MORRISTOWN, NJ - Navigating Hope, Morris County's new mobile social-services-center-on wheels will be visiting nine locations over the next three weeks. 

Navigating Hope's initial runs are coordinated with the Morris County Sheriff's Hope One van, which provides mobile mental health andaddiction services across the county, said county officials. The two programs provide complimentary services that may benefit to residents at various locations, they said.

“Navigating Hope, along with Hope One, embraces the county’s Stigma-Free initiative, fostering assistance and treatment for county residents in need,’’ added Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, liaison to the county’s Human Services agencies.

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The van will make stops in Rockaway, Whippany, Morristown, Cedar Knolls, Morris Towship, Boonton and Chester.

Navigating Hope will help residence with the following:

  • SNAP
  • Medicaid
  • General Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Utility assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • EITC (tax credits)
  • WIC (nutritional assistance)
  • Aging services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Veterans services
  • Health & wellness services
  • Legal services
  • Mental health
  • Transportation

"Navigating Hope is about social justice, dignity and respect. It will provide access to resources that our neighbors may not know exists, and will offer face-to-face support and engagement. It is also about community coming together to serve community,’’ said Family Promise Executive Director Joann Bjornson.

The new mobile service will offer on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, plus linkage to other community services. It is a partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services and Family Promise of Morris County.

Upcoming stops include:

June 25 - 10am - 12noon in Whippany, Morris County Library (30 East Hanover Ave, Whippany)

June 27 -  9am - 2pm, Community Soup Kitchen (36 South Street, Morristown)

July 1 - 9am - 2pm, Morristown ShopRite (178 Hanover Avenue, Cedar Knolls)

July 3 - 9am - 2pm Whippany Econolodge (1255 Route 10, Whippany)

July 8 - 9am - 2pm Loantaka Park, South Street Entrance (468 South Street, Morris Township)

July 11 - 9am - 2pm  Boonton Walmart (300 Wootton Street, Boonton)

July 19  - 10am - 3pm, Chubb Park in Chester 

For more information on scheduling and events, contact the Navigating Hope team at 973-829-8220 or Email: navigatinghope@co.morris.nj.us

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