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Family Promise of Hudson County Welcomes New Executive Director

Rev. Andrew R. Bennett Joined Family Promise of Hudson County in Late 2018

Jersey City, NJ – February 8, 2019 – Family Promise of Hudson County, a nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, announced that Rev. Andrew R. Bennett, Sr. has joined the organization as its new Executive Director. Andrew began leading the Hudson County affiliate of Family Promise in December 2018.

Andrew most recently served as Interim Executive Director of Impact Paterson Ministries, a nonprofit serving the underemployed and unemployed through job placement. Andrew is also president of Andrew Bennett Consulting, a leadership development and professional coaching group he founded.

“We are excited to welcome Andrew to the organization, replacing Interim Executive Director Tommy Mergola,” says President of the Family Promise of Hudson County Board of Trustees, Tiffany Kane. “As the founding Executive Director, I know firsthand the commitment needed to ensure that our families find homes of their own. With Andrew’s experience leading nonprofit organizations and work in serving his community, I am confident he will continue to grow Family Promise of Hudson County and the work we are able to do.”

As a member of the clergy for more than 25 years, Andrew cofounded the BridgeHope Community Development Corporation, an organization ministering to underserved families. He also served as Chairman of the Urban Enterprise Zone Advisory Board in Paterson. He previously worked as Director of Passaic County Future Lives Initiative Program, an alternative to juvenile sentencing organized under the Passaic County Youth Service Commission.

“In just its first year, our organization has helped seven families into homes of their own,” says Rev. Andrew R. Bennett. ‘I am honored to be a part of this family and look forward to meeting members of our community who have been instrumental in helping us serve Hudson County.”

Andrew holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theology (B.Th.) from the Jamaica Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a member of Evangelical for Social Action and is a former Sider Scholar. He is the current Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting, and is an Adjunct Professor at Pillar College.

For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, or for ways to get involved with the organization, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org/get-involved. Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.

About Family Promise of Hudson County
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise’s envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org.