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Team of Sponsors Plans Renovation of Apostles’ House Shelter in Newark


NEWARK, NJ - Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. several organizations, including the New Jersey Devils; The Shauger Group, Inc.; Bobcat of North Jersey; Atlas Desk & Office Services; Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C.; SUEZ North America; Pure Properties; and Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala, & Taylor, LLC, will team up for a renovation project at the Apostles' House, a shelter for homeless and at-risk families is located at 24 Grant Street, Newark, N.J. 

The Shauger Group assembled this year’s team of company sponsors and volunteers in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the first extreme makeover project at the Apostles’ House. In 2007, many of these same organizations teamed up to perform a significant renovation of the Apostles’ House. 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D - New Jersey) will be in attendance, as will representatives from the Newark City Council and Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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At this event volunteers will begin renovation work at 9:00 a.m. Together, all volunteers will refurbish the Apostles' House, replacing mattresses, bed frames, and bed linens; redesigning and redecorating residents' rooms; donating new computers; painting as needed; doing backyard cleanup; and attending to any other projects that will benefit the shelter. 

Aldo Design Group will donate area rugs and carpeting for the first floor and staircases, and J.P.L. Painting & Wallcovering, Inc. will donate its services to paint the first floor. Louis T. Roselle, Inc. will donate dumpsters for volunteers to use for the day’s cleanup.

In the meantime, the volunteers will treat the Apostles' House residents to a breakfast out, followed by a fun day at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. The residents will then return to the Apostles’ House in the afternoon, at which time the refurbished shelter will be unveiled.

After the unveiling at approximately 2:00 p.m., residents and volunteers will celebrate at a backyard barbecue at the Apostles' House. Classic Café Management will donate all food for the barbecue, as well as for a continental breakfast for the day’s volunteers.

Senator Booker was intricately involved in the original renovation in 2007, when he was serving as Mayor of Newark. As someone who has always been committed to the Apostles’ House and the well-being of its residents, Senator Booker will once again be on-site—this time as a U.S. Senator—to welcome the families home to their new shelter.

“When we performed the first extreme makeover of the Apostles’ House in 2007, it was an unforgettable experience,” said Donald Shauger, executive vice president of The Shauger Group. “We all were passionate about the project, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we unveiled the renovated shelter to the families who lived there. It’s something that none of us could ever forget, and we are so glad we can once again bring this project to life. The residents of the shelter deserve it.” 

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