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When you reach out for help, one of the greatest feelings is knowing that someone is going to reach back. NJ SHARES is a wonderful advocate for working people in crisis, and I'm so grateful they were there for me and my daughter.
E.T., Hamilton Township
NJ SHARES continues to serve those hit by the recession. 14% reported unemployment compensation and 11% reported unemployment as the reason for applying.
APPRISE Impact Evaluation 2012

I couldn't imagine what more I could sacrifice to pay my energy bill. I thought I'd have to go without food again. I'm employed but my income is not enough to cover the basics. I was happy to find out there was help for me.
S.B., Newark
Most of NJ SHARES recipients were the working poor. 78% had employment income and 61% had income between 200% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.
APPRISE Impact Evaluation 2012

At the agency where I work, it's my job to help needy people. I couldn't believe there was help for working people too. NJ SHARES assisted my family through one of the most difficult crises of our lives, and for that I am truly grateful.
M.V., Lawrence Township
Despite the large payment responsibility that NJ SHARES recipients faced after receiving a grant many were successful in meeting their bill obligations. NJ SHARES recipients paid an average of 98% of their current bills.
APPRISE Impact Evaluation 2012

The economic downturn hit my family hard. My husband owns a trucking company, so when the economy took a turn for the worse, he was getting less and less work. At the same time, his expenses were going up due to the high price of gasoline. I have a job, but my income was not enough to catch up on our bills.  We were worried that we would sink farther and farther into debt.  When NJ SHARES helped us pay our energy bill, we were so, so relieved. Thank you NJ SHARES!

C.R., Hamilton, NJ
NJ SHARES recipients were likely to have vulnerable household members. 51% had a child 18 or younger in the home and 21% had a household member over 60 years old.
APPRISE Impact Evaluation 2012


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