nj counts volunteersCounty staff and volunteers offer goods, services to those in need

PHOTO: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles A. Richman and Freeholder John P. Curley thank the volunteers working at the NJ Counts event at the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission on Jan. 27 in Asbury Park.

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County’s annual NJ Counts, a one-stop event to provide various health and human services for residents who are homeless, or who are on in danger of becoming homeless, was held last week in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keansburg and Red Bank.

“We offered a warm coat, personal care items and a range of health services to 477 people,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the County’s Department of Human Services. “This event is so important because it provides people with coats, blankets and other physical items they may need and it provides them with access to the many resources that are available to them.”

NJ Counts 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 at the four community locations completed a very brief survey form before being provided food, clothing, free health screenings, employment resources and other services.

The purpose of NJ Counts, 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 NJ Counts 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

“It is important for us at the State level to have an understanding of the current number of homeless people in need in order to better serve them,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles A. Richman, who visited the Asbury Park location. “I commend Monmouth County for having locations set-up throughout the county where people had direct access to local, county, state and federal services all in one place.”

“Donations of time, space and resources by businesses and not-for profit groups make the NJ Counts event possible in Monmouth County,” Curley 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 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 other year and although 2016 is not a mandated year, it is expected that each county conducted one.

Organizations that donated time and resources for Monmouth County’s 2016 Point in Time Survey and NJ Counts include:

Acelero Learning

Affordable Housing Alliance

Allenwood Elementary School

ARC of Monmouth, Tinton Falls

Asbury Park Social Services

Bethel AME Church, Freehold

Brookdale Community College– Ernestine Austin & Lisa Savage, Site Coordinators for Freehold

Burlington Coat Factory

Catholic Charities-Linkages

CHANT – Annie Hainesworth

Child Care Resources

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

Community Affairs & Resource Center – Beatriz

Oesterheld, Site Coordinator for Keansburg

Community Health Law Project – Asbury Park

Covenant House

D Waters and Associates LLC

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.

Holiday Express

Holmdel Girl Scout Troop #675

Interfaith Neighbors, Heather Schulze and Maura Comer

Site Coordinators for Asbury Park

Investors Bank

Jacob Palew

JBJ Soul Foundation

Jersey Shore – A Team      

Jersey Shore Rescue Mission

Kula Café


Lunch Break

Lynanne Rosenthal

Manna House

Marlboro Elementary School

Mental Health Association of Monmouth County

Meridian Health

Monmouth A-Team

Monmouth Cares

Monmouth County Department of Human Services

Divisions of: Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services; Mental Health & Addiction Services; and 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

Navicore Solutions

New Beginnings Agape Christian Center

New Jersey Auto MCO

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

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

St. Rose of Lima Church –Sheila Starosolsky and Dorothy DuBois, Site Coordinator for Freehold

The Center in Asbury Park

The City of Asbury Park

The Community YMCA

Thomas & Geneen Graziano

United Way of Monmouth County

VNA Health Group

Various Ministries

Veterans Affairs

Winifred Canright House