MISSION POSSIBLE 2018 nominees
Thank you for all your nominations this year!
Here are the nominees, links to their website and a brief statement about the function and mission of each organization.
You will now have until March 4th to vote for one organization from the Local list and for one organization from the Global list.
LOCAL NOMINEES (vote for one)
BRIDGE OF BOOKS, RUMSON
Bridge of Books’ mission is to provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Their goal is to get as many books as possible into the hands of New Jersey’s underserved children. They collect books through book drives, individual donations, publisher overstocks and corporate donors. They also purchase books for special programs run throughout New Jersey and to supplement distributions with certain genres that are not typically part of the collections that they receive. They distribute books through various agencies, community events, schools and other venues.
COVENANT HOUSE, ASBURY PARK
Since 1989 Covenant House has provided food, shelter, immediate crisis care and other services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18 and 21. There are now 30 Covenant Houses throughout the USA, Canada, and Latin America serving more than 51,000 homeless youth each year. It is the largest privately funded agency serving homeless runaways at risk. The new Asbury Park location recently opened, initially providing beds and services for 5 men.
FATHER TIME, KEANSBURG
This organization is for fathers and focused on their role in families. They recognize that the time with children is finite. They meet weekly and give back to the community by planning and implementing community activities. Father Time was started in collaboration with the Keansburg School District, Parents Anonymous and DCF in 2006. Five other Father Time programs in New Jersey were modeled from it. They:
• Plan and execute enjoyable activities, such as Daddy Daughter Dances and Fishing Derbies
• Outreach to other fathers in the community
• Model, protect and instill a respect for the environment
HABCORE INC. RED BANK
HABcore, Inc. provides permanent and supportive housing for homeless veterans, families, and individuals with special needs. Currently they provide a safe home for approximately 260 people, including 47 families that were previously homeless. The “HAB” in HABcore was derived from the first initials of the last names of three homeless men who died in the streets of Red Bank during the 1980s. HABcore is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. In addition to providing boarding homes and independent living, they also provide services such as:
• Assistance with maintenance of independent housing and landlord mediation
• Development of social skills and support networks
MONMOUTH DAYCARE CENTER, RED BANK
Monmouth Day Care Center was established in 1969 and has continued to serve families seeking quality childcare and Preschool for children ages 2 months to 5 years without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or economic status. They provide intellectual, physical, emotional, and social skills through developmentally appropriate activities and individualized care. They are fully licensed by the State of NJ and Department of Human Resources and in 1987 were the first Preschool in Monmouth County to be accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children. This nonprofit organization depends on financial support in the way of donations to continue and expand their services to the community. 82% of the children come from low income families or single parent homes and receive Center based scholarships to subsidize their tuition.
PINWHEEL PLACE, RED BANK
Pinwheel Place is envisioned to be a home for children at risk of abuse or neglect. Pinwheel Place is raising funds to one day provide a safe haven for children in crisis. They will provide residential care and coordinate medical and psychological services, according to the needs of the child. They will service children from birth to five years of age who are referred from local agencies or by their parents. They will work with local agencies to provide services for the parents, so they can reduce the risk factors that could cause the abuse and neglect in the future. The children will stay as long as needed.
THE SOURCE FOUNDATION, LITTLE SILVER
The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School 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. They achieve this mission by providing the following services free of charge:
• Individual, Group and Family Counseling
• Suicide Prevention Services
• Substance Abuse Counseling
• Conflict Resolution
• Preventative Medical, Dental & Eye Care
• Academic Support and Tutoring
WOMEN’S HOSPITALITY NETWORK, ASBURY PARK
The Women’s Hospitality Network is a non-profit group that believes housing is a human right, providing emergency housing for 12 single women experiencing homelessness in the Asbury Park and Neptune area from December through March. Each night a different house of worship opens its doors to provide a warm, safe place for these women to stay, as well as a hot dinner and breakfast, all through the dedication of local volunteers. While food and shelter are both donated, there are other costs associated with the operation of this program – approximately $15 per night, per woman – to cover costs of items such as cots, pillows, blankets, and insurance. Click Here to watch a short documentary on PBS.
GLOBAL NOMINEES (vote for one)
BREAKING THE CHAINS HONDURAS
This spiritually based organization was started in 2009 to serve and seek change for those affected by urban poverty in Tegucigapla, Honduras. This ministry began by serving a weekly meal of rice and beans from the founder’s car to the homeless population. By 2010, the organization was leasing a building and now owns a facility. They now provide:
• Spiritual Outreach
• Street Outreach and Community Benevolence
• Education and Vocation
• Young Adult Ministry
EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
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.
MEDICAL MISSION ECUADOR
Founded 24 years ago, by two brothers and a sister; Drs. Henry, Luis and Beatrice Vaconez all medical doctors, all originally from Ecuador. These doctors with the collaboration of the Ambato Rotary Club in Ecuador formed a group of volunteers to provide free medical and surgical care to the children of Ecuador. The group has gone to Ecuador for the past 24 years and has provided care for over 10,000 patients. They provide not only much needed medical care but also better equipment and medical supplies to the existing medical facilities in Ambato, Ecuador.
SAFE PASSAGE, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATAMALA
Safe Passage empowers the poorest, at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump, by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education. They provide comprehensive and integrated programs that foster hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency, self-esteem and confidence within a safe and caring environment. They provide holistic education programs focused on three key areas:
• Full Day Education
• Educational Enrichment
• Adult Literacy and Social Entrepreneurship
Thank you for your active and enthusiastic participation.
Erika Abella, Mission Possible Coordinator