Declaring our employees' accomplishments and commitment to those in need was difficult for the Family Promise of Warren County (FPWC) employees. They can be characterized as humble and somewhat private individuals. FPWC believes that humility doesn't mean being meek and not speaking up. Rather, it's about having an accurate view of oneself, acknowledging our shortcomings, and being inclusive and receptive to other perspectives. Inclusivity is about giving everyone the same chance and making individuals of all backgrounds and preferences feel welcome. FPWC employees believe in an open mind and a quiet ego. So these profiles and their absence of photos are not laden with extraordinary feats and hyperbole. But these individuals are the heart and soul of the agency. FPWC staff is very productive and dedicated. Without their tireless commitment to going the extra mile to assist those in need, the agency would be nonexistent. This small but mighty team makes a massive 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 provides a wide range of homelessness services, including prevention, homelessness diversion, re-housing, and information and referral service 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.
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. Her current position is the Co-Executive Director of FPWC, working with Bob to fulfill the FPWC vision and mission.
HOUSING STABILITY CASE MANAGER/HOUSING NAVIGATOR
Isabella is a Seton Hall University graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has been employed at FPWC since June 2022. She is a welcome addition to the FPWC team screening callers seeking housing assistance, processing homelessness prevention, re-housing, diversion applications, and providing important linkages to folks in crisis and seeking assistance. Her administrative assistance experience at NJ law firms has been helpful in doing the critical work that requires a great deal of attention to detail. Isabella strives to positively impact others with superior service for the Warren County community who can benefit from the many services that FPWC provides. Like all programmatic staff at FPWC she is certified with the NJ Homelessness Management Information Systems software.
Abbie graduated from Northampton Community College with an Associate's Degree in General Studies and a concentration in Mathematics. Hoping to move towards a human services field, she transferred to Moravian University and graduated in 2023 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice & Law and a minor in public health. She will be an Outreach Specialist with the Rural and Suburban Outreach and Engagement Program, which meshes perfectly with FPWC's existing programs. Abbie has some prior nonprofit experience working with Easterseals in the Lehigh Valley and pertinent volunteer and customer service experience. Her educational background with high honors, relevant coursework, advanced sociological research, and skill set make her an excellent addition to the FPWC team.
DIVERSION SPECIALIST/HOUSING STABILITY CASE MANAGER
Dawn joins FPWC as an experienced social service provider. Her paralegal education and experience at the Warren County Division of Temporary Assistance and Social Services, NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency, and Catholic Charities make her well-suited to this position. Her genuine desire to help others is built into her makeup. This, coupled with her experience in the public welfare, child support, and benefits systems is a tremendous benefit to both the agency and the residents seeking FPWC assistance. Like all programmatic staff at FPWC she is certified with the NJ Homelessness Management Information Systems software.
Emily is a recent Kutztown University of Pennsylvania graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She will be an Outreach Specialist with the Rural and Suburban Outreach and Engagement Program, which meshes perfectly with FPWC's existing programs. Emily is a Warren County resident who is knowledgeable about the county. She brings over 7 years of stellar customer service experience, was also a lifeguard, and is an excellent addition to the FPWC organization. Emily was a leader in Kutztown University activities, including membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success, and an influential Delta Zeta Sorority and Kutztown University Activities Board member. Her desire to help others will be a great asset in serving some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in Warren County.
RESOURCE NAVIGATOR/HOUSING STABILITY CASE MANAGER
Crystal is a University of Phoenix graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, and an Associate's in Literature of the Arts with a concentration in Social Work. She has previously worked in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Receptionist and Records Clerk. Crystal now works as our Resource Navigator, and regularly attends court proceedings to assist our clients that are facing eviction, and to do outreach to potential clients that may need our services.
Nikita earned her associate degree in Liberal Arts for the Social Sciences from Warren County Community College before securing a full academic scholarship to Centenary University. She is currently pursuing a Social Work major and is set to graduate in May 2024. Nikita's academic excellence is reflected in her membership in the Phi Alpha Honor Society at Centenary University, where she maintains an impressive 4.0 GPA.
As an integral part of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Centenary University, Nikita actively engages in hands-on learning and practical experience through internships. Her dedication to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the field led her to FPWC, where she has been involved in various aspects, from Outreach to Case Management. Nikita's enthusiasm for learning and contributing to the community is evident throughout her time at FPWC.
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.
Christine Rush is a participant in the Pathstone Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) working at Family Promise of Warren County, SCSEP is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Chris is doing a fantastic job answering calls for housing services, scheduling appointments, filing, assisting with file organization, and general assistance in the day to day agency operations.
Chris is a local resident having grown up in the Alpha/Phillipsburg area and is genuine in her desire to assist some of the most needy in Warren County. The agency is very happy to have her onboard and appreciates her help.
SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. The program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.
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.
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.
Miguel is originally from Puerto Rico, and is currently living in Allentown, PA. He enjoy's a wide variety of things ranging from technology to helping families in the community. He is currently a Medical Case Manager at Lehigh Valley Hospital where he advocates, provide resources and helps link HIV+ patients to services in the Lehigh Valley area. Miguel started his MSW at Temple University on the Fall of 2021.
FRIEND OF FAMILY PROMISE OF WARREN COUNTY
Phil has been a Family Promise volunteer for 25 years, with 14 years at FPWC. Before retiring, Phil was a Quality Assurance Manager at Nabisco and Kraft Foods and he has been instrumental in organizing and producing comedy show fundraisers for FPWC. He began doing standup after realizing his whole career was 35 years of comedy material. His clean material and laid-back style make his humor accessible to a wide range of audiences, while his insightful perspectives on modern life and a world gone wacky give you lots to think about and even more to laugh about. Performing solo and with a standup comedy ensemble, Phil has appeared at comedy clubs, festivals, and benefit shows in NYC, all along the eastern seaboard from Florida to Massachusetts and St. Thomas and Riviera Maya, Mexico.
“FPWC is notable for providing a continuum of care from homelessness prevention to emergency / long-term shelter and training/support to regain permanent housing. I am proud to be part of it.”