SUMMIT, NJ - Family Promise Union County is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund  (NJPRF) in support of the organization’s efforts to assist Union County families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will allow Family Promise to continue to provide rental, food, transportation, and emergency expenses in support of 40 local households. Funds will also be used to house four families in temporary apartments.

The NJPRF provides grants to existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. The Fund is hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

“We’re grateful for the tremendous work being done on the ground by organizations like Family Promise Union County,” stated the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. “By helping the most vulnerable among us during COVID-19, we can all continue to do our part to support our fellow New Jersey residents who are struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic.”

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COVID-19 forced Summit-based nonprofit Family Promise to think creatively about its shelter model. The organization partnered with a local landlord to rent temporary apartments that can house families safely during the pandemic. Volunteers provide groceries, meals, and other support.

Family Promise Union County provides support to families through prevention, diversion, shelter, and stabilization services. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program’s shelter program operated using a rotational model, and families were hosted by congregations for one-week periods. Families returned to a day center in Elizabeth during the day to access case management and other services.

“Thanks to the award from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, we will be helping the most vulnerable in our community – families who are experiencing homelessness,” said Geleen Donovan, Executive Director of Family Promise Union County. “To help stop the spread, quarantine begins at home. With this award, we will help families shelter in temporary apartments and help those with a permanent home keep that home.”

Currently, Family Promise works in more than 200 communities in 43 states to ensure that families experiencing homelessness have a safe place to call home and the resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.