Family Promise of Southern Ocean County Benefits From Home Depot Donation

Dec 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Family Promise of Southern Ocean County The four-man crew from The Home Depot in Forked River shows off the backyard play set donated to Family Promise of Southern Ocean County. The play set was erected at the nonprofit’s ‘day center’ on Route 9 in Barnegat on Nov. 9.

Since taking charge 11 months ago, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County Director Elizabeth Golla has been looking for ways to make improvements to the nonprofit group’s “day center” on Route 9 in Barnegat.

“Our day center needs some improvements, because right now it just doesn’t feel much like a home,” she said of the small ranch house that serves as the location families in the program utilize when not staying with overnight host churches. Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is an interfaith hospitality network providing temporary shelter, meals, hospitality and case management for families experiencing homelessness.

“We want our day center space to start feeling more homey so our families don’t feel so out of place,” Golla explained.

The Home Depot in Forked River recently helped make one such improvement by donating and installing a play set for the backyard.

“I was talking with my husband, and he had mentioned that businesses like The Home Depot have their own programs in which they’re tasked with making certain kinds of donations and giving back to the community,” Golla said. “We didn’t really have much for the kids to do at the day center, so he suggested I contact them to see about getting a play set.”

Days later, Golla was discussing with Donn Sharer at the local All-State Insurance agency, Considine Sharer and Associates, about a fundraiser the agency had done and specifics of what Golla had planned for the funds. She mentioned to Sharer the play set idea. He then connected her with the manager at The Home Depot.

“We had a great conversation with the manager, and he said we could have any play set we wanted,” Golla said. “So we picked one out, and The Home Depot took care of the rest. They donated the base, a couple of ladders, a rock wall and the swings. They even donated a sandbox to go with it. And they sent a crew of guys over to install the play set. It was amazing.”

Additional wood and hardware were needed for the construction of the set, but that, too, was provided. The play set was erected by a four-man team on Nov. 9.

“Everybody connected with this project was so awesome,” Golla said. “We’re talking $800 worth of equipment for this play set, and they came through for us. We’re very thankful, and now the kids have something to play on in the yard.”

Golla said several more improvements are still needed, including interior painting and various landscaping projects, but she’s hoping many of those things can be done during the spring. Any local businesses willing to help in any way can call her at 609-994-3317.

“We have a very small staff, and there’s just too much for us to do – as we help our families – to get these things done ourselves,” she said. “Some of these things take manpower and funds we just don’t have to put toward them. So we welcome any help we can get.”

— David Biggy

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