If you are in need the following resources may be of assistance to you.

Edna's Haven

Edna's Haven

There are a few tangible things in life that most people take for granted.  A mailbox or a telephone. Warm shelter from the cold.  A caring friend to turn to.  However there are people who struggle every day with these basic essentials.  Because of factors such as mental illness, lack of steady employment, medical problems, domestic violence, and substance abuse, there are individuals who find themselves seeking solace, but instead encountering stress.  Rather than gaining the support they desire, they face rejection and are left feeling indignant.  In response to these truths, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Trinity Lutheran Church of Dover and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oldwick have agreed to collaborate and establish Edna’s Haven, a place that will offer a sense of community, belonging, and temporary relief from the pressures of poverty.

With positive encouragement and by utilizing existing community resources, the Edna’s Haven mission statement vows to:

   · Provide a safe and welcoming daytime refuge for all
   · Renew hope
   · Give comfort
   · Foster self sufficiency
   · Enrich lives

Edna’s Haven is being funded by an extraordinary pledge of $30,000 per year for the next three years by Zion Lutheran Church.  Through this generous contribution, Edna’s Haven will operate out of Trinity Lutheran Church located at 123 East Blackwell Street in Dover, NJ.  A public restroom, refreshment center, computer center, and television will be available for guests Monday through Friday between the hours of 12:30 and 4:00 pm.  Edna’s Haven will also provide case management services, job searching/interviewing skills, and even serve as a mailing address and telephone contact when applying for work. English as a Second Language (ESL) education will be offered and GED training will be provided for those looking to earn their high school diplomas.

For those who are not fortunate enough to have shelter, companionship, and bountiful amenities, it is with great pride that we share with you that Edna’s Haven now exists and its doors are open.  

For more information about Edna’s Haven or to find out how you can volunteer, please call Sean Fortner, Program Coordinator of Edna’s Haven at 973-366-7562.
Office Temp Assistance

The Office of Temporary Assistance offers the following Programs and Services.

Please see their website at more information.

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance would like to encourage clients to apply online for assistance programs. The Office of Temporary Assistance is experiencing longer wait times than in the past and this online application can be completed at home or anywhere (Library) that internet access exists.

Whether you apply online or in person your application will be processed in approximately 30 days. Applying online will avoid a client waiting to be seen at the Office of Temporary Assistance.

Address: 340 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Extended Hours: 4:30 – 6:30pm on the following Tuesdays: 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/1, 7/22, 10/5, 10/19, 9/2, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/18, 11/25, 12/9, 12/23
Phone: 973-326-7800
Fax: 973-326-7875

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance provides a variety of financial, medical and social services to persons and families who meet the necessary program criteria. The staff gathers information and compiles supporting documentation in an effort to determine a client’s eligibility. We also provide information and referral services to other government and non-profit agencies who may be of assistance to clients.

Services Provided
AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP)
Battered Women
Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention Treatment Program
Child Support and Paternity
Disabled Adult Children Medicaid
Disabled Widows/Widowers Benefits
Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
Food Pantry (Emergency Food)
General Assistance (GA)
Global Options
Homeless Program
Kinship Care Subsidy Program
Medically Needy Program
New Jersey Cares for Kids
New Jersey Family Care
New Jersey Workability
Medical Emergency Services for Aliens
Prescription Assistance
Prescription Savings Program (Pharmacy Owners Providers Services or POPS)
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMBP)
Rental Assistance
Smart Steps
Social Service Intake
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka Food Stamps
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Traumatic Brain Injury
Utility Assistance
Notice: All Aged, Blind, and Disabled, Workability & Long Term Care Medicaid applications will be taken at the Morris View Healthcare Center located at 540 West Hanover Ave.
Homeless Solutions

Homeless Solutions offers the following Programs and Services.

Please see their website at for more information.

The Family Shelter Program for women and their children provides case management, independent living skills training, parenting education, counseling, linkages to medical care, child care, and transportation. Over fifty percent of those entering the shelter are victims of domestic violence. Ten families can be sheltered at a time. Approximately 25 - 30 families, including over 50 children and 20 single women are served each year.

Homeless Solutions is able to provide shelter for as many as 25 homeless men at one time with about 100 men served annually. The Men's Shelter Program provides case management services; money management training, and assists with benefit enrollment and placement in permanent housing.

The Safe Haven Shelter Program, in partnership with the Mental Health Association, provides shelter and services for homeless people who are mentally ill. The shelter can house up to 20 men and women and provides for case management and outreach services. Annually, Safe Haven shelters 50 - 60 individuals.

Homeless Solutions Transitional Housing Program offers support and training to families who are making the move to independence. In order to eradicate the underlying issues associated with recurring homelessness, structured supervision is provided to foster self-sufficiency. The participants are housed in ten self-contained apartments.

Transitional Housing Facility in Morristown
The Mt. Kemble Home in Morristown was founded in 1883 to provide affordable housing for elderly single women of very limited means, and it has been placed on national and state historic registers, in part due to its unique, purpose-built social mission. Unfortunately, due to mounting financial pressures and other organizational challenges, it was in danger of having to close. The HSI Board and staff knew that if this happened, the 19 residents there would struggle to find safe, decent housing so we worked with the Board of The Mt. Kemble Home and decided that the best outcome would be for HSI to take over The Mount Kemble Home. Effective May 1, 2013 The Mt. Kemble Home moved under the HSI umbrella, and we are happy to be able to include The Home as one of our programs providing shelter, housing, and supportive services to low income people.
Interfaith Food Pantry

The Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County offers the following Programs and Services.

Please see their website at for more information.

The Mission of the Interfaith Food Pantry is threefold:

To improve the health and well being of eligible Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, nutrition education and related resources.

To provide hands-on opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors.

To raise awareness and understanding about the issues of hunger right here in our community.

The Food Pantry has two locations:

A Warehouse and Pantry is located at
2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

To drop off food or visit:
Monday through Thursday : 9:30 - 4:30pm

Food Distribution:
Note: Clients must check in no later than 15 minutes before closing time.

First 4 Mondays of every month from 1 pm - 3 pm
First 4 Tuesdays of every month from 2 pm - 4 pm
First and third Tuesdays of every month from 6 pm - 8 pm
First 4 Wednesdays of every month from 6pm - 8 pm
First 4 Thursdays of every month from 1 pm - 3 pm
First 4 Saturdays of every month from 10 am - 12 noon

New applicants MUST call FIRST to get an appointment.

190 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, N.J. 07960

Food Distribution:
Note: Clients must check in no later than 15 minutes before closing time.

Tuesday 9:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 9:30 - 12:00
Thursday 9:30 - 12:00

New applicants MUST call FIRST for an appointment.