The Emergency Services program provides services to thousands of individuals, families and children annually in Asbury Park and Monmouth County.
Homeless Prevention: For those not receiving government assistance, Mercy Center contracts with the Monmouth County Board of Social Services to provide assistance with payment of rent/mortgage arrears and utility payments arrears.
Screening and Referral: Clients are interviewed to ascertain their needs. Mercy Center will refer clients to appropriate community providers and provide emergency services until the referring agency can assist the client.
Mercy Center's Food Pantry serves over 5,000 people every year. Established in 1986, the pantry began in a closet and now is being housed in its own building. Our staff and a team of more than 50 volunteers maintain the pantry and distribute food based on family size, age and cooking facilities.
All foods and personal hygiene goods are obtained through donations from businesses, local parishes, organizations and individuals.
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, contributes each May with the "Help Stamp Out Hunger" campaign. Every year we are the recipients of food from the annual Crop Walk and Girl and Boy Scout troops, church groups and schools contribute with their own food drives.