A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Coat Giveaway a HUGE success! We couldn’t have done it without YOU! Thank you for volunteering your Saturday morning to help distribute winter coats to those in need!
For those of you who love statistics, here are a few stats from Saturday:
- We served 224 individuals/families!
- 71% were from Asbury Park, followed by 10% from Neptune, 1% from Long Branch and 1% from Ocean Grove! Individuals also came from all over the Jersey Shore area.
- We distributed over 726 coats!
- 90+ volunteers donated over 256 hours on Saturday morning! (WOW!!)
Thank you again, to everyone who donated coats, volunteered their time, and helped spread the word about this event!
Joe’s home life was great. Wonderful parents. Two great sisters.
But there was a darker side to his story… when he was seven or eight, he was molested by another family member.
“I felt like the power and control were taken away from me,” he says. “I started smoking marijuana and drinking. I eventually crept into cocaine, and that’s where I found the power and authority I felt had been taken away.”
That secret kept Joe a prisoner for 36 years! “I was just getting by,” he says. “I sold drugs so I could get high. I never had a job for more than two or three months.”
I didn’t want to change. I was comfortable in the chaos. But God intervened. “When the change started… it was God’s work!”
Need space in your home? Donate your stuff to the Market Street Mission Thrift Store and help make a difference in the lives of others. Free donation pickup is available.
We now also offer house or room cleanouts. Contact us at (973) 538-0427 for a quote!
Thank you to AT&T for partnering with Market Street Mission and donating over 180 sandwiches to help feed those in need! This was one of several "Feed the City" events that took place last week within AT&T locations across the country. AT&T has always been a strong supporter of community involvement and have partnered with internal organizations across the country where the employees donate materials and time to make sandwiches to meet local needs.
Carl started drinking at age 17. “I was hanging out with the wrong crowds… wanting to fit in,” he says. “For some reason, I was drawn to the negativity.”
Over time, his substance abuse escalated – from alcohol to “weed” to heroin. “But I didn’t realize how out of control my life was going to get,” he shares. He began committing crimes and “doing the time.” Eventually, he went to prison for five years.
Benny was born into a cold and violent home.
“My mother had an alcohol addiction and was very abusive, physically and emotionally. My father was in prison, but she told me he was dead,” he says. “She abandoned me when I was three.”
Benny grew up in a detention facility and the homes of various relatives. “I know how it is to feel like no one loves you, to feel like you’re rotten and there’s something wrong with you,” he says.
Jacob was raised in a loving, close-knit, Christian home, but when he reached adolescence, he rebelled. “I started trying to fill a void with drugs and alcohol and relationships and chaos,” he says.
Jacob entered the military after high school, and his alcohol and drug abuse escalated. The military sent him to rehab for cocaine and pain pills, but when he was discharged, nothing changed. “Anytime I felt anything I didn’t want to feel, I masked it with alcohol and drugs, or I’d just run,” he says.
Eventually, Jacob lost everything. “I had warrants out for my arrest and I was doing odd jobs so I could get high every day,” he says. “I was running from the law, but in my heart I was running from the Lord.”
Special thank you to the team at The Salad House and GR Productions!
They teamed up this holiday season, to do something big. Bigger than themselves. They teamed up to bring hope to a group of men, through the gift of food. What Joey Cioffi and Gabriel Rhodes learned is that giving that gift of hope could be the greatest gift in the world. This is their story...
Donate your old Tablet for Bible Studies at MSM!
Market Street Mission in Morristown, NJ leads bible studies for groups of men recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. In 2017, we hope to use an interactive curriculum developed by the Museum of the Bible. To do so requires that we have a computer tablet to loan to each man in the program. Initially, we will start with a group of 20. The software will run on either an Apple iPad 3 (or higher) or Android 5.0 or 5.1 tablet (Samsung, ASUS, etc) with at least 1.5 memory, 16gb of storage and a 7.9" screen. See donation form for complete hardware requirements.
Jabraun started smoking marijuana when he was only 14. “At first, it was once in awhile, but I started using more and more,” he says. “I couldn’t keep a job, and my addiction ruined my relationships. My life was out of control.”
Jabraun moved in with his mother, but he soon wore out his welcome. “I had nowhere to go. I hit bottom. I knew I needed help,” he says.
Jabraun’s mother introduced him to someone who’d been through our Life Change Program.
“The person got his life back on track, and learned how to be a productive citizen,” he says. “So I called the Mission and they took me in. I knew it was the best decision I could make.”