SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For four weeks out of each calendar year, Willow Grove Church becomes a temporary home to young families experiencing homelessness. The church provides safe shelter, warm meals, and support and companionship to five families at a time under the guidance of Family Promise of Union County, the umbrella organization which combines Willow Grove Church’s efforts with 12 other hosting congregations across the County.
This effort would not be possible without the support of many volunteers and donors. This year, Willow Grove received support from the following local groups: First Baptist Church of Westfield, Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside, St. Luke’s & All Saints Episcopal Church in Union, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Short Hills Ward), Townley Presbyterian Church in Union, Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church in Union, and Brownie Troop #41480.
Willow Grove Church would also like to recognize the individuals and families who have donated their time, skills, supplies, and money in support of this essential program: Maila Acampora; Sharon, Ryan, Brandon, and Justin Hung Au; Rachel Barash; Marsh Brunette; Rev. Howard Bryant ; Sue and Bill Buchanan; Corinne Coates; Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney and Joshua Cochran-Carney; Barbara Couphos; Meril Davies; Laura DeGennaro; Linda DiDario; Nadja and Patrick Ellman; Maryjane and Jon Finne and family; Marta and Meghan Flynn; Maryann Friscia; Sheila Griffin; Danielle, Nicholas, and Samantha Hale; Teresa Hale; Pat Hanigan; Irene Hatton; Linda Johnson; Bermann and Oliver Joseph; Bob Klingelhofer; Betty Lehnert; Lori, Kay, Stefan, Thomas, and Christina Lim; Sandra Malcolm; Tim, Gina, Sean, Caitlin, and Jillian McConville; Judy Murphy; Marci and Natalie Nardone; Diane and Brandon Novello; Herbert O’Brien; Sue Palmer; August and Bonnie Ruggiero; Janet Sangekar; Maggie, Anthony, and A.J. Savoca; Wendell Scott; Jill, Bill, Nikki and Tasha Segulin; Wilma Sinnock; Jeanne Smith; Marilyn Thorne; Lainie and Remi Ventura; Ellen Walsh-Sobel; Bernie Whalen; Jeanne, Mike, and Leah White; Paul Whitehurst; Janet Winey; Terry and Ken Wooster; and Neda Yarnall.
Although Willow Grove Church hosts families 4 weeks out of each year, the shelter program runs 356 days throughout the year by rotating which congregations host each week. Families who have been helped by this program receive job training, literacy skills, day care, and much more though Family Promise of Union County to help lift people out of homelessness and into more permanent housing. To find out more about Family Promise or to donate in support of this program, call 908-289-7300 or visit their website at http://familypromiseuc.org.
To find out more about Willow Grove Church’s many mission projects and summer activities and worship services, please call 908-232-5678 or visit www.willowgrovechurch.org. Sunday worship services start at 10:00 a.m. and all facilities are handicapped accessible.