HELP FOR NEW JERSEY MILITARY FAMILIES!
FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES IN NEED
United Way of Northern New Jersey is working with a network of health and human service partners and military entities to increase community support for military families who are managing the “home front” while their loved ones are on the front lines serving their country.
UNITED WAY FRONT LINE FUND IS HERE TO HELP
The United Way Front Line Fund was established to ensure we can meet the growing needs of our local military families before, during, and after deployment.
YOU MAY QUALIFY*
If you are a member of a military family, an active duty serviceman or woman, or a post 9/11 veteran you may qualify for assistance. The fund is ready to help with:
- Child care and respite services
- Emergency home repairs
- Housing costs and utility assistance
- Mental health services
- Transportation costs and emergency car repairs
- Medical costs
- And more
* Fund is open to individuals living, working, or based in Morris, North Essex, Somerset, Sussex, or Warren County.
GET HELP TODAY
Family Service of Morris County is handling the distribution of the United Way Front Line Fund to qualifying individuals. To learn more or to apply for assistance, please contact Sylvia Lippe:
February 2011 — OPERATION CHILLOUT Veteran’s Team Pushes Increased Public Education, Awareness and Outreach Efforts
Veterans Administration vows to aggressively diagnose and treat the unseen wounds of war that often lead to homelessness – - severe isolation, dysfunctional behaviors, depression and substance abuse.
3 February, 2011, Lyons (NJ) VA Hospital – Maj. Tony De Stefano, OPERATION CHILLOUT Veteran’s Activity Coordinator and Dcn. Ray Chimileski, National Coordinator, were among more than 125 representatives of Federal, State and northern NJ County agencies, local service providers and volunteer homeless advocates meeting to kick off the new national 5-year plan to end veteran’s homelessness. The VA and the Defense Department initiated a national summit on mental health that will help agencies better coordinate mental health efforts towards reducing the incidence of homelessness.
“This is not a summit on homelessness among Veterans,” said Secretary Shinseki “It’s a summit on ending homelessness among Veterans.”
The new 5-Year Plan to End Homelessness will expand existing Federal programs and develop new locally based initiatives to prevent veterans from falling into homelessness and treat those who are currently homeless. This will be done by:
• Increasing the number and variety of housing options including permanent, transitional, contracted, community-operated and VA-operated housing.
• Providing more supportive services through partnerships to prevent homelessness, improve employability and increase independent living for veterans.
• Improving access to VA and community based mental health, substance abuse and supportive services.
OPERATION CHILLOUT will participate in developing and presenting public awareness information and professional training programs for law enforcement, first responders, medical services and others. We will continue to provide RAPID RESPONSE for homeless veterans anywhere, anytime. We will strongly advocate for local services for homeless veterans where they live to minimize further disruptions in their lives and prevent additional emotional trauma to already severely stressed individuals. Think global and act local!
More on progress of this campaign month to month – keep watching.