New Jersey SHARES

14 Jan 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Member Spotlight: New Jersey SHARES

 

What does the organization do?

New Jersey SHARES  (NJS), is a non-profit 501(c)3 statewide organization that helps households that have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis.  NJS partners with 242 human service agencies, faith based organizations and legislative offices to provide critically needed assistance to families that are not eligible for other programs. In addition to the NJS energy assistance program, we administer water assistance programs for United Water Company and NJ American Water. NJS also partners with Verizon NJ to provide a unique, comprehensive and compassionate solution for Verizon low-income customers eligible for the Communications Lifeline program.

 

Who does the organization help?

We know that a financial crisis can happen to anyone, regardless of age, income, or family situation.  NJS serves working poor, moderate and fixed income households. The majority of the households that we serve have incomes under 300% of the federal poverty level. In a high cost state like New Jersey, their income does not provide a safety-net when the unexpected happens.  NJS provides that safety-net for our neighbors in crisis across New Jersey.


What does poverty look like in the agency’s work?

In the stories we hear everyday, poverty looks like the devastating trade-offs that people have the make when their income and resources just can’t cover all of their necessary expenses. Our partners address a broad spectrum of client needs by providing case management services and assisting households with counseling, nutrition, housing, employment, as well as utility issues. Working together with our partner agencies we provide a holistic solution to the household’s temporary or ongoing needs

 

Why is SHARES a part of APN?

NJS is committed to assisting low- and moderate-income households across our state and we share the APN’s goal to prevent, reduce and end poverty in New Jersey. We strive to reduce the utility related challenges for low- and moderate-income households and see our partnership with APN and its members as the vehicle to energize change for our neighbors in New Jersey.


Jim Jacob is President of New Jersey Shares.

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