County staff and volunteers offer goods, services to those in need

FREEHOLD, N.J. – Monmouth County’s annual Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop event to provide various health and human services for homeless residents or those who are on in danger of becoming  homeless, was held today in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank.


Freeholder Amy A. Mallet assists a client at the 2011 Project Homeless Connect with the selection of a new winter coat. The one day event was held in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank.

“We offered a warm coat, assorted goods and a variety of health services to people,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, liaison to the county’s Department of Human Services. “Project Homeless Connect is the umbrella name for a nationwide effort to bring attention to efforts to end homelessness. This year we expanded our number of sites to include one in Red Bank.

“We connected with people by offering them help through many county and not-for-profit service providers,” Mallet continued. “Coats, blankets and bed sheets are important and needed, but we also want to make sure that each person who needs and wants assistance is being helped.”

People without a permanent residence or at risk of being homeless were encouraged to participate. Attendees completed a very brief survey form before being provided food, clothing, free health screenings, employment resources and other services.

“This was a unified effort to reach people who do not have a permanent shelter,” said Charles Brown III, director of the county’s Department of Human Services. “While county staff and volunteers gathered information at the Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank locations, others were collecting information about people housed at emergency and transitional housing agencies and coordinating efforts with municipal representatives to locate unsheltered individuals.”

The primary goal of Project Homeless Connect is to gain an accurate picture of the number of people who experience homelessness and to work toward providing them with the needed services, Brown said.

The Jan. 26 Project Homeless Connect event was part of an annual point-in-time survey of the homeless population in the New Jersey. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that such a count of the homeless be done every two years. Monmouth County conducts this event annually.

“Donations of time, space and resources by businesses, not-for profit groups make the Project Homeless Connect event possible,” Mallet said. “We have a very caring community and we appreciate the time, talents and goods that make a positive impact in the lives of people who seek these services.”

Organizations that donated time and resources for Monmouth County’s 2011 Project Homeless Connect include:

Affordable Housing Alliance

ARC of Monmouth, Tinton Falls

A.M.E. Zion Church of Red Bank

Asbury Park Social Services

Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park

Brookdale Community College

Burlington Coat Factory – Betty Parker

Catholic Charities-Linkages

Check Mate, Inc.

Child Care Resources

Colts Neck Reformed Church

Community Health Law Project – Asbury Park

Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System (CEAS)

Dunkin Donuts –Freehold, Red Bank, Manalapan (Gordon’s Corner) and Middletown


Easter Seals NJ - Ft. Monmouth

Exceptional Medical Transportation – Michele Honecker

Family & Children’s Services

Family Promise of Monmouth County - Shanna Goldstein, Site Coordinator for Red Bank

Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Franks Big & Tall – Ocean

Frank’s Deli – Baked Goods

Freehold Area Open Door

HABcore, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity

Hispanic Affairs & Resource Center

Holiday Express

I Beseech Thee Community Development Corp.

Interfaith Neighbors, Nancy Flanigan and Heather Schulze, Site Coordinator for Asbury Park

Investors Savings Bank, Long Branch & Deal

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Joy Panizzi – DYFS – Coat Drive


Lunch Break in Red Bank

Manna House and Spring House – Peggy Comfort and Lisa Tiedemann - Site Coordinators for Freehold

James & Cheryl McCue

McMillan, Quahmel – Soup Preparation for Asbury Park Project Homeless Connect

Meridian Health – Coat Drive

Middletown Public Schools - Port Monmouth School coat drive

Monmouth A-Team

Monmouth Cares

Monmouth County Department of Human Services -

Division of Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Division of Planning & Contracting

Division of Social Services

Monmouth County Buildings & Grounds – General Trade Office

Monmouth County Department of Economic Development & Tourism -Employment & Training

Monmouth County Planning Board - Community Development Program

Monmouth County Human Services Advisory Council

Monmouth University

New Beginnings Agape Christian Center

New Creations in Christ/Monmouth A-Team

New Jersey City University - Cheryl Leiningen, Assistant Professor and accelerated BSN Students, Wall NJ Campus

New Jersey Department of Labor-One Stop Center

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency

New Jersey Natural Gas

New Jersey Youth Corps – Asbury Park

Novadebt, Freehold

180, Turning Lives Around

O.C.E.A.N, Inc.

Ocean Monmouth Legal Services

One Warm Coat

Panera Bread-Middletown

Paul M. McGuire Family Health Center

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Regional Perinatal Consortium

Salvation Army, Asbury Park

Social Security Administration

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Strauss Esmay Associates – Toms River

The Center in Asbury Park – George Lowe, Medical Team Leader

The City of Asbury Park

The Community YMCA, Red Bank – Patricia Drotar, Site Coordinator for Red Bank

The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission – coats, racks and hangers

United Way of Monmouth County

VNA of Central New Jersey

Various Ministries

Veterans Affairs

Wegmans – Manalapan

Winifred Canright House