Coming Home is the non-profit corporation formed by Middlesex County and the United Way of Central Jersey to create a true system to end homelessness in the County. We build coalitions and foster collaborative strategies and public-private partnerships among local government, affordable housing developers, social service providers and others. Collectively, our mission is to rehouse individuals and families as quickly as possible and to provide connections to community resources to enable them to sustain their new homes.


  • Jason Gosnell Hoagland Longo Partner

  • Gloria Aftanski United Way of Central Jersey President

  • Melissa Bellamy Middlesex County Housing Services Director

  • Brad Caruso Chair WithumSmith + Brown Partner

  • James Cahill, Esq. City of New Brunswick Mayor

  • Sharon GriceVice Chair Consultant

  • Wilda Diaz City of Perth Amboy Mayor

  • Bridget Kennedy Middlesex County Social Services Director

  • Patricia McKenna

    Transparent Title & Settlements


  • Sarah Clarke Vice Chair DEVCO Executive Vice President

  • Ronald G. Rios Middlesex County Freeholder Director

  • Jamie SchleckSecretary Community Solutions CFO

  • Kathleen Gwozdz


  • Brian MatulaTreasurer M&T Bank VP, Relationship Mgr., Business & Professional Banking

  • Arp D. Trivedi ORNL Federal Credit Union VP Enterprise P. Management

  • Michael W. Nulty, CPA

    Matthews & Nulty, Inc.


  • Elizabeth Schullstrom WithumSmith + Brown 



  • Eileen O'Donnell

    Executive Director

    Eileen is the Executive Director of Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc. She assumed this role in April 2011 and brings to it 20 years of professional experience as a health care attorney and business woman, providing legal, business and policy analysis services to public, as well as private, entities. She also designed and taught a course in Health & Public Policy at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy for four semesters. She holds a B.A. in Psychology; a Masters in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics; a J.D. from Rutgers’ School of Law and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University.

    Eileen is married with 3 children and lives in Highland Park, NJ.

  • Christiana Osawe

    Case Manager for the Homeless Hotline

    Christiana Osawe joined Coming Home in August 2017 as a Case Manager and Social Services Navigator. Christiana is responsible for directly working with the clients as well as working with community members on other initiatives that will help combat the various social barriers to housing the clients face. Christiana is a recent graduate of Rutgers University New Brunswick where she received her B.A. in Public Health, a certificate in Health Disparity Studies, and minored in Business Administration and Biology. She has a passion for mentoring and empowering underrepresented groups and worked to do so during her college years. She was introduced to Coming Home in the summer of 2017 while interning for a local hospital. During that time, she worked closely with Eileen, Bobbin, and other local cohorts to develop a pocket-sized resource guide for those in need of social assistance.

  • Bobbin Paskell

    Chief Operating Officer & Assistant Director of Systems

    Bobbin Paskell joined Coming Home in August 2012. Her primary role is to implement the County’s new Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and track and analyze data surrounding homelessness in Middlesex County. Bobbin also is an active member of the Middlesex County’s Performance & Evaluation Subcommittee.

    Bobbin brings 17 years of social service experience in Middlesex County to her position, most recently serving as the Program Director of the Middlesex County Differential Response Initiative, which provided comprehensive case management to at risk families throughout the County. Bobbin’s career has focused on working with vulnerable populations in the area of housing and homelessness, child welfare, domestic violence, and disabilities. Bobbin holds a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of NJ.

    Bobbin resides in Monroe Township with her two children and is an active volunteer in her community as a youth sports coach. Bobbin also spearheaded the volunteer efforts in her town in response to the flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

  • Meriam Shenoda

    Executive Assistant/Fundraising Manager

    Meriam Shenouda joined Coming Home in October 2012 after having spent approximately one month volunteering at the organization. Meriam will assist both the Executive Director and the Assistant Director of Programs on an as- needed basis and will also direct the fundraising initiatives of Coming Home. Meriam has over 14 years of employment experience, working for international organizations, providing public relations and general office management services in multi-cultural environments. Most recently, Meriam worked on a volunteer basis for Middlesex County’s Office of Human Services. She is also engaged in several ministries sponsored by, and affiliated with, the Coptic Orthodox Church, serving poor families and assisting young couples with financial needs. Meriam has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Accounting from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

  • Frances O'Toole

    Assistant Director of Programs

    Frances joined Coming Home in July 2016 as Assistant Director of Programs. She brings over 20 years of professional experience in the affordable housing industry, between non-profit housing providers and large mortgage finance and banking institutions. She primarily worked to assist low-income families become first generation homeowners, and financially-troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure. She graduated from Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in English and History, and from Rutgers Graduate School with a M.A. in Political Science, United Nations and Global Policy, with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law.

    Frances has 3 children, and is a long-time resident of New Brunswick, NJ.


  • Migdalia Figueroa Castillo

    Case Manager for Homeless Hotline

    Migdalia is a dedicated social services professional with more than twenty years’ experience serving populations considered to be economically disadvantaged.  She joined Coming Home in July 2020. Her most recent experience was more than fifteen years at Goodwill Industries of New York & Northern New Jersey, Inc. where she was employed as a Resource Coordinator and Case Manager.  She was often referred to as “the go-to person” by Goodwill staff when referred a large number of the Back-To-Works’ 2,500 clients for resources ranging from domestic violence shelters, temporary housing, food pantries and health care agencies, including medical insurance.  She was instrumental in bringing mobile communication companies to the Goodwill program sites to assist clients in signing up for free mobile phones, which is essential for conducting job searches.  Her work ethic epitomized the motto of the Goodwill Industries “to provide a helping hand rather than a hand out to folks truly in need.”

    Migdalia received a certification in domestic violence training from Safe Horizons, training in the  assessment of disadvantaged clients’ medical, housing, and economic needs; training in social service navigation from the Better Business Bureau, and training in various forms of remediation involving marital and legal issues by IMCR.  She also worked at several New York City jails where she coordinated client discharge planning, including the provision of all necessary support for ex-offenders to join society and become self-sufficient.  She is driven by a passion to help people and we are happy to have her join the Coming Home team.

  • Cassandra Jones

    Coordinated Assessment/Case Manager

    Cassandra joined Coming Home in May 2016 as the administrator of the County Coordinated Assessment system for serving those who are homeless in the County and ending their homelessness. She works with all County service agencies in the review of their standardized assessments of persons experiencing homelessness for placement in a permanent housing provider or on a housing provider’s prioritization list. Cassandra has spent several years working in the community with homeless clients and others in need. Prior to her current position, she served as Client Liaison for PRAB’s Housing Coalition and provided case management for homeless clients.

    Cassandra is originally from New Brunswick and now resides in Edison with her daughter.

  • Ciara Tamburello

    Social Service Navigator

    Ciara joined Coming Home in December 2018 with the launch of our Social and Health Services Integration (SHI) program. Prior to this she worked with diverse populations in numerous settings, including residential and day programs. Ciara has years of experience as a case manager, ranging from assisting individuals with disabilities to assisting families impacted by Super Storm  Sandy navigate through  Disaster Recovery Networks. Ciara received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Kean University in 2011. After working in the field, she decided to continue her education at Rutgers University, where she earned her MSW through the advanced standing program in 2014. Currently, she is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey.

  • Courtland Cobb

    Social Service Navigator

    Courtland joined Coming Home in December 2018 as one of two case managers launching our Social and Health Services Integration (SHI) program.

    Court most recently worked for Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen as a Case Manager,  working full time in the emergency shelter and with persons placed in permanent housing.  He graduated from Delaware State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in of agriculture business. He began his career at the Advance Behavioral Health Division of the Devereux Foundation in Devon P.A.,   working with children with behavioral issues. After two years of service there, Court provided case management services to senior citizens for 8 years at Senior Community Services in Darby P.A.

    Coiurt moved to N.J ten years ago and started working for Easter Seals of N.J. as a service specialist, providing job training and placement to individuals with disabilities.


Coming Home is Vice Chair of Middlesex County’s Continuum of Care (C0C) and works closely with its member agencies. The CoC, established in 1995,  coordinates planning and management of  the services provided through HUD funded programs. Coming Home also fosters collaboration and partnerships with the leadership of each of the County’s 25 municipalities, health care entities and affordable housing developers and financiers, specifically for participation in its Homes for Homeless Program.

Coming Home was recently founded and received base funding in 2012 from Middlesex County, NJ, the United Way of Central Jersey and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.