During the fall, winter and spring months, Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) partners with churches and synagogues in the Montclair community to serve thousands of nourishing evening meals for homeless and near-homeless residents of Montclair. The concept, MESH Café, includes not only nourishing food but also dinner conversations with individuals and families from our community.
The MESH Café evening meal program occurs nightly, Monday through Saturday, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All Cafes personalize their delivery of hearty meals, comfort and inspirational conversation but often included with the meals are essential personal items, daily newspapers, live music, and wellness check-ins. From September to June, the Cafes feature an evening meal consisting of an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert During the summer months of July and August, the MESH Cafe operates three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) featuring a lighter fare of salads, sandwiches, casseroles and fruits. The MESH Cafes closes for vacation beginning the fourth Monday of August and re-opens on the second Monday in September each year.
Check MESH Café Daily Dinner Locations online: http://www.meshmontclair.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&…
When temperatures drop to 20 degrees or below during the cold weather season or rise above 100 degrees during the warm weather season, MESH provides overnight respite for its neediest neighbors.
The Cornerstone House is the only homeless shelter of its kind in Suburban Essex County. The 23 bed facility houses families and individuals in a drug and alcohol free environment. In general, Cornerstone is opened 6pm to 8am under the supervision of the manager 365 days each year.
Homeless Prevention Financial Assistance
Kitchen Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 12:00pm-12:30pm (lunch)
For information on any of the services listed please call Montclair Citadel (973)744-3312 to schedule an appointment.
Transitional Family Shelter
St. Peter’s Haven provides short term housing for homeless and at risk families.
Our food pantry provides supplemental food to those in our community experiencing hunger. Currently, we serve over 1000 persons each month.
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9AM - 12 Noon
The purpose of the SPCDC Food Pantry is to provide supplemental food assistance to individuals and families who are unable to financially meet their daily nutritional requirements. Our ultimate goal is to develop self-sufficiency in our clients, and our food assistance program is intended as a "hand-up," not a "handout" in helping individuals and families achieve greater stability in their lives.
Clients who demonstrate need receive emergency grocery packages each containing an equivalent of 15 meals. We also distribute over 400 turkeys in November during our Thanksgiving Holiday Drive.
The St. Paul's Community Development Corporation (SPCDC) Emergency Men's Shelter provides emergency housing, clothing and food to as many as 40 homeless men per night. Our Shelter staff work to make each resident's stay as brief and helpful as possible by providing referrals for housing, employment, mental health and rehabilitation services.
The Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center (HMPSC), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 to advocate for North Jersey’s growing Spanish-speaking population and to provide social support services to those who were poor and powerless in the community.
Single Women in Transitional and Comprehensive Housing (SWITCH) available.
A residential shelter for homeless families (women and their children). Residents receive sleeping accommodations and three meals per day, as well as assistance with finding permanent housing and services. Arrangements are made for residents to receive employment opportunities, mental health treatment, medical treatment, and substance abuse treatment and if needed to help support the family. The residents receive intensive case management. The objective of the program is to help homeless persons stabilize their lives.
Project Youth Haven is a 14-bed home for girls ages 11-17, who have experienced abuse, neglect or homelessness and are involved in the NJ Department of Children and Families.
The Passaic Teen Center opened its doors in 2000 to provide services for males age 11-17. The program is designed to assist children who are involved with DYFS and/or The Division of Child and Behavioral Health Services, due to a situation of homelessness or abuse and neglect.