RUMSON, NJ – On Saturday morning, October 1, 2011, a group of dedicated volunteers from St. George’s-By-The-River, Rumson, NJ gathered at HABcore’s Coffey Residence in Red Bank, NJ, to create a garden in memory of a very special person, Joan Cassan Winters. 


Raising The Roof, from left to right: Robert Winters III, Debbie Schmidt, Robert Winters, Jr., Gary Boyd, Eve Chamberlain, Kristin Winters, Dee Dee Pitts

Joan, who passed away in May of this year, and her husband Bob, were both parishioners at St George’s and it was well known that they considered their outreach to HABcore, an organization that provides affordable housing to men and women who are homeless, as one of the most important in this community.  When Joan passed away, many people contributed funds in her memory to HABcore; those funds and the hard work of the St George’s volunteers were used to create this garden for the use of the HABcore residents at the Red Bank facility.

(assembled under the garden pergola) from left to right: Back Row Standing:  Robert Winters III, Kristin Winters, Mike Winters, Robert Winters, Jr., Peggy Lyford, Gary Boyd, Debbie Schmidt, Mike Plosica, John Gearon, Charlie Parton


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At the end of the day, Bob Winters from St. George’s and the community, commented: “I am very gratifyied to see the level of support my family has received from the community and I so glad that HABcore is the recipient of all this effort.”


Peter Winter rakes while other volunteers look on.

HABcore, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation serving Monmouth and adjacent counties in NJ for 23 years, is devoted to providing permanent and transitional supportive housing for persons who are homeless, disabled, or unable to care for themselves.  For more information, please call the HABcore office at 732-544-1975 or visit

 St. George’s-By-The-River is a Episcopal Church in Rumson, NJ; for more information visit their web site,

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...