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From the Executive Director
First and foremost, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are all remaining healthy, and are all taking as many precautions as possible to ensure we may all bounce back from this as quickly as possible. Please, please stay at home!
As many of you know, we started to offer "curbside services" as COVID-19 began to ravage our State. Completely closing the Firth Youth Center was never an option, but it did take us time to establish the most services we could offer while ensuring our staff's safety. On Friday, March 13th, we started a free lunch program, as well as offering homework printing/copying, school supplies, and books from the Cops 'n Kids Reading Room.
In the last 6 weeks, we have served 4,829 free lunches, 47 families for school supplies, 11 families for copying/printing, and distributed over 700 free books from the Cops 'n Kids Reading Room. We also added in the service of assisting PHS Seniors in printing/mailing college scholarships, which we have assisted 3 Seniors with to date.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of extremely generous residents, Norwescap Food Bank, local businesses, and many other agencies who have stepped up to make donations.
Honestly, I have found comfort throughout this crisis in all of YOU. This initiative would not be possible if it was done in a silo. Every Facebook "share" from a past FYC'er, every snack drop-off from a caring resident, every donation received from a business or in memory of a loved one--it has all led to the tagline that this project is: Phillipsburg helping Phillipsburg. Meghan and I couldn't be prouder to be the "boots on the ground" for YOUR youth center.
With Governor Murphy extending the "Stay at Home" mandate another month and keeping schools closed, we know our services will continue to be needed. If you or someone you know would like to help the Firth Youth Center get through this critical time, we have come up with a few ways of how YOU can help!