A declaration of our employees' accomplishments and their commitment to those in need was difficult for the employees of Family Promise of Warren County. They can be characterized as humble and somewhat private individuals. Humility doesn't mean being meek and not speaking up, as some people believe. Rather, it's about having an accurate view of oneself, acknowledging shortcomings we all have and being receptive to other perspectives. FPWC employees believe in an open mind and a quiet ego. So these profiles, and the absence of photos, are not laden with extraordinary feats though these individuals are the heart and soul of the agency. Family Promise of Warren County staff is very productive and dedicated. Without their tireless commitment, going the extra mile to assist those in need, the agency would be nonexistent. This small but mighty team makes a huge difference in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, always getting the job done! Their work ethic speaks for itself.
Bob is a native of the Lehigh Valley, having grown up in Phillipsburg and Alpha, NJ. He obtained his BS from the College of New Jersey and also attended graduate study in their Counseling and Personnel Services program. Some of his credentials include those for an NJ School Social Worker and Adult Protective Service Worker. His passion for helping others led him to work as a social worker, adult protective service worker, and social services supervisor in the public sector before joining the nonprofit arena. Bob's extensive experience in the public and nonprofit social service sectors made him a perfect fit for developing the first-ever homeless shelter program in Warren County. This agency now provides the full continuum of homelessness services, including prevention, sheltering, rapid re-housing, and information and referral linkages to those in need. He works to keep Warren County, NJ, an amazing place to live, offering a hand up, not a handout, to one individual and one family at a time.
HOUSING STABILITY CASE MANAGER II
Rachel has lived in Oxford her whole life, so she truly is working to fight homelessness in her own backyard. She attended Warren County Community College on an N.J. Stars scholarship, which she received for graduating in the top 15% of her high school graduating class. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a 4.0 GPA. During this time she also worked for the Family Guidance Center of Warren County in their aftercare program, engaging with and instructing children of various backgrounds and ages. Her passion for and interest in people led her to pursue a degree in psychology at Montclair State University. She graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in criminal justice. She began her job as a Housing Stability Case Manager immediately after graduating, and has an admirable work ethic and advocates for and provides services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, in our own backyards.
HOUSING STABILITY CASE MANAGER I
Evan Austin is a local resident of Oxford, New Jersey. He was a student at Oxford Central School and has been engaged in local community affairs from a young age. He began his college career at Warren County Community College studying Business Administration earning his Associates Degree. Upon completion of his Associates's Degree, he continued to Centenary University, continuing his studies in Business Administration, earning his Bachelors's Degree. Throughout Evan's life, he has always had an appreciation for both the craftsmanship and artistry alike of Maker's and Artist's. For this reason, Evan also has an Associate's Degree from Triangle Tech in Carpentry and Construction Technology. After working in both the Business and Construction realms, Evan realized he wanted to do more good and decided to make
the switch into the non-profit sector. Having both a business background and working with people has helped Evan transition into his role as the Housing Stability Case Manager here at Family Promise of Warren County. Evan continues to work with clients in all aspects in regards to the services Family Promise of Warren County provides.
UTILITY MAN/TRANSPORATION COORDINATOR
Pete worked as a tree surgeon during and shortly after college. In 1973 he went to work at The Seeing Eye training dogs and blind people. He retired in 2011 and began to look for ways to continue to help others. He thus became involved with many activities at UPC of Belvidere and was soon steered toward FPWC, where he coordinates the van driving duties as well as being an all-around handyman for the Day Center. Pete helps out in so many ways. Living just down the road from the day center, it has become a natural fit for him to find other ways to help out when necessary.
Mike is retired from NJ Transit and became involved in the agency at a time when one of our most devoted and dedicated van driver, Leon Hendershot, became ill and could no longer assist FPWC. Like all of our employees, Mike is humble, sincere, honest, and understanding. These qualities make him a perfect fit for his role as a van driver and ambassador for FPWC.
VOLUNTEER VAN DRIVER
Mike is is a retired high school teacher and athletic coach. He loves the outdoors and continues to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Mike gives back to the community and volunteers at the Belvidere Food Pantry, at community lunches at the United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, Habitat for Humanity, the Trail Stewart Crew at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, the Belvidere Shade Tree Commission, and of course here at FPWC. He is another very modest, trustworthy, and good-natured van driver, who loves meeting and working with people and enjoys being a part of FPWC.
INTERN - CENTENARY UNIVERSITY
Rory is a student at Centenary University, studying social work with a minor in environmental science and interning at FPWC. After receiving his BSW degree at Centenary, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. He hopes to eventually work in policy at the intersection of social, climate, and economic justice. For now, though, he is an empathetic, passionate, and driven intern, a wonderful addition to the social services minded side of the team here at Family Promise.
INTERN - CENTENARY UNIVERSITY
Mackenzie Kiley is a student at Centenary University, where she is in her senior year of the Social Work Program. She chose the path of social work to listen to the stories of those who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty and help them to realize their own strengths and how to use them to achieve their goals. After obtaining her BSW, Mackenzie is looking forward to utilizing her skills and knowledge gained through her classes and internship at Family Promise to serve her future clients best.