PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Project Help, Inc., a 501(c)3 Charity, is incorporated in Sussex. Their mission is to help Veterans and their families during difficult times. They cover the seven northern counties in assisting Vets get their lives back together.
The Open House was held at Allied Wealth Partners in Parsippany, complete with food and beverages, some of which was donated by Applebees in Newton. Allied Wealth Partners has been very generous in donating a wonderful space for Project Help to hold meetings and events.
Many people and companies have come together to support Project Help with donations and service. In particular, the Mobile Closet project which is well on the way to completion. The purpose of this project is to convert an old school bus, donated by George’s Salvage located in Newton, into a unit to take clothing, especially professional attire, to veterans housing units and provide those articles of clothing to vets at no charge. Additionally, a tailor, hair cutters and makeup artists will provide those types of services as needed.
The day will also consist of a job readiness fair. Veterans will get help preparing resumes, printing them and then Project Help will submit the resumes to employers for interviews and offers. “This project is a major initiative for Project Help. We still need a good bit of help paying for things like insurance, maintenance and a driver,” says Sandy Mitchell, founder and Executive Director.
The materials for the bus conversion have all been acquired, thanks to many who helped. Hollister Construction in Parsippany, donated and delivered all of the materials needed for the interior and ramp for the project. Not only did they do that, but they did it all in less than a week.
Morris County VoTech is doing the conversion under the direction of shop teacher Lou Rosso and the design of the exterior of the bus was done by the art department under the direction of teacher Rubin Rosado.
Dover Brake and Clutch donated an alternator and three batteries for the bus which saved at least $1000; Moove In Self Storage in Hampton is currently donating a large storage unit for Project Help to store the donated clothing saving at least $2000 a year.
Extreme Energy Solutions of Sparta became a sponsor for the “Visions in Black and White” art show and auction in November. They were also instrumental in supporting the startup of Project Help as the organization was being founded and the 501c3 being applied for.
All of these and many others were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their service, financial and in-kind support of the mission to help veterans and their families during the hard times. Things like homelessness, financial hardships, PTSD, TBI and many other issues that our vets are plagued with is where Project Help can help make a difference in outcomes.
At total of about forty five attended the event and they all seemed to have a great time and leaned a lot about the mission of Project Help.
“With the rapid growth of Project Help, we are opening up two more board seats in June 2017. We have many committee positions and volunteer positions for folks who want to help our vets and we have just launched our new membership program this month” said Mitchell. As a member you receive many benefits and become an ambassador for Project Help, thus furthering the cause.