Praise & Press

Homefirst’s programs, staff, clients, and board members have been featured in a variety of media and press outlets, including Courier News, The Westfield Leader , Patch, and TAP Into (formerly The Alternative Press).

SPF Newcomers & Neighbors Club Host Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Event at Willow Grove Church

January 18, 2015, TAP Into SPF

“The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Newcomers and Neighbors Club invite all members of the public to a community service event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, from 11:15a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Willow Grove Church and is open to all ages. Participants will be assembling snack packs for the Homefirst After School Kids’ Club in Plainfield.”

Homefirst’s 2014 Evening of Thanks a Success

November 17, 2014, TAP Into – Jane Hoffman

“More than 280 people attended Homefirst’s second annual Evening of Thanks at Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth on Thursday, October 30. Donors, staff, community partners, and religious leaders came together to recognize and honor individuals from different communities in Union County who have served families in need in extraordinary ways in their civic and private lives. “

Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services Hosts Evening of Thanks

October 31, 2014, TAP Into Westfield – Jackie Lieberman

“About 300 people attended Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services’ second annual Evening of Thanks Thursday night at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. Guests included donors, staff, community partners, religious leaders and Union County businesses. ”

Homefirst 2nd Annual Evening of Thanks

October 28, 2014, TAP Into Press Releases

“Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services is proud to be welcoming nearly 300 guests from our Union County community to our 2nd Annual Evening of Thanks on Thursday evening October 30. This inspirational evening will take place at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. Our guests include donors, staff, community partners, religious leaders and local Union County businesses.”

Students from Westfield’s NJ Workshop for the Arts to Perform at Homefirst Gala

October 10, 2014, TAP into Westfield Staff

“Students from Westfield’s New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA) will perform at Homefirst’s signature fundraising event, An Evening of Thanks: 2014 Union County Family Service Awards. An Evening of Thanks will take place on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 30, at The Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.”

An Evening of Thanks: The 2014 Union County Family Service Awards

October 6, 2014 – TAP Into Guest Column – Homefirst, Inc.

“On Thursday evening, October 30, Homefirst will host An Evening of Thanks, the second annual Union County Family Service Awards at The Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth. The event will recognize and honor individuals from interfaith communities in Union County who serve families in need in extraordinary ways. Casey Woodruff, Homefirst Board President, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event. New Jersey State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will …”

Homefirst Provides Comprehensive Solutions to Homelessness

September 30, 2014, TAP Into Guest Column – Ellen McGovern

“At Homefirst we envision a future in which every family has safe, decent housing they can afford. We seek to strengthen families and communities throughout Union County each day through a combination of transitional, supportive and permanent housing options as well as crucial family support services based on innovative national models of excellence. Our family support programs mobilize social and community resources to connect, engage and empower each family member.”

Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Joins Homefirst in Support of Young Moms

September 23, 2014, TAP into Plainfield/Myra Burks-Davis, MBD Strategies, LLC

“Homefirst Inc.’s Young Moms Club was front and center earlier this month at a Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America event held at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains. The Plainfield-based nonprofit agency was presented with a host of donated baby care items to provide to the families Homefirst serves.”

Homefirst Employee Draws on Personal Experience to Help Empower Families Dealing with Homelessness and Asks Others to Pay it Forward

September 10, 2014, TAP into Plainfield/Myra Burks-Davis, MBD Strategies, LLC

“Jennie Crespo, director of housing and social service, at Homefirst, Inc. in Plainfield, New Jersey, knows firsthand what the families she helps to conquer homelessness feel when at a most vulnerable time in their lives.”

JCC Provides Homeless Kids with Free Summer Camp

August 21, 2014, TAP Into Scotch Plains/Fanwood

“The Jewish Community Center in Central NJ (JCC) has partnered with Homefirst to offer kids with the opportunity to attend summer camp for free. Summer camp started in July and will continue to run until the end of August.”

Homefirst Sets Records Servicing and Empowering Union County’s Homeless

July 17, 2014, TAP Into Westfield, Plainfield and Berkeley Heights

“Homefirst Inc. set records in 2013 by servicing nearly 2,000 individuals with housing assistance and social services. The organization, based in Plainfield, NJ, took to the forefront in addressing Plainfield’s 15.9 percent poverty rate. Homefirst strongly believes that the first step to empowering a poverty stricken family is to provide them with safe and affordable housing.”

Northfield Bank Foundation Makes Leadership Gift to Homefirst

July 14, 2014, TAP Into Westfield

“On June 18, during the Homefirst’s annual Kids Club Carnival, Diane Senerchia, Executive Director of the Northfield Bank Foundation presented Homefirst with a generous grant of $20,000. The Northfield Bank Foundation has been a consistent leadership donor to Homefirst. Since 2008, they have given a total of $100,000 in support of Homefirst’s housing and support programs.”