Max Malick 35, of Ocean County, was living in his mother’s living room for four years with his three children. Thanks to a huge community effort we were able to supply him with a home, a vehicle, and furniture. We could not have done this without the help of our partners and the community. Van Dyk Group, Peoples Pantry Toms River, Mr. Matters, Habitat Of Humanity of Toms River, Luminer Foundation, Asbury Park Press, and all who donated. Thank you for your help and support.
Steve Hemberger 61, was truly down on his luck. He broke his ankle and did not even know it. We were called out to his site and were able to help him to get out of the woods, to get his ID and Birth Certificate and housing while his foot healed. Steve was helped by us in 2014 but lost his housing to a lack of funding and work due to ID barriers. We fixed that problem. Ms. Judy of Toms River Community Church has been very helpful with Steve as well.
Haven has brought hundreds of homeless families back to life over the last three years!
Over 3,000 families have come through HAVEN / Beat the Streets Inc. services.
Haven Homeless Facts
Over 68 people have been housed by Tent City Lakewood Project and helped with furniture essentials and transportation.
Over 450 people served with bagged lunches by partners on the streets of New Jersey cities.
Joined Drug awareness with Teen Challenge from Newark NJ and Ocean County
Joined Counties to help housing difficulties in Ocean County And Atlantic County
Helped find jobs for 30 newly housed from Lakewood Tent City and non-Tent City residences.
We have a three-story 13 apartment building located in Atlantic City for low income and transitional living.
Helped 60 families navigate out of homelessness through complex Social Service Systems …
For God so loved the world He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17 NLT
Lisa out of the “Woods”
Lisa Mazza 50 going into her new home from homelessness
Above …. Lisa Mazza and Bill Southrey, CEO/Haven Beat The Street Inc.
Lisa Mazza 50, was found living behind Denny’s’ in Absecon, NJ. We started by putting her in hotels and brought her food and clothing. We advocated for her with multiple services. It was a trying battle. Yet after six months of fighting she was accepted into JFS in Atlantic County and on November 30, 2015 she entered her new home! We have helped get her furniture and helped her meet her household needs.
Otha Pratt 61, of Egg Harbor Township talks to a reporter outside a motel in Barnegat, NJ on Wednesday April 1, 2015. Otha, a former homeless man and others have been helped by HAVEN/Beat The Street Inc. Otha and Bill Southrey have a long history stemming back to the Mission. He never forgot what Bill Southrey did for him. Otha, a former gangster from the Bronx is now a God fearing man thanks to the help and spiritual wisdom of Mr. Southrey.
In 1982 Daniel Smith was the youngest person to stay at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission where he met Bill Southrey. At the age of 12 he slept on a couch outside of then Executive Director Rex Whiteman’s office. Bill and Daniel have remained close and often worked together over the years.
Outreach effort 2014 Monmouth, Atlantic and Ocean Counties 2014
Above …. Marianne Dunnkosky 51, and her daughter at the Route 9 motel in Barnegat, NJ which they call home in Ocean County. We found the Dunnkosky’s in the woods before a rainstorm and provided them temporary shelter by providing $1,500 for the March stay in Barnegat. The funds came from donations. They are currently working on a more stable home.
Above …. Marianne’s new home
Marianne Dunnkosky, 51 now stands on her front porch thanks to Haven and Ocean Mental Health. She moved into her new home on December 1, 2015 and is so happy to be out of the woods. She will maintain a stable residency for at least the next 5 years.
Below Martin Truex Jr and Kimu Burgos. 9/25/2014
Kimu Burgos 42, a former Tent City Homeless Shelter resident at Martin Truex Jr. Foundation event. (V.I.P in the photo above 9/25/2014) We have helped him from tent living to have his first home in nearly 20 years. Kimu has a long road to full rehabilitation but he is one of many souls we help to take back their lives. He is featured in our first newsletter Volume 1
In 2014/2015 we created a warming center in Barnegat, NJ. With Grace And Peace church we provided warm meals donated by the People’s Pantry Relief center and our very own volunteers made homemade meals and we distributed them throughout the county in the winter months. We have successfully helped over 300 Families in the winter months in Southern Ocean County. Below is the storefront/church we used as a Welcome Warming Center. The hours of operation were Tuesday 12:00 to 8:00 pm and Fridays 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Also, open for emergency snowstorms or Nor’ easter storms.
William Sutter, 42. We helped him re-establish his license and get his vehicle back on the road so he can reconnect with family in Florida. He is originally a Lakewood Tent City Homeless Shelter resident. Pictured above: We took him to a NASCAR Show Day to have some fun! September 2014
Will Brown, 50 found himself in Tent City searching for life changes. He felt God called him to the camp to lean how to manage life in the wilderness. He said he had it all there. Donations weere always coming in. People always tried to help Will but he could not help himself. Battling addiction and a struggling relationship, he found himself stuck. Having a great life at the camp was only a temporary illusion. Will strove for more. He received his one year of housing with his girlfriend Mo in 2014. He got a job but was still struggling with life. As it came to the end of his one year of housing he learned something new. When you’re relentless about something, you mean business and you’re not stopping until you get what you want. You’re not taking “NO” for an answer. HAVEN and their team continued to teach Will to take ownership of his responsibilities and to strive to do more. Because Will developed an all I can do attitude, he is still in his home and is learning life is worth fighting for. He also has the heart to give back. We told him from the beginning you give a man a fish and he will eat for a moment but if you teach a man to fish he will eat forever. As of March 2015 Will and Mo are on the right track and continue to have faith in God. They also plan on getting married.
Will and Mo were a part of the now debunked Lakewood Tent City. At the end of Lakewood’s Tent City, agencies and organizations were working around the clock to help make sure that the homeless residents of Tent City had somewhere to go. Will and Mo were assisted by S.T.E.P.S., a court appointed agency assigned to assist them and other tent residents get into housing for up to 12 months. Our organization helped S.T.E.P.S. move former Lakewood Tent City residents into their new homes. Will and Mo were two of the 61 people we assisted with getting them situated into their new homes. We helped by supplying furniture vouchers, water, rental trucks, social workers, homeless advocates, rides to jobs, doctor visits, food pantry visits, and assisted with toiletries. All with help from the Monmouth University School of Social Work.
As you know, twelve months goes by very quickly and those people who were put up in housing are finding themselves homeless once again. Some have been able to maintain their new lives and remain in their homes by paying rent, but many are finding themselves homeless once again. Mo and Will are a success story and through all the ups and downs they have managed to not give up hope and work hard to keep from going back to living in the woods. Today they are still in housing and going in the right direction with their lives. Mo and Will were not given up on and we remain in their lives to help keep them stay on the right track. We want to keep doing what God has called us to do, however without the necessary funds to do this our organization can only help so much. Please consider donating to our organization so we can end homelessness and have more success stories like Mo and Will. Everyone needs help but some just need more than others. We love doing God’s work. Please help us continue to make a difference
John Torraz, 60 is a former resident of Lakewood Tent City. He found himself lost and broken when his long time girl friend passed away. We brought John to Grief Share at Assembly of God Church in Toms River on Bay Ave. We also let him volunteer his time at the Haven building in Atlantic City. I am proud to say John has his license back and has his car back on the road. If you are looking for a good carpenter, let us know.
Greg Maple, 60 a former resident of Lakewood Tent City got 12 months of housing from Lakewood. He found himself homeless right before his lease was up. The home he was in was condemned. We rescued Greg and set him up in HAVEN in Atlantic City. He is a veteran and fought for our country. Today he lives peacefully in his home with two other ex-Tent City Residence. They share a three bedroom apartment in HAVEN.
More Success Stories to come!
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