MORRISTOWN, NJ - When volunteer Judy Fierro’s mother passed away, she wanted to do something to honor her memory. She decided to give back on Thanksgiving.
This will be her third year volunteering at Homeless Solutions main shelter. Judy chose to spend Thanksgiving cooking at the shelter because it was a way to help those in need and not focus on what was going on in her personal life.
“Serving at Homeless Solutions for the past three Thanksgivings has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. I am so grateful to be a part of the volunteer team," said Fierro.
She is not alone in celebrating this day with shelter guests. Atish Shah and his family are volunteering for the second year and he feels it’s the perfect day to volunteer and give thanks. 40 guests in HSI’s shelter who have nowhere to go will celebrate the holiday with a meal that not only feeds the body but warms the heart.
For the Transitional Housing Program (THP) participants, holidays are particularly difficult as they struggle to make ends meet. When Young Professionals learned they could make Thanksgiving less stressful for these families, they didn’t hesitate to step in. They created personalized baskets filled with all the items our participants need to cook their own Thanksgiving dinner. Volunteers Jeremy and Christina Gulish, Dan Jago, Andrew Lewis and Kim Doyle who also serves on our Corporate Advisory Council will deliver 36 baskets to the families.
Jeremy Gulish shared why it was important to be part of this volunteering opportunity. “Our involvement with HSI has revealed a real need in our community – a lot closer to home than expected. Helping in our small way with a bit of a hand up is the least we can do to support our Morris County neighbors.”
Homeless Solutions is thankful for our many volunteers who give their time and resources to make a difference in the lives of those in need.