Five years ago today, we opened the doors to a very amazing nonprofit ministry called the Visitation Relief Center, located at 725 Mantoloking Rd. in Brick NJ 08723. With the support and blessing of our parish, the Visitation Roman Catholic Church.
We are so very proud to let everyone know that the Visitation Relief Center has started the process of applying for our own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status. We have received our Certificate of Incorporation, and with much thought, we have renamed the ministry to:
Project S.O.S. SEEDS OF SERVICE, INC.
Our Mission is to support God’s love in action by bringing youth and young adults together with opportunities to serve, advocate, and care for those faced with adversity
To assist and advocate for the sick, the poor and the needy, in services and programs designed to meet the needs of persons with special needs, disabilities, at-risk behaviors regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender.
To educate and prepare youth and young adults struggling with special needs, disabilities, or at-risk behaviors with job readiness skills through opportunities to give service and participate in structure activities.
To accommodate youth and young adult volunteer teams and mission groups, regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender, with short-term housing while they participate in service projects to assist the sick, the poor, and the needy throughout the community.
To collaborate with other community service agencies, without regard to religious
affiliation, in order to coordinate and cooperate in serving and meeting the needs of persons with special needs, disabilities, at-risk behaviors, the sick, the poor and the needy throughout the community.
The Visitation Roman Catholic Church will continue to be our fiscal sponsors as they have been in the past, until we receive our tax-exempt certificate.
As many know, we are currently located at 1930 Rt. 88 Brick, NJ 08724. We have been very thankful to serve at this temporary location for the past year, as it has allowed us to provide services through our Open-Choice Food Pantry, Household Goods program, Clothing program, Framing Hope program, Financial Counselling, and our Youth and Young Adult Job Preparedness program. However, it is time for us to return home and re-open all 26 of our community outreach programs at 725 Mantoloking Rd.
All of Our Accomplishments Over the Past Five Years:
1. 8,625 households served.
2. 372,000 Volunteer Hours: $4,464,000 in labor savings for families.
3. Direct Financial Assistance provided: $1,037,00 for families.
4. 24,640 services provided: $1,894,793.57 savings for families.
5. 6,386 people assisted: 4,877 adults and 1,509 children.
6. 291 home rebuilds completed.
7. 4,532 lbs. of fresh vegetables harvested from the Community Garden.
8. 536 tons of debris removed from the environment.
9. 102 community rain barrel projects completed at the VRC which helped prevent 5,942,856 gallons of run-off into the Barnegat Bay.
10. 4,283 family cases opened (1,678 completed).
Total contribution to Community Recovery: $7,395,793.57!!!
Over the past five years, these 26 programs have enabled us to create a substantial impact on Ocean County’s residents.
We are asking each person who comes in contact with this fundraiser to give a $5.00 donation. We have a little over 580,000 residents in Ocean County, and if we reach just 10% of these people, we will hit our fundraising goal!
Please help us share to as many friends and families as possible.
- Joanne McMenamin
- Grandma Polini
- Cindy Welgoss
- Crane Family
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