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Did you know that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness?

After 10 years of living abroad in an abusive relationship, Julia gathered the courage to leave her partner and move back to the US. Unfortunately, upon her return, she was unable to work or support herself due to the negative impacts on her mental health.

Similar to many survivors of domestic violence, Julia soon experienced homelessness.

Last year, 19.2% of Morris County’s homeless population were survivors of domestic violence. Stability found through short- and long-term housing programs can be vital to this population’s safety.

Thankfully Julia’s return coincided with the creation of our Promising Solutions program, and she soon became the first resident on campus.

In partnership with Homeless Solutions, Morris Habitat for Humanity, and Morris County Social Services, Promising Solutions provides shared, affordable housing to single women experiencing homelessness in Morris County.

Julia is extremely grateful to have this safe space to call home and thoroughly enjoys the company of her housemates. She chokes up when talking about how far she has come and feels very fortunate for it. We could not be happier for her!

On November 6, by participating in the Homebound Hustle 5K & 1 Mile Walk, you can help us support community members just like Julia. All funds raised will further our mission to end homelessness and housing insecurity in Morris County.  Visit here to register today.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please contact JBWS's 24-hour help hotline at 1.877.R.U.ABUSED. For immediate assistance with housing insecurity or homelessness, dial NJ 2-1-1 or call Family Promise of Morris County at 973.998.0820.

*Guest names and photos have been changed for their privacy.

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