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Adult Services

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to the need of Union County’s vulnerable adults — i.e., those over 18 who are abused, neglected, or exploited, and who, because of physical or mental disability, are unable to act on their own to address these conditions. An APS program manager and clinical caseworkers screen referrals for appropriateness via telephone. They then conduct an in-home assessment within three working days to evaluate allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and determine levels of functioning and risk. They provide case management as appropriate to decrease risk of further abuse, neglect, or exploitation. This program is partially funded through a grant from the Union County Department of Human Services’ Division on Aging.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3902

Assistance for Caregivers of the Elderly (Union County)

The Assistance for Caregivers program offers short-term individual counseling to help alleviate the emotional distress (anger, frustration, guilt, isolation, and depression) that many caregivers of elderly individual’s experience. Eight (8) free sessions can be provided either in the caregiver’s home or in the Catholic Charities office at 505 South Avenue East in Cranford.
Eligibility: Any caregiver who lives in Union County and cares for a person aged 62 or older. For an appointment call (908) 497-3900.

Bergen Veteran Services

This program assesses veterans for home and community-based services.
Location: 174 South Main Ave Hackensack, NJ 07601 • Phone: (201) 441-9421

Domus Supportive Services

Staff provide on-site supportive services to individuals in several affordable housing facilities in the community so that they may live as independently as possible.
Phone: (201) 265-3840

Food Shopping Program

This program offers a food shopping service for homebound older adult residents of Union County who are unable to shop for themselves and have no primary caregiver who can shop for them on a consistent basis. The shopping is done on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3950

Hispanic Older Adult Services

This program assists Hispanic older adults who would otherwise be blocked by language/cultural barriers from identifying and using social services and community resources for which they qualify. The program provides information about community services, referrals, translation/interpretation, and advocacy counseling.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3950

1 (800) Information and Referral

The 1 (800) 227-7413 Information and Referral number improves knowledge and access of the public to community resources by linking clients and the parish communities to Catholic Charities, the Parish Access Centers and other community agencies.
47 Miller Street Newark, NJ 07114 • Phone: (973) 266-7991

Hudson County Jail Rapid HIV Testing

Catholic Charities offers free and confidential rapid testing for HIV to all inmates incarcerated in the Hudson County Jail. Inmates who are at high risk for HIV are given referrals to go to a prevention program after release. Clients who test positive are referred to a case manager for discharge planning.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3953

Information & Referral Senior Adult & Frail Elderly (SAFE) Advocacy Center (Union County)

This program provides information and referral services to older adults and their families, links to support services, and assistance regarding alternatives to institutionalization.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3950

New Day Community

New Day Community is a program committed to enhancing the quality of life for adults with disabilities in the Archdiocese of Newark. The program offers a wide range of wholesome recreational and socialization events on a bimonthly basis, including festivals, dances, plays, socials, field trips (social awareness, ecology, empowerment weekends), and a specialized one-week summer vacation camp that offers an opportunity for peer interaction.
47 Miller Street Newark, NJ 07114 • Phone: (973) 266-7991

Parish Access Centers (PAC)

The Essex-Union PAC and the Hudson-Bergen PAC build strong partnerships among Catholic Charities, the parish communities, and the community by connecting people with the services they need. The programs help people to identify and access community services and provide emergency assistance to families in economic crisis. (800) 227-7413 – Free, personalized information and referral services.
2201 Bergenline Avenue Union City, NJ 07387 • Phone: (201) 325-4813
505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3966
47 Miller Street Newark, NJ 07114 • Phone: (973) 266-7991

Program for the Visually Impaired

Union County

This program offers a variety of services for visually impaired and blind Union County residents aged 60 and above, including educational, social, and recreational activities, information about supportive community services, referrals, and social/recreational outings. Transportation and snacks are provided.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3950

Hudson County

The Visually Impaired Program provides socialization and recreation services to Hudson County residents with visual impairments. There is no fee to join this program. Transportation is free of charge. Scheduled activities include informative guest speakers, games, discussions, musical guests and trips. The program meets every Tuesday from 4:30- 6:30pm and runs all year long. Refreshments are provided at meetings. To join the program, you must be:
  • 21 years or older
  • Visually impaired (This does not mean you have to be blind. Any and all sorts of visual impairments qualify including cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, loss of vision caused by high blood pressure or diabetes, legally blind, etc.)
  • Hudson County resident
Location: 2201 Bergenline Avenue Union City, NJ 07087 • Phone: (201) 325-4811

Senior Wellness Program

This housing-with-services program is designed to help seniors age in place. A Wellness Nurse and a Service Coordinator work with residents at an affordable senior housing residence in Union City to support residents to live as long and as safely as possible where they are.
Phone (201) 809-6770

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program is to help Veteran Families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The Supportive Services are provided to very low-income Veteran families in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties of the Archdiocese of Newark. The Supportive services include:
  • Outreach Services
  • Case Management Services
  • Assistance in obtaining VA Benefits
  • Assistance in obtaining and coordinating other available public benefits.
For more information, call:
Bergen: 973-220-5749
Essex: 973-399-1333
Hudson: 201-395-5443
Union: 908-497-3938

Telephone Reassurance Program – Union County

The Telephone Reassurance Program is designed to ensure the well-being of older adults living alone. Trained volunteers place daily telephone calls to older adults, and they implement emergency procedures if the telephone is not answered. The program links participants to other social services if needed.
Location: 505 South Avenue East Cranford, NJ 07016 • Phone: (908) 497-3950

Transportation Solutions

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark provides diverse transportation services to meet a variety of industry needs. We operate a fleet of school buses, 15-passenger vans, and minivans appropriate for transporting children, adults, or senior citizens.

Our drivers are certified professionals who participate in regular training sessions. They also undergo thorough drug screening and criminal background checks prior to their hire. An affiliation with The Archdiocese of Newark, allows a translation of overhead savings into highly competitive rates for our clients. Services area includes Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union counties, including the greater New York metropolitan area.

At this time, transportation is limited to clients of Catholic Charities. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from, or denied the benefits of our services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil ights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that they have, individually, or as a member of any specific class of person, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint in writing to CCAN. To file a complaint, or for more information on CCAN obligations under the Title VI write to 590 N. 7th St., Newark, NJ 07107 or visit Transportation services provided by the Agency are in part funded through federal funds received through NJ Transit and all individuals have the right to file a complaint under Title VI directly with the Federal Transit Administration at FTA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark 590 North 7th Street Newark, NJ 07107

590 North 7th Street · Newark, NJ 07107