6 Sponsors Explain the Importance of the Congressional Reception

Catholic Charities Newark, CSPNJ, Family Promise Union County, HCDNNJ, Project Live & SHA give their insight

Thank you to all of our sponsoring organizations supporting this year’s Congressional Reception on July 24. This event would not be possible without the various contributions each organization makes in bringing people to DC to let elected officials know that Opportunity Starts at Home.

If you would like to join us at this year’s Congressional Reception, please click here to register. 

To date, there are 32 sponsoring organizations supporting this year’s Congressional Reception on July 24. Below are six of our sponsors explaining their thoughts on the housing shortage crisis and the needs their organization targets specifically. 


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark

“There is fierce competition for all housing, and available safe, affordable housing is virtually non-existent,” states John Westervelt, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. “We witness men, women, families, young adults, special needs, and vulnerable people, many who have spent a lifetime struggling with circumstances beyond their control, all trying to survive and avoid the very real risk of homelessness. Catholic Charities strives to assist individuals in need, strengthen families and provide those it serves with an opportunity of a better life, but we cannot do so without the support of all levels of government. The growing need for Federal assistance, both in terms of dollars and legislative support, has become crucial to improving the communities we serve.” – John Westervelt, CEO


Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSP-NJ)

“Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) believes that everyone needs a place to call home.  Daily we see the difference in people’s lives who have a safe, decent and affordable place to live in communities of their choice that welcome them. The CSP-NJ community is made of people with many strengths and also the challenges of disability. We know that Recovery and Wellness are possible when you feel secure and are receiving the supports you need.” – Mark Duffy, Director of Operations


Family Promise Union County

“There is a critical housing crisis in this country! Wages have not kept up with the rising cost of housing. The “land of the free and home of the brave,” has become land of the rent-burdened and home of the deprived for many people. Family Promiseis a proud sponsor of the annual Congressional Reception in Washington. Each year, we invite our clients to come and speak to our representatives about their experience with homelessness and the difficulty in finding affordable housing. Our legislators need to hear their stories, to truly understand that opportunity starts at home.” – Geleen Donovan, Executive Director


Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

“As the organization coordinating the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, the Network is pleased to see this is again the theme for this year’s Congressional Reception. The theme ties the event to an ongoing national campaign calling for more federal resources to create affordable homes which are central to a quality education, health care, and a growing economy. People thrive when they live in a place they can afford to call home.” – Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Advisor


Project Live, Inc.

“We believe every person should have the opportunity to access safe, clean, affordable, and permanent housing. Having a home, and not just a “place” to live, creates a sense of belonging in the community. The Congressional Reception is incredibly important as staunch advocacy and thoughtful, deliberate legislation are paramount as we work together in attempting to reach our goal.” – Ross Croessmann, Executive Director


Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

“As we all can now acknowledge, the single most important factor related to a person’s health is where they live. Having a decent, safe, affordable home is not only the first but the most important aspect of a person’s life. For those with different abilities and barriers, it doesn’t just mean health, it means independence and the ability to be part of a community. The Congressional Reception helps us tell the bigger story of how crucial housing funding is to each person reaching their full promise but also to building a healthy, vibrant, diverse nation.” – Diane Riley, Executive Director


If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the 2019 Congressional Reception, please contact Kate Kelly @kkelly@monarchhousing.org or fill out the Sponsorship form on our website. 

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