Homeless Solutions aims to keep homeless individuals warm in wake of full shelters, cold weather
We were featured on the news! HSI CEO Dan McGuire and Director of Programs & Services Wesley Gaynor were interviewed regarding our Warming Center – a warm, safe place for those seeking shelter during this extremely cold, winter weather. Dan stated, “It’s a great community, but it can’t be truly great if we have individuals sleeping outdoors in weather like this.”
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Long Term Living Association features HSI
Exercising for a Cause at Homeless Solutions’ 11th Annual Women’s Day
Women’s Day has evolved into the premier charitable event for women within Morris County and has established a loyal following of attendees in its eleven years. Women from Morris and Somerset Counties come together to “Exercise for a Cause” and socialize while raising funds for homeless families. Attendees participate in a morning activity, followed by mingling and mimosas, a gourmet lunch, ticket auction, raffles, and a champagne pull.
Women’s Day is not just about having fun with friends, it is women coming together to support an important cause: childcare for homeless families. The cost of childcare is one of the biggest barriers to overcoming homelessness for families in our programs. The funds raised at Women’s Day will help provide childcare scholarships so the women in our programs can continue working and providing for their children.
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Cyclists Help to Break the Cycle of Homelessness in Morristown
Every September, thousands of cyclists from all over the country flock to Morristown for the annual Gran Fondo NJ. With a mission of “giving back to our community”, Gran Fondo NJ has continually raised funds for charitable organizations in the area, and Homeless Solutions, Inc. is honored to once again be a beneficiary.
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In Memoriam of Andrea Onorato
We are so very sad about the sudden passing of HSI friend and dedicated supporter Andrea Onorato. She was such a warm, caring, hardworking person. As a member of our Corporate Advisory Council she was quick to deliver on her word and always looked for ways for Valley National Bank and HSI to partner. When we needed last minute funding for our Mt. Kemble Home for senior women and Sponsorship for the Dream Builders’ Bash, Andrea made it happen. Her heart was truly in it. As soon as she heard our shelter guests had banking questions she stepped in to teach them personally. She even got her husband Jimmy involved to share his expertise during our Furnishing Solutions endeavor. Her passion and commitment to our cause were fierce. We are grateful for the impact she made and the friend she was to HSI. She will be missed beyond measure.
National Eviction Exhibit Featuring Current and Former Homeless Solutions Clients
Five of our current/former clients are being featured in an exhibit called “Eviction” at the National Building Museum. These clients were interviewed regarding their experiences with eviction and homelessness. Their interviews were voice recorded and segments of the interviews are featured in a montage at the very end of the museum exhibit. When asked “What home meant to her”, one of our six-year-old clients said, “Home is peace and love”.
Read more about the exhibit here: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/evicted/
NJTV Features CEO Dan McGuire and Family & Women’s Services Manager Shannon Muti
Watch interviews with our CEO Dan McGuire and our Family & Women’s Services Manager, Shannon Muti on NJTV talking about our newest affordable housing property. At Homeless Solutions, we’re proud of our affordable housing, but it’s not just about housing the homeless. Our goal is to provide people with the tools they need to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. We’re working to break the cycle of homelessness
Summer brings a Home to Two Families in Morristown
A new home, which will provide supportive housing for homeless individuals, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, joined by New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) staff, local officials and representatives of Homeless Solutions Inc. (HSI).
This charming new two-story building will be home to two homeless families this summer. Each floor has a two-bedroom apartment including a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and a full bathroom. The home also has both front and back porches. It’s not just a building; for the families moving in, it will provide a foundation for them to build memories and build a future.
“Abbett Lincoln Supportive Housing provides a stable, independent home for residents,” said NJMHFA Executive Director Charles A. Richman. “This project is a strong example of how local, state and nonprofit enterprise working together can create quality, affordable supportive housing for those needing it most.”
NJHMFA awarded $300,000 to the project from its Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, which provides capital financing to create permanent supportive housing and community residences for homeless individuals or families. Funding was also provided by Morris County HOME Program, TD Charitable Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, and HSI’s capital campaign donors.
HSI will provide social services focused on helping residents live independently in permanent supportive housing, including ongoing services that address not only daily living needs, but the specific and special needs that HSI residents have. These will include onsite case management services and assistance to mainstream resources, as well as access to health care services.
HSI CEO, Dan McGuire shared, “We are pleased to open two more homes to address the needs of people working through tough times to make a better life for them and their families. By providing quality, permanent supportive housing that is close to amenities such as the park, bus and rail transit, and downtown Morristown, we are confident that the future residents of these homes are poised to thrive.
Nor’easter Didn’t Dampen the Night
Attendees were wind-blown and snow covered as they arrived at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown on Friday, March 2nd. Over 200 guests weathered the storm to attend Homeless Solutions 18th Annual Dream Builders’ Bash. Despite the nor’easter guests filled the ballroom for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. They enjoyed participating in the Wine Pull, Raffle, and Silent & Live Auctions allowing them to further support HSI.
This year the Bash was themed Riding Home Together, representing Dream Builder Award Honorees, Gran Fondo NJ (GFNJ) founders Marty Epstein of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and Bill Ruddick, GFNJ Director. Seven years ago they created the GFNJ to give back to their local community. “We love to support Morristown, we love to support our community, that’s why we do this,” Marty Epstein said during his acceptance speech. “You are a great organization and inspire us to keep doing this. We are beyond honored to be your award recipients tonight,” stated Bill Ruddick.
Longtime Homeless Solutions volunteer and Parsippany resident Diane Martin received the Mary E. Van Kirk Volunteer Spirit Award. Diane is a superstar volunteer and someone HSI can rely on no matter the task. She is a regular cook at the shelter and helps in so many other ways from painting rooms at the shelter, stuffing envelopes, to leading the HSI Gran Fondo rest stop in Chester.
Before the evening came to a close, guests heard from former HSI Transitional Housing Program participant, Rebecca. She shared her emotional journey and the fairy tale life she feels she is living today. With the help of Homeless Solutions, Rebecca says she was empowered to take charge of all aspects her life. She is now on her way to purchasing her own home. She took time to thank donors and volunteers, “Because of your generosity and support my life is forever changed.” Rebecca was surprised by her 19-year-old daughter who delivered her flowers at the end of her speech. An emotional moment everyone enjoyed.
Homeless Solutions CEO Dan McGuire said, “I was deeply moved to see so many people in attendance despite the storm. We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and loyal supporters. Many people remarked that the awful weather and power outages were a stark reminder of how the event helps to keep our community’s homeless safe and warm every day.”
Spotlight New Jersey: Homeless Solutions, Inc. 18th Annual Dream Builders’ Bash
Watch the clip from Spotlight New Jersey highlighting the 18th Annual Dream Builders’ Bash.