Our Members in the News

New warming center opens in Trenton” (Times of Trenton, 12/10/2020)

The Rescue Mission of Trenton and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen have joined forced to establish new warming center to accommodate up to 60 homeless individuals in the city.

The facility, housed in a 4,000-square-foot portion in the mission’s thrift store at 100 Carroll St., will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week through April 10. It will be staffed around the clock by two shelter associates and a part-time meal assistant.

HomeFront addresses impact of pandemic during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week” (NJ.com, 11/5/2020)

Isabel and her children were not what you would think of when you picture a family that is homeless.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, her job was furloughed and the domestic violence in her home escalated. “I had just had a baby and I knew we had to leave, but I didn’t have enough savings to find us a new place.”

Isabel decided to take her two children and leave anyway, even though they had no place to go.

She and her kids are just one of thousands of New Jersey families impacted by the 9% local unemployment rate in the local community brought about by the pandemic. Her job loss, and no safe place to go, made homelessness a real threat. But, she and her children received a security deposit and first month’s rent from HomeFront, and her job brought her back after a couple of months.”

Giants, Covenant House NJ discuss how to tackle youth homelessness” (Giants.com, 11/3/2020)

“Victor Cruz moderated an event with defensive backs Logan Ryan and James Bradberry along with Covenant House New Jersey executive director Jim White.”

Covid-19: Eva’s Village Gives Out 1,000 Meals A Day” (New Jersey News Network, 10/23/2020)

“Roughly 1,000 meals are given out every day at Eva’s Village in Paterson.

“We’ve seen people that never needed our services before that are coming out for lunch,” said David Bein, director of food services, at Eva’s.

“Originally, there’s shame and feelings they’re having, but we try to make everyone feel welcome here. We treat everyone the same way.”

The need is overwhelming.”

Rapid COVID-19 tests ‘a game-changer’ for Camden homeless shelter” (Courier Post, 10/22/2020)

“Jamal Beyel has “stepped in a few potholes,” he admitted, and those missteps led him to Joseph’s House.

But he’s worked all his life, and he doesn’t intend to be a guest at the Camden shelter for very long. While he’s there, though, he’s had nothing but nice things to say about the staff and the people who were administering tests for COVID-19 and giving flu shots in the parking lot Thursday.

“There are people here who can help you, if you want to be helped,” he said. “With this COVID situation, everyone has been very polite and cooperative. It’s a good thing they’re doing here.”

Beyel, who’s been at Joseph’s House for about three weeks, said he’s been tested multiple times, “all negative.” A Georgia native who’s lived in Camden since the 1950s, he’s hoping to train for a job in computer-aided design, saying, “My body’s down, but my mind’s still sharp.”