Short term emergency assistance is provided by Catholic Charities and it is often combined with longer term job training and employment programs. If you need food, financial assistance, or job training, call your local Catholic Charity centers in Burlington, Ocean, or Mercer County New Jersey.
Free Income Tax Preparation is offered as part of the Emergency and Community Services. Programs include VITA and more. Volunteers and specialists will provide qualified low income families with free tax preparation services from February through April. Appointments need to be made.
Supported Works is more for employment services, and can help people find a job in New Jersey or surrounding areas. The Catholic Charity Supported Work program provides basic job seeking skills and training to individuals receiving General Assistance benefits from the state of NJ.
Project HOPE is the name of a wide range of services. At its heart, this is a program that was designed to provide participants and individuals from counties such as Ocean with support that empowers them. People can sign up for activities, workshops and services that address their increasingly complex needs, and they may be able to receive assistance that eases the stress of living so called hand-to-mouth. Catholic Charity case managers are committed to improving the quality of an individual’s life. Some of what is provided includes educational classes such as GED, computer training, and also nutrition and health and wellness workshops.
The Mobile Eye Care Unit was formed in partnership with the Camden Mobile Eye Unit. It can provide services such as free eye exams and/or prescription glasses to residents of Burlington County New Jersey. You need to call to make an appointment, which are limited by quarter.
Prescription Assistance can be offered to help people maintain their overall health and well-being. This is only offered by Catholic Charities when funding is available. Eligible lower income and/or uninsured consumers can receive financial assistance and grants for paying for medications and medical supplies. Patients with a life threatening condition would also receive priority.
Holiday/Seasonal Assistance can provide lower income consumers with assistance during Christmas, Easter, Back-to-School time, and Thanksgiving assistance. Some of what can be offered includes free meals, food, gifts, toys for children, and more. Seniors, the homebound, and elderly may be able to receive home delivered meals.
A free store, or thrift store, can help residents in need in Ocean and nearby counties. People can "shop" for gently-used clothing, school supplies and household items, and most goods are gently used, decent quality, and can be offered at reduced prices. Winter coats, boots, professional work attire and other needs can be sold at the thrift store.
Community Food Pantry will distribute free, pre-packed food bags. Catholic Charities can provide 3 meals per day for at most 3 days of each household member. Emergency food boxes and other aid may be distributed.
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