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Two Jersey Shore Chefs Will Sleep on the Boardwalk to Support Homeless Youth

It can be easy to forget that every night as we lay our heads on comfortable pillows, with full bellies, inside warm homes, that there are kids right here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties that don’t have the same basics covered.

Two Jersey Shore chefs are stepping up to see how those kids live…and hopefully get them some help.

Marilyn Schlossbach and Joe Leone Introna
Marilyn Schlossbach and Joe Leone Introna (Covenant House)

Joe Leone Introna, of the infamous Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties, and Marilyn Schlossbach, of the Marilyn Schlossbach Group (Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Labrador Lounge, Russell & Bette’s) are gearing up to do something amazing.

On Tuesday, May 16th, they’ll head out to the Asbury Park boardwalk, in front of Langosta Lounge, carrying just sleeping bags and a cardboard box.

Asbury Park boardwalk on Sunday
Asbury Park Boardwalk (Townsquare Media NJ)

They have vowed to not go home until they raise $50,000 for Covenant House Asbury Park. Covenant House provides “food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless youth” in the area.

Covenant House has recently teamed up with Interfaith Neighbors for the Rights of Passage program, a new building set to open this fall on Prospect Ave. in Asbury Park that will serve as safe, transitional housing for homeless youth.

The money raised through Joe and Marilyn’s campaign will be used for the Rights of Passage house.

They are hoping to send a strong message with this fundraiser:

For a few uncomfortable nights, we will leave our families and the comfort of our homes to experience what it’s like to be without a home. We will not be attending to our businesses. We will not be taking showers … We know that our nights on the Boardwalk are nothing compared to what homeless kids really go through. We will be safe and we will be fed. Yet we hope that our campaign will send a clear message to all homeless youth that they are not alone. We care. People care.’

You can donate online by clicking HERE, or send a check to:

Covenant House New Jersey
ATTN: Bring Them Home
330 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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