Congregation Shomrei Emunah was one of the groups that walked this weekend to raise money for Family Promise of Essex County. (COURTESY FAMILY PROMISE OF ESSEX COUNTY)

Over 300 people participated in Family Promise of Essex County’s Walk for Change over the weekend, raising more than $80,000 toward the organization’s $100,000 goal.

Funds raised during the walk will go to Family Promise’s Hand Up homelessness prevention program, with a match from nonprofit Help Us Move In, according to Associate Director of Development Danee Sarman.

The walk participants formed 15 small groups with team captains leading walks, hikes and biking on trails around the county. Two Montclair congregations hosted walking teams — Congregation Shomrei Emunah and Union Congregational Church. 

As we anticipate the memoriam on evictions to end soon, these prevention programs are more important than ever to keep families in their homes by providing rental and utility assistance,” Sarman said in an announcement from the group.

Donations are being collected through the end of November and can be made through the organization’s donation page at, Sarman said. 

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Montclair Local Advisory Board member Dale Russakoff is also on the Family Promise Board of Trustees and was a participant in the Walk for Change.