Brick Township officials have once again used the Township’s ability to obtain Community Development Block Grants to support a broad group of local non-profit organizations that help members of the local community.
Each year, the township receives a CDBG program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which, in turn, is passed on to local service providers. As part of the program’s unique approach, The Brick officials identify issues of concern in the community and then provide federal funds to the most appropriate organizations to address those issues. This year, the township has awarded a total of $54,438 to organizations, which range from food pantries to temporary housing to support for victims of domestic violence.
The township also administers housing rehabilitation and public infrastructure improvement projects with funding received from the CDBG program each year.
“Being able to provide these organizations with CDBG funds is a privilege and an honor for the Council and myself,” said Mayor John Ducey. “We know how hard each of these organizations works to positively impact people’s lives. We are grateful for their efforts and grateful to have the opportunity to pass these funds on to them and support them in their missions.
Officials awarded the grants last week during the regular meeting of the city council, with a representative from each organization delivering a short message about their respective goals and missions.
The recipients of the CDBG check are:
Providence House – $10,000 – A division of Catholic Charities, Providence House provides a wide variety of services related to preventing domestic violence and helping its victims. For many years the Township has worked with Providence House to address domestic violence in our community.
Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County/Meals on Wheels – $5,000 – Through its “Meals on Wheels” program, Community Services Inc. provides nutritious meals to homebound seniors. The program also serves daily meals to seniors at the Brick Township Senior Center on Adamston Road.
Church of the Visitation – $3,000- The Visitation Church on Mantoloking Road hosts a community luncheon on the third Wednesday of every month. Lunches are free and available from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Ocean County Interfaith Welcoming Network – $3,500 – There are times when families are at risk of becoming homeless for personal, financial or medical reasons. Interfaith Homeless Assistance offers a safety net program for Brick Township residents who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Ocean Harbor House – $3,500 – Ocean’s Harbor House provides free short-term shelter and crisis intervention for young men and women ages 10-17. Any young person who is homeless, runaway, dumped or abused, or who otherwise needs immediate intervention can find help 24 hours a day at this shelter.
Jersey Center Volunteer Caregivers – $3,500 – Jersey Center Volunteer Caregivers is an interfaith, non-profit organization that provides volunteers to help frail older people with simple daily tasks that enable them to live with dignity where they are most comfortable – in their own homes. And there is never a charge for the help provided!
Epiphany Church – $3,000 – Volunteers offer advice to those in need to manage housing expenses and provide financial assistance to cover food, clothing, utilities and rent.
CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties – $3,500 – CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides trained telephone listeners who respond to human needs around the clock. They offer free and confidential crisis intervention, information about available resources and a referral to community services.
Dottie’s house – $3,000 – Dottie’s House provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. These grant funds will help offset the operating costs of the transitional housing facility.
The Arc, Ocean County Chapter – $3,500 – The Arc, Ocean County Chapter advocates, provides support and empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, ensuring that they are accepted and valued as citizens of our community. The Arc does this through vocational, recreational, family support, residential, transportation, and primary medical care programs.
Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America – $3,000 – Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Toms River, serves more than 6,000 young people in four Jersey Shore counties: Atlantic, Ocean, Southeast Burlington, and Ocean City in Cape May County. It is one of the largest youth-serving organizations in the state of New Jersey, run by approximately 2,000 volunteers.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – $5,000 – The goal of Big Brothers/Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong, lasting one-to-one relationships supported by professionals who change their lives for the better.
Brick Morning Rotary Club – $3,000 – The Brick Morning Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who come together to make positive and lasting change in communities at home and abroad. the stranger. These funds will be used for their Shore Movement food drive.
True Vine Community Services, Inc. – $1,938 – True Vine provides the resources needed to create a positive impact in the community by assisting abused women, the rehabilitation of prisoners and the fight against juvenile delinquency through counselling, training, mentoring, guidance and education.
“The organizations we support rely heavily on volunteers and donations,” Ducey said. “I encourage all residents who are in a position to consider volunteering for one of these groups or making a donation. Your contribution will go towards making a difference in people’s lives.
The Brick Township CDBG program is administered by the Township Land Use Office and Township Planner Tara Paxton. Groups seeking more information on how to apply for CDBG funding from the township can call 732-262-1039.