Union County Families Served by Housing Providers Will Receive Generous Donations at the Homeless Sabbath
In October, the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark held a drive collecting socks for the homeless which will be distributed at the Homeless Sabbath on December 15-17.
The sock drive began on October 1, 2017 and ran through October 27, 2017. The sock drive was a great collaboration of efforts including efforts by elementary school’s Student Council members, classroom representatives, members from the Art Club, and of Hehnly’s generous families.
Together, with the assistance of Ms. Cassandra DeVita and Mrs. Linda Hayes, co-advisors for the Student Council, the school collected several hundred pairs of new socks.
“We were happy to contribute our donations to the Monarch Housing Associates, who will ensure that the socks have new owners very soon,” said Ms. Hayes.
On November 8, 2017, Richard W. Brown, Asish Patel, and Claire O’Neill from Monarch Housing, Linda Flores-Tober from the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless, and Amy Jones from Family Promise of Union County visited the school. The students and teachers presented the socks which will be shared with families that the Elizabeth Coalition and Family Promises serve.
The sock drive met a basic need that many of us take for granted. As the weather grows colder, it is hard to imagine not having socks to keep our feet warm so this generous donation meets a clear need.
“These donations will help the homeless of Union County this winter and will be an integral part of the December 15-17 Homeless Sabbath,” said Ms. Flores-Tober.
Organizers of the Homeless Sabbath weekend include:
- Community Access Unlimited,
- Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless,
- Family Promise Union County,
- Gateway Family YMCA,
- Iris House,
- Monarch Housing Associates, and the
- Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council.
On the night of January 24, 2017, 475 people, including 55 people without shelter, experienced homelessness in Union County, according to NJ Counts, the Point-In- Time Count. On this weekend, we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.
Homeless Sabbath Weekend will specifically align with “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil” on Thursday, December 21, 2017 hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 11 Springfield Ave. in Cranford at 7:00 p.m.