MONTCLAIR, NJ - A local nonprofit is in need of approximately $30,000 to create a homeless respite shelter in Montclair.

The Montclair Police Foundation (MPF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity whose purpose is to support the community outreach efforts of the Montclair Police Department. Inspired by Police Chief Todd Conforti and Lieutenant Tyrone Williams Jr., the MPF has embarked on several community projects, and have identified Montclair's homeless population as greatly underserved and in dire need of a respite shelter during extremely cold winter nights.

According to a release, organizers state, "We have secured a suitable site (Union Baptist Church on Midland Ave), obtained development plans, building permits, and have commenced construction which includes the installation of fire and safety systems, construction of stairs, ramps, and bathrooms that comply with handicap codes, and other necessary cosmetic upgrades. The cost of this work is estimated at $30,000."

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The Montclair Police Foundation has supported past community outreach efforts including the Community Service Unit Office, MPD/ MPF Trunk or Treat, the Montclair Police Athletic League’s Annual Fishing Derby, National Night Out and Reach Out Montclair- a grassroots effort to assist in the health and well-being of some of our less served residents.

For more information, visit the GoFundMe page, – Montclair Police Foundation – or mail a check to the address below:

Michael Bateman
Steven Plofker
Montclair Police Foundation
7 N Willow Street, Suite 8B, Montclair, NJ 07042