Toms River, New Jersey is a community that has undergone financial, emotional, and psychological stress due to the economy and natural disaster of Hurricane Sandy, with many of its residents struggling with behavioral health issues as a result. But Jon Bon Jovi and local charities are stepping in to lend a helping hand to all with a new social services center, scheduled to open later this year.
Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation/JBJ Soul Kitchen will work together with local organizations "The Peoples Pantry" and "The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties" in the new B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together). The B.E.A.T. Center will be a one-stop resource center where individuals and families can receive meals, get food stamps, receive access to health care, and potentially get job-training help via a culinary training program.
The JBJ Soul Kitchen will also set up a community restaurant on the premises, where people can work for their meals or donate a minimum of $10. Though currently under construction, the organizations involved are looking for volunteers to help prepare the center for its grand opening in Toms River.
The center will be a great addition to Ocean County, where many homes and businesses are still trying to rebuild after the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Due to loss, grief, and a lack of aid to help those in need, many still suffer the effects of anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health issues. This new resource center can help families--especially the elderly and at-risk children--improve the quality of their lives by providing nutritious meals, financial and employment help, and optimism for an entire community. Not only will it bring the community together, but it will support the well-being of all, allowing the community to build-up through a stronger support network.
To learn more about opportunities to help others through behavioral health programs, whether in New Jersey or across the U.S., please contact us. We can connect you to a job that will help support the well-being of others today.
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