For more than twenty years, teams from St. Mary’s have provided monthly meals to residents at the Eric Johnson House in Morristown, NJ. Now formally called New Jersey AIDS Services, Inc. (NJAS) to fully encompass the range of services it delivers, Eric Johnson House provides housing and other intensive support for homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Currently there are no other programs in Morris, Sussex, or Warren counties to help meet the specific needs of this vulnerable group.
We happily consider ourselves part of the Eric Johnson family and we believe the feeling is mutual. Once a month, we prepare a complete meal in the well-equipped kitchen, often stopping to chat with a resident or member of the staff. The communal meal is an opportunity for our volunteers and the residents to share experiences and engage in friendly conversation.
This opportunity for hands-on service is very special to us. This year, we were privileged to be part of the observance of World AIDS Day, complete with sumptuous meal, carol singing, and concluding with a candlelight march around the Morristown Green. It was a real treat to see some of the “graduates” of the program who returned to visit.