Rhode Island launches new OPERATION CHILLOUT chapter and 2017 winter homeless outreach campaign with commitment to fill and deliver 125 backpacks to homeless veterans, men and women. Dave and Bev Vissoe, (former NJ OCO volunteers) networked with Rhode Island faith communities, veterans organizations and social justice ministries to establish an on going presence in RI. Congratulations!
2016 Partner Award- OPERATION CHILLOUT Team thanks Czig Meister Brewery for their Veterans Day 2016 Fundraiser
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Tom, Ray, Frank, Matt, Joe, Ken, Jim back row.
Paterson – Eva’s Village and Shelter staff receive women’s backpacks and winter supplies from CHILLOUT delivery team.
Chillout delivery team with staff at the VA Hospital in Lyons. Filled backpacks brought for all PTSD Treatment residents, the Women’s Trauma Unit and Homeless Services Department.
To our OPERATION CHILLOUT family, a blessed Christmas and prayers for a healthy and prosperous 2017.
Ray & Leslie
Carmela Resnick, President, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club, with pickup truck filled with winter backpacks for homeless NJ veterans.
OPERATION CHILLOUT team delivers backpacks to staff and volunteers of homeless service drop-in center “Our Promise” in Morristown, December 21, 2016, on the 16th anniversary of our founding.
Today, December 21, 2016
Marking 16 years humbly serving homeless veterans, men and women throughout NJ and Northeast PA, “no borders-no boundaries”.
Being homeless hurts, OPERATION CHILLOUT helps.
Thank you for caring and supporting those most in need among us.
Rev. Steve Brigham, tent city residents, and OPERATION CHILLOUT outreach team in Howell, NJ with winter survival supplies.
Thank you to Boloc Home for Funerals, Cresco, Pa. which donated 100 Christmas stockings filled with holiday gifts for homeless veterans for distribution by Operation Chillout – Pa.
Renee manager of Long Branch Harley Davidson presents 115 filled backpacks collected by Shoreline and Ocean County Harley Davidson riders to Deacon Ray for the 2016 annual winter homeless veterans outreach campaign. Thank you Ocean and Monmouth county riders – you’re the best!
CHILLOUT Rapid Response Team Coordinator Al Compoly was recognized by the Middle Smithfield Township, East Stroudsburg, PA annual “person of the year” awards event. Congratulation to Al and all his good work.
Members of the Social Justice Youth Ministry of the First Methodist Church of Reeders, PA filled 32 backpacks for OPERATION CHILLOUT annual winter homeless outreach campaign.
BASF Veterans Employee Team launches annual backpack drive for homeless veterans
Leaders of the BASF-VET with OPERATION CHILLOUT at launch of their annual collection drive.
CLINTON ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS WINTER HOMELESS OUTREACH
Tony, Ken, Ray and President Jim Murray at annual Clinton Rotary Club backpack drive meeting.
Club members prep a full case of backpacks for homeless veterans 2016-2017 winter outreach.
Lou Granados, Ken Steffan, Maj DeStefano, Ray Chimileski and President Jim Murray.
The Original Pocono Pub in Bartonsville, PA awards a generous donation to OPERATION CHILLOUT in support of Pennsylvania regional homeless veterans.
North Hunterdon Newcomers and Friends Club of Flemington present generous donation supporting outreach to homeless NJ veterans
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME
New outreach volunteer orientation workshop graduates at Long Valley Police Squad Room, Saturday, October 1.
As result of the generosity of our many individual and community partners, this summer we collected and delivered more than 27,000 bottles of life-saving water and hundreds of new tee shirts and caps for our homeless brothers and sisters throughout NJ and northeast PA. Our final summer outreach was conducted over the Labor Day weekend and the 2016-2017 winter homeless outreach campaign begins in November, watch for announcements to come.
Thanks to Tramontin Harley Davidson dealership for their second summer collection of bottled water. This haul brought in 97 life saving cases.
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Col. Ted, Chris, Maj. Tony, Deacon Ray, and Paul, service manager
Kevin Murphy, founder of Veterans Chamber of Commerce-NJ with Tony and Ray. Thanks to Kevin and his many generous friends collecting cases of water, summer new clothes and toiletries. Also a big thanks to the students, teachers snd parents of Lincoln Elementary School, Roselle Park for their generous donation to support homeless veterans this summer.
At the Howell encampment, OCO summer outreach team delivered cases of refreshing water, new summer clothing and toiletries.
Rev. Steve with Ray, Tony, Ken, and camp residents.
Communal pantry at the camp shared by ten residents.
Ray and Rev. Steve with cartons of new summer clothing.
Many cases of toiletries.
Ken at the tail gate.
The Original Pocono Pub, Bartonsville, Pa. annual salute to OPERATION CHILLOUT homeless veterans outreach. Great bands, barbecue, prizes, raffles, fun for all. All proceeds support OCO Pa. Outpost outreach programs.
St Virgil’s Church, Morris Plains yields generous summer outreach water drive
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Jim, Fr Lance and Jane from parish, Ray, John, Tony and Tom
When we met Jack at the Free Bridge in Phillipsburg last week, he told us about losing all his clothing and belongings. OPERATION CHILLOUT was able to start him off with the basics and will meet his fall and winter wardrobe needs as the summer ends and the cooler weather moves in.
Flemington Home Depot donate an entire pallet of cases of water for the 2016 summer homeless outreach campaign. Many thanks for their generosity!
Young OPERATION CHILLOUT volunteers Leah and Lauren receive generous responses to their request for cases of water outside local supermarkets for the annual summer homeless outreach campaign.
Summer Homeless outreach Team with local community members at the Free Bridge overlooking the Delaware River across from Easton, PA.
OCO team Ted and Stephen at Free Bridge outreach.
Ministry member Donna and OCO member Leslie at Free Bridge outreach.
Patty Laguna and Carmella Resnick of the leadership team of Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club delivers summer homeless outreach tee shirts, caps and a generous donation from their membership to Ray Chimileski.
Mel Kaufhold, Dcn. Ray, John Hennessey, Maj. Tony DeStefano receives very generous collection of cases of water, summer clothing and donations from long time faithful partners from St Jude Church, Budd Lake.
Summer Homeless Outreach Team delivers cases of life saving water and supplies to St. Josephs Social Service Center and the Elizabeth Coalition for Sheltering the Homeless.
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Sgt. Tom Wicklow, Gene Daquila, Dcn. Ray Chimileski, Kris Hoffman, Leslie Chimileski, Jim Moore, Maj. Tony Destefano
Washington Township Long Valley annual night out
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John Hennessey, Maj Tony DeStefano, Ken Steffan, Dcn. Ray Chimileski
Summer outreach in Paterson with Joe Iozzia and John Kennedy with riverside encampment residents.
Summer homeless outreach team delivers life saving water to SHIP – Samaritan Hospitality Interim Program in Somerville.
The Newcomer’s Friends Club of Central Hunterdon County hosted an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast Saturday, April 23, to support Operation Chillout homeless veteran outreach. Area volunteers, supporters, veterans and seniors enjoyed a delicious breakfast for a great cause!
Serving HOMELESS VETERANS has been the mission of Operation Chillout since December 21, 2000.
The Jewish War Veterans of New Jersey recognized Operation Chillout’s all-volunteer outreach to homeless veterans at their 35th annual Legislative Breakfast in Toms River on Sunday. Department Commander Larry Rosenthal named OCO their “2015-2016 Organization of the Year”.
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OCO Executive Director Ray Chimileski gave the keynote address recapping the history of the all-volunteer outreach and detailing the relief they provide to the thousands of homeless veterans ‘regardless of their circumstances, no borders- no boundaries’. Chimileski noted the need for continued direct compassionate action for all homeless people in NJ and remarked on the similarities between the mission statements of the two organizations. The JWV mission vows to maintain true allegiance to the United States of America; to foster and perpetuate true Americanism; to combat whatever tends to impair the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions; to uphold the fair name of the Jew and fight his or her battles wherever unjustly assailed; to encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women; to combat the powers of bigotry and darkness wherever originating and whatever their target.
Both groups promised to mutually support their work focusing on all veterans in need throughout NJ.
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Delivery team in Hackensack at monthly hot lunch at Mt Olive Baptist Church.L to R
Leslie, John, Major D, Joe, Deacon Ray, Ken, Gene
Pat and Jim Border of Mt Arlington Elks club donates warm sleeping bags and winter supplies for 2016 outreach campaign.
MAJ Tony Destefano receives generous gift of new warm clothing for winter outreach from NJ Elks Army of Hope veterans team.
Chillout Team distributes new warm clothing at Warren County Homeless Connect in Phillipsburg.
Gina Blechman outreach worker at Community Hope with Leslie Chimileski, Chris Hoffman and MAJ Tony DeStefano
CHILLOUT winter delivery team receives truckload of filed backpack from St Jude Parish, Budd Lake.
BASF Veterans Employee Team presents supplies and backpacks for 2015 winter homeless veterans outreach.
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Tom Wicklow, OCO Logistics; John Hennessey, OCO Location Coordinator; Stephen Serna, BASF; Ken Steffan, OCO Logistics; Joe Iozzia, OCO Treasurer; Ray Chimileski, OCO Executive Director; Pablo Lizarazo, BASF VET Employee Team Coordinator.
Plainfield Fanwood Rotaract members filling backpacks for annual 2015-16 winter outreach.
Carmela Resnick, President of the Plainfield Fanwood Rotary Club presents Ray with truck load of finished backpacks for winter outreach.
Sussex County Winter Homeless Outreach
Newton Police Chief Michael S. Richards accepts winter emergency supply backpacks from Al and Judy Gruswitz, OPERATION CHILLOUT Sussex County Location Coordinators.
Many thanks to the students, families and staff at PORT COLDEN SCHOOL, Washington, for preparing backpacks for the annual winter outreach drive.
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Ken Steffan, OCO Logistics Coordinator; Reading Teacher, Michelle Cooper; and School Principal Michael Neu
North Hunterdon Rotary Club supports ‘Operation Chillout’
The North Hunterdon Rotary Club continues to provide support for homeless veterans through ‘Operation Chillout.’ Pictured, North Hunterdon Rotary Club President Carolyn Sepkowski presents a generous donation to Ray Chimileski (center) and Ken Stefan from ‘Operation Chillout.’ (courtesy photo)
Post 3401 makes generous donation to OCO winter outreach campaign pictured L to R:
OPERATION CHILLOUT Rapid Response Team member Jim Blair, Post 3401 Commander Jim Auriemma, Veterans Service Officer Ken Ruth, and OCO’s MAJ Tony DeStefano.
Hunterdon County Veterans Service Coordinator Sabrina Baarda presents supplies for the OCO 2015-2016 Winter Homeless Outreach campaign.
OCO PA Team at the Halloween bash at “Petrizzo’s Italian American Restaurant” to support outreach to homeless veterans throughout the Pocono area.
Pennsylvania Homeless Outreach Boost by K of C
PA Veterans Outreach Coordinator Al Compoly (center) receives generous donation from (Left) Gene Halterman, Grand Knight for District 35 and Fr. John T. Butler, from Knights of Columbus Council 4084 of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
OCO Team loads 97 cases of life saving water for delivery to homeless veterans throughout NJ, collected by Tramontin Harley Davidson, Hope, NJ, from generous riders during their annual Wet the Vet water drive.
L to R : Joe Brzezowski, MAJ Tony DeStefano, John Hennessey, Dcn. Ray Chimileski, Ken Steffans, kneeling with beard Paul, on tail gate Joshua Steffans.
CHILLOUT Summer Outreach Team presents St. Jude Parish, Budd Lake, with a Guardian Angel Award certificate for outstanding support of homeless NJ veterans.
L to R: Jim Moore, Leslie Chimileski, Mel Kaufhold, Ray Chimileski, John Hennessey
Outreach team Jim Moore, John Hennessey, MAJ Tony DeStefano and Ray Chimileski with Sr. Jacinta Fernandes and teen volunteers from parishes in the Newark Archdiocese. OPERATION CHILLOUT summer outreach delivered 70 cases of water and dozens of sets of new tee shirts. caps, socks and toiletry items to the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless.
Many Thanks to Pioneer Trails Day Camp – West Essex YMCA
Day Campers collected 30 cases of water and many caps and tees for the 2015 summer homeless veteran outreach campaign
The BASF Corporation under the leadership of their Veterans Employee Team (VETs) took the lead to collect 75+ filled backpacks for the 2014 – 2015 annual winter homeless outreach campaign. The pictures from today have been posted to the Operation Chillout Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OPERATION-CHILLOUT/214961841904893
BASF Employee Veterans Team members present backpacks for 2014-15 winter homeless veterans outreach campaign
75 backpacks received to assist homeless veterans this winter from BASF ready for deliveries.
BASF Employee Veterans Group Partners for Winter Homeless Veterans Outreach
The BASF Corporation in Florham Park, NJ is committed to ending homelessness among our military veterans. To support this goal they are in the process of collecting supplies to fill 100 backpacks for the 2014-2015 Winter Homeless Outreach Campaign. The Employee Veterans Employee Team (VET) supports our military veterans in many ways. The group is under the leadership of Pablo Lizarazo (VETs Group Leader), Lenora Kline (VETs Logistics Officer) and Stephen Serna (VET’s Scribe). Pablo said, “this is a priority project for us and our team is fully energized to make it a success.”
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Reeders, PA Launches Homeless Veterans Campaign
For the second year since OPERATION CHILLOUT opened an Outpost in PA, the Youth Ministry Team of the Reeders Methodist Church collected supplies for cases of backpacks for the 2014-2015 winter homeless outreach campaign. Many thanks to theses caring and dedicated young adults. http://www.reederschurch.org
North Hunterdon Rotary Club 5652, District 7510 supports 2014-2015 Winter Homeless Outreach Backpack Campaign
The North Hunterdon Rotary executive board and officers generously presents a check to Ken Stefan and Ray Chimileski – OPERATION CHILLOUT from the annual Rotary charity triathlon event held at Spruce Run Reservation earlier this fall. The group also prepared and packed a case of 25 backpacks with new clothing and supplies for the upcoming homeless veterans outreach and deliveries.
Get Support Today
TO REPORT A HOMELESS VETERAN:
National The Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Supportive Services to Veteran Families
Interested in helping OPERATION CHILLOUT please call
Rapid Response Team
A BIG THANK YOU to our 2016-2017 WINTER HOMELESS OUTREACH CAMPAIGN PARTNERS
Sponsors as of November 5, 2016. New locations will be added as partners sign on.
Affinity Credit Union, Bedminster
Assumption Church, Morristown
BASF, Florham Park
Clinton Rotary Club, Clinton
Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club, Scotch Plains
Full Moon Cycle, Newton
Long Branch Harley Davidson, Long Branch
Ocean County HOG, Lakewood
Reeders Church, Reeders PA
Roselle Park First Aid Squad, Roselle Park
St. Jude Church, Budd Lake
St. Luke Church, Long Valley
St. Luke Church, East Stroudsburg, PA
Tramontin Harley Davidson, Blairstown
Union Rotary Club, Union
West Jersey Women’s Club, Blairstown
BOLDED Denotes a DROP OFF location. Please call ahead for local details.
Welcome to Operation Chillout!
OPERATION CHILLOUT is an all-volunteer outreach dedicated to ending to the crisis of homelessness for veterans, men and women throughout New Jersey and parts of NE Pennsylvania by:
Promoting awareness of the multi-faceted nature of poverty and homelessness.
Advocating for sustainable solutions and programs serving the needs of the poor, addicted, abused and homeless to improve the quality of their lives leading to permanent change and independent living.
Organizing for peace and economic justice to address systemic inequities challenging impoverished communities.
Engaging in direct compassionate action including the collection, dissemination and delivery of supplies to homeless people and the agencies that provide for their temporary care.
OCO founded December 21, 2000 to help a group of homeless Viet Nam veterans living in the open under a railroad trestle in northern NJ. OCO became a registered 501c3 not for profit in 2011. We believe in the inherent worth of every homeless man, woman and child and provide emergency supplies and survival gear to the most vulnerable members of our communities wherever we encounter them. We bring our care to all homeless people without regard to their religious affiliation, ethnic heritage or state of life.
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Sponsor a Location
Like us, the homeless people we serve have individual needs and each outreach location is different. Some people need waterproof tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and survival gear. Others need work clothes for their jobs. Individuals and business organizations can sponsor an outreach location. CLICK HERE for a list of specific items we need.
Provide Legal, Medical or Mental Health Services.
If you are a practicing or retired attorney, physician, nurse practitioner, EMT, or mental health counselor we need your help. We seek to link homeless veterans, families and individuals to legal and healthcare services. CLICK HERE to find out how you can volunteer your services.
With your support we are able to continue providing help and support to homeless veterans. Big or small, any amount will help our cause.
Operation Chillout is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization. All donation are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law. Federal ID #: EIN 27-0181975