In an effort to facilitate social-distancing, Catholic Charities has implemented changes in several programs:

  • Food pantries in Burlington, Lakewood, and Trenton continue serving people in need, but staff are distributing pre-packed bags at the door. The food pantries have modified operating hours:
    • Mercer Community Services Food Pantry (located at Mount Carmel Guild)
      73 North Clinton Avenue Trenton, NJ 08609
      Mondays through Fridays 9:30am to 11:30am
    • Burlington Community Services Food Pantry
      450-460 Veterans Drive Burlington NJ 08016
      Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 9:30am to 11:30am AND 1:30pm to 3:30pm
    • Ocean Community Services Food Pantry
      200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood, New Jersey
      Mondays through Thursdays 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Group counseling and support groups have conformed to the guidelines set by state and local public-health officials. Clients can directly contact their specific program to learn of specific limitations.
  • The free tax preparation offered at 39 N. Clinton Ave., Trenton, is indefinitely suspended.
  • Regular CFS office hours are now from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily.
  • El Centro is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm. El Centro will be open on Tuesday evenings until 7PM staring July 7.
  • Family Growth availability on Saturdays is by appointment only.
  • PHDVS office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm daily, evening hours are available as needed.
  • New Choices young adult group was on Thursdays from 6:00PM-7:30PM. It will be moved to 5:00PM-6:30PM effective immediately.
  • Project Free evening IOP (Intensive Outpatient) groups were Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00PM-8:00PM. They will be moved to 4:00PM-7:00PM effective immediately.
  • All trainings by our Human Trafficking team are suspended in March and April.
  • Safety Steps with Surf, a program in which our facility dog Surf visits Monmouth County schools to teach students about safety, is suspended.

In an effort to facilitate social-distancing, Catholic Charities has postponed the following events:

We are in an unusual time, facing challenges like never before. At the same time, the demand for our services continues to rise, with no end in sight. Consequently, due to social distancing, our annual fundraisers cannot carry on as planned. That’s why we have decided to take decisive action to reimagine our events, merging all of Catholic Charities’ annual fundraisers into one virtual event that anyone, anywhere can participate in!

We know this is a tough time for so many people. But while much remains uncertain, what is certain is the difference you make and our gratitude for your support.

To register for this FREE virtual event, please visit:

  • We are honored to have comedian and actor Joe Piscopo host Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton’s inaugural Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope.
    This unprecedented virtual event will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 6 to 7:30 PM – don’t miss it!
    This virtual fundraiser will also feature a silent auction, super 50/50, entertainment, and more!

Need will grow

Specifically, the need for Catholic Charities and other social services is expected to grow in several ways:

  • As schools close, vulnerable students who rely on schools for breakfast and lunch will be home without that critically needed support. Consequently, food pantries likely will see more families, and those families will need additional groceries.
  • As employers implement social-distancing measures and this crisis impacts the economy, low-wage workers may go for an extended period of time without a paycheck – or may lose their jobs altogether. That could create a surge in the number of people who need basic-needs services such as rental assistance and employment assistance.

Donations welcomed

Because the need for basic-need services is expected to rise, Catholic Charities welcomes donations of money and gift cards to help us continue to serve people in need through this crisis. To give, click here.

Clothing donations are suspended at Community Services until further notice. But people can still donate clothing at Catholic Charities’ publicly accessible clothing bins. Locations: Catholic Charities administration building, 383 West State St., Trenton; Burlington Community Services at 450-460 Veterans Blvd., Burlington; Linkages at 4261 NJ-33, Tinton Falls; and Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Burlington County at 595 Rancocas Road, Westampton. Bins at several church locations listed here also benefit Catholic Charities programs.

2020 Census sites still open

The coronavirus crisis is unfolding as the federal government undertakes its once-a-decade census. In fact, the 2020 Census opened for reporting just last week.

To help improve census reporting by historically under-counted groups like immigrants, Catholic Charities opened up three public-access centers where the public can come for assistance in completing the census. Those public-access census-reporting centers remain open, for now, as Catholic Charities consults with census officials on best strategies moving forward. Locations: El Centro, 327 S. Broad St., Trenton; Community Services-Ocean, 200 Monmouth Ave., Lakewood; and Community Services-Burlington, 450-460 Veterans Dr., Burlington.

Census parties planned at those locations have been indefinitely postponed.

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