In addition to the traditional annual agency grant distributions, in 2017 MPCF and NJNG embarked on a partnership to offer a funding opportunity to support agency collaboration. This RFP called “NJNG Accomplish More Together” offers $5,000 grants to agencies that collaborate on a program/project that builds on each agency’s strength to increase service capacity and innovation. This year four such grants were awarded.
CommCentered Counseling - provides for the provision of short-term therapy and case management services for identified economically disadvantaged Monmouth County children, teens, adults and families requiring professional mental health services and/or substance abuse services – reaching people where they live in and around one of the two VNACJ Community Health Center locations: Asbury Park and Keyport.
Shore Club House & Project Write More – Expressions of Hope – will focus on helping those with severe and persistent mental illness to develop writing and communication skills needed to seek employment and a chance at resilience and personal growth to get back to work and back to life. At the end of the year each will receive a published anthology of their works and invited to participate in a Writer’s Celebration to share readings. Alleviating isolation and supporting creative expression helping individuals with their healing process.
Lunch Break & Family Promise – Live Skills & Employment Training – much needed professional Life Skills training and education to homeless individuals who desire to gain employment and life skills for self-sufficiency. Training and support includes transportation and dinner as they learn about budgeting, financial management, job training and job search – help submitting applications, resume writing, and other life skills as identified all in a supportive group setting.
Mental Health Association & Bloom Again Foundation – Bloom Again Case Management - to stabilize the lives of working women who are head of household and living near the poverty level who are facing a medical crisis and in need of help paying for basic need bills, and to offer longer term case management and resource referrals to over 60 organizations that can provide wrap-around support to keep families in their homes and stable financially.