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Hi friends. I am going to share something that is very dear to my heart. I have been running this amazing page and meeting some really fascinating people and hearing some truly incredible stories over two years now.

But there is one aspect to this page that really, truly haunts me: The people I meet who have needs that for whatever reason, our society has not been able to meet. I think of the homeless family I met recently who had to move every few nights to unsafe, dilapidated hotels with their 8 kids – one only 9 months old – or the people who battle addictions, or mental illness, or abuse of any kind, or learned they are facing terminal cancer. I remember a mother who was estranged from her ex-husband and her teenage son who lives with him, and how incredibly lonely she was. I think of the man whom my son and I met in Toms River, (Pictured here with my son above). I think of the women I have met who were rape victims, and had no idea where or how to get help and support.

These are the people I have hugged as I have wept with them, prayed with them …. but had precious little idea how to help them. I am no longer going to let that happen. This page is my answer to a reality that is very real in this country: Far more people go with basic emotional, physical and mental needs than we may realize in our society – including right here at the Shore. I want this page to be a place people can come to to find the help they need for themselves or the people they love. This page will also be invaluable to me as I inevitably meet people along the streets, boardwalks, towns and beaches of the Jersey Shore who need help. I truly hope this page will be a blessing to all this will apply to.

BUT I NEED YOUR HELP

This page will always have room for more resources. Please comment below and share resources to any of the needs listed (and beyond) that you know that can be of help. It is my prayer and intention that Portraits of The Jersey Shore will have a robust resource list for the community at large to get the help they need. Please share this as well to get the word out.

Thank you all so much, Gregory Andrus, founder, storyteller and photographer of Portraits of the Jersey Shore.


Cancer Care:

 Domestic Violence Services:

  • 180 Turning Lives Around “Always believing change is possible” http://180nj.org (Monmouth County)
  • Providence House of Catholic Charities Hotline – 732-244-8259 Available 24/7 (Ocean County)

Food Resources:

  • Project Paul: “For the express purpose of helping those in need.” https://www.projpaul.org (Keyport)
  • Soul Kitchen “Community Dining with Dignity” https://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org (Toms River and Red Bank)
  • Destiny Food Pantry, Brick Blvd. open Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10 Am to 2 Pm

Homeless Resources:

Mental Health Care:

  • Preferred Behavioral Heath Group : “Our mission is to deliver quality and compassionate behavioral health services to individuals and families all the time.“ https://www.preferredbehavioral.org (Ocean Twsp, Lakewood, Brick, Toms River)
  • Ocean Mental Health Services “Building better tomorrows, one life at a time.” https://oceanmhs.org (Ocean and Monmouth Counties)

Pregnancy Crisis:

Recovery Treatment Programs:

  • CFC Loud and Clear: “After- Treatment Program for those in Recovery Ages 16 +; Prevention Programs & Workshops Ages 13 +” https://www.njrecoverycommunity.org (Farmingdale, Monmouth County)

Sexual Violence:

  • 180 Turning Lives Around “Always believing change is possible” http://180nj.org (Monmouth County)

Suicide Prevention Hotline:

  • NJ Hope Line: 855-654- 6375
  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-8255

Assimilation for the Formerly Incarcerated:

  • NJ Reentry: “A non-profit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from incarceration.” http://njreentry.org (Ocean County)

 

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