COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRIES & FARMER’S MARKETS
BLIND AND HEARING-IMPAIRED VETERAN’S FOOD PANTRY
We supply monthly food to blind and hearing-impaired veterans receiving outpatient care at the East Orange Veterans Administration Wellness Center. Some of these heroes hail from our neighborhood, while many others arrive at the Outpatient Wellness Center from towns all across New Jersey.
With governmental and nonprofit partners, we help to organize and participate in community clean-ups in neighborhoods and towns throughout Essex County. We bring a large Army of Angels to any of these important events.
This is where we team with community partners for meetings, events, and community-building initiatives. We work with approximately 100 other non-profit agencies throughout Northern New Jersey. They are colleagues and friends.
ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE STUDENT FOOD PANTRY
We partner with Essex County College to operate a full-service pantry on the campus of Essex County College in Newark. This pantry operates twice per month, and on one Saturday per month. Full- and part-time scholars receive nutritious foods and snack choices during and outside of the academic year.
MOMMY AND ME DIAPER PANTRY
This monthly program supplies mothers and fathers with baby diapers and other baby essentials/necessities.
OPERATION WARM HEART
Provides access (Code Blue) temporary winter emergency housing, hot meals, and bathing facilities; Immediately houses up to 50 homeless individuals based on extreme temperature forecasts.
SENIOR CITIZEN'S PANTRY
A monthly service, this program has grown to include eight (8) low-income, senior citizen public housing buildings. At each location, Joi’s Angels offers either pick-up or delivery of nutritious grocery-store-style food to senior citizens across Northern New Jersey.
The men’s residence is the mainstay of Joi’s Angels. Licensed to house up to sixteen men, Joi’s Angels specializes in providing supportive housing for those with mental disabilities. Short-term crisis residency ranges from 24 hours to two weeks. Referrals for emergency shelter fluctuate significantly. Annual short-term stays range from a low of 22 persons to a high of 50 persons.
SUMMER WORK & COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Cooperating with city and state agencies, we provide summer jobs for 10-15 high school and college students each year. Joi’s Angels ensures that each participant develops his or her character, improves his or her interview skills, and that all gain “real world” work experience, experience that will build a solid foundation for career success.
YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Collaborating with judicial and educational agencies, Joi’s Angels helps to promote civic engagement and community-mindedness by offering opportunities to over 500 youth per year.
COMMUNITY BABY SHOWERS (FOUNDING SPONSOR)
These annual events for needy mothers were designed to provide baby essentials and a “true to life” traditional baby shower experience which included games, gifts and prizes, music, a catered menu, and lots of fun!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME AND CANDY GIVEAWAY
These annual themed events are held at multiple locations during the lead-up to Halloween. Joi’s Angels provides over 1,000 children with costumes, candy and snacks before and during celebrations organized by one of our community partners. These events also provide safety and security to thousands of children and peace of mind to their parents. One of our community partners for these events is the East Orange Public Library.
HOLIDAY CARNIVAL (FOUNDING SPONSOR)
This is Joi’s Angels flagship community event. The annual carnival is held at Essex County College. We also offer an open-air toiletry market where individuals and families can shop as if they were in a retail store; it is stocked with thousands of personal care items and other hygiene products. There is a separate open-air baby needs store for mothers, infants and children. All guests have access to bags of healthy produce and food items, and a wide assortment of new and gently used outerwear for winter. We anticipate that this event will only grow in the coming years.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY BARBECUE
(MUNICIPAL HOST LOCATION)
Joi’s Angels has been a host location for National Night Out for over a decade. Our National Night Community Barbecue has grown to attract neighbors near and far.
As Thanksgiving approaches, needy individuals and families receive free whole turkeys, hams or chickens and holiday fixings. Joi’s Angel's distributes thousands of holiday meats annually.