We offer a wide variety of programs in Burlington County that provide assistance to individuals, children and families, victims of domestic violence and to those with mental illness and substance abuse.
Food drives help us keep our pantry shelves stocked and are a mainstay of our outreach efforts. We also conduct themed drives that meet clients’ other needs.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (FACS) — Provides a wide range of counseling and psychotherapeutic services to individuals, couples and families experiencing emotional stress including marital discord, depression, anxiety and parent-child conflict. Parenting education workshops are also available.
PROVIDENCE HOUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES — Domestic violence services are provided through Providence House, offering confidential 24-hour hotline services, counseling, education, specialized children’s programs, legal advocacy and a Safe House at no cost to victims and their children. Our Outreach Counseling Center address is listed below. Our Safe House location is kept confidential. Learn more about domestic violence and Providence House.
24-Hour Hotline: 609-871-7551
Toll Free: 1-877-871-7551
Outreach Office: 856-824-0599
- 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline — For victims and their children in need of crisis counseling and/or a safe haven from abuse, as well as information, appointments and referrals.
- Children’s Counseling — Uses various forms of art and play to help children express their feelings and heal from the abuse in their homes. Available at Emergency Safe House only.
- Community Education—Encourages prevention and promotes awareness of the forms of domestic abuse through presentations at health fairs, businesses, schools, community events and organizations.
- Domestic Abuse Support Groups — Provides multi-week educational sessions on the dynamics of abuse, including healthy relationships and boundaries.
- Domestic Violence Liaison Program — Provides on-site case consultation, support and advocacy at area Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) offices for non-offending parents who are victims of domestic violence.
- Domestic Violence Response Team — Provides training, supervision and guidance to teams of community volunteers who speak to victims immediately following a domestic violence incident at the local police station or hospital.
- Emergency Safe House — Confidentially located emergency Safe House that enables victims and their children to escape danger and to begin the healing process.
- Individual Counseling— Offers intensive individual counseling including support, options, education, and therapeutic intervention. By appointment only.
- Legal Advocacy Program — Offers court accompaniment and support to domestic violence victims, as well as advocacy and referrals.
- PALS (Peace: A Learned Solution) — Helps children ages 3-12 who have been exposed to domestic abuse to heal through various forms of creative arts.
- Project OUTREACH — Assists African-American female victims of domestic abuse with a series of educational courses on the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and the benefits of group and individual counseling.
- Project Self-Sufficiency — Helps victims to acquire and maintain permanent violence-free housing and provides education and training on parenting, job readiness and community resources.
SUPERVISED VISITATION — Provides professionally supervised visits between children and non-custodial parents. Families are generally referred by the Court. Services include observation and monitoring by trained supervisors.
New Jersey’s cost of living is the third highest in the nation so it is not surprising that we assist more people through these services than any other within the organization. The percentage of working families in Burlington County seeking assistance with food has increased dramatically. Believing that everyone deserves a chance to achieve self-sufficiency, our programs are designed to support immediate basic needs while providing opportunities for developing financial literacy, marketable job skills and help in obtaining permanent, affordable housing.
Unless otherwise noted, all services are provided to Burlington County residents through Community Services at:
FOOD PANTRY — Pre-packed food bags provide 3 meals per day for 3 days for each household member.
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic food pantries in Burlington, Lakewood, and Trenton continue serving people in need, but staff are distributing pre-packed bags at the door. Also our 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
SNAP ASSISTANCE (formerly known as Food Stamps) — Through a grant from the Walmart Foundation, we are able to perform outreach, education and enrollment assistance to residents of Burlington and Mercer counties who are interested in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
PROJECT HOPE — Provides individuals and families who live in poverty and are homeless or facing the threat of homelessness with opportunities to develop skills and resources needed to achieve well-being and lead self-sufficient lives. Core components address:
- Workforce Readiness
- Health and Wellness Education and Services
- Essential Life Skills and Community Living
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS — Residents in need can “shop” for gently-used clothing and household items.
TAX PREPARATION — Provides free tax preparation February through April by appointment only.
HOLIDAY/SEASONAL ASSISTANCE — Provides eligible residents with assistance during Easter, Back-to-School time, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
HOUSING SERVICES — Our Homelessness Prevention Program emphasizes both immediate and longer-term strategies for reducing homelessness and strengthening self-sufficiency. While housing units are not offered at all locations, we help individuals and families remain housed through rent/mortgage and utilities assistance.
EMERGENCY TEMPORARY SHELTERING — families can seek assistance with emergency sheltering , although it is limited. Homelessness prevention services are offered and referrals to housing resources in the community are also provided.
PARISH SERVICES — Provides support for individuals and families referred by parishes in Burlington County. Services include:
- Case management
- Financial assistance
- Referral to other community resources
Access to Parish Services is only through a referral for assistance from a parish.
PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE — When funding is available, eligible consumers can receive financial assistance with medications or medical supplies needed to maintain health and well-being.
IMMIGRATION — Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)-accredited case managers provide civil legal assistance that is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. Services are available in both English and Spanish.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs are located at our Delaware House facility:
CHILD/ADOLESCENT COUNSELING — Mental health counseling for children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral challenges. Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring available as an adjunct to counseling services. Medicaid and sliding scale accepted.
INTENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES (IFSS) — Provides consultation, psycho-educational and family support groups, respite care, advocacy and service linkage to families with members experiencing a serious mental illness.
INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM (IRP) SOUTH – Supports and encourages the development of life skills to those suffering from severe mental illness. Group homes are located on the grounds of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Atlantic County and also in Salem County.
OUTPATIENT SERVICES — Provides ongoing follow-up psychiatric care and therapy for adults experiencing a mental illness, including substance abuse issues.
PARTIAL CARE PROGRAM — Provides a wide range of psychiatric rehabilitation groups and activities for adults experiencing a mental illness who require a more intensive environment in order to reach their maximum potential for independent living. Programs are also available for adults experiencing a mental illness with substance abuse issues.
PARTIAL CARE PROGRAM AT IRP SOUTH – for adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are available to Burlington County residents, but services are located in Atlantic and Gloucester counties.
PROGRAM OF ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT (PACT) — Community-based intensive mental health and recovery service for seriously and chronically disabled adults experiencing a mental illness.
Learn more about PACT: https://www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/about/inspiring-stories/meet-our-pact-teams
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES — Offers a wide range of housing options for individuals experiencing a serious mental illness and co-occurring chronic medical conditions. Options include: structured, supervised group homes; independent living; supportive housing and Medically Enhanced Supportive Housing (MESH).
RIVERBANK SELF-HELP CENTER — A consumer operated facility that strives to support people in realizing a lifestyle centered on a self-defined balance of wellness in all dimensions – physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, occupational, environmental and financial.
RIVERBANK TRANSPORTATION — A consumer operated service that provides transportation to mental health consumers who would like to return to work, but lack the transportation to do so.
ROADS TO RECOVERY — A consumer operated service that provides transportation to consumers with co-occurring disorders who need to attend community meetings (AA, NA, Double Trouble, Suicide Anonymous, etc.), but lack the transportation to do so.
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES — Provides opportunities to improve the quality of life and promote independence for adults. A free service with over 25 years of experience and partnerships with more than 100 employers and businesses.