Monmouth ACTS Launches Integrated Navigation System

First-of-its-kind network streamlines the search for needed services Leaders from Monmouth County government and the private sector gathered to celebrate the launch of the new Monmouth ACTS Navigation System, a state-of-the-art electronic referral system that streamlines access to services for residents.Pictured left to right: Nicole Cyr, Assistant Director of Planning, Monmouth County Department of Human Services; Nick DiRocco, Monmouth County Commissioner; Susan M. Kiley, Monmouth County Commissioner; Peter-Donnell Boynton, Chair, Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) and Director, Monmouth County Department of Human Services; Kathy Collins, Vice-Chair, MAAC; and Desiree Whyte, Assistant Director of Operations, Monmouth County Department of Human Services.…
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Monmouth ACTS Releases Video Positive Youth Development Video as Part of Initiative Video Series

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) - a public-private partnership initiated by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 - has released a video highlighting the Positive Youth Development Hub, one of the seven Hubs that make up Monmouth ACTS. This video is one of several that helps educate Monmouth County residents about the programs and services available to them. One of the not-for-profit organizations involved in the Positive Youth Development Hub is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey, providing one-to-one mentoring for youth ages 6-18 through their Community Based,…
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“Monmouth ACTS in My Community” Brings Human Services Directly to Monmouth County Towns

25 planned locations slated for this fall FREEHOLD, NJ – Leadership from Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) – a public-private partnership launched by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 – recently announced a new initiative to bring human service resources directly to the residents of Monmouth County. Called “Monmouth ACTS in My Community,” this program embeds representatives from the Department of Human Services’ Division of Social Services (DSS) directly at trusted community partners throughout Monmouth County at designated days and times. This initiative allows Monmouth County residents the ability to access support and assistance more easily…
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Home-based child care: a boon for local families and workforce

Finding reliable and affordable child care can be a daunting task for families… and after COVID-19 it became even more challenging due to the shortage of qualified child care providers. Prior to the pandemic, Monmouth County had 60 registered family child care providers, but as of April 2022, that number of providers dropped to 47 – a decline of 21.7%. This startling statistic, along with an increased number of parents looking for a home-based child care program, prompted the Monmouth ACTS Early Childhood Success Hub to take action. Hub members collaborated to brainstorm a solution. That’s when Hub member Child…
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Monmouth ACTS Announces New Co-Chairs

Peter Boynton and Kathy Collins chosen to lead groundbreaking public-private initiative Peter Boynton, Director of Housing Stability for the Affordable Housing Alliance, will serve as the new Chair of the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council. FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) - a public-private partnership initiated by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 - has announced that Peter Boynton, Director of Housing Stability, Affordable Housing Alliance and Kathy Collins, former Executive Director, MonmouthCares, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) starting this year. Boynton and Collins succeed…
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Community Collaborative Creates Change, Offers Hope for Monmouth County Homeless

Community Collaborative Creates Change, Offers Hope for Monmouth County Homeless

When Pastor Terrence K. Porter, senior minister of Pilgrim Baptist Church (PBC) of Red Bank spearheaded the church’s original “Warming Center,” the mission was simple: Offer a warm, comfortable shelter to homeless men in Monmouth County on Code Blue nights – when temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. The undertaking proved highly successful – it became the “go-to” warming center, serving an average of 21 guests on Code Blue nights. But when Pastor Porter and other community partners like the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation saw a greater community need, the Warming Center was rebranded to the JBJ &…
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Monmouth ACTS Announces Next Phase to Better Meet Residents’ Needs

Initiative introduces new features including dedicated phone line to connect residents with services FREEHOLD, NJ – Leadership from Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) - a public-private partnership initiated by the Monmouth County Commissioners in 2018 - announced its next phase to better serve, communicate with and respond to residents at a recent retreat. The new phase builds upon Monmouth ACTS’ success in connecting residents to human services within Monmouth County. With a focus on resident voice, the new iteration establishes guiding values that will inform all phases of service planning, implementation and evaluation. It will include: consistent resident and…
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Monmouth ACTS Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month with Events for Families

“If breastfeeding did not already exist, someone who invented it today would deserve a dual Nobel Prize in medicine and economics” ~ Keith Hansen, World Bank (2016) FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services), a public-private partnership initiated by the Monmouth County Commissioners to better serve residents, will celebrate World and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August by sponsoring several events for families to increase awareness of the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. “According to La Leche League, breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day,” says…
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Not One Person Turned Away at Warming Centers During 2021 “Code Blue” Season

FREEHOLD, NJ – Winter 2021 brought some seriously cold days that turned into bitterly cold nights. While most people were hunkered down safe and warm in their homes, there were others in the community who were not as fortunate. However, no one was turned away from much-needed shelter this past winter season through the collaborative efforts of Monmouth County Office of OEM, MCDSS, the Homeless Systems Collaborative, the Office of Planning and Contracting, Monmouth ACTS and various other community agencies. One place that was instrumental in housing the homeless during any “Code Blue” weather was Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red…
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Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative Connects Residents to County Resources

FREEHOLD, NJ – The  COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional pressure for families facing challenges with employment, childcare, housing and more – many of whom are dealing with these challenges for the first time. Monmouth County residents who are feeling the financial strain are encouraged to turn to the Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) for help. Launched last year by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, FRI is part of Monmouth ACTS, a unique public/private partnership that brings together county employees and community partners, and the work of its existing Financial Empowerment Hub which provides financial guidance and support.…
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