OCTOBER 2022 Newsletter
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  • Homebound Hustle 5K
  • Meet Shaberia
  • Family Promise Symposium
  • Community Support
  • Resources
  • Helping Hands
Want to run or take a walk to help end the crisis of homelessness in Morris County? Come join us on Saturday, November 5th, for our second annual Homebound Hustle 5K and 1-Mile Walk. This year the Homebound Hustle is in honor and memory of Steve Hammond, our former President of Board of Trustees.

Create a group of friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors to join together for a fun morning of community spirit! Please click on the image to the right to register!
Promising Solutions Resident Writes her Own Ticket to Success
Shaberia K., a resident on the Promising Solutions (PS) women’s housing campus, recently revealed that she is a published author! Shaberia’s story shows how homelessness is an experience that can be overcome with determination and assistance from people
who truly care.

Shaberia was referred to PS in July of 2022 through a partnership with Community Hope and their services for veteran women, men, and families experiencing homelessness.
A former pre-school teacher and mom of three, Shaberia had always wanted to write a book for children. In 2017, while living in a group home in Newark, New Jersey, she accomplished this lifelong dream with the publication of Gabby Walks to School.

After seeing an advertisement on television about self-publishing, she decided to make her dream a reality. Experiencing homelessness and living without all necessary resources meant that Shaberia had to edit and proof her book on her phone. After six long months of revisions with her publisher and illustrator, Shaberia’s dream came to life. The main character, Gabby, was inspired by her daughters. Pulling from her own family’s experiences, Shaberia wanted to reflect upon children of color’s experiences as they learn to safely navigate a diverse community full of adventure.

“I’ve always had the heart of a child,” says the author about her vision for Gabby Walks to School, which is “about not being afraid of responsibility, trust, and relying on friends for safety and support." Currently, Shaberia is working on a second book with the working title Mom is A Superhero, for which she is seeking collaborators for publication.

When asked how Promising Solutions fits into her larger goals and aspirations to continue writing and publishing her works, she said that living on campus has given her a sense of stability and peace needed to work on her next book. “I’m focused on my health journey, and I don’t feel like I am alone—I have extra help if I need it. I hate being alone. This house is beautiful; it is everything I could ever ask for.”

Shaberia’s story is an excellent example of the positive and long-term impact that safe, stable housing can have in the lives of those served by the Promising Solutions Program.

If you’d like to support Shaberia, Gabby Walks to School is available for purchase on Amazon.com or click HERE.
Family Promise Annual Symposium

Family Promise of Morris County leadership and management teams spent several days this month at the Family Promise Annual Symposium, held in Morristown. Staff members both attended and presented a variety of panels and workshops alongside Family Promise affiliates from around the eastern US!

We had the opportunity to connect with our Family Promise neighbors in person while engaging in meaningful discussions about sustainability, affordable housing, advocacy, matters of DEIA, and much more!

Our agency left the conference with a wider breadth of knowledge, new perspectives, exciting ideas, and a deepened sense of empowerment toward fulfilling our mission to end the crisis of homelessness.
Rockefeller Group

Thank you, Rockefeller Group, Morristown, for spending time at our day center doing service projects! It was a beautiful day, and much was accomplished both indoors and outdoors. We appreciate you beautifying our grounds by trimming, mowing, raking, planting mums, mulching and doing a much-needed fall cleanup, in addition to organizing donations and jump starting a renovation project.

What a super fun day and we look forward to more projects together in the future!
Salon Day at Promising Solutions

A big thank-you to Laura Voelbel, mother of our own Savannah Voelbel, Promising Solutions Program Coordinator, for giving stylish haircuts to several residents of the women's campus. What an uplifting way to boost confidence and feel special!
Harmony Village at CareOne Hanover Township

Thank you, Harmony Village at CareOne, Whippany, for donating teddy bears for the children in our programs! They have been well received and are getting loved by many little ones!
Unemployment benefits – Do you know anyone who has been furloughed or has had their employment put on hold? To find out if eligible for unemployment benefits, check out NJ.com at Unemployed in NJ who has put together an unemployment survival kit. For Unemployment Insurance go to: My Unemployment NJ.gov
211 Assistance Programs - Click on the following programs to learn about each one:

DCAid Assistance Programs - Click here to check out more assistance programs

Eviction Prevention Program - information available here on preventing eviction

Job Opportunities – Check out NJ Jobs, a jobs and hiring site that lists over 65,000 New Jersey job openings.
Mortgage Payments – Refer to the Federal Housing Finance Agency for help with mortgage payments. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks are offering mortgage relief for homeowners.
Monthly Bills –  For assistance with paying monthly bills, please refer to ConsumerFinance.gov. The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau lists steps to take to protect yourself financially.
Food / Cash / Health Insurance Assistance – For additional assistance with food, financial needs, and health insurance, check out NJ Helps.
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text alerts from the NJ Governor’s office . You can also call a Healthcare Professional at 1-800-962-1253.

*Credit to our community partner, Habitat for Humanity, for above information.

Sleeping Bags Needed! The cold weather is almost upon us, and we are in need of sleeping bags for visitors of Our Promise drop-in center. If you would like to donate, please contact Nora Godown at n.godown@familypromisemorris.org.

Will You Consider Helping with the Following Needed Items?

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Glass cleaner
  • Comet, Ajax or Soft Scrub
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Sponges
  • Rubber gloves

If interested in providing any of these items, please contact Nora Godown, n.godown@familypromisemorris.org or 973-619-8316.
Essential Needs for Guests at Our Promise:

Men's sweatshirts sizes L, 2XL & 3XL
Men's Boxers sizes L, XL, 2XL & 3XL
Women's Underwear sizes 6, 7, 8, XL
Women's T-shirts all sizes
Hand Sanitizer or Hand Wipes
Sanitizing Wipes & Other Cleaning Supplies
Laundry Detergent
Wash Cloths
Pocket Tissues

Please email Family Promise at info@familypromisemorris.org to donate
Click on the map to see Family Promise
affiliates across the country!
Family Promise of Morris County | 973-998-0820 | info@familypromisemorris.org www.familypromisemorris.org