Parsippany, NJ – The 17th Annual Flag Day 5K Run and Fun Walk on Thursday, June 14th at the NJ VA Healthcare System at Lyons, New Jersey raised nearly $160,000 to support Community Hope’s programs to rescue veterans and veteran families from homelessness. The nonprofit organization saves between 1,500 and 1,700 veterans and their family members from homelessness annually.  More than 500 runners and walkers participated in the event in support of our area veterans.

Community Hope is the leading charity in New Jersey serving homeless veterans and at-risk veteran families. The nonprofit organization has helped more than 5,000 veterans overcome poverty, despair, mental illness and addiction since opening their first veterans program in 2004.  Through Community Hope’s umbrella of Hope for Veterans Programs, the nonprofit provides veterans with transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention. 


Benefits Development of Veterans Village Phase II and Expanded Mental Health Services for Veterans

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This year’s event also benefits development of phase II of Valley Brook Village.  Construction of 50 additional units of veterans housing is due to start in June.  The Village presently contains 62 units of supported housing for veterans with on-site support and employment services.   In addition, the Run will support Community Hope’s campaign expanding mental health services for the 95 veterans residing at our 95-bed transitional housing program.  This includes mental health counseling and therapy for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.  Both programs are located on the Lyons VA campus.


Tribute Donations Offer Opportunity For Anyone To Support Veterans

“You don’t have to be a runner to make a difference,” says Community Hope CEO J. Michael Armstrong of Bernardsville. “We understand that so many people in our community want to help our veterans.” 

Individuals who wish to help Community Hope provide shelter and services for veterans struggling with homelessness can still support the event through the agency’s website at

Title Sponsors of the event were Accenture and MetLife as Patriot Sponsors. Celgene Corporation served as Five Star General Sponsor. The Courier News, Daily Record, Home News, ADP, BD, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer Inc. served as Brigadier SponsorsServing as General Sponsors were Novo Nordisk and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Colonel Sponsors were Affordable Housing & Services Collaborative, Bayer, Hollister Construction, Lakeland Bank, Matthijssen, Peabody Properties, TD Bank, The Architectural Team, Shoprite and Windover Construction.


For further information about the agency’s Hope for Veterans Program, contact the Community Hope Development Office at 973-463-9600 extension 308.