MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Rotary Club of Morristown has awarded Family Promise of Morris County (FPMC) funding for the benefit of Our Promise (OP) Drop-In Resource Center. With a mission to support activities and foster comfort for community members in crisis, the Rotary supports a variety of local organizations each year through their grant and sponsorship programs.
The Rotary has a long-lasting partnership with Family Promise, through which they have supported hundreds of community members over time. In 2016, the Rotary provided funds for much-needed updates at OP, such as the purchase of cell phone charging stations, computers, and more. The Rotary continued on to provide the nonprofit with additional awards to support the growing needs of the community.
Located in the First Baptist Church in Downtown Morristown, Our Promise is a beloved and vital community resource serving those experiencing homelessness and low-income residents.
OP fills a gap in community services by providing a mailing address, phone and computer access, benefits screenings, case management, and referrals to housing and wellness services. To date, OP has logged well over 20,000 face-to-face meetings.
In 2020, the pandemic fundamentally increased Morris County’s need for Family Promise’s Outreach and Housing services. 70 percent of New Jersey renters are extremely cost burdened, paying more than half their income on rent (National Low Income Housing Coalition); this leaves little-to-no room for basic necessities, like proper nutrition, transportation, healthcare, and childcare. In 2021, while working to meet this need, Our Promise staff served 203 individuals and made 1,787 face-to-face contacts.
As a community-based organization, Family Promise of Morris County has relied greatly on the support of community partners and a volunteer network of over 1,600 for more than three decades. The support of partners such as The Rotary Club of Morristown is most essential now more than ever.
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.
Rotary Club of Morristown:
Founded in 1905, Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization of business and community leaders and volunteers who work to create positive change in their community and around the world. In conjunction with Rotary International, Rotary of Morristown supports service projects that address critical issues, such as poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and pollution. Together, they commit time, talent, experience, and resources to make a positive difference in the community. For more info, visit morristownrotary.org or follow @rotarymorristownnj on Facebook.
Dominique Tornabe, Chief Impact Officer