My team has a long history of supporting local events and causes. About 3 years ago we decided to focus our giving on one organization and we chose Family Promise of Essex, a Montclair-based not for profit organization that provides food, shelter, and support services for homeless families in our area. To me, this seemed like an obvious choice given what we do. We donate to Family Promise with each and every closing.

There are so many families facing extra challenges this holiday season so we decided to “adopt” a family of five by covering the full cost of their holiday gift wish list including a kindle, digital camera, socks, slippers, dolls and bracelets! This family has three girls (ages 3, 6 and 12)  and they recently moved to an apartment in Irvington, with the help of Family Promise, after being in a shelter last summer.

Yesterday, when I dropped a check off at FPE’s Montclair offices, their wonderful staff reiterated how demand for their services has increased this year. If you are interested in contributing to Family Promise they are always in need of cash donations and Shop Rite gift cards in $25 denominations.

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