As in person donation delivery opportunities have developed, we’ve been privileged to make direct connections to families in need. These opportunities have ranged from three years of direct delivery of supplies to homeless families in temporary county housing to an introduction by a local pastor.
In the 2016 Thanksgiving season Newark YMCA drop-off, we met a single mother with whom we exchanged contact information. The mother stayed in touch over a period of months, letting us know she found temporary work sufficient to move into independent housing and her eldest child was accepted as a freshman at Jersey City’s magnate high school. Still struggling, however, due to a lack of consistent work, JCBB helped re-draft her resume and provided a little job hunting advice.
As Thanksgiving ’17 rolled around, we decided to focus resources on this family still working to pull itself out of challenging circumstances. We offered the family a BJs Thanksgiving dinner shopping excursion, bought the mother a gas fuel gift card, and in 1Q18 secured much needed repairs on the family car.
We’re very pleased to report that the mother has since secured two part time jobs totaling 40+ hrs a week and the family is enjoying a renewed sense of security.