Joseph’s House of Camden Celebrates Expanded Facilities and New Services on World Homeless Day
Joseph’s House of Camden hosted a Grand Open House on October 10, World Homeless Day, to celebrate the opening of expanded facilities and the addition of day services. The day’s program featured remarks from Executive Director Shawn Sheekey, Camden Mayor Frank Moran and representatives from donor organizations, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist, philanthropist and New Jersey native, Jon Bon Jovi, who supports the shelter as Chairman of the JBJ Soul Foundation.
The brief program included an invocation from JHOC Board Member Father Mike McCue and an inspiring story from Liz Holmes, a former guest who was able to overcome homelessness and a 30-year addiction with the help of Joseph’s House staff and fellow guests. Also on hand to make remarks were representatives of other major capital campaign donors, Sandy Capell, Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy for the Subaru of America Foundation and Tim Durkin, Vice President for Grantmaking at the Connelly Foundation.
During the event, guests, donors and community partners toured the expanded facilities and spoke with local service providers who are now more accessible to guests with the new day program in place. These organizations include Rutgers Health Services, Taylor Care Adult Behavioral Health, Center for Family Services – Living Proof Recovery Center, Maryville Addiction Treatment Centers, Project H.O.P.E., Camden County Board of Social Services, Amerigroup and Camden Coalition.
“Today marks a watershed moment in Joseph’s House’s history. We have many great things to celebrate and be grateful for: our renovation and expansion and, most importantly, the start of our new day program which enables us to double down on the critical services we provide to the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Shawn Sheekey, Executive Director of Joseph’s House of Camden, “This is a crucial step toward our goal of ending homelessness in South Jersey and we are eternally grateful to our donors, volunteers and community supporters who share in this vision and helped get us here.”
The new, 17,000 square foot, $1.2 million renovated facility expands Joseph’s House’s overnight capacity from 80 to 90 cots. At the heart of the upgraded shelter is The HUB, a dedicated space for guests to meet one-on-one with service providers. Adjacent to the HUB is a spacious waiting room, where guests can read, watch TV or socialize while they wait to meet with providers. Other features include a computer room where guests can work on resumes and search for jobs or housing, an upgraded laundry facility and lockers for storing personal belongings.
“We are proud to partner with Joseph’s House to help bring critical services to those most in need,” said Jon Bon Jovi, JBJ Soul Foundation Board Chairman. “Thank you to everyone who supported the new renovations and expanded day program at Joseph’s House and for continuing to take hope to the next level in Camden.”
Joseph’s House Names Shawn Sheekey as Executive Director
Camden, NJ – September 30, 2019 – Joseph’s House of Camden, a South Jersey homeless shelter committed to providing resources, social and housing services for those in need, today announced that Shawn Sheekey has been named Executive Director.
Shawn will oversee all efforts pertaining to fundraising and program expansion, staff training and development, service delivery and mission, and day-to-day operations. Shawn’s focus will be to grow and improve the services of Joseph’s House, including its new day program designed to link guests directly with a multitude of services on-site and, ultimately, return them to independent living.
Shawn is a lifelong Camden County resident and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Rowan University. He recently served for seven years as Camden County’s Welfare Director, overseeing the 500-employee Board of Social Services.
“I am excited to join the Joseph’s House team as we complete a major expansion project. We will soon provide day services to complement our overnight program, providing round-the-clock care for our region’s most vulnerable,” said Shawn Sheekey, Executive Director at Joseph’s House of Camden.
The recently-completed renovation and expansion project improves and combines space in the existing 17,000 square-foot facility, creating a one-stop shop for vital services including overnight shelter, case management, employment support and social services and mental health/addiction counseling. Joseph’s House is a beacon of light for the homeless both day and night. None of this would be made possible without the devoted employees, volunteers, donors and local business partners who provide hope and a warm smile to community members in need.
Joseph’s House of Camden 2018 Annual Report
Hard Hat Tour of Joseph’s House Renovations
Joseph’s House is undergoing renovations and expansion to further establish a day program that provides homeless services and support for the region’s most vulnerable. On July 10, we donned hard hats and toured the progress with members of the local community. Stay tuned for more updates! Interested in making a donation to this project? You can visit https://www.mightycause.com/story/Renovationstoserve
Construction & Renovations of Our New Home!
Joseph's House is improving and combining the existing 17,000 square foot facility and adjoining space under one roof, creating a one-stop shop for vital services, and a beacon of light for the homeless both day and night. Be sure to click through the slideshow above to check out our progress! We’re also still graciously accepting donations for this project. If you’d like to contribute, please visit: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Renovationstoserve
Joseph’s House Team Participates in Annual Avnet Golf Outing and Fundraiser
Members of the Joseph’s House team were honored to participate in the 2019 annual golf outing, sponsored by Avnet. The event is a wonderful opportunity for volunteering and raising awareness for homelessness in the local community.
As part of the day’s festivities, Avnet also sponsors a 50/50 raffle, offers raffle tickets on prize baskets, holds a putting contest, and offers opportunities to bid on sports memorabilia. Avnet matches these funds, raising money for Joseph's House.
Volunteer Visit from Spirited Business Works
Joseph’s House of Camden to Renovate and Expand its Facility to Provide Round the Clock Support Services for South Jersey’s Homeless
Joseph’s House served over 600 homeless individuals in 2018, a number the organization expects to significantly increase following expansion
CAMDEN, N.J., May 09, 2019 — Joseph’s House of Camden today announced it has commenced construction renovations to its existing facility. This initiative will enable the organization to provide day services that, when coupled with its overnight program, will establish round the clock care for the region’s most vulnerable.
For the past eight years, Joseph's House has provided an overnight shelter and services program that has helped many in the homeless community get back on their feet and return to independent living. However, last year when a community nonprofit that for years provided day services to the homeless suddenly closed their doors, Joseph's House stepped up by offering day services on a limited basis. Now, the organization is addressing this opportunity for the long-term by improving and combining the existing 17,000 square foot facility and adjoining space under one roof, creating a one-stop shop for vital services, and a beacon of light for the homeless both day and night. Facility features will include, but are not limited to:
Increasing capacity of its overnight program from 80 to 90 people per night
Expanding the dining room and storage space, enabling guests to keep their personal belongings onsite rather than carrying them from appointment to appointment, often in trash bags
Providing case management, employment and housing services
Counseling for mental health and addiction
“The team at Joseph’s House is motivated by the homeless men and women we serve each day, as well as the surrounding community, and its residents and businesses that generously donate food, supplies, time and money,” said James Wynn, Executive Director of Joseph’s House. “Through this initiative, we are poised to rise and meet the significant challenge before us of providing food and shelter to keep the homeless off the streets at night, while also offering a helping hand through services and support that empower our guests to return to independent living.”
Joseph’s House looks to build on the momentum from 2018 where it served over 600 homeless guests and helped 200 men and women return to independent living. None of this would be made possible without the devoted employees, volunteers, donors and local businesses for providing hope and a warm smile for their fellow community members who are at their most vulnerable.
Charitable donations for the program are graciously accepted by visiting this link: https://www.mightycause.com/story/RenovationsToServe