Cori Hoffman and Sara Swijters CROP committee members visited Manna House ,
640 Cliffwoood Ave., Cliffwood Beach, NJ 07735 on july 14th. Manna House has been helping homeless women and their children since 1986 by providing transitional housing, life skills and job readiness skills training as well as therapeutic counseling and follow-up support. The building itself is a spic and span residence for up to 10 homeless women and their children. Rose Wickersty, staff social worker and 'group mom', explained the program and showed us around. The residents have assigned chores and are collectively responsible for cleaning and for meal preparation. The program helps the women with issues such as parenting, budgeting, nutrition, anger management, addiction education and job readiness. The goal of the Manna House being transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Manna House could use donations, volunteer mentors, help with transportation and child care, and fund raising help. For more information: http://mannahouse.wickyweb.com or call 908-601-9189.
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