For over ten years, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County’s mission has been to reduce family homelessness in Ocean County. This year, we are proud to have served over 630 people, providing shelter, resources, financial aid, and more to families across Ocean County. COVID-19 forced the Family Promise of Southern Ocean County hospitality network of local churches to shut down for the safety of our staff, volunteers, host sites, and families. We continue to adapt and grow despite the crisis; partnering with local motels to provide temporary shelter, hosting online events, and launching the Anchors to Stay Prevention program to prevent homelessness.
The Anchors to Stay Prevention Program is a vital aspect of our mission in preventing family homelessness. It allows us to work with families who are at risk of losing their homes and keep them safely where they are. Through this program, we have provided financial aid for rent, mortgages, and security deposits to eligible families throughout Ocean County. In the first 60 days, the Anchors to Stay Prevention Program prevented homelessness for over 80 families. More families reach out each day, including medical professionals, teachers, and other essential workers.
One family we have been able to help was a single mom, Jenna (name has been changed), who works in the education field. Earlier this year, due to COVID-19, she was struggling with financial stability and felt she had nowhere to turn. When Jenna learned about Family Promise of Southern Ocean County, she reached out to us for help. Through the Anchors to Stay Prevention Program, we worked with her to create a plan of action to further her career and organize her finances. With our assistance, Jenna was able to get back on her feet and feel confident on her career path.
With New Jersey’s eviction moratorium being lifted on January 1st, we are expecting more families like Jenna’s to be in need of our programs. We need help from donors like you to continue our mission of helping children and their families stay safely in their homes. You can make a donation online at https://www.familypromisesoc.org/donate or mail your donation with the enclosed pledge card and self-addressed envelope.
Together, we can end family homelessness.