Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016



(l/r) Russ Hall, Interfaith Food Pantry; Lou Schwarcz, MCMHA; Aimee Braca-Deo, St. Clare’s; Dave Scott, Market Street Mission; Freeholder Hank Lyon; Jeff Bashe, M.C. Continuum of Care; Dan McGuire, Homeless Solutions; and Dominique Tornabe, Family Promise of M.C.

The Morris County Board of Freeholders this week proclaimed November as Hunger and Homelessness Month in Morris County, calling attention to the county’s neediest residents, especially during the holiday season, and asking all county residents to do what they can to help their less fortunate neighbors.

“The freeholders are issuing this proclamation, fittingly, on the week of Thanksgiving, when families and friends come together to share the comfort of their homes and special meals to celebrate the day,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Hank Lyon.

“This is a time for us all to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and to works towards a world where none of our county residents have to experience homelessness and hunger,’’ he added.homeless-solutions

Accepting the proclamation at Monday’s Freeholder Board meeting in Morristown were representatives of family-promisemany of the county’s social services agencies that provide assistance to homeless and distressed residents: Market Street Mission, Mental Health Association of Morris County, Family Promise of Morris County, St. Clare’s Hospital, the Interfaith Food Pantry, and Homeless Solutions, plus the Morris County Department of Human Services and Morris County Continuum of Care.

Text of the Freeholder Board’s Resolution:

Whereas, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month is held each year prior to Thanksgiving, andmarket

Whereas, this is a fitting time for all residents of Morris County to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and hunger, even here in the comfort of Morris County, andinterfaith

Whereas, the Board of Freeholders, our many nonprofit organizations, and every resident of our county has the power take steps to reduce homelessness and hunger, to work towards a world where no one has to experience the indignities of being on the street and unable to provide food for themselves and their families, and

Whereas, one purpose of this proclamation is to help educate the public and advocate with and on behalf of people mhaexperiencing homelessness and who are hungry on a daily basis, and to encourage support for homeless assistance providers, offering community service opportunities for high schools, colleges, community groups and faith-based organizations in our county, and

Whereas, there are many organizations, such as Homeless Solutions, the Interfaith Food Pantry, Family Promise, Market Street Mission, and many others in our county committed to sheltering, providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to people experiencing homelessness.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaims November 2016 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in Morris County, and encourages all residents to citizens to recognize that many people do not have housing and need support from their neighbors, and private and public nonprofit service entities.