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A Food Crisis is About to Happen

Over 700 local families come to the HomeFront pantry for a bag of food each month. Their hunger is wrenching and real. Please help....

Over 700 local families come to the HomeFront pantry for a bag of food each month. Their hunger is wrenching and real – the kind of hunger where a handful of crackers is the main meal of the day.  The number of hungry children, 60% of those we feed, always swells in the summer because there are no school breakfasts and lunches to offset the empty cupboards at home and many caring donors are on vacation. Click here to learn what you can do.

HomeFront’s Basketball Team Reaches Championship
Congratulations to our home team! While the team did not come home with a trophy, the outcome was still spectacular!

Naked Pizza Makes Valentines Day Special
Naked Pizza in Princeton donated 23 pizzas for the Women's Initiative's Valentine's Day party for the children at our Family Preservation Center.

Dictionary Donation
Every year, the Hamilton Grange generously donates enough dictionaries so that children in our Family Preservation Center tutoring programs can have their very own copies.

HomeFront Has Delayed Opening Today

HomeFront will open today, Mar. 3, at 10:30 due to inclement weather.

HomeFront has Delayed OpeningToday

Due to inclement weather, HomeFront will open today, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

2-Hour Delayed Opening Wed., Feb. 5

HomeFront will open at 11:00 today, February 5.

HomeFront Closed Today

Due to the snow, HomeFront will be closed today–Monday, February 3.

Two Hour Delayed Opening Jan. 22

Due to the snow, HomeFront will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 22. Check back at this site after 10 a.m. for updates.

HomeFront Closed Today

We're closed today due to inclement weather. Please be safe.

HomeFront Closed Dec. 10

We're closed today for non-critical services. All volunteers and non-essential staff, please stay home and stay safe.

ArtJam Open through Dec 1
ArtJam Extended

ArtJam News

2012-13 Annual Report Available
HomeFront's new annual report is now available. It highlights the scope of our work and list the donors who have made the work possible.    Open file ( 0.00) . . .

ArtJam Opens Nov. 14
For the fourth year in a row, artists from HomeFront’s ArtSpace program will be featured alongside national and other local artists in a pop-up art exhibit that is fast becoming a Princeton tradition.

ArtSpace Cards Available
HomeFront has launched its annual Holiday Card fundraiser.

Summer Reading Program Huge Success
Twenty-five children read over 670 books this summer reports Melva Moore, HomeFront's Educational Success Director.

Desperately Needed Items!
We need food. Our food pantry shelves are empty as we are experiencing a food shortage. PLEASE HELP!

Get Race Results

Click here for race results!

Sponsor Miss B!
She may be the only race participant in the 90 and above category,so she's almost guaranteed a spot in the winners circle.

HomeFront's Warehouse to Open on Saturdays Beginning in April
HomeFront's warehouse will open to accept donations on Saturday from 9 a.m. till noon beginning in April. These new hours are in addition to the normal drop off times of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-5.

Poor Kids: Growing Up in Poverty
Take a few worthwhile minutes and view this gripping account of the economic crisis as seen through the eyes of children.

Op Ed in Trenton Times: Hurricane Sandy Created Unprecedented Demand for Homeless Assistance
By Connie Mercer November visited terrible destruction upon a huge swath of New Jersey’s population. Now that Sandy has departed, we are taking stock of the true extent of the damage.

Holiday Book Drive to Benefit HomeFront
Barnes & Noble stores across the country invite customers to give the gift of reading to children in need during its annual Holiday Book Drive, taking place from November 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

2011-2012 Annual Report Available
HomeFront's Annual Report honors our community of supporter, highlights the scope of our work and reports on our fiscal well-being.    Open file ( 0.00) . . .

After Sandy, NJ's Homeless Population at Greater Risk
By Hank Kalet: NJ Spotlight....... Shelters and soup kitchens across the state sustain significant damage – The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy as it roared through New Jersey last week was impossible to miss: multimillion-dollar homes collapsed like a house of cards, boats berthed on NJ Transit train tracks, much of the Jersey shore reduced to rubble.

Indian Classical Music Fundraiser Concert Set for Sept. 29
On Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. there will be a concert of Indian classical music featuring internationally known artists at Bridgewater Temple Auditorium, located on Route 202/206. Tickets are available online at http://www.sangamfestival.org/events.html and also can be purchased at the door for the suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Artspace Holiday Card Fundraiser Launches
HomeFront's ArtSpace has launched its annual Holiday Card fundraiser. All proceeds from card sales go directly to support the much needed services HomeFront provides to homelesss families.

ArtJam--A Fun and Funky Art Exhibit and Sale Opens Oct. 10
ArtJam, featuring well known national and local artists will be held from October 10-22 in Princeton at 67 Palmer Square West.

Rebuilding Souls
ArtSpace offers clients confidence to get back on their feet DATE POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 10:55 AM EDT By Ilene Dube, Special Writer, Princeton Packet. Even on a gray and dreary day, the space HomeFront’s Family Preservation Center occupies — in a former dormitory of the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in West Trenton — is alive with color.

Skateboarder Jake McNichol Coaches Summer Campers
Skate not Hate camp was run by Jake McNichol at Camp Good Times on July 16 - 20. First, Jake equipped the 10 campers ages 11-14 with all the information they needed to learn to skateboard.

Play the Odds and Help Homeless Kids Beat the Odds!
Buy a raffle ticket for $100 for a chance to win a 2013 Ford Mustang.

Run for Hope––A Huge Success!
Thank you to all 400 plus people who came out to run and walk on a gorgeous day at the beautiful ETS campus.

Sponsor Bernice!
HomeFront’s own queen mother is racing again this year! Bernice Roud, mother of Connie Mercer, and guiding light to hundreds of other HomeFront staff, donors and friends, will be at the starting line on May 12 at ETS when the horn sounds off and hundreds of runners race in HomeFront’s Run for Hope. She will be right in the middle of the pack for the 1Mile Walk and will greet the cheering crowd as she crosses the finish line! So let’s cheer her on now by clicking here to sponsor her again this year!

Rentals Remain 'Out of Reach"
The results of the 2012 Out of Reach Study were recently unveiled at a special media event at HomeFront. The comprehensive report provides the housing wage and other housing affordability data for every state, metropolitan area, combined non-metropolitan area, and county in the country.

Hoops for HomeFront
Come watch students versus parent and teachers play basketball. The BIG game is sponsored by the Lambertville Basketball Association with T-shirts donated by Dave Decoff.

HomeFront's Third Annual Luncheon Features Author Dr. Rameck Hunt
HomeFront’s Women’s Initiative will be hosting their Third Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 12:00-2:30pm at the Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Stuff the Truck!

Help us collect food donations on March 3 and 4 at the ShopRite of Lawrenceville (Mercer Mall). We need volunteers to help advocate for HomeFront at our special table inside the store. Contact Lynn at 609-989-9417 ext 133 or at getinvolved@homefrontnj.org.

Bohrens Moves to Help HomeFront Families
As part of a planned renovation, the Nassau Inn recently donated over 50 rooms of gently used furniture to HomeFront.

2010-2011 Annual Report Available
HomeFront's Annual Report honors our community of supporters and highlights the scope of our mission. Click above to read the annual report and on the attached pdf for a list of additional donors.

Tyco Helps Families Make a House a Home

Warehouse
Moving into a home is a big first step for homeless families. But it takes a couch to sit on, a table to have meals together and lamps to do homework by--all things that make a house a home. With support from Tyco, HomeFront's Resource Network serves over 3,000 families a year making each home a special place.

Skateboarder Jake McNichol Launches Fundraiser. Help A HomeFront Camper Learn to Skateboard!
Jake McNichol, founder of Skate Not Hate, is a senior straight-A student at George School in Newtown, PA. Jake, who lives in Ewing, approached HomeFront about running the camp in 2011 in hopes of providing kids living in urban areas with a fun, challenging activity they can enjoy year-round at home. He hopes skating will help kids to feel proud and to develop a positive focus despite the many challenges they face.

Ewing Teen Teaches Skateboarding to Stop Gang Violence
A Ewing high school student hopes to stem the tide of gang violence in Trenton by sharing his love of skateboarding with Mercer County youngsters attending a summer camp run by HomeFront.

Grounds for Sculpture Hosts HomeFront Client Art Exhibit Aug. 21-Sept. 25
The vital and dynamic human spirit of homeless and working poor families is unleashed into astounding and emotional artistic expression in the upcoming month long educational exhibit, “HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together.” The artists are HomeFront clients.

Back to School Campaign Kicks Off
HomeFront’s Back-to-School campaign that started 20 years ago, ensures that homeless children in Mercer County start school off on the right foot. Homeless kids have so many stigmas and obstacles to overcome. They need as much support as possible–especially on the all important first day of school. Thanks to a community-wide effort, kids have new tennis shoes, clothes, school supplies and backpacks to begin the school year.  Read more...
 

A Summer Hunger Message from Sunny,Our Director of Program Support Services

Summer is a tough time for families who come to our food pantry. Families must adjust their grocery needs to ensure that children who are on summer vacation get breakfast and lunches which ordinarily would be provided by the school.

One Room at a Time—Helping One Family at a Time
Home decorator and Princeton resident Anne Battles does more than ‘re-do’ rooms. She’s doing makeovers for HomeFront residents in one our multi-unit buildings. Her first challenge is the home of a mother with two teenage kids.

Run For Hope Race Results In
The third annual HomeFront Run for Hope was a huge success. The sunny skies enticed over 450 people to come out to support the event and help local families in need. Click here to see the race results. Like us on Facebook and check out the race photos.

Women's Initiative Brings Homeless to Harvard's Liz Murray to Speak May 15
Murray will be the guest speaker at HomeFront’s Women’s Initiative luncheon on Sunday, May 15 at the Nassau Inn in Princeton.

Clients Speak OutMeet Rachel
How can homelessness happen? And who are the homeless in Mercer County? Following is the first of a series of interviews with Home Front clients who explain how they became homeless. These are real stories from real people.

URGENT NEED

HomeFront has an urgent need for dressers, small couches and kitchen tables. These are all important items that make a home home. Please help! Go to Get Involved, and click on 'Go Green.'

Powerful and Sad Numbers
The 2010 Census revealed the grim economic story for Trenton households headed by single females with young children who fall below the federal poverty limit. The number of these households with children under the age of 5 (the majority of families we see) grew from 1,011 households in poverty in 2000 to 6,859 families in 2010, or from 41% to 68.7% .

60 Minutes––Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids
Last week 60 Minutes aired a segment that spoke eloquently, and heartbreakingly, about the pain homelessness inflicts on children. While these children live in Florida, not too long ago these same stories played out right here in Mercer County.

Something to Smile About
For the last two years, the staff of the Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics have taken a day to give back to our community by putting a bright healthy smile on the faces of local homeless children living at the HomeFront Family Preservation Center in Ewing.

Looking for A Few Good Camp Counselors
If you need a summer job, and you’d like to have the experience of a lifetime, HomeFront may have the solution for you.

ArtSpace to Exhibit at Twist Yogurt During March
Throughout March 2011, ArtSpace will be exhibiting works by 5 young artists from their program at Twist Yogurt at 84 Nassau St. in Princeton.

Poker Tournament and Casino Night Slated for Feb. 25
The annual Poker Tournament and Casino Night to benefit HomeFront families will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight on February 25, 2011 at the Hamilton Manor at 30 Route 156 in Hamilton, NJ.

Back Dock Alert from Furnish the Future!

We are preparing Santa’s Warehouse and will not be accepting furniture and household donations at the dock on December 20 – 27. We will resume accepting donations on December 28th at noon.

Over 700 families send Tyco a special thank you!
A very special thank you is in order for Tyco’s support of HomeFront’s Furnish the Future Program.

HomeFront's Annual Christmas Wishes Drive Kicks Off
As holiday lights begin to brighten city streets, and retailers’ windows beckon shoppers, children anticipate the season with a wish list all their own.

Hector Gallery Opens Turndorf Ostrich Egg Exhibit
Don Hector, Hector Gallery owner, announces the opening of a new permanent exhibit of dyed ostrich eggs by Jill Turndorf on Sunday, December 5th from 3 to 6 p.m.

HomeFront Feeds Over 6,000
HomeFront extends a warm thank you to the overwhelming generosity of the community in making Thanksgiving truly special for local need famiies.

Losing for Good
Four local Mercer County Weight Watchers groups joined the fight against two global epidemics – hunger and obesity – by participating in the Third Annual Lose for Good campaign. As the members lost weight, they also collected food to donate to HomeFront to help their neighbors in need.

HomeFront 2010 Annual Report Now Available
HomeFront's Annual Report pays tribute to the community that has made HomeFront the organization it is today. Click here to read the annual report.

HomeFront's 2010 Annual Report Available
The report chronicles 20 years of helping homeless families find their way to self-sufficiency. Click here to read the annual report and then on the attached pdf for a list of additional donors.    Open file ( 0.00) . . .

Share, Shop, Give
HomeFront's Women's Initiative will be hosting its new annual Share, Shop, Give event on Thursday, December 2 from 7 p.m. -10:30 p.m. at Greenacres Country Club at 2170 Lawrenceville Rd in Lawrenceville.

Thanksgiving Drive Kicks Off
Last Thanksgiving, over 6,000 needy parents and children experienced the joy of a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Best of all, they were able to do this at home–together as a family–and that is because of the extraordinary volunteer effort.

Generations, A Fine Art Exhibit to Benefit HomeFront Families Slated for 9/24-10/10
A fine art exhibit, Generations, featuring the works of Jill Sacalis Turndorf, John Sacalis, Joy Sacalis and Ben Turndorf will be held September 24 through October 10 in Palmer Square. One-half of all of the proceeds from the show will go to benefit HomeFront to provide food, housing, education and other services to homeless families.

A Food Crisis is About to Happen
Over 700 local families come to the HomeFront pantry for a bag of food each month. Their hunger is wrenching and real. Please help....

Three HomeFront Welcome Mats on Doorsteps in Hopewell Township
Community Effort Makes It Happen! HomeFront TCL has opened the doors to three units of high-quality affordable housing and they are going about it in a way that they do best: through community involvement and support.

The Star Ledger

"...[V]ibrant art studio" at HomeFront helps in "rebuilding souls". (See story)

 

HomeFront Rehabs Houses in Hopewell Township The Times, July 8, 2010
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP - Two years ago, the two buildings at 449 Scotch Road sat dilapidated and abandoned. Now, with the help of HomeFront, Hopewell Township and Mercer County, they are set to house three low-income families.

URGENT NEED!

Children's and ladies' swimsuits--all sizes! Help us make the summer truly special for our families.

In Support of Nutrition Programs The Times Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Turner joins nonprofit leaders to abolish funding cuts

Help HomeFront Win $25,000!!!
HomeFront been selected as one of the finalists in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Innovation Awards. You and other friends and supporters can help us win $25000 to fund our programs to ensure that children of homeless families have adequate, nutritious meals and live healthy, active lives. All you have to do, starting on Friday, June 11, is visit the following link and vote for us!

HomeFront Basketball Team Wins Over J. O. Nelson Team
The spring season may be winding down, but spirits were on the upswing as the home team netted another win with an outstanding performance by point guard Andrew Powell. Click here for details

A Favorite Clown Visits HomeFront
Ronald McDonald House Charities awarded us a grant for a new bus for the Cherry Tree Club. The big clown himself came last Monday for a photo op with the bus. Ronald then stayed and put on a show for the kids from Cherry Tree Club and other children who were at the Family Preservation Center.

The Run is On (Rain or Shine)

Almost 400 people have signed up for the Run for Hope Run/Walk tomorrow (Saturday, May 8) morning. The run will go forward rain or shine. We hope to see you all there for a wonderful time. You may sign up at the event for $25. For more details, go to http://www.homefrontnj.org/5KWalkRun-2009.cfm.

Dental Day at HomeFront
On Saturday, April 10, the staff of the Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics opened their office to 20 children of HomeFront families for check-ups, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments and individual dental hygiene classes.

John and Aileen Crowley to Speak at Women's Initiative Breakfast May 7
The HomeFront Women's Initiative invites all members to join us at our celebration breakfast on May 7 at Greenacres Country Club. Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.

Princeton University to Host ArtSpace Exhibit
The Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University will host an art exhibit featuring artists from HomeFront’s ArtSpace April 10 through June 25. The exhibit, entitled How You See Me, is an innovative, compelling exhibit of HomeFront client works about how others see them and how they see themselves.

FPC Celebrates its 7th Birthday!
On Wednesday, Mar. 3, our HomeFront community celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Family Preservation Center in West Trenton. For seven years, the FPC has given food, shelter and support to help over 1000 families break the cycle of poverty. At the same time, they honored the service of Thora Faigle, the director of the FPC and marked her retirement. Click to WBZN story.

LAST CHANCE! Be the Ace in Our Hand!
Join us at Salt Creek Grille for the HomeFront Annual Poker Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 21. lt begins at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction and a spectacular live auction featuring items from Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. The poker tournament will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and conclude by 10 p.m. The winner will receive a trophy and $500 gift card. Tournament players must reserve a seat as soon as possible. Space is limited. The cost to play is $55. Entry fee (non-players) for the evening is $35. Click here to register.

Thank You Cheeburger Cheeburger!
HomeFront held a Holiday Break Mini Program for their client children age 5-13. After attending the movies to see The Princess and the Frog, the children were treated to a free lunch at Cheeburger Cheeburger in Lawrenceville.

Our HIGH Priority Need
A truck! Not just a regular pick up truck, but a truck to pick and deliver furniture, appliances and other donations that help our families settle into a home of their own.

A Message from HomeFront's Executive Director Connie Mercer
In 2009, HomeFront received 13,928 pleas for help from families facing homelessness, hunger and all the other economic, social and personal problems that go with poverty. This is part of the reason we need your help:

YPAC Teams Up with Shady Brook Farms for Christmas Tree Sale!
Shady Brook Farms is offering a new way to give back to HomeFront NJ/Young Professionals Alliance Committee.

Holiday Card Fundraiser Showcases Art of Local Homeless Mothers
The artistic talents of homeless Mercer County mothers grace the covers of holiday cards offered for sale by HomeFront. Proceeds from the sale of these cards will help fund programs for the families living in the Family Preservation Center, a HomeFront shelter in Ewing.

Drive of the Month

Bath towels, washcloths and kitchen towels.

YPAC Needs Volunteers
On Saturday, October 10th at 5:30 PM, HomeFront YPAC members will be collecting donations from Your Child and Mine Consignment.

Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members
The HomeFront Board of Trustees is pleased to elect Tanuja Dehne and Pat Hartpence to their Board.

Renown Chess Authority Dean Ippolito to Participate at HomeFront's Chess for Charity Marathon
The Princeton University Chess Club, NJ State Chess Federation, Dean of Chess Academy and Dumont Chess Mates are sponsoring an all day Chess Marathon, the first of its kind in this area, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Princeton on Saturday, October 17 from 9am until 9pm. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Programs at HomeFront.

Check Out our ArtSpace Web Page
See the art, visit the exhibits and help support our program. (Click here for more information)

HomeFront and Men’s Wearhouse Team Up for National Suit Drive
Concerned that thousands of men are unable to secure employment because they lack the initial, yet vital, step of looking presentable for a job interview, HomeFront and Men’s Wearhouse are working together to collect men's professional attire as part of the 2nd Annual National Suit Drive, September 1-30.

Is It A Crime To Be Poor?
As the recession creates more poverty, what has happened to reason and compasssion?

Job Opportunities
Click here to review our open positions. It might be a job of a lifetime!

Triumph Brewery Hosts Art Exhibit

Be sure to visit Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton from now till September 19 to view HomeFront's ArtSpace Art Exhibit featuring wonderful works from HomeFront clients/artists. Art may be purchased. Join us for a reception on August 11 at 7 p.m.

YPAC Plans Events
The Young Professionals Alliance Committee (YPAC) has some pretty exciting preliminary plans on the table! A huge community yard sale and a costume ball!

Volunteer Orientation-Oct. 7

1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville. 6 p.m.

Send A Smile, Receive A Smile
Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Company with locations in Princeton and Yardley routinely bring smiles to the faces of HomeFront children as their balloons have been a special element in birthday celebrations.

HomeFront's 2009 Annual Report Available
HomeFront's Annual Report honors our community of supporters and highlights the scope of our mission. Click above to read the annual report and on the attached pdf for a list of additional donors.

HomeFront Rehabs Houses in Hopewell Township The Times, July 8, 2010

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP - Two years ago, the two buildings at 449 Scotch Road sat dilapidated and abandoned. Now, with the help of HomeFront, Hopewell Township and Mercer County, they are set to house three low-income families.

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