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.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, 10 to 20 volunteers gather at Toni’s Kitchen to prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal for between 60 and 85 guests. All are welcome. Lunch is not merely a place for a meal. It is a place where friends meet, where volunteers and guests share stories and laughter. Birthdays are celebrated and those who have left us are acknowledged and remembered. Lunch is where we break bread together and make the connections that define our community.
Kitchen Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11:30am and Every Sunday at 5:00pm
Oasis currently serves those fighting poverty by meeting numerous basic needs:
Daily breakfast and lunch
Food bags from our pantry
Clothing on an emergency basis
Diapers/other baby needs
During the holidays, Oasis also hosts special meals and distributes food and gift items donated from private sources. In 2014, close to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals were served while over 1,200 turkeys and 350 food bags were distributed. Just before Christmas, over 600 meals were served and over 5,000 toys were distributed by Oasis to our adult education students and the greater community.
St. Rocco's Emergency Family Shelter provides short-term shelter to homeless women with children including three meals a day. Services include supportive individual counseling, educational workshops, instruction in parenting skills, referral to community resources, assistance with job and housing placement, and referrals for mental health and substance abuse services.
Days & Hours of Operation: Staff on site Staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Eligibility: Shelter for homeless women with children