Posted Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has issued a resolution of congratulations and support to Family Promise of Morris County, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping the county’s homeless population, and for its opening of a new “Our Promise” drop-in center in Morristown.

Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo was joined by her freeholder colleagues in presenting the resolution at the Nov. 23 freeholder meeting, held in Florham Park, to Steve Hammond and Andrew Yake of Family Promise.


(L/r) Freeholders Doug Cabana and Dave Scapicchio, Andrew Yake and Steve Hammond of Family Promise, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, John Krickus and Hank Lyon

“The county freeholders, on behalf of all county residents, extend our support to these dedicated members of our county for their efforts to improve the quality of life for homeless residents, to help provide them with the basic necessities of life, give them a measure of comfort and self-respect, while helping lead them back to self-sufficiency,’’ said Freeholder DeFillippo.

Hammond, a member of the board of trustees of Family Promise, and Yake, the group’s program coordinator, explained that Family Promise has expanded its 27-year effort to help the neediest residents of Morris County by partnering with the First Baptist Church of Morristown to start a new program – Our Promise Drop-In Center — serving the local homeless population in the Morristown area.

This program offers essential services to the homeless, including phone and computer access, restrooms, a warming/cooling center, information and referral, linkage to medical and dental services, case management, systems advocacy, and even a mailing address.

Family Promise

Family Promise has served Morris County since 1988 and is dedicated to ending homelessness by partnering with public and private agencies, congregations and 1600-plus community volunteers to provide shelter, case management, and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.

The organization is committed to helping any Morris County family facing the crisis of homelessness, to make sure they have access to clean and safe shelter, and responsive and compassionate support that will provide a path to independence and self-sufficiency.


Hank Lyon

“It was particularly meaningful that Family Promise opened the new Drop-In Center during the holiday season, when the issues of hunger and homeless especially resonate with all Morris county residents, and our attention is more focused on the neediest persons in our community,’’ said Freeholder Hank Lyon, who is the county governing board’s liaison on human services issues.


“We are excited to be able to expand services for the chronically homeless in our community and look forward to building local partnerships with others who share our mission of helping the homeless,’’ said Family Promise Executive Director Joann Bjornson.

The “Our Promise’’ Drop-In Center is open Monday to Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. you can contact them 973.644.0100 or at [email protected]

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For more information on Morris County’s Department of Human Services, visit: