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

our mission

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, inspired by the Scriptures as reflected in Catholic Social Teaching, alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of individuals and families, especially the poor and vulnerable, through service, advocacy and community building.


Every day, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, opens its doors to some of the most vulnerable members of our community:

  • The homeless and hungry
  • The seriously mentally ill
  • Those suffering from physical or sexual abuse
  • Women facing crisis pregnancies
  • The elderly
  • Those struggling with addictions to alcohol or drugs
  • People suffering with AIDS or HIV infection
  • Children in need of a family or home
  • Those in need of counseling

People from all backgrounds, all religions, and all ethnicities can find solace through 58 programs throughout Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties.


Every action we take is in support of legislation that will have a direct and positive impact on those we serve. For information about advocacy actions in the recent past as well as some upcoming issues we will be monitoring, visit our Advocacy section. Some priority issues include:

  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Hunger Relief/Food Security
  • Immigration Reform
  • Improving Children’s Welfare
  • Improving Access to Healthcare
  • Increasing Awareness of Domestic Abuse
  • Increasing Access to Necessary Services for the Mentally Ill and Disabled

Community Building

Everyone can make a difference—employees, volunteers, and consumers of our services—are all called to do what they can to positively impact another’s life. One way to do this is by strengthening our communities, as is being done at El Centro in Trenton and Ocean Immigration Support Services in Lakewood.

Every day, every action, every person— Renewing Lives, Restoring Hope