Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fairview Former Chief Helps Homeless Teens

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fairview Former Chief Helps Homeless Teens

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It's the season of giving, and former Fairview Police Chief Frank Del Vecchio is doing just that. He recently donated more than $9,000 so Covenant House in Newark can add a computer lab for the homeless young people it serves.

The money was raised through the Run for Hope Foundation, an organization Del Vecchio founded in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Del Vecchio said that each year the organization picks a different cause, and this year they decided to help the homeless.

"We committed to helping the homeless and young people, and this fits the criteria for both because they cater to homeless teens," Del Vecchio said. "This is a way to help them have a leg up in this world by providing a facility to help them complete résumés and apply for jobs."

Each year the organization raises money through physical activities, the biggest being a run that Del Vecchio himself takes each year from Ridgewood, where he lives, to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

"A lot of people get involved with the 9/11 run," Del Vecchio said. "Usually five to seven people will do part of the run with me. Most ride bikes, but that is the primary event that we do each year."

This year the group made a donation to the Bergen County Homeless Shelter as well as Street2Street, an organization for at-risk youths. The largest donation went to Covenant House, though.

A check for $9,200 was presented to Marcia Mann, development director at Covenant House, to create a computer lab and provide other technological capabilities.

The Newark center houses 45 young adults between 18 and 21 every night. The computer stations will be put on the second and third floors, with two computers in each area, so that when people head upstairs at 9 p.m. they will be able to search for jobs and perform other tasks, Mann said.

Mann noted that the young adults come to Covenant House at all levels. Some are without a high school diploma; others are looking into college or jobs. The facility gives them tools to further their education or start to build a career, Mann said.

"We offer résumé-building classes and also help with social skills," Mann said. "Part of holding a job is negotiating with a boss and co-workers. …

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