Program highlights include remarks from Joseph Bennett, a sanofi-aventis U.S. Sourcing Specialist, a former Navy lieutenant and Vietnam veteran; Susan Visser, Community Hope Vice President of Veterans Services, and a resident from Hope for Veterans®, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Judy O’Hagan, Vice President, Human Resources, will also discuss the company’s support of programs designed to provide job placement to those who have served in the armed forces. Following the presentations, employees will participate in a volunteer event designed to thank Hope for Veterans residents for their service to our country.
Acknowledging sanofi-aventis for their recent donation, Community Hope CEO J. Michael Armstrong said, “This generous support will enable us to maintain our supportive living residences for the most indigent and vulnerable residents in our communities. This donation comes at a critical time for us. In this economy, those we serve are particularly at-risk of homelessness and poverty without our safe havens and the support of our counselors.”
sanofi-aventis U.S. has supported Community Hope’s programs and services since 2001. In 2007, Community Hope honored sanofi-aventis U.S. Chairman Timothy Rothwell for the company’s ongoing support.
For nearly 25 years, Community Hope has provided housing and support services to young adults and individuals recovering from mental illness. Serving 300 individuals in New Jersey, Community Hope is among the largest providers of transitional and supportive housing for individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse in New Jersey. In 2004, Community Hope developed a statewide housing and recovery program for U.S. veterans who were homeless and struggling with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. Each day, the Hope for Veterans program now serves nearly 100 formerly homeless veterans with mental illness and substance abuse. In 2005, the program received national acclaim as winner of the Mutual of America Foundation’s Community Partnership Award and was cited as a model to be replicated in other communities.