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Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Issues 50-Family Challenge

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Community-wide campaign will keep 50 families housed with help from Accenture

Accenture has donated $15,000 to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County – along with a challenge to the community to raise another additional $15,000. By reaching the goal of $30,000, the Crisis Ministry’s supporters in the community will help fifty Mercer County families maintain their housing or help to house families who are currently homeless.

“The 50 Family Challenge means that about 150 people, mostly children, will maintain their housing,” said Cynthia Mendez, the Crisis Ministry’s director of housing stability. “We salute the generous donors – both our friends from Accenture and our community – who are supporting this challenge, because stable housing has so many broader implications for mental and physical health. It means safety, security, and peace of mind for everyone from little children to senior citizens. Everyone deserves a place to call home.”

Chante HendrickChante Hendrick is a recent client who turned to the Crisis Ministry to apply for security deposit assistance so she and her two children could move into an apartment.

“The Crisis Ministry has taken a huge burden off of me because now I know that my children have a place to live,” Hendrick said. “I am so grateful.”

Donations made to the 50-Family Challenge will directly benefit families and individuals who turn to the Crisis Ministry’s Housing Stability services for help with back rent, security deposits, and utilities payments. Donations may be made online or by sending a check made out to the Crisis Ministry (write 50 Family Challenge in memo line), 123 E. Hanover St., Trenton, NJ 08608.

Everyone who makes a donation to the 50 Family Challenge by Aug. 3 will be invited to a garden party and celebration on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. The garden party will take place in the Crisis Ministry’s community vegetable garden in downtown Trenton. The garden is located next to the Crisis Ministry’s main building and is easily accessible from Route 1. Convenient parking lot and on-street parking are available.

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, a 501 (c)(3) organization, works with low-income families and individuals to improve their food security, housing stability, and job readiness. From three locations — two in Trenton and one in Princeton — the Crisis Ministry provides resources and personal service to individuals and families, stabilizing the lives of more than 11,500 people of all ages living in more than 5,150 households. The Crisis Ministry recently was one of only 49 organizations nationwide of more than 8,000 rated to receive a perfect score from the independent evaluation organization Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is an independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States.

Learn more about the Crisis Ministry’s resources, programs, and volunteer opportunities at thecrisisministry.org or by calling 609-396-9355.

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Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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