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Sheraton Eatontown Festival of Trees Support and Spirit Series goes out to HABcore, Inc. This years event will feature over 30 local charitable and non-profit organizations. The goal in writing these posts is further exposure for participating groups with the hopes of drawing in folks who may never have heard of them before. Our Festival of Trees team wants to raise money for charity and make this our best year out of the 22 we have been hosting Festival of Trees.

HABcore, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation in Monmouth County, New Jersey, devoted to providing housing and supportive services in a family-like setting to low income persons and those who are homeless, disabled or unable to care for themselves. HABcore helps disenfranchised people develop lives of dignity and meaning.

In 1988, several Lunchbreak (a charitable organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in the greater Red Bank, NJ area) volunteers conducted a survey and found that a large percentage of the people they were feeding were living in substandard housing. These volunteers initiated a new organization whose purpose was to provide affordable housing in the same geographic area. Lunchbreak supported the new effort with a grant and loan, and in September 1988, HABcore, Inc. was incorporated. The “HAB” in HABcore was derived from the first initials of the last names of three homeless men who died in the streets of Red Bank during the 1980s.

HABcore goes beyond the traditional boarding house model by providing a permanent home-like atmosphere with 24-hour supervision to cater to the needs of our population. Our supportive services include individually tailored development plans that allow residents to start a new life.

To learn more about HABcore visit their website: www.habcore.org, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HABcore-Inc/125317526948 Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/HABcore.

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