Family Promise of Morris County Meets Increased Need for Housing & Outreach Services

Joint Legislative Resolution Recognizes Contributions

Morristown, NJ – November 30, 2021 – In honor of November as Homelessness Awareness Month, Family Promise of Morris County (FPMC) has received a Proclamation from Senator Bucco, Assemblyman Bergen, and Assemblywoman Dunn acknowledging the agency's work to end homelessness and housing instability in Morris County.


At the request of Senator Anthony Bucco, the proclamation is bestowed to commemorate Homelessness Awareness Month to recognize Family Promise of Morris County for their positive contributions to the community. Likewise to his 2017 proclamation, Senator Bucco urges all citizens to recognize and raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in the community.


“In the past year and a half, we’ve witnessed a 400% increase in need for services within Morris County. In recognizing Homelessness Awareness Month, we are acknowledging the precarious experience endured by hundreds in our community each year, and especially throughout pandemic, keeping its long-lasting impacts in mind,” said FPMC Chief Executive Officer, Joann Bjornson. “Our agency is working hard to mitigate this crisis and ensure that no one has to go without shelter or a home.”


In 2020, FPMC provided 1,787 bed nights and moved 32 households into permanent housing with a 100% success rate. Earlier this year, they expanded its housing programming to include shared, affordable housing for single women and a Rapid Rehousing and Diversion program, which quickly moves families and individuals into safe, stable housing.


With a volunteer workforce of over 1,600 from nearly 80 congregations, the agency provides services in the areas of shelter, housing, and outreach to families and individuals experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity across Morris County. Beyond November, Family Promise urges the community to be mindful of the harsh, winter months to come, which greatly impact those experiencing homelessness.


Family Promise is currently accepting donations for the holidays. Those wishing to support the families and individuals they serve can donate to bit.ly/FPMCDonateToday or contact the agency’s Development and Community Relations Associate at a.arvanites@familypromisemorris.org.


About Family Promise of Morris County:

Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity faced by Morris County families and individuals by partnering with other public and private agencies, religious congregations, and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management, and mentoring services leading to independence. Areas of service include Shelter, Housing, and Outreach through programs such as Our Promise Drop-In Center and the Navigating Hope Mobile Outreach Unit. For more information, visit www.familypromisemorris.org or follow @familypromisemorris on social media.


For Immediate Release

Contact:

Dominique Tornabe, 973.998.0820, ext.107

d.tornabe@familypromisemorris.org

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