Monarch Housing Celebrates Richard Brown’s Passion to Engage Communities and Change Systems

Richard Brown and Bob Kley at the 2016 MHANJ Walk for Wellness and Recovery

Join Monarch Housing on March 21 to Honor Our “Only Friend” and His Work to Help Those in Need

Bob Kley, President of Monarch Housing’s Board of Trustees, and his fellow Trustees, invites you to join Monarch Housing Associates on March 21 as we honor Richard Brown.

Monarch Housing will celebrate Richard and his life’s work as he moves on to new adventures.  Join us on:

Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Ticket prices are $100.  Click here to purchase a ticket.  The March 21 celebration also kicks off the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund.  You can click here donate to the Advocacy Fund.

Writes Bob Kley,

“I first met Richard Brown in the dark basement meeting room of the Mental Health Association at our old offices on Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, Richard was interviewing for the position of Monarch first Executive Director. It was going to be a one person show for a while. MHA, which was launching Monarch, had only a $60,000 grant to start New Jersey’s first housing development corporation to create housing for person with a mental illness.”

“After our Committee interviewed Richard- he became – “our only friend.” His passion, understanding of community grassroots organization, and experience in housing development made Richard Brown our leader.”

“In the six years that followed Monarch hiring Richard as its first Executive Director, I served as President of Monarch while working at the Mental Health Association. During those years, Richard led Monarch down a strategic path.”

“This path funded the first HUD 811 projects in NJ as permanent consumer homes, created new local housing development organizations with agencies, religious organizations, and NAMI groups, forged a strong partnership with CSPNJ to model the beginning of supported housing in New Jersey. The path laid the foundation for the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA.)

“For me, Richard was and continues to be the role model in how to engage broad communities to lead and create change, all with the most important part – the passion to change our systems to meet the needs of the less fortunate.”

“If I have only one friend, I am thankful it is Richard Brown!”

Click here to join us on March 21 and support the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund.