NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Elijah’s Promise, which operates one of the region’s largest soup kitchens and a number of other social services, has named Michelle Wilson its third Executive Director.

The non-profit organization's Board of Trustees appointed Wilson to the post at its January meeting.

She brings over two decades of experience in community development and food security to her new role.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to this year’s NJCounts “Point in Time” (PIT) survey–an annual count of homeless statewide–the number of homeless persons counted in New Jersey has decreased by 409.

However, Middlesex County saw a 20% rise in homeless persons counted, according to the report produced by Monarch Housing Associates.

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—A local non-profit is helping young people on the autistic spectrum find meaningful employment all while selling gourmet popcorn.

Dr. Steven Bier of East Brunswick said he developed Popcorn for the People in 2015 to help his 26 year-old-son, who is high functioning autistic, find meaningful employment.

“I decided to take the bull by the horns,” Dr. Bier said, as he and a number of other local residents founded a non-profit called “Popcorn for the People.”

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Mondays this fall, the New Brunswick Public Library will be hosting a free “Young Athletes” program for children ages 2-7, sponsored by the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

The weekly program, which starts October 17, helps children improve gross motor skills, improve social and language skills, and develop skills for future participation in sports.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new project proposed by several Rutgers University cooperatives could result in beautiful "rain gardens" adorning the New Brunswick Public Library by the end of October.

The proposal was presented to the city's Library Board of Trustees at its most recent meeting, where they were urged to quickly approve the project so the necessary grant funding, which runs out at the end of October, may be obtained.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County’s homeless rate has decreased nearly 24% over the last year, according to a recently released report on homelessness statewide.

The Point in Time County (PITC) survey, conducted annually across the state by Monarch Housing Associates, reported that overall New Jersey’s homeless rate has decreased 12% since 2015.

According to this year’s report, the number of homeless reported in Middlesex County reached a five-year low of 457.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Non-profit community development corporations (CDC's) in Middlesex County have contributed $460 million towards the state’s economy, according to a new report from the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (HCDNNJ).

The report, which touted a statewide economic impact of $12 billion, was released at a June 29 press event held inside "Promise House," a supportive needs housing project located on Redmond Street and funded by city non-profit Triple C Housing.