RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph residents are making an impact on Morris County’s childcare crisis at Homeless Solutions, Inc.’s Women’s Day event.
According to local nonprofit, Homeless Solutions, Inc. (HSI), one year of childcare in Morris County can cost the same as one year’s tuition at Rutgers University. Yes, the cost of a full year’s college tuition can be the same as the cost to ensure your child is cared for while you are at work. Now imagine being in need of childcare in order to maintain employment all while living in a homeless shelter, already struggling to make ends meet.
This is the case for many parents in the family programs at HSI – an organization that offers shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless in Morris County. HSI has given countless homeless people a second chance, particularly families. During their time in the program, they repair their credit, save money, learn to budget, and attend life skills workshops. Many parents entering the program are employed, which means childcare is absolutely essential for them to maintain their jobs and graduate the program. But, with cuts in government funding, HSI no longer receives the means necessary to aid its program participants when it comes to childcare. Generous donations and grants have helped to fill the gaps, but it is not enough.
Each October, HSI holds its annual signature Women’s Day event to help bridge this gap. On Monday, October 21st over 200 women from Morris and Somerset Counties came together at Hamilton Farm Golf Club for a day filled with health and wellness activities, and socializing, while raising funds in support of childcare for homeless families.
Women’s Day is not just about enjoying a day with friends, it is women coming together to support homeless mothers and their families. “The energy that I feel at this event, surrounded by women coming together to make a difference, is powerful,” shared Randolph resident Mary LeBlanc. “We all can identify with childcare struggles, and we can see our impact in changing someone’s life firsthand.”
About Homeless Solutions, Inc. (HSI)
HSI is a private, nonprofit organization with 36 years of experience meeting the needs of those affected by homelessness in Morris County. With a philosophy of, “A Hand Up, Not a Handout,” HSI’s mission is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people. There are four Shelter Programs and a Transitional Housing Program to help guests develop the skills to successfully return to independent living. HSI also operates the Mt. Kemble Home for senior women of limited means, and develops and manages affordable housing throughout Morris County. For more information visit www.HomelessSolutions.org