1/27 – Volunteers Set Wednesday to Urge Those At-Risk to Seek Social Services

January 27, 2014
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A team of volunteers and Monmouth County staff will be in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to meet with people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and encouraging them to seek county services and resources.

Citizens without a permanent residence or who are at risk of being homeless are encouraged to participate in Monmouth County’s 2014 Project Homeless Connect event by visiting one of these locations:

  • Asbury Park – Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, 701 Memorial Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Freehold – New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, 133 Throckmorton Street, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Red Bank – Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Avenue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who participate will be asked to provide information and will be offered food, clothing and various services, including free health screenings and employment services.

Representatives from social services, including SNAPS (for food stamps), Medicaid/Medicare, employment and training, veterans affairs and other agencies will be on-site to assist individuals and families. Coats, clothing and toiletries will also be available to all participants free of cost.

All in attendance near the Red Bank Location are invited to JBJ Soul Kitchen, located at 207 Monmouth St., where hot meals will be served from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at no cost to the participants.

The annual countywide event is designed to gather information about individuals who are experiencing homelessness, and offer information and services available through the county’s department of human services, health department and not-for-profit organizations.

The event coincides with the annual Point in Time Survey, a nationwide effort driven by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to get an accurate snapshot of the homeless in America. Project Homeless Connect fulfills the HUD requirement that the county complete such a count every two years.

For more information about Project Homeless Connect, contact the Monmouth County Department of Human Services at 732-683-2102 or visit www.monmouthhumanservices.org.


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