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Navigating Hope resuming operations June 8; Offers mobile social services

Initial Stops — Along with Sheriff’s Hope One — in Dover, Morristown, Mount Olive, and Rockaway Borough

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County will resume its mobile social services program, Navigating Hope, starting on Monday, June 8, after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Navigating Hope staff will offer information on how to apply for benefits and services such as SNAP, TANF, General Assistance, Medicaid, etc… Paper applications will be available along with instructions for completing the application process online.

For health reasons, applications will not be taken inside the Navigating Hope van at this time.

“The current health crisis has caused an increased need for social services, so we are glad to be able to restart the county’s Navigating Hope mobile program,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who is the county governing board’s liaison to Human Services. “We urge residents to stop by the van when it comes to their community, to get needed applications and advice about county and state assistance programs.”

Navigating Hope will operate in coordination with the Morris County Sheriff’s Hope One mobile substance abuse services van, sharing the same schedule, until further notice.

All times are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. except June 10, which will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Here is the current schedule for June:

  • June 8, Nourish.NJ (Community Soup Kitchen), 36 South St., Morristown
  • June 10, Dover Probation Office, 91 Basset Highway, Dover (10 am -2 pm)
  • June 15, Boro Plaza, 350 Route 46, Rockaway
  • June 22, Trinity Soup Kitchen, 123 East Blackwell St., Dover
  • June 24, Wild Geese Plaza, 375 Rt. 46 East, Mount Olive Township (Budd Lake)

Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to provide social services, is a partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services and Family Promise of Morris County.

This is a complementary service to the Hope One van, which provides mobile mental health and addiction services across Morris County. Navigating Hope offers on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services.

For more information on scheduling and events, email the Navigating Hope team at navigatinghope@co.morris.nj.us.

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