Category: Community Outreach

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission Relies on Volunteer Support

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Atlantic City Rescue Mission
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As the founder and CEO of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Brian Petruzzi of New Jersey oversees an international pizza chain with more than a dozen locations. Alongside his professional pursuits, Brian Petruzzi supports the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

There are many ways to help the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. In addition to monetary donations, donors can give first-aid products, baby care items, clothing, blankets, and food products. The Mission is also in constant need of personal care items, including toothpaste, soap, razors, shampoo, and antiperspirant.

Other ways to support the Atlantic City Rescue Mission include volunteering time in the organization’s kitchen or on its farm, which operates May through August. The Mission relies on volunteers to run Hopeful Grounds, a “pay-what-you-want” café that serves coffee and pastries. Throughout the year, the Mission also holds several fundraising events, including concerts and its annual Summer Gala.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission Looking for Help Purchasing New Ovens

 

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Atlantic City Rescue Mission
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Holding a bachelor of arts in marketing and business administration from Richard Stockton University of New Jersey, Brian Petruzzi has served as the CEO and founder of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Galloway, New Jersey, for the past three years. Outside of his work as an entrepreneur and business owner, Brian Petruzzi supports the efforts of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

During the spring and summer months of 2017, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission called upon its supporters to help the organization with the purchase of new ovens and other updates to its kitchen facilities, something officials say they desperately need to keep up with the demand of providing meals to people in the area who are homeless and less fortunate. According to the director of development, Howard Hirsch, the mission helps provide food to more than 500 people each day.

The estimated cost of the new ovens and the renovation comes in at around half a million dollars, according to Hirsch. Only two of the mission’s eight ovens are currently operational, and even those don’t work when they are set below 400 degrees. The mission hopes it can bring in enough money over the year through fundraising activities to cover the cost, but Hirsch says any donation will be helpful.

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The Work Readiness Program at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission

 

Atlantic City Rescue Mission pic

Atlantic City Rescue Mission
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With a bachelor of arts in marketing and business administration, Brian Petruzzi became the CEO and founder of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Galloway, New Jersey in 2014. In this capacity, he oversees the daily operations of the business and implements social media marketing for corporate and franchise locations. In spite of his busy schedule, Brian Petruzzi also finds time to support charitable ventures, including the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission strives to meet the needs of the disadvantaged in the community by providing food, shelter, clothing, and counseling. The organization also offers programs to help homeless people and those recovering from addiction to get back on their feet. One such program is the Work Readiness Program. Those who have been unemployed for a long period of time often have more difficulty finding work, so the Work Readiness Program was instituted to allow them to work for 120 days in the Mission doing various jobs such as cooking, cleaning, or office work.

There are also daily classes set up for Bible study, learning life skills, and managing money. After completing the program, graduates may move on to transitional housing and other employment or other programs offered by the Mission.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission’s Work Readiness Program

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Atlantic City Rescue Mission
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Since 2014, Brian Petruzzi has been serving as founder and chief executive officer of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Franchise, a company located in Galloway, New Jersey. During his free time, Brian Petruzzi is involved in charitable activities and is an active supporter of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Established in 1964, Atlantic City Rescue Mission has grown to become the largest shelter that serves homeless people in Southern New Jersey. With the magnanimous support of several generous individuals, the rescue mission has been able to set up comprehensive services that deal with community problems.

One of these services is the work readiness program. In addition to providing shelter, Atlantic City Rescue Mission also helps its guests who have been out of the workforce for some time prepare for finding employment. For a period of 120 days, those within this program will be assigned to work a shift in the mission for six days a week, performing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and office work, among others. Moreover, guests are asked to attend classes on life skills and financial management. Those who complete the program will take part in a graduation program and will be referred to employment, transitional housing, or HOPE (Homelessness Overcome through Programmed Employment).

Atlantic City Rescue Mission – Helping Those in Need

Atlantic City Rescue Mission pic

Atlantic City Rescue Mission
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Successful New Jersey-based entrepreneur Brian Petruzzi has founded five different businesses, his most recent the franchise pizza restaurant 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. When Brian Petruzzi is not overseeing operations of 1000 Degrees, he gives back to his community by supporting the Atlantic City Rescue Mission (ACRM).

Founded in 1964 by John Fink, the ACRM began its work by providing hot food and shelter for a few men from a small storefront in Atlantic City. In 1975, a women’s shelter paralleling the men’s program was opened, and in 1990, the Bacharach Boulevard facility was expanded to accommodate 312 people. Over this time, the mission has added and enlarged programs to meet the growing and changing needs of those served from the Atlantic City area. Just some of the challenges these programs help people deal with are abuse issues, worker readiness preparation, and psychological issues.

Today, ACRM helps over 3,300 people in need per year, making it the largest provider of comprehensive services to individuals in New Jersey who are without a home.