help others


We give essential support to NJ residents in need.

of your neighbors

receive food assistance

local residents

receive needed clothing and household goods

We are cost efficient

over 90¢ of every dollar goes
directly to programs to help people in need.

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about catholic charities

Providing for the poor, unemployed, and the unfortunate for more than 100 years

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Catholic Charities, Diocese Trenton provides essential services to more than 100,000 New Jersey residents every year. Our services include basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, plus specialized services such as drug treatment, mental health and legal support. We offer programs in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties; bringing help to the areas that need it most.

Our programs are designed to help people and families be self-sufficient and end the cycle of dependence. This not only improves people's lives, but strengthens our community.

Essential Services: A lifeline for many

Hard times can happen to anyone, and when it does, we're there with a helping hand. In the past, help came as a food basket, needed housewares, or a place to stay.

Our Services:

- Addiction Treatment
- Basic Needs
- Children & Family
- Counseling
- Domestic Violence
- Housing Search
- Senior Support
- Mental Health
- Immigrant Support
- Disaster Response

Unfortunately, people today need a lot more to survive, and this is where we fill the gap. We don't just help mothers find work, we give them child care so they can go to work. We don't just feed the homeless, we provide job training programs and addiction services. We don't just protect abused women, we teach them how to break the cycle of violence.

Our services vary, but our motive is the same: To relieve the suffering of our friends and neighbors and improve their future.

Our proud history of helping others

Since 1913, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, has been helping local residents in need. We were there during the Great Depression, both World Wars, several recessions, housing busts, and more weather  disasters than we can count. These events forced people to come to us for help. And for the last 100 years, we've answered these calls by providing essential services regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or income. We don't preach, convert or judge. Rather, we regard all people as God's children, and it's our duty to help.

Making the most out of your support

We not only know how to provide effective help, but to manage our finances as well. Providing services to the community can be a fiscal challenge, yet we're still  strong, and our programs have expanded. We're also proud to claim that over 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programs for the poor and needy. We keep a low overhead and don't waste money. This is what keeps us thriving as a charity and we expect to be here for the next 100 years, and beyond.

Why we need your help

You may think that the government does what we do, but this is NOT TRUE. Government programs have been cut, and pressure is on private organizations to pick up the slack. And worse, the need for social services is the highest since the Great Depression. Unemployment, rising costs, the mortgage crisis and natural disasters have put millions of people into the ranks of poor and needy. Even those with jobs are finding themselves one paycheck away from losing everything. More people are turning to us for help, many for the first time.