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Vets Summer Fest was on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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We are building state of the art, high energy efficient, stylish, comfortable and affordable individual custom tiny homes for homeless veterans in New Jersey. Please help us meet our goal of completing our first tiny home. Together we can make a difference!
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Sayreville Police department launches network of support for area homeless veterans.

Sayreville Police department launches network of support for area homeless veterans. OPERATION CHILLOUT team delivering emergency rescue backpacks to Officer Tom Calise for their outreach initiative. L to R Ken Steffan, Deacon Ray Chimileski, Tom Calise, Maj. Tony De Stefano and Kevin Ruane. Not pictured Detective Chris Engelbrot and Det. Jeremy Berry.

OPERATION CHILLOUT team delivering emergency rescue backpacks to Officer Tom Calise for their outreach initiative. L to R Ken Steffan, Deacon Ray Chimileski, Tom Calise, Maj. Tony De Stefano and Kevin Ruane. Not pictured Detective Chris Engelbrot and Det. Jeremy Berry.
We picked up two truck loads of new clothing for homeless vets yesterday collected by the Central and South Jersey Elks ‘Jim Hall memorial fund’. Everything was immediately delivered to agencies supporting homeless vets – SSVF Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Veterans Haven – South.

We picked up two truck loads of new clothing for homeless vets yesterday collected by the Central and South Jersey Elks 'Jim Hall memorial fund'. Everything was immediately delivered to agencies supporting homeless vets - SSVF Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Veterans Haven - South.

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OPERATION CHILLOUT team: Kevin Ruane, Deacon Ray, Major D and Bob Malanga with our rigs “Mother” and “Monster”.
Outreach Team delivering 100 new winter coats to Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) in Paterson.

Outreach Team delivering 100 new winter coats to Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) in Paterson.

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Maj D, Wei, Gene, Deacon Ray, Mark at the truck
Outreach team delivers new warm clothing to 76 residents at Veterans Haven (South) Hammondton, NJ.

Outreach team delivers new warm clothing to 76 residents at Veterans Haven (South) Hammondton, NJ. Sgt. William Lobach, Assnt. Superintendent ; Tony; Ray; Colonel Walter Hall, Superintendent; Doug Walters USMC.

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Sgt. William Lobach, Assnt. Superintendent ; Tony; Ray; Colonel Walter Hall, Superintendent; Doug Walters USMC.
Thanks to Lisa Mohn (L) Carmela Resnick (R) and the members of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Rotary Club for their outstanding support of the 2017-18 OPERATION CHILLOUT winter homeless outreach campaign, bringing filled backpacks and generous donations from their caring teams.

A big thanks to St Jude Church, Budd Lake, whose parishioners collected a truckload of filled backpacks for the 2017-18 winter homeless outreach campaign.

SCENES FROM 2017-18 ANNUAL WINTER HOMELESS OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
Thanks for your great work on behalf of homeless NJ vets!

 

Outreach team at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hackensack delivering backpacks and winter supplies to our homeless brothers and sisters.

Maj. DeStefano with Chef Veronica.

Delivery team with backpacks and supplies at monthly hot lunch.

OPERATION CHILLOUT team at 2017 Warren County Point In Time Survey - Homeless Connect in Phillipsburg.

OPERATION CHILLOUT team at 2017 Warren County Point In Time Survey – Homeless Connect in Phillipsburg.

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!

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.

 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.

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.

Rev. Steve Brigham, tent city residents, and OPERATION CHILLOUT outreach team in Howell, NJ with winter survival supplies.

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.

Leaders of the BASF-VET with OPERATION CHILLOUT at launch of their annual collection drive.

The Original Pocono Pub in Bartonsville, PA awards a generous donation to OPERATION CHILLOUT in support of Pennsylvania regional homeless veterans.

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

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.

New outreach volunteer orientation workshop graduates at Long Valley Police Squad Room, Saturday, October 1.
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.

Rev. Steve with Ray, Tony, Ken, and camp residents.

 Communal pantry at the camp shared by ten residents.

Communal pantry at the camp shared by ten residents.

 Ray and Rev. Steve with cartons of new summer clothing.

Ray and Rev. Steve with cartons of new summer clothing.

Many cases of toiletries.

Many cases of toiletries.

Ken at the tail gate.

Ken at the tail gate.

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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.

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Washington Township Long Valley annual night out
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John Hennessey, Maj Tony DeStefano, Ken Steffan, Dcn. Ray Chimileski
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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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.”