We hope to assist the at-risk youth who struggle to have a comfortable place to stay. As of January 2020, New Jersey had an estimated 9,662 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that total, 514 were unaccompanied young adults aged 18 to 24. With [Sleep Well Project], JRF hopes to connect these at-risk youth to the community resource specialists by calling the hotline 2-1-1. They will be assisted in reaching out to a shelter or shelter-related services. "7
7 "What Services Are Available To Help The Homeless? | FAQ". Covid19.Nj.Gov, 2022, https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/what-services-are-available-to-help-the-homeless.
JRF aims to provide a safe space for community members to address trauma and atone for wrongdoing through [Healing Circles Project] in which peers provide emotional support during facilitated meetings or through connecting them with a partner, mental health professional or institutions.
We will be implementing [Saturday Hangouts], a program designed to give the youth opportunity to gather and be with friends on Saturdays. They will be invited to improve their skills with the learning activities and job skills training and seminar conducted by the JRF provides a supportive environment to the at-risk youth in the community where gun-violence is nearly an everyday in every underserved community.
Our letter on gun-violence was featured in the local newspaper of the Jersey Journal 4/28/22, Be sure to check it out in our BLOG section.
Also featured on "6Figures Grants Program Blog". Click the link below to read more about it.