2020 Outreach Grants and Collections
Mission Statement: Following Christ’s teachings, St. George’s overall outreach mission is to SEEK, SHARE (our faith, knowledge, and gifts) and SERVE. Our Outreach Committee’s mission is to help carry out the sharing of our parish’s gifts through outreach grants to non-profit agencies which serve the neediest in Monmouth County.
Bayshore Lunch Program, Keansburg – Serves 60-65 hot meals a day, five days a week and provides limited medical and mental health support to unemployed, low income families, senior citizens, physically and mentally challenged persons, those struggling with addiction and the homeless. A $4,000 grant was made for food and supplies for food delivery.
Food Justice at Trinity, Asbury Park – Saturday Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry operate out of Trinity Church in Asbury Park. They serve over 35,000 meals a year. During serving hours, they have volunteer social workers that work to empower guests and assist them concerning housing, employment and healthcare. The Food Justice Work program assists low-income community members who volunteer at the pantry and kitchen by paying them a living wage of $11 an hour for their work. They have paid twelve volunteers over $5,000 and have seen them able to pay rent, get housing for the first time, or buy the extra food they need for the week. During the pandemic about 150 people are coming to the pantry on Tuesdays and they serve roughly 200 take-out meals on Saturdays. Grants totaling $7,000 were made for food, supplies for food delivery, masks and housing.
Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, Asbury Park – Cares for Asbury Park’s homeless through food, shelter, clothing and other critical necessities. During the pandemic daily chapel, the Relapse program, Sober houses, personal and group counseling, maintenance and facilities, legal and medical assistance, work therapy and the food service programs were only minimally disrupted. A $300 grant was made for meals for the homeless. The cost of a hot meal is $2.82.
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Keyport – Provides food assistance and additional services for lowincome families and senior citizens in the Northern Bayshore area of Monmouth County. The food pantry is feeding 357 families twice a week including shut-in seniors, a 25% increase vs 2019. Grants totaling $3,500 were made for food.
Lunch Break, Red Bank – Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond. During the pandemic demand for grab and go meals has increased by thousands more over 2019 - up 21%; grocery distribution has increased by 144% vs 2019 over 14,000 people are picking up groceries; 2,000 holiday meals were distributed; 850 clients were given holiday gift cards. Grants totaling $10,700 were made for food and supplies needed for food delivery in addition to hot meals for Pan Am Hotel families.
Project Paul, Keansburg - Operates one of the largest food pantries in Monmouth County with distribution to approx.1,600 individuals weekly. They also assist hundreds of qualified families by aiding with rent and utilities and operate a furniture and thrift shop. A $6,500 grant was made for food and supplies for food delivery
St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal, Keansburg – Providing breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, serving 4,000 – 5,000 meals monthly. They serve 325 families (575 adults and 225 kids). A nurse and a social worker are there weekly for the clients. During the pandemic St. Mark’s has been providing grab and go meals and distributions of food from the pantry. Grants totaling $7,500 were made for food and supplies for food delivery.
HEALTHCARE/MENTAL HEALTH CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Eatontown - CPC Behavioral Healthcare’s mission is to serve the community by delivering evidence-based services in mental health, substance abuse, special education and physical health through an integrated system of care designed to promote wellness, recovery and productive lives. Founded in 1960, CPC Behavioral Healthcare is the largest community-based behavioral health agency in Monmouth County. The Agency provides a full continuum of services to over 9,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. CPC’s system of care presents children, teenagers and adults with an opportunity to attain their goals and live their best lives within their families and communities. The result for people who are the beneficiaries of CPC’s programs and services is a dramatic reduction in the need for inappropriate and costly use of emergency services or admission into institutional settings, whether hospitals or correctional facilities. CPC has multiple locations to facilitate access for people living in various parts of Monmouth and Northern Ocean Counties including Middletown, Freehold, Aberdeen, Howell and Neptune. High Point Schools, CPC’s special education school is in housed in Morganville and a social enterprise screen printing business located in Eatontown. A $1,000 grant was made for food and medical supplies.
Parker Family Health Center, Red Bank – They provide free medical services including wellness visits and primary care, chronic disease management and access to numerous medical specialists. They treat 3,800 patients per year and have over 1,000 volunteers. During the pandemic they have continued to operate with a large portion of their activities being telemedicine. A $1,500 grant was made for an air purification system.
Shore House, Long Branch –
Stephy’s Place, Red Bank - Stephy’s Place was founded by 9/11 widows and widowers. It has grown to provide Shore House support Member groups for people who are grieving from loss of a spouse, child, parent or sibling. They also offer groups for people who are dealing with loss due to suicide or addiction. In addition to providing emotional support, a new group, Pierce’s Pals, is a group of volunteers who can do odd jobs, deal with contractors, give financial advice, etc. for people who are now alone. Stephy’s Place receives donations from their participants. There are no fees. They are currently serving about 300 people a week. A $1,000 grant was made for virtual support programs.
180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet – This organization is dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community. They offer many different services addressing this purpose such as an emergency shelter, transitional housing, an emergency hotline and referral center, individual and group counseling, family and municipal court liaisons and much more. The emergency safe house housed 69 women and 72 children, the avg. length of stay is 25 days. 87 women and children were unable to be admitted due to space limitations. The domestic violence hotline received 4,091 calls. A $1,000 grant was made for food and supplies.
Covenant House, Asbury Park – Provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. There are currently two Rights of Passage homes in Asbury Park, one for girls and one for boys, they each house 5 people. A $1,000 grant was made for food and supplies.
Family Promise, Oceanport - As one of 13 host churches, St. George's provides food, shelter and companionship for temporarily homeless families from Monmouth County on a rotational basis. Each year Family Promise provides roughly 12,597 meals and 5,110 bed-nights for families in need. A $1,000 grant was made for continuing their vital work.
HABcore, Red Bank – Provides permanent housing and supportive housing for homeless veterans, families, and individuals with special needs via two boarding homes, other houses they own and rental apartments. Nearly 300 people are housed including families with 100 children. Grants totaling $6,500 were made for food, supplies for food delivery and housing.
Interfaith Neighbors, Asbury Park - Includes eight distinct programs that serve thousands of families throughout Monmouth County. Programs including affordable housing, a business development center, Kula Café and Kula Urban Farm, neighborhood revitalization, Meals on Wheels, and rental and mortgage assistance. During the pandemic they have focused their efforts on two of their core program areas, rental and mortgage assistance and the Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program.Grants totaling $5,500 were made for food, supplies needed for food delivery, Meals on Wheels Program and rental assistance.
Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, Asbury Park and Red Bank – Provides after school programs for grammar school and junior high students who do not have a safe place to go after school. The organization assists with homework and offers many programs to educate and inspire creativity and success. They serve more than 1,800 kids, ages 5 ½ to 18, between the two locations. While they were closed, 17,000 meals were provided to Club families in Asbury Park and Red Bank, summer camp was open with safety protocol in addition to zoom programs. A $1,000 grant was made for grab and go meals.
Collier Youth Services, Wickatunk – Provides at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope. They provide education, residential and recreational programs. A $500 grant was made for weighted blankets and art supplies.
Horizons, Rumson – held at Rumson Country Day School, Horizons is a nonprofit summer program that stimulates academic achievement in disadvantaged children from Red Bank. They run a six-week summer program for children K thru 8. Each student receives swimming lessons, professional academic instruction, breakfast, lunch and a snack. A $500 grant was made for boxed lunches.
Mercy Center, Asbury Park - Founded in 1986, Mercy Center is a non-profit organization that operates the Sister’s Academy of New Jersey, a middle school for girls (grades 5 to 8) and the Family Resource Center - a social service agency and a food pantry. The focus of the Family Resource Center is strengthening families through Hope, Help and Healing. A $1,000 grant was made for food and programs supporting families.
Monmouth Day Care Center, Red Bank - They are a private nonprofit childcare center that provides a safe, stimulating environment in which children are nurtured and challenged intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Their mission is to provide quality affordable early childhood education to children 2 months to 5 years old. They provide a food pantry and professional support to children who are struggling developmentally. Grants totaling $4,000 were made for cleaning supplies, PPE, and food.
Rally Cap Sports, Sea Girt – Purpose is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs. A grant of $500 was made for enhancements to their video platform and at-home equipment.
YMCA, Red Bank – Programs and services are anchored in 10 communities: health and wellness facilities in Freehold Township, Old Bridge and Red Bank; outdoor day camps in Millstone and Wall; a community center in Freehold Borough; counseling and social service centers in Eatontown, Matawan and Middletown; child care centers in Freehold Township, Matawan and Red Bank; and integrated in nearly 100 schools in Monmouth and Ocean counties. A $1,000 grant was made for supplies and programs related to the pandemic.
Bloom Again Foundation, Red Bank – The mission of Bloom Again Foundation is to provide economically vulnerable working women with financial assistance during times of financial need caused by medical emergencies, illness, or other health-related challenges. Bloom Again provides funding for living assistance such as rent/mortgage, utilities, gas and grocery cards during periods of personal or family crisis. A $1,500 grant was made client’s food and rent.
Community Affairs and Resource Center, Asbury Park - Programs and services include but are not limited to advocacy, linking domestic violence victims with services, information and referrals, education liaison services, NJ Family Care, food stamps and energy assistance applications. CARC is an approved private career school which offers a basic computer skills program which is necessary to obtain gainful employment. They collaborate with many other agencies in Monmouth County to meet the needs of clients. A $1,000 grant was made for client’s food and rent.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Colts Neck – Trains and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. A $1,000 grant was made for equipment and other needs to maintain contact with children during the pandemic.
Family and Children’s Services, Long Branch – The agency offers diverse programs and services that address homelessness; neglect, abuse or exploitation; health and respite care; financial instability due to physical, developmental or mental disabilities; childhood literacy and obesity; long-term care planning and Medicare counseling. A $1,000 grant was made for client programs.
Literacy New Jersey, Long Branch – The mission is to promote increased literacy for adults in Monmouth County through the effective use of volunteers and in collaboration with individuals, groups and organizations desiring to foster increased literacy. A grant of $1,000 was made for virtual education programs in Monmouth County.
Love Thy Neighbor, Long Branch - Supports the needy with various programs including providing home furnishings, rental assistance, computer skills training and other services. A $1,000 grant was made for the purchase of beds.
MonmouthCares, West Long Branch - Is a Care Management Organization in Monmouth County, serving youth and families up to age 21. They are part of the NJ Children’s System of Care that helps youth/families with emotional, behavioral, substance use disorders, physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Their Health and Wellness Team helps families to improve health care access and to manage medical challenges. A grant of $1,000 was made for programs to support families during the pandemic.
Rising Treetops at Oakhurst – Rising Treetops at Oakhurst at its 14acre facility provides summer overnight and day camp and year-round respite services for individuals with special needs, including autism and physical and intellectual disabilities. A $1,000 grant was made for supplies and personal care items related to the care of clients and staff during the pandemic.
The Center in Asbury Park – The Center in Asbury Park provides support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. This includes a safe place for clients to be during the day with a hot lunch Monday through Friday; assistance with rent and security payments and emergency food bags and hygiene items. The Center also supports Center House: 25 studio apartments providing permanent housing for single adults living with HIV/AIDS and formerly homeless persons. Grants totaling $5,000 were made for food and supplies for food delivery.
Additional Parish Outreach
Personal Care Items Drive– During Lent personal products were collected. Ten boxes of items were delivered to Lunch Break, The Center in Asbury Park, Rising Tree Tops and HABcore.
Fall Coat Drive – 106 warm winter coats/jackets and vests were collected. The coats were distributed to 44 residents in the HABcore boarding homes in Red Bank and Asbury Park. The remaining coats were delivered to Jersey Cares.
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