SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host its annual Evening of Thanks on April 10, 2019, 6 PM – 9:30 PM at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, honoring the contributions of four community philanthropists. This year’s honorees are:

  1. Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero
  2. Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International (District 16J)
  3. Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman NJ Legislative District 20
  4. Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield

Benjamin Serna, an 8th grade student from Cranford, is our 2019 Homefirst Hero. Benjamin is recognized this year for organizing a team of volunteers each year since 2017 to fulfill Halloween costume wishes for kids at the Plainfield Family Support Center.

“In my life before this project I had never realized how much of a luxury it is to have the costume you want. This was the important part to me -- I didn't want people to just donate costumes. I wanted these kids to get the new costume they wanted” said Serna.

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“Each year the Homefirst Our Evening of Thanks event recognizes and honors the people, businesses and organizations who have been extremely generous with their time, talent and treasure to enable us to offer the services we provide to nearly 2,000 children, men and women throughout Union County. It’s only with the support of our partners, funders and volunteers that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many, by giving them a helping hand to a pathway out of poverty,” said Rev. Ron Thomas, Homefirst Board President.

You can purchase tickets and learn more here.

About Homefirst

Homefirst strives to make it possible for every family to have safe, decent housing they can afford; and to provide family support services to create a home and a future filled with promise. We provide transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homelessness prevention assistance and services to individuals and families. For more information,, or contact Homefirst Interim Executive Director Karla Spivey at (908) 753-4001 or