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IHN Fundraising Breakfast to Highlight Family Homelessness in Essex County

From Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County (IHN)

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County (IHN) is holding its annual fundraising breakfast on October 17th to heighten awareness of the critical issue of family homelessness in Essex County, and their mission of providing shelter and housing services to the neediest families in our communities. Themed A Journey Home, the breakfast will take place at Mayfair Farms in West Orange from 9 – 10 a.m. where approximately 350 community minded individuals, clergy, and business people will hear about how they can help families facing a housing crisis in Essex County.

Rabbi Mathew Gewirtz of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun of Short Hills will provide the invocation, and Frank Hendricks, a long term IHN volunteer and member of IHN support congregation, Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood will be among the featured speakers at the event.

IHN has set the fundraising target at $250,000 in pledges and gifts. Highlighting the ongoing problem with homelessness, IHN Executive Director Emma Justice noted, “In Essex County, we have the highest rate of homelessness in New Jersey. We need residents to know that there is much work to be done in our communities, and that with their help homeless families in Essex County can take steps to stabilize their lives and find housing that they can sustain.”

This year’s breakfast is co-chaired by IHN Board President Kathy Stine, a resident of Short Hills and a member of IHN support congregation, Wyoming Presbyterian Church, and IHN Board Member Caroline Updyke, also a resident of Short Hills. According to Kathy Stine, “volunteering with IHN enables me to be so much more connected with our community than if I were involved in just my own town. The clients and volunteers at IHN come together to form a great organization that enriches all of us and improves our larger community.” Caroline adds, “what I love about IHN is how one individual can singlehandedly impact the future of an entire family, or multiple families! It really does come down to the power of one! One person can positively impact many lives for the better. It really is that simple.”

IHN is grateful for the sponsorships received so far from area businesses and individuals to help defray the costs of the event. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on sponsorships and current sponsors, please visit their website. To attend the breakfast, contact Devinka Peiris at IHN, [email protected] or 973-746-1400 ext.4. There is no cost to attend or host a table of ten.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County (IHN) is a nonprofit organization providing shelter, professional support services and housing assistance so homeless families can find and sustain their own homes. We do this with help from an extensive network of volunteers, generous individuals, and other partners throughout our community. Annually, IHN provides shelter and support services to over 350 individuals in a housing crisis, 65% of whom children.

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