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Nov 30, 2020

JBJ Soul Foundation Launches New Way to Give Back as Winter Nears

This year, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Giving Tuesday was created as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

In doing so, JBJ Soul Foundation has launched an Amazon Smile Charity Wish List, which will help donate back to the cause. Since the winter of 2018, JBJ has partnered with Pilgrim Baptist Church to open up the JBJ & PBC Hope & Comfort Warming Center.

Donations made through AmazonSmile will further the foundation’s mission of providing men in need with temporary shelter, safety, food and community-based resources in a safe environment, on the coldest winter days. Last winter, the JBJ & PBC Hope and Comfort Warming Center helped more than 290 men, and volunteers are preparing for even more this winter due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Amazon Wish List drive provides the gift of warmth and comfort to individuals in need during cold, winter nights. Wish List items range from cargo pants, socks and hats to face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

Click here to view the Amazon Wish List.

The Warming Center provides safe and secure overnight services and accommodations to local homeless men in Monmouth County during below freezing temperatures. In accordance with the New Jersey Code Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, Code Blue Alerts are issued when the weather forecast shows temperatures will be 32 degrees or below, including wind-chill, between 4 pm and 8 am. In the event of a Code Blue, at-risk individuals are encouraged to seek shelter at the Warming Center located at 166-168 Shrewsbury Ave. in Red Bank via the parking lot on Earle Street.

Individuals without overnight shelter can receive hot food, warm cots, hot showers, and access to a washer and dryer. Guests are also welcome at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant nearby for a delicious meal Wednesday through Saturday between 5 and 7 pm and Sunday between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Throughout the 2019-20 winter season, the Warming Center was open a total of 27 Code Blue nights. The facility provided a warm and safe environment for 291 men, an average of 10 to 11 per Code Blue night. The number of guests increased by a total of 11 percent from the previous winter. Given the COVID-19 crisis, it is expected that this number will rise again this season.

“We are so grateful to be able to support those without a place to call home, especially during this particularly challenging year we have all had,” said Heather Goldfarb, executive director of the JBJ Soul Foundation. “It is through these generous donations through our Amazon Smile Wish List that we can provide a safe haven during the cold winter months.”

For additional information on the Warming Center and a full schedule of services during Code Blue events, call 848-260-9076. Additional resources can be found by visiting the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office website.