Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, has several programs in Mercer County that provide assistance to individuals, children and families, support for immigrants 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 RESOURCE CENTER AT EL CENTRO – a multi-family community support and building program specifically focused on meeting the needs of Latino families in Mercer County.
IMMIGRATION SUPPORT – BIA accredited services are offered through Catholic Charities El Centro (see above).
- Immigration Legal Assistance Services — Staff members assist consumers with the completion of immigration petitions and the translation of documents. Provides immigration information and referral.
- Citizenship and Naturalization Classes — Provides citizenship classes in the evenings to prepare consumers for naturalization.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes — In collaboration with St. Francis Community Center, these classes help non-English speaking immigrants with English language skills.
- Educational/Enrichment Services — In partnership with other county and communities agencies, residents of Mercer County can take part educational services, which can include parenting or GED classes.
- Immigration Services — Immigration Services helping immigrants adapt to American customs and life styles. Certified case managers provide civil legal assistance that is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security.
FAMILY CARE PROGRAM — Addiction intervention services for parents whose children are under child protection supervision due to abuse or neglect.
FAMILY GROWTH PROGRAM — Offers specialized treatment services for family violence, child abuse and neglect for children and families under child protection supervision due to abuse or neglect.
IN-HOME FOSTER CARE — Ensures safety and enhances permanency for at risk children under child protection supervision due to abuse or neglect.
MILEPOST — Provides treatment and support services for high risk children and youth who have demonstrated behavioral problems.
MOBILE RESPONSE AND STABILIZATION SERVICES (MRSS) — Available 24/7 for children and families experiencing non-psychiatric crises. Intervenes in family crises that may result in the child being removed from his/her home or community setting and arranges for services to help stabilize the living situation.
NATURAL PARENT SUPPORT — Provides intensive clinical case management services to families and kinship systems identified by the Department of Child Protection and Permanency – DCP&P (formerly known as DYFS) as candidates for reunification.
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 Mercer 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 Mercer County residents through Community Services at:
FOOD PANTRY — Pre-packed food bags provide 3 meals per day for 3 days for each household member.
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.
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.
RAPID RE-HOUSING — Rapid-Re-Housing is one of several programs offered to help individuals and families obtain housing and develop the skills necessary for meeting monthly housing and other living costs.
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.
MEDI-COOL PROGRAM – Provides 5,000 BTU air conditioning units to low-income seniors and/or adults who have a disability. Mercer County seniors and individuals with disabilities. Applicants are screened for eligibility.
PARISH SERVICES — Provides support for individuals and families referred by parishes in Mercer 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 and medical supplies needed to maintain health and well-being.
SUPPORTED WORK – Provides basic job seeking skills training to individuals receiving General Assistance benefits.
ALCOHOLISM/ADDICTIONS OUTPATIENT PROGRAM — Provides individual, group, and family counseling for those with alcohol and substance use problems.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HOME — Provides on-site primary care services to individuals that are enrolled in the Partners In Recovery partial care program. Services are provided through an Advanced Practice Nurse one day per week, and a full-time on-site LPN.
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.
EARLY INTERVENTION SUPPORT SERVICES (EISS) — Offers an alternative for adults age 18 and older who are experiencing emotional distress, but not in need of hospitalization. Provides screening and counseling services in a safe, home-like setting. No appointment or referral needed.
Building B, Suites 504-505, Hamilton, NJ 08619
FAMILIA LATINA — Provides substance abuse prevention services to Mercer County schools and organizations with a special focus on the Latino community. Services offered in Spanish and English.
THE GUIDANCE CLINIC — An outpatient service that provides assessment, treatment, ongoing care and therapy for adults and families experiencing substance abuse issues. Services include: individual and group therapy, medication monitoring and case management.
NEW CHOICES — Offers an intensive outpatient program and outpatient services geared towards adolescents (13 to 17 years of age) with substance abuse problems.
ON MY OWN SUPPORTIVE HOUSING — Provides flexible and responsive support services to assist individuals experiencing a serious mental illness to secure and maintain housing independence.
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.
PROGRAM OF ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT (PACT) — Community-based intensive mental health and recovery service for seriously and chronically disabled adults experiencing a mental illness.
PACT Team 2 (609-396-8787) and Team 3 (609-396-9777)
PROJECT FREE — Intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults.