NEWARK, NJ - Free haircuts, manicures, clothing, toiletries and more will be dispersed to those affected by homelessness at the Newark Public Library tomorrow.
The event will start Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the main branch located at 5 Washington St. The event, “Shaping Lives 2018: Links to Homelessness Services” will be co-sponsored by the City of Newark, the library and Bridges Outreach.
“The homeless population of Newark are not statistics or issues,” Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “They are our fellow Newarkers, and we will treat them with the respect they deserve.”
Audible will also be on hand to provide free lunches to attendees. More than 25 providers of services for health, shelter and more will be present.
The event will help to educate Newark’s homeless population about where they can access showers, food, mental health therapies, pediatric care, prison discharge services, drug abuse counseling, health screenings and transportation.
Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak said this is the second year the event has been held at the library.
“Last year’s services to the homeless fair was a great success,” Trzeciak said in a statement. “We’re very excited to be hosting our second homelessness fair in partnership with the City, Bridges Outreach, and Audible. This time, we hope to reach even more people to ensure they are connected to the essential services these agencies can give them.”
The library also has collection services at each of its branches throughout the city. It has also partnered with Rutgers University School of Social Work to have a student social worker help visitors with counseling and referrals to welfare agencies and organizations.