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High point area Angels mission statement.
Encourage personal growth through life affirming messages,encourage community service.
Engage local communities with recreational events and activities.
Help families and individuals struggling with personal hardship.
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In 2018 Joseph & Ann Marie Faillace & Family decided to help the children of Montague in the High Point area of the town, with activities that would keep the teens busy with positive recreational games and activities, preceded with a positive life affirming message. This program is called Highpoint Renewal.
It was decided to join with the Greenwich Angels as a charitable organization, that would also help out distressed family in the area.
The activities were held at the High Point beach in the summer and followed up with a Friday night music and game night at the High Point Club House. It will look to have recreational activities at the local Montague School District.
The association will be known as a division of the Greenwich Angels called the High Point Angels.
They will be partnering with businesses and individuals in the area to raise funds and help with the effort.
Joseph is a resident of the town and he is employed as a Director at Master Card Advisors in Purchase New York. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and also is finalizing a Master Degree in Divinity.
Joseph & Ann Marie Faillace and their 7 Children (& two dogs)
Faillace & Family on the Global Water 6K Race
MONTAGUE, N.J. - Joseph Faillace was jogging around his neighborhood near High Point Country Club in Montague, N.J., in 2018 when he noticed teens who seemed “aimless,” he said. Since he has seven children himself, he is familiar with youthful demeanors.
“They stood around in circles or sat on the grass under shade from a building. I asked how they felt about a recent shooting at their high school. Then we prayed together,” said Faillace, who works for a financial institution and also recently completed his master’s degree in divinity.
Faillace continued to have such interactions with neighborhood youth and developed relationships with them, although the faces changed as people moved in and out of the area. Many were renters.
“One boy often said they had nothing to do. So, I said, ‘If we brought games and food, would you come?’ When we began doing that, kids and parents too came running,” said Faillace, whose children would also participate. “We’d post, ‘We’re bringing ice cream,’ and people would come out.”
The Faillaces then began adding speakers to events. For instance, after soccer and water balloons, an alcohol and drug counselor spoke. High Point Country Club allowed them to use the downstairs area of the clubhouse, with its game tables, for free. They held bowling nights and a Christmas dinner.
Faillace and his wife, AnnMarie, moved to Montague as renters 13 years ago, when she was pregnant with their fourth child. They were looking for a more affordable area than their Wayne, NJ, area had been.
“At first we were just raising a family,” Faillace said. “Then we began to notice what was going on and get involved.”
Their venture, which they call High Point Angels, expanded to efforts around the tri-state area, and then even internationally. They describe themselves on their web page as a “division” of the Greenwich Angels, which is a foundation begun in 2013 by Joe Faillace’s father, Angelo. When Angelo ran for the town council in Greenwich, N.J., he promised voters that his salary for that post would go to community projects. His foundation focuses on scholarships for students in his area.
Joseph Faillace followed his father’s example in a way that involved his children, who participated in neighborhood gatherings with food, games and speakers, as well as fundraising races, making friends along the way.
“We talked about people’s struggles and created community, getting to know people,” he said. “There needs to be trust to take and receive. People were rightfully skeptical.”
The High Point Angels, as described on the website they share with the Greenwich Angels, aim to engage local communities in constructive messages, recreational activities and community service, and assist people with personal hardships. They posted their offer to help on social media.
Initially, they provided money for basic needs, such as food and utilities, for people who, in return, helped the elderly and struggling families with household chores and shopping. The helpers in need are compensated according to the number of hours worked. Then High Point Angels gave the Salvation Army money to pay people with financial hardships to do bell ringing, $150 for 10 hours, $75 for five hours. Faillace’s employer matches such employee donations.
“We like to partner with organizations like the Salvation Army,” Faillace said. “It’s like gleaning as the Old Testament talks about - leaving a portion of the crop for those willing to harvest it. They have a joy in accomplishment, giving when they receive.”
The Angels also organized a 5k race to raise money for Little Pink Houses of Hope, which provides vacations for breast cancer survivors and their families, after AnnMarie went through breast cancer treatment. Then, after the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed local community gatherings, High Point Angels held a 6k race with local runners, as well as participants around the U.S., Singapore, India and elsewhere from the financial institution where Joseph works, to raise money for clean water and food for people in Third World countries where the pandemic depleted resources. Joe and AnnMarie’s children and two dogs ran too, and the run was live streamed to a local chat group.
For that event, the Angels partnered with World Vision, a foundation that Joe had noticed on his employer’s website as effective in helping communities get clean water and sanitation. Again Joe’s employer matched donations. They are looking for other organizations to similarly assist.
When parks open again, the plan includes more outreach at Riverside Park in Port Jervis and Airport Park in Matamoras, Pa.
“It’s very spread out here. We want to create community where there isn’t one and keep the next generation thinking this way,” Faillace said.
High Point Angels can be contacted at Highpointangels@gmail.com.
Fundraiser for Little Pink Houses of Hope which donates a week long vacation on the Outer Banks for families ravaged by Cancer.
Fundraiser for water projects throughout the world sponsored by World Vision International
Highpoint Angels Cheer up the neighborhood by singing and dancing on front lawns.
Highpoint Angels starts a weekly kids get together to keep kids engaged in drug free activities and music, snacks and dancing.
Highpoint Angels starts a network of people cooking meals for families hurt by hardships. Cook a meal or recieve a meal!
Highpoint Angels worked with the Salvation Army by helping families, while showing the joy of giving time for others by paying for their time working for the Salvation Army.