Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council will present checks to representatives of fourteen local service providers at the February 27, 2018 Council meeting. The checks, which range from $2,000 to $8,000, are from funding the Township receives as part of the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The checks will assist the organizations in providing a wide variety of services to the community.
Every year, the Township receives grant money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program which is in turn passed on to local service providers. The Township identifies issues of concern in the community and then provides the Federal funds to the organizations most appropriate to address those issues. This year, the Township donated a total of $37,000 to these organizations.
“The organizations that we are honored to support through our CDBG program have an enormous impact on our community and the Jersey Shore. It is impossible to calculate how many lives are touched by and how many people will be helped by them,” said Mayor Ducey. “We are honored and privileged to help each one of these groups in their missions to make people’s lives better.”
The CDBG Check recipients are:
- Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County/Meals on Wheels – $7,000 Through its ‘Meals on Wheels’ program, Community Services Inc. provides nutritious meals to homebound elderly in their own homes. The program also serves meals daily to seniors at the Brick Township Senior Center on Adamston Road. For more information, please call 732-367-1400 or the Brick Senior Center at 732-920-8686
- Church of the Epiphany, St. Vincent DePaul Society – $3,000Volunteers provide counseling to those in need to manage housing expenses and provide financial assistance to cover food, clothing, utilities and rent. For more information please call 732-458-0220.
- Ocean County Hunger Relief – $2,000Ocean County Hunger Relief provides emergency food assistance for needy people. They operate 38 food pantries throughout Ocean County. They may be reached at 732-505-HELP.
- Providence House – $3,000A division of Catholic Charities, Providence House provides a wide variety of services related to preventing domestic violence and assisting its victims. For many years, the Township has worked with Providence House to fight domestic violence in our community. Providence House may be reached at 732-350-2120.
- Dottie’s House – $2,000Dottie’s House provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. These grant funds will help offset the operating costs for the transitional housing facility. They may be reached at 732-295-7380.
- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County – $2,000There are times when families face becoming homeless because of personal, financial or medical reasons. Interfaith Homeless Assistance provides a safety net program for Brick Township residents who face becoming homeless. They may be reached at 732-736-1550.
- The Arc, Ocean County Chapter – $2,000The Arc, Ocean County Chapter advocates for, provides supports and empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, ensuring 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. Their phone number is 732-363-3335 ext. 115.
- Ocean’s Harbor House – $8,000Ocean’s Harbor House provides free short-term shelter and crisis intervention for male and female youth ages 10-17. Any youth who is homeless, has runaway, been thrown away or abused, or is otherwise in need of immediate intervention may find help 24 hours a day at this safe haven. Their Shelter Services 24 Hours/Day Hotline is 732-929-0660 and their Outreach Center phone number is 732-929-0096.
- Church of the Visitation – $2,000The Church of the Visitation on Mantoloking Road hosts a community lunch on the third Wednesday of each month. Lunches are free and available from 12pm-1pm. For more information call 732-255-2835.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, Inc. – $2,000Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Ocean County provides community and site-based mentoring services for young people throughout the county. This year’s grant will help offset funds for Big Brothers to start a mentoring program in Brick’s elementary schools. They may be reached 732-905-5349.
- Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey – $2,000Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is a non-profit interfaith organization that provides volunteers to assist frail elderly with simple daily tasks enabling them to live, with dignity, where they are most comfortable – in their own homes. And there is never a charge for help provided! Their phone number is 732-505-2273.
- Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America – $2,000Jersey 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 among the largest youth serving organizations in the state of New Jersey led by approximately 2,000 volunteers. For more information call 732-349-1037.
Mayor Ducey is concerned about the future of these grants as President Trump’s proposed budget that was unveiled earlier this month eliminates the CDBG program. “These organizations help thousands of citizens every year and the CDBG money is crucial to their mission,” said Mayor Ducey. “The proposal to eliminate this funding shows an alarming lack of passion and empathy for the most vulnerable members of our society. It is my hope that our leaders in Washington do not allow the CDBG program to be eliminated.”
Mayor Ducey also credits Township Planner Michael Fowler for his work on the CDBG Program. “I commend Mr. Fowler for the hard work he did coordinating this year’s CDBG Program. This used to be handled by a vendor and he added this to his workload. He has done a great job and has created significant savings for the township in the process.”