project homeless connect 2015County staff and volunteers offer goods, services to those in need

PHOTO: Reverend Darlene Wilson joins with Freeholder John P. Curley at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank for Project Homeless Connect on Feb. 4, 2015.

FREEHOLD, NJ – 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 last week in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keansburg, Long Branch, Neptune and Red Bank.

 

“We offered a warm coat, personal care items and a range of health services to 233 people,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the County’s Department of Human Services. “This event is so important because it not only provides people with physical items they may need, it provides them with the access to resources that are available to them.”

Project Homeless Connect is the umbrella name for a nationwide effort to bring attention to efforts to end homelessness. People without a permanent residence or who are 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.

Services were provided at six locations and through mobile outreach. The purpose of Project Homeless Connect, coupled with the Point in Time survey, is to get a better idea as to who is homeless and out there somewhere.

Not included in the totals are individuals who are in transitional housing, emergency housing, motels, hotels, boarding homes or other locations.

“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 needed services,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, acting director of the Department of Human Services

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

The count is 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 year.

Organizations that donated time and resources for MonmouthCounty’s 2015 Point in Time Survey and Project Homeless Connect include:

Acelero Learning

Affordable Housing Alliance

ARC of Monmouth, Tinton Falls

Arrow Limousine Worldwide

Asbury Park Social Services

Brookdale Community College

Burlington Coat Factory

Cannon U.S.A., Inc.

Catholic Charities-Linkages

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

CHANT – Annie Hainesworth

Child Care Resources

Community Affairs & Resource Center – Beatriz

Oesterheld, Site Coordinator for Asbury Park

Community Health Law Project – Asbury Park

Covenant House

Division of Child Protection & Permanency

Dunkin Donuts

Easter Seals NJ – Adult Shelter

Family & Children’s Services

Family Promise of Monmouth County

Feed All God’s Children – Jim Benedict

Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Frank’s Deli – Baked Goods

Freehold Area Open Door

HABcore, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity

Holiday Express

I Beseech Thee Community Development Corp.

Interfaith Neighbors, Heather Schulze and Maura Comer

Site Coordinators for Asbury Park

Investors Bank

JBJ Soul Foundation

Jersey Shore – A Team      

Jersey Shore Rescue Mission

Kula Café

LADACIN Network

Lunch Break

Manna House

Marlboro Elementary School

Meal at Noon – Long Branch

Mental Health Association of Monmouth County

Meridian Health

Monmouth A-Team

Monmouth Cares

Monmouth County Department of Human Services Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services; Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Division of Social Services

Monmouth County Workforce Development

Monmouth County Buildings & Grounds – General

Trade Office

Monmouth County Community Development

Monmouth County Health Department

Monmouth County Homeless System Collaborative

Monmouth County Human Services Advisory Council

Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group

Navicore Solutions

New Beginnings Agape Christian Center

New Jersey Department of Labor-One Stop Center

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency

New Jersey Natural Gas

180, Turning Lives Around

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

One Warm Coat

Paul David Party Supplies

Paul M. McGuire Family Health Center

Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank

Red Bank Resource Network

Red Cross

Salvation Army, Asbury Park

Social Security Administration

Soul Kitchen in Red Bank

South Jersey Legal Services

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Community Center in Keansburg

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Freehold

The Center in Asbury Park

The City of Asbury Park

The Community YMCA

United Way of Monmouth County

VNA Health Group

Various Ministries

Veterans Affairs

Wawa

Winifred Canright House