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Brick, NJ - Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis and the Township Council will present checks to thirteen local service providers at the October 28, 2008 Council meeting.  The checks, which range from $500 to $10,000, 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, we have the opportunity to help organizations that help the people of Brick Township by using Federal CDBG funds,” said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.  “It is great to see this money be put to good use and make a positive impact on the lives of so many.”


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.


“Being able to assist organizations and programs such as Providence House, Meals on Wheels Ocean’s Harbor House is one of the great things about being a Council member,” said Council President Ruthanne Scaturro.  “The Council is proud to offer this support.”


The 2008 CDBG Recipients are

Community Services Inc.  /   Meals on Wheels $10,000

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.

Dottie’s House     $10,000

Dottie’s House provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children.  They may be reached at 732-295-7380.

Providence House      $7,500

A 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 732-262-3143 or 732-244-8259.  They have an office located in Lions Head Plaza.   

Ocean County Hunger Relief      $7,500

Ocean County Hunger Relief provides emergency food assistance for needy people.  They operate 38 food pantries throughout Ocean County.  They may be reached at 732-349-1500.

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey    $4,902.60
Caregiver 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.
VetGroup            $4,000

VetGroup operates a local satellite resource office in James Howard VA Clinic for veterans in need of various kinds of assistance with such issues as career counseling, medical assistance and stress management.  They may be reached at 609-971-7613.

Interfaith Hospitality Network                 $3,000
There 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 732-370-1550.
Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Ocean County  $1,500
Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Ocean County provides community and site-based mentoring services for young people throughout the county.  They may be reached 732-905-5349. 
Contact of Ocean County                     $1,000
Contact of Ocean County provides a 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention for people in need of help with drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, depression and other personal issues.  They may be reached at 732-240-6100 or 609-693-5834. 
Ocean’s Harbor House                         $1,000

Ocean’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 732-929-4001.

New Beginnings Christian Fellowship                 $1,000

New Beginnings Christian Fellowship operates a thrift shop for low-income families at 236 Chambers Bridge Road in Brick.  Their phone number is 732-451-0779.

Destiny Development Corporation                     $1,000

Since August of 2006 Destiny Community Development Corporation has been operating the Community Outreach Food and Clothing Pantry (COFCP). The COFCP is available to provide food and clothing to anyone in need regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity in such a way as to maintain a persons dignity as a respected member of society.  The phone number is 732-451-0777

Court Appointed Special Advocates          $500 

The Township’s CDBG efforts are administered by Rehabco/Oross Associates located on Mantoloking Road in Brick.  Grantsman Ervin Oross works with the Township to identify community needs, submit the funding applications to HUD, and disburse the funds to the local service providers.  “Ervin and Rehabco do an outstanding job every year in administering our CDBG program,” said Mayor Acropolis.  “Their efforts have touched the lives of so many.”


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