MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – 5/18/2022 – On Thursday, April 28, Promising Solutions, a collaboration between Family Promise of Morris County (FPMC) and Homeless Solutions (HSI), was presented with two Not for Profit Excellence Awards for Innovative Programs by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).
Presented at the 16th Annual Not for Profit Conference, the awards recognize innovative programs and exemplary leaders for their meaningful impact on their clients and community. Promising Solutions (PS) is a recipient of two awards, recognizing both the vital services offered by this unique women’s housing program and for the development of a pilot program between Community Hope’s Women Veteran’s Housing Program and PS.
A campus of safe, shared, affordable housing awarded by Morris County Human Services and renovated in partnership with Morris Habitat for Humanity, PS provides safe, stable housing for up to 32 single women experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. The partnership leverages FPMC’s expertise in individualized case management and team of licensed social workers—along with HSI’s experience in affordable housing and Morris Habitat’s work building and rehabilitating houses—to provide vital services and resources to its guests.
Last year, women comprised 40% of Morris County’s homeless population (Monarch Housing). Promising Solutions meets this need by offering a safe space for women experiencing homelessness to focus on maintaining employment and improving their overall health and wellness outcomes.
A new addition to the PS campus, Community Hope’s Women Veterans Housing Program addresses the needs of women veterans transitioning to civilian life. Female veterans endure many difficulties during active duty, such as harassment and military sexual trauma. These challenges may continue in other ways upon returning home, including experiencing housing insecurity and mental health disorders.
Acknowledging these distinctive disparities, Community Hope’s collaboration with Family Promise of Morris County and Homeless Solutions’ Promising Solutions program offers thoughtfully designed residential permanent housing to specifically meet the obstacles women veterans face.
The collaborative partnership presented through Promising Solutions offers a comprehensive, community-based approach to increasing overall health, economic, and housing outcomes for single women in the community. Launched in late 2020, PS has housed 20 single women to date and is the only program of its kind serving single women in Morris County.
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 Resource Center and the Navigating Hope Mobile Outreach Unit. To learn more, visit www.familypromisemorris.org or follow @familypromisemorris on social media.
About Homeless Solutions, Inc.:
Homeless Solutions’ philosophy is “A Hand Up, not a Handout” and they’ve been fulfilling their mission to provide shelter, housing and support services to homeless and working poor people since 1983. Their goal is to give those they serve the tools and surroundings needed to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. What differentiates HSI is the continuum of housing provided through their Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing Program (THP), Mt. Kemble Home, and Affordable Housing options. To learn more visit www.HomelessSolutions.org.
About Morris Habitat for Humanity:
Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization committed to building homes, communities and hope. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds new homes and provides home repair services to income-eligible families in Morris and Middlesex Counties as well as Fanwood, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung. Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served more than 750 households through home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. For more information, visit www.morrishabitat.org.
About Community Hope:
Community Hope, a NJ non-profit organization, provides housing and support services to hundreds of veterans, veteran families, and people living with mental illness each year. Since 1985, our team of over 150 employees has provided clinical case management, housing (emergency, transitional, and affordable), and homeless prevention services enabling thousands to recover from mental illness, homelessness, substance use, and poverty. To learn more about Community Hope, visit communityhope-nj.org.
Morris County Chamber of Commerce:
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation (MCCC) provides a platform for members to connect, collaborate and succeed. They are dedicated to the advancement of Morris County’s businesses and community by providing services, information and advocacy to support the success of member organizations. With over 750 member organizations and 300+ annual events and meetings, MCCC creates member experiences that foster exceptional business success and quality of life. To learn more, visit www.morrischamber.org.