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Family Promise Holds Informative and Inspiring Community Breakfast

Cary Hardy, President of Board of Trustees, addressing attendees
Karen Olsen, Founder of Family Promise

An SRO crowd of local elected officials, community leaders, and supporters, both new and old, attended a breakfast hosted by Family Promise at Baltusrol Country Club Thursday October 28.  Welcoming remarks were provided by Cary Hardy, Chairman of the board of the non-profit. President and Founder Karen Olsen introduced Shawnee Vassar, a former guest of Family Promise, who spoke movingly of the circumstances that prompted her to seek out assistance by the organization and how that assistance has helped her to regain her footing in employment, housing and education.  

Summit-based Family Promise was founded by Karen Olson in 1986. Olsen spoke movingly of her motivation to build the non-profit, built by her simple experience of buying a woman a sandwich.  Today, Family Promise comprises 182 Affiliates across 41 states, motivating 150,000 volunteers to help families realize their potential.

Contact Family Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families achieve sustainable independence.

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Some of the services provided by Family Promise include

Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHN): provide shelter, meals and support services to homeless families.

Family Mentoring: provides trained volunteers to assist low-income families.

Community Initiatives: foster IHN program development that prevents homelessness.

Just Neighbors: educates communities about poverty to motivate volunteers and advocates for families in need.

Voices Uniting: mobilizes volunteers and former guests as advocates for public policy change.


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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township

June 30, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for a heat advisory for Millburn Township through 12:00 pm Sunday. However, an excessive heat watch runs through Monday evening. 

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Three High-End Retailers Hit by Thefts; Millburn Police Investigating

June 28, 2018

On June 19, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Crawn responded to Neiman Marcus on a theft report. Neiman Marcus personnel report a black male wearing a red hat, black winter coat, and tan backpack concealed 2 pairs of headphones valued at $498.00 in his backpack and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

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Second Millburn Summer Concert Set for Sunday, July 8

July 4, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Summer Concerts in the Park program will hold its second concert of the season featuring “Soul Groove” this Sunday, July 8th (7:00pm-8:30 pm). All of the concerts are free of charge and take place in Taylor Park on Main Street. 

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