Red Bank, N.J., (May 20, 2019) – HABCORE board members and staff congratulated community honorees for 2019, the Junior League of Monmouth County (JLMC) and Janie and George Schildge of Colts Neck, at a festive “Kick Off Reception” on May 16th at the Artisan Collective, Red Bank.
The JLMC and the Schildges will be honored at “A Night in Morocco” at the Navesink Country Club on Friday, September 27th . We will bring the exotic, colorful and vibrant moods of Morocco to the evening. The event will include Mediterranean dishes, silent and live auctions, exciting entertainers and music.
“The Junior League, through its collaborative efforts, and Janie and George Schildge, by loyally and generously supporting HABCORE since its inception, have helped HABCORE grow in the past 31 years from an organization that housed 5 residents to one housing more than 300 today,” explained HABCORE Executive Director Steve Heisman. The 300 residents include 60 families with 100 children, veterans, and individuals with special needs living in two boarding homes and over 100 apartment sites across Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Both JLMC members and the Schildges have promoted HABCORE’s mission to provide permanent housing and individualized support services to homeless veterans, families, and individuals with special needs in Monmouth and Ocean counties. HABCORE is a perfect example of the significant difference Junior Leaguers have made to improve the quality of life in Monmouth County. Twelve women who were trained to be civic community leaders came through the JLMC pipeline to serve as invaluable HABCORE staff, volunteers, and board members. JLMC was founded in 1939. Its active and sustaining members include business owners, executives, accountants, lawyers, health care professionals and stay-at-home mothers. They all share an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism.
“Training women to be civic community leaders is the part of JLMC’s mission that most resonates with me,” says Lori Hohenleitner, JLMC’s incoming President. She adds: “JLMC is about giving back to the community. We guide women to become incredible civic leaders, and Janie Schildge is a perfect example.”
The Schildges have enthusiastically supported HABCORE since its founding in 1988. While volunteering at Lunch Break with her close friend Nancy Margenau, Janie realized that many of Lunch Break’s clients were homeless. When three men froze to death living on the streets of Red Bank that year a small group of devoted volunteers created HABCORE. Together Mrs. Schildge and Mrs. Margenau rolled up their sleeves and helped in meaningful ways, including cleaning chores at HABCORE’s first boarding home, the Coffey Residence on South Pearl Street in Red Bank.
“When you see an organization that sees a need and effectively serves the people with that need, it’s natural to give your support,” says Mrs. Schildge. She adds, “Our collaborative efforts make such a difference.” Janie and George’s support for HABCORE continues to be generous and genuine. Since 1985 Mrs. Schildge has served as Red Bank Crop Walk’s Coordinator. Funds raised by walkers support local and global programs. Participants also donate thousands of pounds of food for local pantries. Mrs. Schildge is also an active member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank.