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Jalysa Williams, who lived in St. Joseph’s House on the York Street Project as a child, now helps families in the same situation.

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Twenty-five years ago, the Williams were three when they moved there.

“My brother and I remember our interactions with the staff, and the things they did for us at Christmas and Easter,” said Williams.

With the stability that St. Joseph’s home gave her family, Williams eventually graduated from Rutgers University and landed her dream job as a family case manager with the York Street Project.

“I see a lot of the people who are here now on the client list, and I look at them and I don’t want to say I see myself in them, but I understand what they’re going through,” said Williams.

St. Joseph’s Home falls under the umbrella of many of the nonprofit’s family crisis services.

The York Street Project provides long- and short-term shelters for families and expectant mothers.

“It’s food, case management, trauma therapy, occupational and functional readiness training,” said Christine Kane Perez, director of development for the York Street Project.

Pre-K education continues to thrive long after Williams is a student.

Hundreds of families have found their way to settlement and Williams wasn’t the only witness.

Born in New Jersey, Kool Kiy started a multi-million dollar sneaker and apparel empire. Key has donated thousands of dollars’ worth of items to children at St. Joseph’s.

“Our family had people who needed these services and we decided to give back, they helped us,” said David Timmons of the York Street Project.

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