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    Double Your Donation To IHN!

    Great news! IHN is eligible for up to $20,000 in matching grants from the Partners for Health Foundation! Your donation of $50 or more, made between now and December 31, 2017 will be matched $1 to $1 by Partners for Health as part of its campaign to Fight Hunger and Homelessness. Use this special DONATE button for your gift to be eligible for matching funds!

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    A Bountiful Thanksgiving!

    With your support, IHN provided 59 families with complete Thanksgiving meals this year! Generous contributions from area congregations and individuals in response to our Thanksgiving drive, ensured that our families were able to celebrate a bountiful meal with their loved ones. Thank you for keeping your neediest neighbors in mind as you kicked off this holiday season!

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    ‘A Journey Home’ Event Sponsors 2017

    We are grateful to the following individuals and businesses for their sponsorship of the 2017 ‘A Journey Home’ breakfast fundraising event:

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    First Annual Home For All Run/Walk – Saturday, October 21

    The first annual Home For All Run/Walk for IHN’s families was held on a beautiful fall day at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. stopped by to kick off the event. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported this event through their participation, and their contributions. We are especially grateful to event Chair Hudson Haas of Millburn High School, and his mother Victoria King who ...

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    Spring Fundraisers

    We have been fortunate in the first half of this year to benefit from three successful events. The events were well attended and received, and helped raise much needed awareness and funds for programs addressing family homelessness in Essex County.

    On May 8, a star studded line up of Broadway performers gave generously of their time and talents for the “When I Think of Home” fundraiser held at The Woodland in Maplewood. It was a spectacular ...

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    Off to Camp They Go!

    IHN families in our shelter program, and the home for good program were given the opportunity to send their kids to various summer camps in the region. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, The Montclair Foundation, Orange Orphan Society, United Way and Wyoming Presbyterian Church, approximately 35 kids from IHN are enrolled in a variety of camps, including Mont Lawn Camp, Johnsonburg Camp, Montclair YMCA, and Rutgers Basketball and Hockey Camps. Additionally, summer day ...

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    Awards and Grants to IHN

    This year, the Montclair Foundation, and the Montclair Fund for Women awarded $10,000 each to IHN to support programs that address homelessness among low income families living in Montclair. Additionally, Partners for Health foundation, also based in Montclair, made a grant of $4,000 to help IHN produce a new promotional video. The Montclair Foundation awarded IHN $10,000 to help 5 – 6 low income families in Montclair receive assistance to prevent homelessness through case ...

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    Harmony Concert for IHN – August 25, 2017

    The Harmony Concert for IHN was a delightful variety show of teen talent organized by In Harmony Montclair on August 25th.
    Under the leadership of rising Montclair High School Freshman Maggie Borgen, In Harmony Montclair organizes a variety show to raise funds for charitable organizations in Montclair each year. This year’s event for IHN was a whopping success with close to a 100 guests in attendance at the event held at Central Presbyterian ...
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    ‘A Journey Home’ Annual Breakfast

    Our annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange was a huge success!  Thank you to our sponsors, event co-chairs Kathy Stine and Caroline Updyke, our speakers, table hosts, guests, volunteers, and vendors for all their support in making this event a success! We will be updating this space with event pictures and videos. Thanks again for supporting homeless families of Essex County on their own journeys ...

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    Be A Hero To Families In Need

    We are excited to launch Everydayhero a new, online based, mobile crowd fundraising tool that lets our supporters rally their friends and family to raise much needed funds for homeless families in need. Now you can create your own mobile fundraising campaign for IHN and share it online via email, and social media networks.

    If you wish to dedicate a birthday, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, or raise funds as a tribute or memorial dedication to a loved ...

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    Your Donation Doubled!

    For the second year in a row, the Partners for Health (PFH) Foundation chose IHN as one of the non-profits for whom they offered a matching grant up to $12,000! Thank you to all those who responded to our call for participation through December, 2016. Because of your help, we not only reached our goal, but we surpassed it! While the campaign is now closed, we hope that you will participate in this ...

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    Another School Year Celebrated

    With schools out for the summer, our after school program is now on summer break! This year our after school enrichment program exposed participants to STEM programs, robotics, gardening, pottery, baking, and field trips to the wax museum in NYC, and the Montclair Learning Center. Students also celebrated Valentine’s day and Halloween, and made Christmas baskets for their parents, and mother’s day gift baskets. It was a successful year all around thanks to our dedicated ...

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    Determined to Succeed

    Kowie couldn’t imagine having to go into a shelter. After she and her husband Rashawn lost their jobs in Alabama they moved to NJ where they had grown up.

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    Young Philanthropist Donates Gift Cards

    Young Ruby Kresch held a bake sale at her house so she could raise money for IHN. Her Shop Rite gift cards were a much-needed donation.

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    The Project that Keeps on Giving

    Workshops with WPU students give info, confidence, and inspiration for job seekers.

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    The Montclair Drifters Offer Holiday Cheer

    Every year IHN holds a holiday party for families we have helped over the years.

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    Shomrei Emunah Showers IHN Families with Gifts

    Congregation Shomrei Emunah has a history of “adopting” IHN families for the holidays and buying gifts on their wish list through their Shomrei Shares program.

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    IHN Children Visit the Red Cross and the Montclair Police

    On two recent Fun Friday activities, children walked to the American Red Cross – North Jersey Region and the Montclair Police Dept.

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    Her Family Keeps Her Going

    Everything suddenly turned upside down when her employer was bought out and the new company didn’t rehire her. Bills piled up and it wasn’t long until she was unable to pay her rent.

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    In Praise of Grandma

    With rental and food assistance from IHN, Vicki was able to move into a new apartment and provide her grandson with the stability he needs.

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    IHN familes get their house spruced up

    When it was Corbin Berry’s time to choose an Eagle Scout Project he looked no further than IHN. The requirements for a project were that it had to benefit the community while demonstrating his skills as a leader.

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    Donate your vehicle and support IHN

    Wondering what to do with your used car or truck? Instead of selling, trading or storing your vehicle, you can donate it to Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County. It’s convenient, easy, and you may qualify you for a tax deduction.

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    Bicycle Donations Keep Memory Alive

    For the past five years, many IHN children have received their own bicycles thanks to Mike’s Bikes, a yearly donation program initiated by Mike’s daughter, Merrill Silver.

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    Smith Family Finds “Home for Good”

    Suddenly facing the end of their lease, the Smith family finds a “Home for Good” with Interfaith Hospitality Network.

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    Momagama Chooses IHN in Giving Campaign

    Momagama, a hyperlocal website for moms, has chosen IHN as its first Gift of Giving recipient.

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    IHN Annual Breakfast to Support Homeless Families in Essex County

    Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is holding A Chance for Every Child fundraising event at Mayfair Farms in West Orange on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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    IHN Video Thanks Summer Camp Funders

    IHN was able to send over 50 children to summer camp thanks to the generous donations from many special funders.

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    IHN In Need of Grocery Gift Cards

    IHN has recently seen a spike in the number of families needing food assistance. The reason? Most of our clients cite the economy. Hearing that it has improved for many, most low income families tell us they haven’t noticed a difference.

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    Montclair’s Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County helps families go home

    Christell Thomas’ social worker stopped her from renting the first apartment she picked out. Brenda Myrick, director of Social Services of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, nixed her choice.

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    ACNJ Releases New Jersey Kids Count 2013 County Rankings

    ACNJ each year publishes New Jersey Kids Count, a statewide report on child well-being. While this annual snapshot on the conditions of children across the state is very informative, it is also useful to take a closer look at county level data to better understand how children are faring in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties and in different parts of the state.

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    IHN Families Learn Yoga, Healthy Cooking

    IHN families recently completed the first module of H.E.A.L. (Health, Education And Literacy) activities, aimed at the well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities, most particularly women and girls.

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    IHN Families Attend Financial Workshops

    Practical tips prompt the families to stop and examine their purchasing habits to see where they can make changes … considering options about cell phone contracts, car payments, and insurance.

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    KinderSmile Provides Dental Care for IHN Children

    The KinderSmile Foundation came through IHN’s doors March 8 to provide oral care education and dental screening to 12 IHN children.

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    CD IHN Welcomes New Services to Further Help Families

    Interfaith Hospitality Network recently won a grant of $321,000 to provide homelessness prevention and housing services to the community.

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    Twin Talents Benefit IHN

    It’s a wonderful thing that each of us possesses varied talents and gifts. And it becomes a blessing when those talents are used for good. That’s how it is with Jeremy and Maya Stepansky.

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