Each Lent, the St. John's family shares its wealth with those in need. We research, nominate and vote on the charitable groups to receive the more than $10,000 we raise. Last year we exceeded $11,000.

We will select and equally distribute funds to:

  • a local charity (based in Monmouth County);

  • a Diocesan charity (selected by our Bishop);

  • a global charity (located anywhere in the world).

VOTE by March 24th there will be a paper ballot at coffee hour and an online ballot (just vote once) The online voting ballot can be accessed by clicking here


SUPPORT between April 19th – May 29th by boldly and generously committing and giving of our treasure to the selected organizations

Any group assisting the disadvantaged within Monmouth County

Lastly, a reminder on Mission Possible 2018: Covenant House Asbury Park, NJ Episcopal Prison Ministry & Episcopal Relief and Disaster all greatly appreciated our contributions!

Thank you, in advance, for your generous support of Mission Possible

               Erika Abella, Mission Possible Coordinator


LOCAL NOMINEES (vote for one)

□   AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALLIANCE (AHA) / CAP Homeless Prevention and Emergency Assistance Program.

As part of their Community Action Program (CAP), the Affordable Housing Alliance started the Homeless Prevention and Emergency Assistance Program to assist Monmouth County residents at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.  Eligible folks in need are able to receive a grant to assist with a security deposit, rental arears, mortgage payment, utility bills or outstanding property taxes. When families apply for help, they also receive case management services to address their needs. Financial Literacy training is also provided to determine possible long lasting solutions.


The Backpack Crew serves families in need, as identified by local schools.  They distribute food, in backpacks, via the school nurse on Fridays.  This provides supplemental food for students during weekends and vacations. Food is purchased in bulk from the Food Bank of Ocean and Monmouth County. This is a private organization which relies on donations to buy the food and backpacks. This program to provide quality nutrition for children in need was started as a program by the United Methodist Church in Red Bank.


Since 1989 Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ) has provided free food, shelter, immediate crisis care and other services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18 and 21. Young people facing homelessness in Asbury Park can access CHNJ’s emergency care through our street outreach program and drop-in center.  Asbury Park is also home to our transitional housing program, Rights of Passage (ROP), for youth who are ready to take the step toward independent living.  In ROP, youth work, save money, and learn to live on their own.


Shore House is a working community in Monmouth County that provides recovery support for people living with mental illness. Shore House adheres to the Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation. Shore House is the first and only accredited Clubhouse in New Jersey.   In this is evidence-based model, those who attend are known as members and work side by side with staff to operate the Clubhouse.  This person-centered approach provides a platform for our members to contribute their talents and skills, creating opportunities for building self-esteem and confidence. It enables them to rejoin the worlds of friendship, family, work and education.


The SOURCE is a School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) designed to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug free.  The mission of the SOURCE is “To remove all obstacles that impede the success of young people in our community.”  They achieve this mission by providing free services such as Individual, Group and Family Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Preventative Medical, Dental & Eye Care and Academic Support and Tutoring.


 St. Johns was nominated this year based on our budget deficit. 

GLOBAL NOMINEES (vote for one)


Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God's call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.  Episcopal Relief & Development faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.


For the past 24 years, Medical Mission Ecuador (MME) has provided care for over 10,000 patients.  Annually a group of 11 surgeons, 12 anesthesiologists, 19 nurses, 17 therapists and 17 other technicians and specialists travel for one week to Ecuador to provide not only much needed medical care, but also better equipment and medical supplies to the existing medical facilities in Ambato, Ecuador.  Each year this group sees almost 400 patients, performs 132 surgeries, has 756 rehabilitation appointments, and fits and modifies 143 wheelchairs and strollers.  Many of the patients are from the indigenous tribes (descendants of the Incas) have no other access to advanced surgery and are carried in on the backs of their parents.