TOMS RIVER – A township-based organization is looking ahead to the cold days of winter which will have a devastating impact on those living without a home.
Just Believe Inc., a new non-profit group is heading the Code Blue initiative in the township. Code Blue is activated when the temperature falls close to freezing, and shelters open.
When people come into the center “we give them more than a warm place to stay,” said Paul Hulse, the former director of Haven/Beat the Streets.
Hulse has started off on his own with this initiative and he is calling for area residents to “come out and support his continued success providing a safe warm place during the winter months of December through March.”
Last year Hulse performed 7,200 volunteer hours working the Code Blue initiative in the township.
Along with his 140 volunteers Hulse was able to get 23 people into rehab and 34 people permanently housed.
Hulse served 170 homeless individuals in the center and over 1,730 bed nights. “Many people seek refuge.”
The group has two upcoming fundraising events. They include one at the Applebee’s in the Ocean County Mall, Toms River.
From 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 the restaurant will host short stacks for a tall cause, a flapjack fundraiser which will benefit Just Believe Inc. The $15 event will include a meal of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a beverage of coffee, tea, juice or soda.
The organization will also host its first charity dance on Nov. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Riverwood Park. The cost is $10 for children and $15 for adults. Music will be provided by PNA DJ and will also include desserts and refreshments.
Donations can be mailed to: Just Believe Inc P.O Box 5441 Toms River NJ 08754 or email the organization for further information at Paul@justbelieveinc.org