Homeless Sabbath Weekend

During the weekend of December 14-16, 2018, multi-faith congregations in Union County, New Jersey will participate in the Third Annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend.   This weekend is a “call to action” for multi-faith communities.  The weekend offers congregations the opportunity to show faith in action by bringing attention to their neighbors experiencing homelessness.  

 

During Homeless Sabbath Weekend, congregations will collectively pray for all people experiencing homelessness  and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.  Participation means sharing a prepared prayer or reading as part of a service, holding a drive for hats, mittens, and scarves or other necessities, performing a short play or incorporating the theme of homelessness into a holiday display or live scene. Registered congregations will receive materials to help make their participation as simple as possible during this busy holiday season.

 

Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Family Promise of Union County, Gateway Family YMCA, HomeFirst, Iris House, the Urban League of Union County and Monarch Housing are organizing this year’s Homeless Sabbath Weekend on behalf of all people who are homeless in Union County.  Last year, almost twenty-five congregations from across Union County participated in last year’s Sabbath and the goal this year is to increase participation to fifty congregations.

 

On the night of January 23, 2018, 459 people, including 41 people without shelter, experienced homelessness in Union County, according to NJ Counts 2018, the Point-In-Time count.  The Homeless Sabbath Weekend organizers believe that no one should be homeless for the holidays or at any time of the year.

 

“The housing crisis is a humanitarian issue that we cannot ignore,” says Geleen Donovan, Executive Director, Family Promise of Union County. “Those of us providing homeless shelter and services witness the onslaught of desperation in numbers that are rising on a daily basis.”

 

The lack of affordable housing in Union County has precipitated a crisis causing working families to become homeless.  Due to cuts in state funding, shelter beds are being lost across the state and specifically in Union County.

The loss of the Plainfield YMCA shelter and the closure of Salvation Army shelter beds in Perth Amboy and some shelter beds in Elizabeth forces families and individuals experiencing homelessness to live in their cars, in storage units and in abandoned buildings.  These individuals and families are being abandoned and forced to live in places that we would all consider uninhabitable. 

Click here to register your congregation for the Union County Homeless Sabbath Weekend 

Contact Information
  1. Kate Kelly
  2. 908-272-5363 x 224
  3. kkelly@monarchhousing.org
Fri, December 14
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During the weekend of December 14-16, 2018, multi-faith congregations in Union County, New Jersey will participate in the Third Annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend. This weekend is a “call to action” for multi-faith communities. The weekend offers congregations the opportunity to show faith in action by bringing attention to their neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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