Lakewood, N.J. –Geraldine Smith, Administrative Director of Perioperative Services
at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC), and members of her
staff teamed up with Sgt. Chris Hill, brother of Thelma Hill, LPN, MMCSC
Endoscopy Unit, and the Howell Township Police Athletic League (PAL) Youth
Leadership Council to help homeless people living in an encampment in
the woods off Route 9 in Howell Township.
During the visit, led by encampment founder and resident Rev. Steve Brigham
of the Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church, PAL members and MMCSC staff
prepared and served meals and donated clothing. They also helped replace
the tarp roof of the community’s house of worship that had been
removed by high winds. Rev. Brigham had previously founded and operated
Tent City, a large community of homeless people living together in a wooded
area of Lakewood. In July 2015 Tent City was shut down. In response, Rev.
Brigham established the Howell encampment to continue to give the less
fortunate a place to go.
“The Police Athletic League is an amazing organization and we are
so proud to have partnered with them to give back to our local community,”
said Geraldine Smith, Administrative Director of Perioperative Services
at MMCSC. “The employees of the perioperative department demonstrated
our commitment to being active members of the surrounding communities.
We appreciate their work and their desire to help the less fortunate.”
The Howell Township PAL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to
foster positive relationships among the youth and police officers in the
community. It was established in 1979 by police officers who sought to
create a better understanding between the police force and young members
of the community. Using athletics, recreation, education and community
service, PAL provides a safe outlet for kids to reach their potential
in the community. The Howell PAL Leadership Youth Council is a program
designed to educate the community’s youth be the leaders of tomorrow
through volunteering and life skills training. Members of the Leadership
Youth Council have been with the Howell PAL for 17 years which is a true
testament to the positive work being done by this organization.