Serves Two Million Meals Since Opening in 1982
HOBOKEN, NJ, October 8, 2014– After 32 years of serving Hoboken’s hungry and homeless, The Hoboken Shelter reaches a momentous milestone today. Since opening in 1982, The Hoboken Shelter has served millions of people who have come through the doors in search of food and shelter. The Hoboken Shelter is the only homeless shelter in Hoboken and is the only Hoboken location serving meals 365 days a year to the hungry, many who are the working poor and do not have sufficient funds to cover all their monthly bills. Jaclyn Cherubini, the Executive Director, states, “We always tell our guests, if you are in need, save your money for rent and come here to eat a healthy meal.”
The volunteer group working with the staff serving dinner tonight is known as “The Chicken People,” a group who has been donating and serving a chicken dinner once a month at the Shelter for thirty years. Led by Mark Singleton, the group is a regular on the Shelter’s dinner menu and the tasty meal is always anticipated by the guests.
“The first step off the streets is a warm meal,” says Jaclyn Cherubini, Executive Director. “It is very difficult to talk about jobs and housing when someone is hungry. That’s why a good meal is such an important step in the journey to become housed.”
Formed by a coalition of faith-based and community leaders in 1982, The Hoboken Shelter has grown from volunteers and religious groups making sandwiches and soups to a fully staffed, 24 hour facility that serves over 500 meals daily, shelters 50 people nightly, and provides support services and workshops to help people become housed. The Shelter has seen the need for its soup kitchen grow exponentially in the past few years; “In 2005 we served 55,000 meals,” says Ms. Cherubini, “and in 2013 we served over 165,000 meals.”
To keep serving meals every day, the Shelter needs a constant supply of disposable plates, cups, and utensils. The Shelter is asking for donations of these items, as well as monetary donations to prepare for the upcoming busy winter and holiday season. For more information visit http://hobokenshelter.org/.
The Hoboken Shelter
The Hoboken Shelter’s mission is to be a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed. It shelters 50 people nightly, serves 500 meals daily, and provides such support services as food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, emergency homelessness prevention grants, and permanent housing solutions. These services help homeless guests develop the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community. Please visit the shelter website at www.hobokenshelter.org or follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/hobokenshelter), Twitter (@hobokenshelter), or Instagram (@hoboken_shelter) for more information.