July 27, 2020 @ 12:35PM — October 30, 2020 @ 12:35PM
Due to the current concerns about health & safety in relation to the COVID-19 health crisis, this year's Joseph J. Marmora Golf Outing has been cancelled. Given the stresses we are all now experiencing, Interfaith Neighbors' mission and work is more critical than ever. While we won't be together this year, we ask you to please support Interfaith Neighbors as you would our regular Golf Outing. All sponsors will receive promotion on IFN's website and social media channels and a listing in an Asbury Park Press Sunday advertisement of our sponsors.
MEETING NEEDS - BUILDING COMMUNITY - CHANGING LIVES
At the start of the health crisis, IFN established a COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance Fund to help individuals and families financially impacted by the health crisis. The fund assists with rent, food utilities, insurance payments and other urgent needs. As of mid-July, IFN has received over 1,700 individual requests for assistance from this fund, has assisted over 375 families, and has awarded over $175,000 in assistance
In a normal year, the Rental & Mortgage Assistance program assists 350 families and awards $750,000 in assistance on average. Between their regular work and the COVID Fund, IFN expects to assist more than 500 families with over $1,000,000 in assistance this year.
IFN's Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Program has also become critical for homebound seniors, delivering meals to over 900 doorsteps every day. Since the start of the crisis, as senior centers across the county closed, the program has added seniors to their home delivery routes and has begun serving members of the homeless population who are in quarantine recovering from the virus.
Do you know Interfaith Neighbors?
Interfaith Neighbors is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation that works to assist those less fortunate among us to meet life's basic necessities, while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Formed in 1998 through a coalition of churches and synagogues, our focus on "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" includes programs that provide affordable home ownership, rental assistance, nutrition, basic life skills, job training, and opportunities for volunteerism.
The Monmouth County Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels of Monmouth County) prepares and delivers over 300,000 hot, nutritious meals annually and provides a friendly face and conversation to the elderly and physically disadvantaged of Monmouth County. Over 400 dedicated volunteers, who log over 75,000 hours annually in service to their neighbors across Monmouth County, make this possible.
Interfaith Neighbors Affordable Housing Program makes the dream of home ownership possible for low-income local families. Starting with a donation of $25,000 from NJ Natural Gas, Interfaith Neighbors has improved neighborhoods by identifying and acquiring vacant or blighted properties. Since the program's inception, over 50 detached, single family homes have been constructed in Asbury Park, Neptune and Long Branch. e
The Rental & Mortgage Assistance & Counseling Program helps over 350 Monmouth County families each year to maintain decent, affordable housing and avoid homelessness. Support ranges from one-time rent or mortgage payments to monthly subsidies provided with supportive counseling and referrals to assist families with long-term self-sufficiency.
Interfaith Neighbors' West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Project is a 10-year, comprehensive, community revitalization plan to benefit the West Side of Asbury Park. The plan addresses the need for affordable housing, economic development, and needed social programs to encourage business growth and strengthen neighborhoods. Initiatives funded to date include the development of the Springwood Center complex, 34 units of affordable housing, the Rights of Passage Covenant House home for young men and a new home for young women under construction, neighborhood public safety enhancements, multiple youth recreation facilities, and community training events that have been attended by over 5,600 area residents. Corporate sponsors include NJ Natural Gas, JCP&L, PNC Bank, New Jersey American Water, TD Bank, and Selective Insurance.
The Kula Cafe is a community-driven social enterprise addressing high unemployment and lack of opportunity for young people in the greater Asbury Park area through an innovative approach to job training. A fully-operational cafe serving breakfast and lunch on the West Side of Asbury Park, the cafe hires out-of-school youth, provides life and job skills training and through partnerships with area restaurants and employers, permanent job placement in the booming tourism/service industry.
The Kula Urban Farm is a"state of the art" greenhouse that produces vegetables and herbs traditionally (soil grown) and hydroponically (without soil). The farm functions as a self-sustaining social enterprise, selling its produce to local restaurants. The farm also hires local residents providing an entryway back into the workforce, job training and work experience. The farm also operates the Farm without Borders program building and maintaining community farms located on vacant lots in the community. The community is engaged in farm maintenance and the full harvest of these Farms without Borders is dedicated to community members.
SOAR is a career preparation program helping eligible individuals maximize their potential by launching beyond entry-level employment and into a career. As SOAR Colleagues, participants engage a curriculum of carefully designed trainings on professionalism, networking, life skills and more. Upon successful completion, Colleagues gain access to tuition-free certification training in their selected career pathway.
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