RED BANK, NJ:  It was a great crowd that came last Friday for HABcore’s groundbreaking on an expansion of a River Street home.  A $100,000 donation to HABcore from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation was the kick-start for the property expansion.

A nonprofit organization based in Red Bank, HABcore supports permanent housing solutions to homeless veterans, families and individuals with special needs in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“We were looking for a project and we met with Steve (Heisman) and Marta (Quinn), and they showed us this property and the great work they were doing, it just made perfect sense for us to partner in any way that we could,” said Heather Goldfarb, Executive Director of the JBJ Soul Foundation.

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Bob Winters, a Trustee of HABcore for twenty-three years said, “I’ve seen it grow from the original five people housed in Red Bank in 1988 to over 300 families with kids, veterans and people with special needs.  It’s a wonderful organization, a very difficult social service to provide, but we do it, we know how to do it, and we’re going to keep building as best we can.”

It was a cornucopia of local politicians and state legislatures including Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, plus a host of other players including architects, church groups, bank executives and HABcore Board members.

Steve Heisman, HABcore Executive Director, said, “I’m thankful for the town of Red Bank to get us where we are now,” in only a two-year period.  HABcore President Kathleen Mullarkey added, “We’ve proved what we can do.  We can raise money; we find great people who are going to build this project, and we’re going to keep going and going.”

Senator Vin Gopal read a Proclamation from the State Senate which stated in part that it was, “Paying tribute to HABcore for its record of service, leadership and commitment.”

Red Bank mayor Pat Menna made very moving remarks, saying in part, “Homelessness is an issue that plagues all of our communities.  More often than not it is ignored.  Red Bank has decided in a small way, to face it, to confront it, to deal with it and try, at very small stages to do some good, including transitioning people into better lives.”

“The supportive services our case managers offer to our clients is what sets us apart from other programs that house the homeless.  It’s the embodiment of HABcore’s mission of moving individuals from crisis to stability by providing case management to those with special needs,” said Steve Heisman, Executive Director.  “We have a distinguished track record for expanding services to meet the rising need for housing while continuously improving support to residents.”

HABcore helps those who may seem “invisible” to the rest of us; the homeless and families and veterans that are truly in need. It's the season for giving and remembering those less fortunate than us. To make a donation to HABcore, click HERE.  And remember, don't give until it hurts, give until it feels good!