January 5, 2011
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Ahmet
(973) 463-9600, ext. 303

Community Hope Receives National and Statewide Recognition

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bestows National Award to Nonprofit’s Homeless Veterans Program

(Left) J. Michael Armstrong, CEO of Community Hope, Inc., accepts the 2010 Outstanding Agency Award from Krystal Odell, Supportive Housing Association Board Chair and Robert Gauthier, Conference Awards Committee Chair.
PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Community Hope recently received two prestigious awards, citing the 26-year old charity’s innovative program for homeless veterans and recognizing the agency’s outstanding work.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki presented Community Hope with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service to Homeless Veterans at the National Forum on Homelessness Among Veterans in Washington, D.C. on December 7, 2010. The award recognized Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans Transitional Housing Program from among 500 VA Grant and Per Diem programs serving homeless veterans nationwide. Community Hope established Hope for Veterans in 2004 as the largest program in New Jersey and the Tri-State metropolitan area to serve homeless veterans. In the past six years, more than 430 veterans have overcome poverty, despair and homelessness as a result of the services provided at the 95-bed facility.

On December 3, 2010, Community Hope received the Outstanding Agency Award at the Annual Supportive Housing Conference in Edison, New Jersey. The award was presented by the Corporation for Supportive Housing of New Jersey and the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey and reflects excellence in providing housing plus services for homeless and disabled individuals. It is Community Hope’s second consecutive outstanding agency award. In 2009, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies recognized Community Hope with its Outstanding Provider Award.

Community Hope has been helping individuals recover from mental illness and substance abuse in specialized residential programs since 1985. Today, the nonprofit organization provides housing and support services to more than 300 individuals a day, many of whom would be homeless or needlessly hospitalized without the agency’s community-based programs.