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Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Hosts Fifth Annual Fund-Raiser for the Homeless

(Left to Right) Freeholder Vernell Wright, Councilman Manny Grova, Linda Flores-Tober, ECHH executive director, and Terry Armstrong, vice president, Elberon Development. Credits: Cristina Pinzon
Molly Campbell, director, PANYNJ, Anne Strauss-Wieder, director, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and Linda Flores-Tober, executive director for ECHH. Credits: Cristina Pinzon

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH) hosted its Fifth Annual Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (TLD) Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, October 5, at the Embassy Suites in Elizabeth.

Since the event’s inception, the ECHH has raised thousands of dollars to provide emergency services to homeless families in Union County, New Jersey. The purpose of the TLD breakfast is to honor local businesses leaders who are dedicated to ending homelessness in their communities.

“While many of us are fortunate to have a roof over our heads, many poor and middle-class residents depend on supportive housing and social services to get back on their feet, said Linda Flores-Tober, executive director for ECHH. “The TLD Breakfast is one of the many events we host each year to help bridge the gap between homelessness, transportation, and work.”

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This year, ECHH honored Terry Armstrong, Elberon Development Group’s vice president of leasing and acquisitions. Terry has been working with the Coalition to help expand its current facility.

“For the past 30 years, the Coalition has provided thousands of families with the necessary tools they need to live healthy lives again,” said Terry.

In addition to Armstrong, Molly Campbell, director of Port Commerce for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, served as the keynote speaker for the event. Anne Strauss-Wieder, director of Freight Planning for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and Kevin Cummings, CEO/President for Investors Bank, also served as special guest speakers.

Donations from this event benefited Bernice’s Place, an after-school program for homeless and near homeless children. Bernice’s Place offers local children educational and extra curricular activities, in addition to providing nutritional meals. For many, these meals are the only meals they have during the day.

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