Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The Morris County Freeholders on Dec. 10 presented the keys to a county-owned facility at the new Central Park of Morris County to three nonprofit agencies.

Hope House, Eric Johnson House and the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families are collaborating to use the building to provide increased services to their clients, homeless families and those suffering from HIV and AIDS.

Freeholder John Murphy said the three agencies were selected by an advisory committee that reviewed dozens of proposals from nonprofit agencies requesting to use the building in Parsippany.

Murphy said Eric Johnson House will now be able to expand its capacity to provide ongoing aftercare services to former residents of the house, while Hope House will use the grounds to keep its HIV testing van.

He said the Central Park facility will allow the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families, whose current building is up for sale, to continue its mission of providing for families in need of shelter.

Besides the Board of Freeholders, other community agencies assisting in various phases of relocating the agencies to their new Central Park of Morris County location are the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, the Morris County Department of Human services, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Morris County, the Market Street Mission, the Hyde and Watson Foundation and the Beyond the Walls Foundation.