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On the Fortune & Williamson Team, here are the ways we give back to not only our clients but our community as well.
Read more below about the experience, love, and support while helping the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center Inc.
Employees from the Warren and Metro Park offices participated in the Community Soup Kitchen’s Sponsor the Day in January. Dividing into groups, the team prepped and served lunch, as well as sorted 2,000 pounds of produce, meat and dairy products for the Free Farmer’s Market. The Community Soup Kitchen hosts Free Farmer’s Markets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, where guests are able to select rescued produce and donations from area grocery stores and local farms.The team was able to help over 200 people served that day, spearheaded by Justin Williamson, who has volunteered with the organization on an individual basis for over a year now along with Alec Hardy and Mackenzie Nolan.
Over 200 guests were served Friday, January 25th, 2019; one of the biggest lunches in the last two years. Thirty percent of guests at the Community Soup Kitchen are homeless. The remaining 70 percent are members of the working poor—people on fixed incomes or people working multiple minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet.
Despite the hectic workload, the energy in the dining room was jovial, and both the guests and the volunteers were in high spirits. The day was spearheaded by Justin Williamson, who has volunteered with the organization on an individual basis for the past year.
“Giving back to the people within the community and making a difference is something myself and my whole team has come to enjoy tremendously,” said volunteer Rick Fortune. “We’re all leaving here today with a warm feeling in our heart but most importantly we made a difference in people’s lives.”
“I think my expectations were to see people that were homeless, people who were well below the poverty line,” said volunteer Paul Dodenhoff. “But when I saw people who looked like me coming in here, it was like, Oh my God, if not for the grace of God that I’m on the other side of the table and not a client.”
The day was positive and uplifting, and many volunteers expressed interest in returning in the future.
- quoted from a Morristown Soup Kitchen Press Release
Read more below about the heart warming support given by the The Center For Great Expectations
The Center for Great Expectations seeks to form a partnership with homeless pregnant women in creating a safe place, a safe presence and a safe path so that they may complete a healthy pregnancy, choose the next right step and follow through on their plan. Through programs, services, counseling, and education, the Center provides the opportunity for dramatic change in the lives of the women they serve.
From a two-bedroom house in Somerville serving 12 women a year, The Center has grown to provide two residential-treatment facilities for pregnant and/or parenting women and adolescents, Outpatient services at Roots to Recovery for men and women in need of substance-use treatment, Permanent Supportive Housing, Katy’s Place Child Development Center, and In-home substance use disorder and parent-infant mental health treatment to opioid-addicted women who are pregnant or new parents. CGE has become a leader in the field of trauma-informed care, serving 600 individuals a year. Join us in helping to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and abuse.