PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

We provide support to individuals and families through programming in six areas: emergency services, workforce development, housing, prisoner re-entry, health, and family development.  With intensive and holistic case management and our referral network, we help resilient individuals and families who face multiple barriers achieve self- sufficiency through earning a livable wage and securing a stable place to live. 

Emergency Services

Our homeless Drop-In Center provides a safe and nurturing environment where homeless guests can take showers, receive light meals, wash clothes, use the telephone, access our food and clothing pantry, as well as linkages to emergency shelters and other supportive services.

Our agency has an on-site food and clothing pantry where consumers can receive weather appropriate clothing, Food Assistance Program and food vouchers that helps to alleviate nutritional shortfalls in families that are “food dependent”.

Through our Rapid Re-Housing program eligible individuals and families experiencing homelessness and are living in transitional housing, emergency shelters, on the street or other places not fit for human habitation, can secure permanent housing.

Workforce Development

The Supportive Assistance for Individuals and Families (SAIF) offers a safety net for those individuals who are receiving General Assistance and nearing the end of their five-year lifetime benefits. Through intensive case management, life skills training, benefits counseling, referrals to job readiness programs, linkages to medical care and other counseling services, program participants are provided with the essentials to gain self-sufficiency.  This program is referral-based by the Essex County Division of Welfare.

Job readiness programs and life skills are also provided to the community through a series of weekly workshops.

Re-Entry Services

We offer comprehensive re-entry services to the formally incarcerated.  Our program includes long-term goal setting, intensive case management, linkages to in-house services and programs, job readiness programs, housing information, referrals to medical care and other counseling services as well as off-site referrals.

Housing Services

Through our initial screening and assessment process, we provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing financial hardships, such as; Rental Assistance ProgramSecurity Deposit Assistance and utility assistance.  NJ Shares Program utility assistance program provides assistance with PSE&G bills for residents throughout the State of New Jersey. 

Family Development

NESF is home to the Weequahic Family Success Center (FSC).  Our FSC is a one-stop comprehensive resource center that promotes family unity and empowerment.  The Center hosts monthly parent training workshops, grandparent support group, as well as programs and activities geared towards strengthening the family.   The work of the FSC is driven and guided by a Parent Advisory Board comprised of community members, FSC Families and business professionals.

          • Grandparents Support Group: Our Grandparents support group provides supportive services to grandparents who are now rearing their grandchildren.

Family Success Center at Newark Beth Israel is a partnership between Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where individuals and families can receive program and service referrals, apply for the Affordable Healthcare, receive assistance with online applications for government benefits; and receive needed items for infants and children. This Center’s focus is on expectant mothers and those needing social service assistance prior to admittance to the hospital. This Center aids in the diversion of non-emergency patients from the emergency room and triage units.

Mental and Physical Health Services

In partnership with the NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired and New Eyes for the Needy, NESF offers free eye screenings and corrective lens vouchers to eligible consumers.  This service occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  Consumers are seen on a first come, first serve basis.   We also administer HIV testing every 3rd Thursday of every month.

In partnership with the Orange Affordable Care Act Navigator Project, NESF provides assistance with Affordable Healthcare applications by a certified Program Navigator.  During the enrollment period, assistance is provided at both the FSC at Newark Beth Israel and our main location at 982 Broad Street.

In partnership with the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, we are a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)This program is seasonal. Program site where residents, with an income of $53,000 or less, can have their income tax prepared for at no cost.