Members of MHA’s administration and staff participated in the 2022 Day of Hope Walk hosted by our longtime partner, JBJ Soul Kitchen.
“The walk is a celebration of the many non-profits and service providers that work in and around the area, serving those in need in many ways,” said JBJ co-founder Dorothea Bongiovi, who spoke about the need for all local non-profits in the Red Bank area to work together. “It is not about duplicating existing programs but integrating.”
During the pandemic, JBJ Soul Kitchen and MHA teamed up to help over 55 people into MHA housing programs and outpatient care through Red Bank Resources Network.
“The Red Bank Resource Center, located on Dr. James Parker Blvd, opened in 2010 and is a one-stop-shop for resources and services,” added Bongiovi.
Other community partners were represented as well, including Pilgrim Baptist Church with whom JBJ and MHA partner to run the Hope & Comfort Warming Center on Code Blue nights.
“The warming center runs from November to March and gives overnight accommodations to those without shelter. It was the first warming center in Monmouth County and this past winter there were over 80 Code Blue Nights,” said Bongiovi.