Help Transitioning Foster Care Students

shopping cartThe Summer Housing Internship Program (SHIP) is a state-funded summer program that offers an alternative to recipients of the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) scholarship who lack the financial, family and social connections to secure safe and stable housing in the summer months.

Ten students between the ages of 18 and 22 are participating in the SHIP program at Montclair State University for 11 weeks this summer. At that age, they are too old for the foster care system–so SHIP provides them the opportunity to receive quality housing and paid internship positions throughout the summer months. SHIP also offers the participants workshops, recreational activities, a speaker series, and a 3 credit course accompanied by an out of state trip for research completion. Each participant is assigned a SHIP Coach who is available to mentor and offer support and guidance through program requirements.

While housing is provided for the students, other essentials are needed. Members of the Montclair community are asking for food, toiletries and gift card donations to help these students during their stay in the program.

Here’s how to help:

1) Food for a week for each student will be somewhere between $50-$100. When you go shopping,  pick up gift cards from  local supermarkets: Whole Foods, Shoprite, A&P and Kings to donate.

2) Alternatively, you can donate non-perishable , preferably healthy food  such as pasta, marinara sauce, canned tuna fish, and cereals like Cheerios and Raisin Bran. You can drop off the non-perishables at these local locations:

  • Coldwell Banker:  242 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 07043
  • Fredrick Goodman Jewelers: 233 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
  • Stanton Realtors: 25 North Fullerton, Montclair, NJ, 07043
  • Prudential New Jersey Properties: 92 Church Street, Montclair, 07042
  • Keller Williams: 15 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
  • Mahir’s Barber Shop, 324c Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043

3) Attend the Parents Who Rock concert on Friday, June 14 at Tierney’s on Valley Road at 9 pm. There is a $10 cover charge for the cause. You can drop off your non-perishables there, too.

Contact Alma Schneider or SHIP contact Milena Alvarez for details on where to send donations or with any questions.

Alma Schneider of Take Back the Kitchen and Parents Who Rock will be teaching the students a basic home economics cooking class in the hopes that they will be better equipped to buy good, healthy and inexpensive food and make the most of it.

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