JPM's mission is coded with connections to help people find resources, support children, youth and families to live in good conditions.
For more than 20 years, Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc. has served the community and continues to provide services to those who are going through difficult times.
After School Program
Jefferson Park Ministries’ youth program strives to help the community achieve success by promoting positive educational experiences, leading to growth and development. After School programs serve low income families by providing homework assistance to students to help achieve their academic goals which includes social skills building as well. JPM After School (k-8th) – JPM youth program strives to help students achieve success in school and become more confident in themselves by promoting positive educational experience, leading to responsible development and positive change. The Afterschool program give kids a chance to interact with peers in order to build their social skills. The program is built around fun activities. Making friends may be easier for some students in this environment. The Afterschool program includes many opportunities to socialize. Kids would help each other, check answers and complement each other’s work. During gym time, they would dance together or play games. Rarely did they work or play alone. Kids feel more comfortable interacting with teachers. Summer Camp – The primary purpose of the summer camp is educational and/or cultural development. The environment may allow children to take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment.
Food Pantry Services
Food pantry is every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-5pm. Jefferson Park Ministries Food Pantry (JPMFP) is committed to improving the quality of life and to promote the health of low income persons and/or their families. Low income, struggling, and working families can get free food at the Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc. Food Pantry (JPMFP). JPMFP provides free groceries, diapers, as well as hygiene supplies to those who need help. A number of other assistance programs and supports are offered. It also distributes baby food, clothing, diapers, or guidance on applying for SNAP food stamps. JPM works with the Community Food Bank of NJ (CFBNJ) to reach people in need across the state. CFBNJ helps JPM get healthy food to hungry men, women, and children in the communities through its food pantry. Furthermore, JPM partners with CFBNJ and is trained to connect its clients to SNAP benefits. The partnership helps to engage clients and assess client’s food needs to reduce barriers to accessing food assistance, facilitate the CFBNJ screening JPM clients over the phone for SNAP, and providing online application assistance for those that are eligible. “More than 1.2 million people in New Jersey face hunger every day. Nearly 400,000 of them are children. When they don’t have enough food to eat, they can suffer direct and dramatic effects on their physical development and mental well-being”. Food insecurity exists in every county across the United States, from the poorest neighborhoods to the most affluent. Parents skip meals so they can feed their children, seniors choose between buying medicine and food, and students decide between their education and food. These tough choices are an unfortunate reality for many of our New Jersey neighbors.” Community Food of NJ Period Initiative
Senior program: AmeriCorps Senior FKA (Foster Grandparent Program) ,
Information and Assistance and Outreach
Foster Grandparents are role models and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring Mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers Care for premature infants or children with disabilities Help children who have been abused or neglected and more !
Diaper and Feminine Essentials Program
Low-income families with young children often struggle with diaper need, having to make tough choices between diapers and other necessities. 1 in 3 mothers in the U.S. cannot afford diapers and must make these impossible decisions every day. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, we partner with 50 of our agencies to provide parents with diapers each month to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. JPM partners with Moms Helping Moms to distribute diapers to families. Diaper distribution is every 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-5pm. Parents must bring the child birth certificate and a picture ID. Bringing a picture identification (ID) is the only condition that needs to be met by clients. The food, period pad and diapers are served on first comes, first serves basis.
Jefferson Park Ministries Immigration Services (JPMIS), provides assistance to clients with immigration needs by providing low-cost assistance in all phases of immigration and naturalization proceedings. JPMIS has been approved in 2012 by the board of Immigration and provides immigration services according to the law (8cfr, 1292.2-a). The goal is to reduce immigration scam and facilitate legal immigration so the immigrants can be part of the vibrant American economic system. Clients will be informed about the kind of benefits they are entitled to and JPMIS will ensure that they take an active part in the process so they become more aware about the immigration system and subsequently get the needed benefits. Walk-ins are welcome and consultation is free.
Support Coordination Services
All individuals who are eligible for and wish to access Division of Developmental Disabilities services must either choose or be assigned to a Support Coordination Agency(SCA). The Support Coordination Agency is an organization that will help you get the services you need. JPM Support Coordination will help you discover your interests while you learn new life skills for your present and your future. We are here to answer all of your questions. We operate 7-days a week with a 24-hour emergency hotline to help you whenever you are in need. JPM Support Coordinators(SC) are experienced professionals who will consult with you to locate programs and services such as: Transportation Providers Day Programs Recreation and Social activities Educational Programs Community Inclusion Programs Home Care Services Employment Resources