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Assistance from Hackensack and Bergen County Salvation Army.

Most of the assistance programs overseen by the Salvation Army in Hackensack and Bergen County New Jersey can help families or individuals who are faced with a crisis. A focus is on homeless prevention, which means some funds may be offered for rent or utilities. There is also hunger prevention (free food pantries and soup kitchens), case management, transportation (bus or train passes), thrift stores and other services.

The number of requests for seasonal assistance also continues to increase, so the Salvation Army may be able to provide qualified Hackensack and Bergen County residents with resources such as meals for Christmas or Thanksgiving, toys, and school supplies. Or the Salvation Army also offer medical care, namely vouchers to help pay for medications.

Seasonal programs are offered year round, starting in the spring and extending to the winter. As with all resources referenced here, qualifications will need to be met by applicants.

  • Wintertime programs include the following. The Salvation Army believes all families, and especially children, should be able to experience a joyful holiday. So resources include Christmas food basket distribution and holiday meals. Homebound senior citizens may get home delivered items. Christmas toy distribution is offered for kids, including programs such as Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. Every year the Salvation Army aids thousands of Bergen County NJ families with support including winter coats, toys, meals, food, clothing, programs that help paying electric heating bills, and more.
  • Spring and summertime services include Youth Councils and camps for men and students who are out of school. A children's overnight camp as well as Vacation Bible School may be offered. Some programs are run in partnership with other local churches across Bergen County.
  • Fall Salvation Army resources include a Back to School Program, which may offer free items such as backpacks, notebooks, and other school supplies. Both new and gently used clothing and supplies may be offered. Thanksgiving food basket distribution will offer hot meals to Hackensack families. A breakfast is also available at some centers, and is known as Thanksgiving Deluxe Breakfast.





Financial assistance from Salvation Army emergency services

Food pantries and thrift stores are located in the area. They can offer emergency food boxes, groceries, and government commodities. The Salvation Army also assists during the holidays and passes out free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets. The thrift or Family store will distribute vouchers for items such as furniture and clothes.

While limited, sometimes funds may be offered for basic needs and homeless prevention such as emergency utility and heating bill assistance. Tenants with an eviction notice may get funds for paying rent, if they are faced with imminent eviction. From time to time the Salvation Army of Hackensack may also have money or vouchers for prescription drugs.

Or if you need transportation, bus or train tickets may be offered. The Salvation Army's Service Extension Program may be able to provide emergency assistance for basic needs including food, energy bills, shelter, clothing, information and referral to local non-profits.

Transitional housing and shelters are available in the region. Some may focus on veterans, and others may provide longer term housing to men, single parents, or women. When someone uses one of these centers they will also receive and need to participate in social services and case management, such as ESL classes and job training. This is all part of the homeless prevention services in New Jersey.

Help for veterans and children

One program that focuses on veterans is Operation Red Shield. It supports active military personnel, veterans, and their family members in the Hackensack area. There may even be applications to veteran rent assistance programs if they are facing eviction or homeless in Bergen County. Call 908-851-9300 for details.





Some neighboring counties in New Jersey offer preschool and child care programs for children up to five years of age. They can be used by parents to keep their children safe, and the Salvation Army in Bergen County may also give them free meals or food boxes. Some centers may be able to support students up to age 12.

Applying from Bergen County Salvation Army

There are multiple sites and locations. Financial help, low cost thrift stores, job programs, and other services are offered from each location.

The Second Reformed Church of Hackensack is one location to call. 436 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, dial (201) 342-6531. This location serves the communities of Teaneck, Bogota, Hackensack, Maywood, River Edge, and South Hackensack. Other centers include 185 West Englewood Avenue Englewood, New Jersey, dial (201) 894-8492.

Or stop by or call 436 Union Street, telephone (201) 342-653. Passiac New Jersey also has a Salvation Army center. 550 Main Avenue (973) 779-1155). Last, but not least, 7425 Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen can be reached at (201) 861-4371.


By Jon McNamara

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