On Wednesday, January 30th, the JBJ Soul Kitchen partnered with the Monmouth County Department of Human Services and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank to sponsor a Community Resource Day: Project Homeless Connect 2013. The program is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Survey, a nationwide event driven by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to get an accurate count of the homeless in America.
Beginning at 9am, people who found themselves in need were invited to the Pilgrim Baptist Church to have access to winter clothing (adults & children), employment services, vocational training, veteran’s programs, and legal advice. This year Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was also present to meet with those who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers from the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central Jersey were also on hand to check blood pressure, give flu shots and run blood tests, all free of charge, for adults and children who otherwise may not have the care. More than 550 Point in Time surveys were collected including 216 that were collected in Red Bank, which is up from 165 last year.
After visiting the church, those participating were welcomed at JBJ Soul Kitchen which is located just around the corner. Soul Kitchen was open from 10am until 2pm, serving sandwiches, hot bowls of soup, and beverages to those in need as well as the volunteers. Serving over 100 meals to the community was an important role, but more important was the connection that the staff were able to make with those who came inside to share the warmth of good company and learn about Soul Kitchen.
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On average, we serve 400 meals each month to families, seniors and children in need. This holiday season, we are asking for your help. For every $10 donated, Soul Kitchen is able to provide a hot, delicious meal. Our goal is to feed even more of our neighbors, combating hunger and creating community.
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