.
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event in which the community comes together to help those most in need.
Executed through the Warren County Department of Human Services Housing Committee, members of the planning committee include Family Promise, as well as Catholic Charities, NORWESCAP Food Bank, Warren County Division of Temporary Assistance and Social Services, Easter Seals, Operation Chill Out, United Way of Northern New Jersey, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Services, local businesses, and faith based communities.
A great example of how together, we can make a difference!
Each participant received a "goodie bag" as well as access to a wide variety of services.
Many thanks to all who helped make this happen!
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