September 14, 2018

The Newark Public Library Hosts Fair for People Affected by Homelessness

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People affected byhomelessness are invited to attend SHAPING LIVES 2018: LINKS TO HOMELESSNESSSERVICES, in Centennial Hall, at the Newark Public Library, 5 WashingtonStreet, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10am-2pm.

Over 25 providers of health, nutrition, shelter, and other services will be present. In addition, participants will be offered free haircuts, manicures, clothing, toiletries, snacks, and other useful items and services. Audible will provide free lunches.

As the City is emerging from a recession, it continues to harbor increasing numbers of people who are homeless: on the streets and railroad tracks, in public parks, in abandoned buildings, and in empty lots.  Many have jobs but not enough money for rent. Winter hardships are approaching, and this event will inform homeless persons of services to help them to receive food, showers, laundry, mental health therapies, pediatric care, prison discharge services, drug abuse counseling, health screenings, transportation, immigration and naturalization guidance, shelter, and more. Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak noted: “Last year’s services to the homeless fair was a great success. We’re very excited to be hosting our second homelessness fair in partnership with the City, BridgesOutreach, and Audible. This time, we hope to reach even more people to ensure they are connected to the essential services these agencies can give them.”

The Newark PublicLibrary is New Jersey’s largest municipal library, providing collections and services at the Main Library and seven branch libraries located in neighborhoods throughout the city. The Library serves as a gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning for diverse audiences. The Newark Public Library has partnered with the Rutgers University School of Social Work to engage a student social worker to assist visitors with counseling and referrals to social welfare agencies and organizations. 

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Newark, Bridges Outreach, and the Newark Public Library.

For more information, please contact Leslie Kahn at The Newark Public Library:973-733-7779 or