(Pictured above: Homeless Solutions; Family Afterwards and Freedom House; Mental Health Assoc., Family Promise)
Thank you to all who contributed so generously to our Giving Trees this year. We had 172 tags and all gifts were fulfilled! A note of thanks was received from Tamala Reynolds, Volunteer Manager for Homeless Solutions. (The “Anne”, Tamala references, is PCCT member Anne Fields who volunteers countless hours to make sure everyone gets a gift (and if need be, wraps the gift!):
Good morning Anne,
I could not let another moment pass without reaching out to you and thanking you and the congregation for such a generous package. I’m speechless because right now it’s a rough time for so many people yet you guys just showed your love and caring spirits. This is just so beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all of the gift cards.
My heart is just filled right now.
Wishing you all a very very Merry Christmas and a beautiful and safe holiday season.
Thank you for being kind🤗.
Following are the organizations supported by the PCCT Giving Trees:
Jersey Battered Women’s Services is dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. JBWS provides protection and empowerment of the victim and rehabilitation of family members. JBWS advocates for social reform and public education about partner violence and its consequences.
Freedom House provides long term residential treatment and outpatient services for men with substance abuse illness- treatment is based on the values of faith, hope, trust, and freedom. The Family Afterward provides transitional housing for mothers and their children with an innovative focus on recovery and family reunification.
RAMP is a coalition of faith-based organizations dedicated to helping families from Middle-Eastern refugee camps transition to safe, independent, and productive lives in the Morris County area. RAMP assists refugee families with finding housing, employment, and other resources- education, English language instruction, transportation, and medical care.
Family Promise believes that families should not be separated during the stressful period of homelessness. Their mission is to help homeless families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response providing shelter, mentoring, and education..
The Homeless Solutions philosophy is “A Hand Up, Not A Handout.” Homeless Solutions offers shelter, social services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County.
The Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex is dedicated to removing the stigma associated with emotional and mental health disorders. MHA provides direct mental health services to those in need, advocates for individuals with severe emotional disorders, and offers education about mental health and wellness.