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 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.

Community Food Pantry

Pre-packed food bags provide 3 meals per day for 3 days of each household member.   

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

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).

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940 x6111
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-599-1246 x2506

Clothing and Household Goods

Residents in need can “shop” at our free Clothing Closet and Household Goods Store for gently-used clothing and household items.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

Holiday/Seasonal Assistance

Provides consumers with assistance during Easter, Back-to-School time, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

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.

Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847

Prescription Assistance

When funding is available, eligible consumers can receive financial assistance with medications and medical supplies needed to maintain health and well-being.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

Immigration Services

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. Programs are offered through Catholic Charities’ Community Services and El Centro — a comprehensive resource center for Latino families in Trenton and adjacent communities. Learn more about our full range of our Immigration Services.

Burlington and Mercer Counties: 327 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 – 609-394-2056
Monmouth and Ocean Counties: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

Free Tax Prep

Provides free tax preparation February through April by appointment only.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

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

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

Supported Work

Supported Work provides basic job seeking skills training to individuals receiving General Assistance benefits.

Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847

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.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Rehousing uses a combination of federal (HUD) and county funds to help homeless individuals and families in Burlington and Mercer locate affordable permanent housing and offers 3-6 months of financial assistance. The program focuses on four areas: intensive case management, financial assistance, housing location and multiple types of community support and resources. In Burlington and Mercer counties, 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.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940
Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847

Transitional Housing

Emergency shelter is offered to families in Monmouth County at risk of losing their home through our Linkages program. Parents are provided with job skills and household budget training.

Monmouth County:  4261 Route 33, Tinton Falls NJ 07724 – 732-922-0400

Transitional Group Home

Beacon House is our transitional group home in Neptune for homeless young men ages 17 to 21, and also offers a supervised apartment program for young men and women. Residents receive training in independent living skills and are linked to vocational and educational services to learn a trade, finish high school or earn a college degree.

Monmouth County:  1410 Sixth Avenue, Neptune NJ 07753 – 732-502-9245

Emergency Temporary Sheltering

In Burlington County, 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.

Burlington County: 801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco NJ 08075 – 856-764-6940

Disaster Response Program

UPDATE: After more than four years of assisting those affected by Hurricane Sandy the funding for Catholic Charities’ Disaster Response Program has come to an end, effective December 1, 2016.

A few highlights of the services provided to those affected by Hurricane Sandy include:

  • Provided disaster case management services to just under 5,000 households representing 21,326 individuals
  • Successfully advocated for more than $20 million dollars in direct financial assistance to these individuals for unmet needs and financial gaps
  • Successfully closed 84.6 percent of cases with Recovery Plan Needs Met, surpassing the national average of approximately 50%.

We gratefully acknowledge our many community partners, with special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their vital support. We extend our gratitude to our clients for their trust in us and for the opportunity to work with them. We wish you all continued success in all your future endeavors.

For anyone still seeking disaster assistance/services, please contact NJ 2-1-1 by dialing 211 from any phone, the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Program at 732-569-3484 or the Affordable Housing Alliance of New Jersey through their Housing Recovery Resource Center (HRRC) at 732-982-5072.

Parish Services

Operated through Catholic Charities’ Community Services program, Parish Services provides support for individuals and families referred by parishes in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Services include case management, financial assistance, referrals to community resources, and counseling.

Access to Parish Services is only through referral from a parish. A parish referral form, indicating which services are being sought and identifying information needs to be completed by parish personnel and faxed to Community Services.

Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties: 732-363-0748 x3223

Fix It Program

The Fix It program is coordinated through Catholic Charities’ Community Services program in Ocean County. Volunteers, many of them retired seniors themselves, provide minor repairs and yard clean-ups to Ocean County residents ages 60 and older.

Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701 – 732-363-5322 x3234

Medi-Cool Program

With funding from the Mercer County Department of Human Services Office on Aging, Catholic Charities and Rise, A Community Partnership, have partnered to provide 5,000 BTU air conditioning units to needy senior or disabled residents of Mercer County.

Mercer County: 132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608 – 609-394-8847 x2529


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