I would like the people to know what Saint Marks has meant to me. Due to the economy, I lost my job and had serious issues with my family. I had to rely on what little savings I had to pay for a room at the Belvidere Motel which left me without money to buy food, so I went to the kitchen at Saint Marks before the Church took over and had to deal with people who lived at my residence, they would show up high, drunk, cursing, filthy and without respect for the Church property. I’m not judging everybody because there are good people in every bunch, but to show up for a meal and be like that is disrespectful and should not be tolerated, and it was.
I knew I had to do something really quick, so I started networking, and people like Myra (Monmouth County department of Social Services social worker) found a program for veterans in Lyons NJ ( near Basking Ridge) I spent 16 months there and stopped smoking and drinking, I also found God.
They helped me obtain all the benefits that I deserved as a veteran.
I came back to Keansburg got an apartment and tried to reconnect with my family. So I went to Saint Marks again because I had heard things had changed for the good. So now I have become a regular again, the food is great, the people are nicer, respect is in the air.
Once again Myra is helping me with my needs, I have been getting stuff I need for my apartment, like towels, blankets and food. Harvey gives a “sermon” everyday and they are great, I look forward to coming everyday to Saint Marks, and hopefully will be able to pay it forward. Thank God for Saint Marks.
January 10, 2013
I am a single 50 yr old woman who has been rendered homeless due to situations beyond my immediate control. I am truly blessed to have been pointed to Saint Marks for food, clothing and other needs.
My experience has been totally and emphatically a blessing beyond measure, just to wake in the morning outdoors knowing I have a place to go for a few hours to socialize and eat a healthy meal and be warm gives me purpose to stand up on my own two feet and persevere onwards.
Leaving Saint Marks at 3pm I continue on to hold fast just knowing that if nothing else positive happens today I have been blessed with food, warmth, shelter and the knowledge that tomorrow Saint Marks will be available in the event that I need aide.
May God bless Harvey, the Father and all the volunteers who are so willing to help in any way they can.
With a sincere and warm felt heart and gratitude may God continue to bless this Church.
January 10, 2013
I feel that Saint Marks Community Center has changed tremendously for the better. There are more advantages for people in need.
I am a disabled individual since October 29, 2012 my experience at Saint Marks has been a great one.
I love the new hours from 12pm-3pm and the food is more nutritious.
Everyone seems to be more community involved; it feels like a family environment.
I want to especially thank Harvey, who brought back the prayer at 12:00pm. Prayer is the most important for me.
I feel that this is a great place to come and enjoy being with Jesus every day. I am glad that Myra (Monmouth County Social Services Social Worker) and Ellen (Project Hope and Healing, LCSW) are involved. They are great for the Saint Marks Community Center.
Now I feel very comfortable and relaxed when I come to Saint Marks.
January 10, 2013
My name is Albina “Rose” Mackey and I live in Keansburg New Jersey. The people here at Saint Marks Church are very open to us with very warm hearts.
I am very relaxed when I am here at the Community Center.
The people show compassion for each other. Its so different here now and welcoming. The food is so great and nutritious. I feel healthier.
Being able to come here with my family has made us closer. We are able to share with other families as well.
Being with Harvey, Father Ed, Ellen (Project Hope and Healing) Ann, and Tammy, Laura and Eileen is a blessing.
God Bless this wonderful place in our community.
January 10, 2013
I moved to Keansburg a while back. It was nice at first. Then a few months ago I experienced a severe hurricane ‘Sandy”. The back of the house was filled with black sludge. I couldn’t use the bathroom or the laundry room. It looked like a deep river. So my dog and I stayed in the old car without gas, lights or heat. We were so hungry and without water. We were also dirty. I was so weak.
Two women gave us gallons of water and food “vegetarian for us!” Thanks to Harvey and Father and their staff, they kept us alive and well over this period of disaster.
I started going to Saint Marks for meals in the day and Harvey gave us food from the pantry to take with us. When we needed other things he also got them for us. (Blankets, dog food, water etc…)
Going to Saint Marks is good. It feels like you are with family and friends. Everyone is so kind and thoughtful to each other.
This is a great place to go and life is a lot better receiving kindness and help from the willing others. I hope it will stay here I truly enjoy being there.