We provide a newly renovated building with two private bedrooms on each of the three floors. Each family can use a communal kitchen equipped in an electric stove and oven, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, as well as coin operated washer and dryer.
The house is located close to a public transportation, shopping, schools, parks and a public library. There is a study room with computers to share, a small, home type library as well as a playroom and a fenced-in playground for younger children. Each room is furnished in a homey, cozy style and has its own refrigerator.
"A dream to open a shelter for women with children was born in 2003. For several years I had watched homeless children stuck in front of TV, often missing school, often without anything else to do. It bothered me a lot; a former teacher and a mother of two had a dream to do something about it.
The idea came to open a shelter that would be more like a home; temporary but cozy, with a caring, loving atmosphere that would help mothers and children to feel more hopeful in their stressful situation.
At the end of 2006 I purchased an old rooming house, took a secondary mortgage on my own house and completely renovated the place. The beginning was tough; even though the building was ready in 2008, we had to wait for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as well as for new licenses. It took us over 18 months to open the doors to needy families and those were financially very challenging times. If it wasn't for our relatives and friends' support and help, we wouldn't be able to survive. Eventually we opened up in February 2010 and we've been serving the homeless families ever since ."
Board of Trustees:
Lilianna A.Giedrys - Founder and President
Italia Commisso-Weinand (Honorary)
Lilianna A.Giedrys - Executive Director
Peter Urbanek - Activities Coordinator
Jennifer and Marc Mastrangelo and Youth Group from Jacksonville Chapel
Lisa Smith, Melissa Ginsburg and Kinnelon Girl Scouts
Christine "Cheffie" O'Keefe
Ladies' Guild at OLM
Jacksonville Chapel Youth Ministry
Jacksonville Chapel Women Ministry
Jacksonville Chapel Young Adults Ministry
International Mothers' Club
Mike Kuder, Nate Dorka and Emergence Ministries
Powerhouse Church in Clifton
Calvary Temple in Wayne
Montclair State University - Music Department
Montclair High School students
We thank you very much for your time and effort!!