Troubled pasts inspire need to help today

Coordinator Login Start Intake Process Donate Troubled pasts inspire need to help today Freehold students raise money for charities through grant seminar STEPH SOLIS SSOLIS@GANNETT.COM An honor roll student wearing a blue polo shirt and dark-rimmed glasses sat in his chair and shared the story of his second family. Juventino Lopez, now 13, found them

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Homeless for a night: Lessons from Cardboard Box City

Coordinator Login Start Intake Process Donate TINTON FALLS — They began to emerge from their cardboard boxes at daybreak, exhausted and cold. The temperature had dipped into the 50s overnight, with a wind rustling through the encampment. Welcome to “Cardboard Box City,” a one-night taste of homelessness for 140 people looking to make a difference. The

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A 90-day lifeline for Monmouth County homeless families

Filling the cracks

Family Promise was founded in in 1986 in Union County, grew branches in every New Jersey county and has spread to other states as well. It’s an interfaith network of churches that provides a 90-day lifeline to help families get back on their feet.

Here’s how it works: A rotation of churches house and feed families overnight. By day the families are headquartered at the day center, a house that provides computers, showers, a laundry room, a kitchen, a locker room, a play area for kids and transportation to and from the children’s home schools.

All the while, a case manager helps the parents find affordable housing, employment opportunities and whatever else is needed to get back into mainstream life.

Limited options for homeless in blizzard

“Three out of four families that graduate from the program are able to find either permanent housing or transitional housing,” said Phil Welch, Family Promise of Monmouth County’s vice president and fund development chair.

The day center fills in the cracks with helpful items like toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo, towels, pillows and blankets. Plus it serves as a home address to put down on a resume or job application.

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