Families begin transition to permanent housing
Update: The shelter has officially closed and every family permanently displaced has found an apartment, are staying with families or friends, has hotel accommodations for several days as they await apartment placement or made their own arrangements prior to today's closure.
Many local churches adopted families, which they will keep in touch with until they are self-sufficient and back on their feet. The Dover Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church has graciously adopted the largest displaced family, which includes a 25 day old baby.
The Red Cross, Town Hall, and the Dover Faith-Based Network will follow up with all families in the coming weeks to ensure they are all doing well and have found permanent housing.
As families move into their new apartments, they will need furniture. Morris Habitat for Humanity Restore (274 S Salem St, Randolph, NJ) has agreed to receive any donated furniture and housewares for the displaced families. If you are interested in donating furniture, please visit www.morrisrestore.org for information on what they do and do not accept. Furniture House in Dover is also helping displaced families with items Restore does not sell (i.e., mattresses).
To demonstrate people's generosity-- a man (Joe) came to the center today looking to donate. He was unsure what to donate, but after speaking with some of the families, he left the center and returned a short time later with $4,000 worth of gift cards. He delivered the gift cards to each family that had children. He also donated two new twin mattresses to a family on their way to their new apartment. Thank you, Joe!!
As the Red Cross packed their folding cots, equipment, and signature blankets, there were more hugs, smiles and tears of joy. Red Cross team leaders praised the Mayor, town officials, and police chaplains for their dedication and commitment to the families. They expressed how they had never experienced such support nor seen such generosity by any community they had been deployed to in recent year; a true testament to what Dover is all about!! #Doverstrong
Mayor James P. Dodd and the Board of Aldermen once again want to thank all those who have donated and offered services to displaced families and business owner. Two local fundraisers are scheduled for the displaced families, employees and business owners. 1) The Dover Rotary Club and Town of Dover will co-host a fundraiser Tuesday, October 30 7pm-9pm at the Baker Theater 41 W Blackwell St Dover. 2) Club Colombia will host an event Saturday, November 10 12pm-12am at 11 E Blackwell St Dover. Both events are only accepting monetary donations.
Special thanks goes to all who made today's transition process smooth and efficient for the families: the Red Cross for an amazing overall job caring for our families, Morris County Human Services, Homeless Solutions (Zuly Tamariz), Homewood Suites by Hilton Dover, The Seven Day Adventist Church, St. John's Church, Trinity Church, First United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Furniture House, Morris County Hispanic Affairs, Morris County Family Success Center, Salvation Army, El Tesoro Bakery, Sabor Latino, and Mayor James P. Dodd for contacting property owners to find vacant apartments, arranging a meet & greet with a large property owner at the shelter, ensuring every displaced tenant received their security deposit, and even negotiating reduced hotel rates for families!