CRISIS MINISTRY OF
PRINCETON & TRENTON
Many members of St. Matthew's contribute their time and efforts to help the Crisis Ministry. These efforts include the high school youth group organizing the food area and helping the clients find their food, contributions gathered by the Sunday School Classes, and others.
The Crisis Ministry has three main thrusts to its work:
The Crisis Ministry assists more than 1,300 Trenton area households and more than 200 Princeton area households with food each month. In addition, each month about 120 people who are homebound receive a home delivery of food from volunteer church groups. These teams of caring volunteers deliver the food to disabled or elderly people who receive a smile and a
friendly visit with their delivery.
Those who receive food from our client-choice store and pantry include:
- People of all races with many Spanish-speaking people
- Elderly and disabled people with incomes from $500 to 800 per month
- Working families with children with one or two parents with incomes ranging from $800 to $2500 a month
- Individuals or families receiving welfare with incomes of $140 to $500 per month
The welfare-to-work program Harvesting Hope offers on-the-job training in our food store for participants preparing for employment in the retail sector. In collaboration with the Rutgers Extension Service the Ministry offers a weekly nutrition class for our food customers. The six-week course educates up to 15 people at a time in making healthful food choices and preparing nutritious meals with recipes to try at home.
Keeping families stable and secure. The goal of the Homelessness Prevention program is to stabilize an individual's or family's finances by through timely, caring assistance for emergencies. The financial assistance the ministry provides—through back rent, mortgage, security deposits, and utilities—helps to keep a financial difficulty from becoming critical. Workers provide the direct financial assistance as well as advice and counsel to help people navigate the social service system and to connect them to the resources they need.
Workforce Development- Harvesting Hope:
Through the program Harvesting Hope, the Crisis Ministry provides an on-the-job setting in which a rotation of up to 40 clients per year develop skills in customer service, product presentation, and teamwork for retail employment readiness. Harvesting Hope trainees work in inventory and customer service in the mornings. Afternoons are reserved for mentored job search and interview preparation. We are able to assist Harvesting Hope participants in their search for work through our network of relationships with area employers.
Got questions? More information can be found at: thecrisisministry.org.