COVID-19 UPDATE & HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are moved and grateful to our community for all your support during this difficult time – THANK YOU!
We are doing our best to keep our programs operating to protect our most vulnerable neighbors during the pandemic, and to reduce the impact on hospitals and first-responders.
NEW UPDATE (3/25):
As of Monday morning (3/23), 12 guests from our Single Men’s program and 18 Warming Center guests were moved to the vacant building near our current Shelter. The goal was to make more space and adhere to the 6 feet rule. In the current set up these guests were sleeping in bunk beds. The Warming Center guests beds were too close and there was not as much space in the area for social distancing. The new space at 560 (across the parking lot from the shelter) is significantly larger. Instead of 12 men in one room and 6 women in another, that same number of people are spread throughout six or seven rooms of varying sizes. Some are even in their own small room. We are grateful to Morris County for providing the space and to Morris Habitat’s ReStore for providing some gently used furniture.
Please note we are updating our needs list and Amazon Wish list on a daily basis.
Thank you for your help!
Normally, guests staying in our 85 bed 24/7, 365 days a year, facility are NOT permitted to stay in the shelter during the day. Folks are out working or looking for work, utilizing community resources. Shelter guests will now be permitted, and encouraged (unless they are going to work), to remain in the shelter during the day. We are struggling to maintain staffing as employees need to care for their kids or avoid getting sick themselves.
All non-essential volunteer activities (parties, babysitting, programs and training, etc.) have been suspended indefinitely.
With guests encouraged to stay at the shelter, and children having to do virtual learning, we are now having to provide lunch to everyone at the shelter for the foreseeable future.
Not surprisingly many of our volunteer groups who purchase, cook and serve dinner each night have been canceling. This has caused a much greater demand for food.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Join us in the hunt for supplies and check out our Amazon Urgent Needs List. We are in need of:
- Visa Gift Cards
- Stop&Shop Gift Cards
- ACME (Morris Plains) Gift Cards
- Shoprite Gift Cards
- Enfamil Gentlease Formula
- Enfamil Soy Formula
- Diapers Size 5
- Liquid Hand Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Lysol Disinfectant Spray
- Lysol Wipes
- Tea Bags
- Non-Dairy Creamer
- Flavored Oatmeal Packets
- Cold Cereal
- Protein Bars (Breakfast Bar/Granola Bar/Pop-Tarts)
- Disposable Cutlery
- Paper Plates
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
Order Shoprite Gift Cards online and have them mailed to the shelter:
Ship to Address:
Homeless Solutions, Inc.
540 West Hanover Ave., Suite 100
Morristown, NJ 07960
Come assist staff by serving a meal for Lunch or Dinner
TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HELP:
Please contact Volunteer Manager, Tamala Reynolds at TamalaReynolds@hsinj.org . She will be delighted to hear from you!
Make a donation to help HSI protect our most vulnerable neighbors during this challenging time
Please know we are working through this continually evolving situation keeping the safety and well-being of our shelter guests, dedicated staff, and volunteers in mind at every turn.
We can’t thank you enough for your support as we all work to get through this trying time.