St. Peters Haven Family Shelter and Food Pantry
380 Clifton Ave
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Clifton, NJ 07011
Class of Housing: Family Temporary Housing, health food pantry
At St. Peter's Haven, our mission is to provide food and shelter to families and individuals in need, to prevent homelessness, as well as its recurrence, and to offer stability to the family during times of crisis. Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless gives strength and hope to those most in need of nurturing and compassion, at a time when life is at its bleakest. Family Shelter At our shelter, we provide short term housing for homeless and at-risk families. Most stays are approximately 90 days and serve to keep families off the street as they get back on their feet and seek a more permanent residency. Our transitional shelter consists of two homes – a one family, four bedroom home, as well as a two family house that includes both a three bedroom and a two bedroom unit. At capacity, our three apartment units can shelter up to 18 people at any given time. The goal of our shelter program is to support and maintain the family as a unit, provide case management, and to assist our families in obtaining safe, affordable housing. Our utmost priority is to keep each family intact, so that they can maintain the normal rhythm of life. Our families work with a social worker, in cooperation with other services, to obtain more stable housing. During their stay, we also work with tenants to identify the root causes that have led to their current situations and ensure the entire family is obtaining the support they need, both on the individual level and as a whole. We accept families of any configuration, including inter-generational and extended families, and are particularly concerned for our veterans with families who are experiencing any degree of homelessness. We work closely with veteran’s organizations to identify benefits available to them, including housing and health aid. The services we provide at St. Peter’s Haven focus on supplemental food assistance, transitional housing, and case work services, all of which allow our families to maintain a sense of normalcy and empowerment while they work to overcome difficult times and circumstances. We assist in getting families back on their feet by working in cooperation with other social services to assure the families receive all the benefits available to them, including veteran benefits, housing and food subsidies, cash assistance and many others. Healthy Food Pantry Our Food Pantry provides supplemental food to those in our community experiencing hunger. Currently serving over 800 persons each month, individuals participating in our Pantry Program are provided a monthly allotment, which supplies each household with 3 days worth of grocery staples, including nonperishable foods, bread, meats, produce, and more, as available. Open three days out of the week, the SPH food pantry is a central resource center for various services made available to low income families and individuals. This includes health clinics, job postings, veteran’s services, health services, and access to other agencies and programs, on both a local and national level. Throughout the year, we support our pantry members with special programs to meet additional needs outside of their regular food allotment. This includes providing backpacks and school supplies to all students from Kindergarten through college, gifts for children and teenagers during the holiday season, warm coats, hats, gloves, & scarves in the winter months, and a turkey with all the fixings at Thanksgiving.
Helpful Definitions For St. Peters Haven Family Shelter and Food Pantry:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless
or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.
Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.
Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job
training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each
of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.
How To Volunteer at St. Peters Haven Family Shelter and Food Pantry:
Be a volunteer. Call St. Peters Haven Family Shelter and Food Pantry at (973)546-3406 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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