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End Hunger and Homelessness in Mercer County N.J.

The Common Good Initiative

The Trenton Social Impact Group is comprised of CEOs and Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations working together to improve the lives of those living in the Trenton area. These organizations have created a safety net of services to help all people in Mercer County, New Jersey. The organization believes everyone deserves to live with dignity. Our “Common Good Initiative” helps individuals in need of food and shelter. Our participating members connect people to resources—but our most important work connects people with people.

CGI’S FEATURED MEMBER ORGANIZATION

 

WOMANSPACE

Womanspace Programs and Services

  • Emergency Services at Womanspace serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as an immediate crisis response. We answer the Mercer county hotlines at 609-394-9000 and NJ statewide domestic violence hotline at 1-800 572-SAFE(7233) for victims and survivors 24-hours,7 days a week
  • Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can text us 24/7 at 609-619-1888
  • Safe Emergency Housing (Confidential, short-term) is accessible through our hotline
  • Legal Services offered by Womanspace include Family Court Advocacy, Municipal Court Advocacy, and Legal Consultation on family law matters. These services are provided by staff and volunteers.
    • Domestic Violence Victim Response Teams work in collaboration with law enforcement to respond to victims at police departments
    • Sexual Assault Support Advocates work in collaboration with hospital staff and law enforcement to respond to victims at hospitals or police departments
  • Counseling and Support Services provides specialized counseling and supportive services to all victims and survivors of current or past domestic and sexual abuse. Serving men, women, teens and children in both English and Spanish regardless of ability to pay.
  • Transitional Housing is a program to foster independence and self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
  • Prevention, Education & Training Prevention education focuses on educating teens in hopes to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault before it begins using evidence-based curriculums. We have worked with various community organizations and school districts. Education and Training staff are available to provide information, education, training and technical assistance to professionals, community groups and individuals that are affected by or wanting to learn more about violence and abuse.

 

 

 

GET INVOLVED

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this month we educate the public about sexual assault to create awareness, prevention and support survivors who have experienced sexual assault. We are focused on this issue for the entire month because if the public doesn’t know about sexual assault—how can we prevent it?

  • Every 73 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.1
  • Younger people are at highest risk for sexual assault. Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.2

Join Womanspace in supporting survivors throughout April at our events:

April 9th, 10th and 11th River Horse Brewery hosts a fundraiser for Womanspace for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

April 14th is the Womanspace SAAM Launch and Teal day, teal is the color we wear to support survivors

April 23rd Take Back the Night, where we honor survivors’ experiences and stories collaborative event with TCNJ

April 28th Denim Day

April 28th Womanspace will present on Denim Day for Mercer County Community College. Zoom Meeting ID: 848 7886 5719

 

  1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2018 (2019).
  1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997).

 

 

Ways To Help

At the Trenton Social Impact Group, we believe every time you give “good”, you get better. That’s how the Common Good Initiative was born.

We have a team of special people who dedicate their time, money and talent to build our county-wide support network, which provides the basic needs to give everyone a second chance.

But we need your help to keep this effort going so we can take care of everyone in need.

For our corporate neighbors, we could use financial support and increased employee awareness and engagement in this effort.

For individual residents of the Mercer County region, we could use your time, expertise, and financial support to help serve alongside us, giving back your gratitude to your family at-large.

Donate

Donate

  • Make a personal or corporate financial contribution to promote the work of the organizations and of the Common Good Initiative.
  • Organize a fundraiser to benefit the organization of your choice.
  • Provide donations “in-kind” – our agencies have wish lists of items that you, civic organizations or businesses could donate.
Volunteer

Volunteer

  • Give the gift of your time by spending time serving meals, packing food bags, tutoring homeless children… just a few examples of the good work you can do.
  • Volunteer your special skills to help increase awareness of hunger and homelessness…prepare a Common Good Initiative newsletter.
  • Help us with social media.
Take Action

Take Action

  • Let your friends and families know about the Common Good Initative.
  • Contact our local elected officials to tell them all of our community members should be fed and housed.
  • Participate in events hosted by an organization that resonates with you.
Like Us

Like Us

  • Visit our Facebook page and “LIKE” the Common Good Initiative.
  • Send your friends and colleagues a link to the website.
  • Share how much you “LIKE” helping to make a difference!

Services

The Common Good Initiative

To take full advantage of our support network, please search below for our services that can help you.

Feeding the Needs of our Community

More than 50,000 residents will go hungry tonight in Mercer County, N.J., a number that has swelled in the era of COVID-19, according to research by Feeding America. Including children and seniors, 11% of Mercer County is food insecure. Our county-wide support network opens its doors and delivers food throughout the week to help feed those in need.

Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Homefront
Jewish Family and Children Services
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County
Mercer Street Friends
Mt. Carmel Guild
Rescue Mission of Trenton
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

The majority (56%) of Mercer County homeless persons reported having some type of disability, according to a Point-in-Time Count of the homeless from Monarch Housing Associates. Survivors of Domestic Violence represent 11.2% of the total homeless population in our county, while 92.6% of our homeless youth identify as African American. Our county-wide support network provides emergency shelters, short-term apartments and long-term housing solutions.

Anchor House
Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Community Health Law Project
Homefront
Isles
Life Ties
Mt. Carmel Guild
Rescue Mission of Trenton
Womanspace

Delivering Education/Employment Classes

The lack of education and employment is part of the reason why the wealthiest American families now have 75 times more wealth as lower-income families, according to a report from Pew Research Center. A minimum-wage worker would have to work nearly 127 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental home in most of the U.S., according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Our county-wide support network teaches the skills needed to overcome.

Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Child Care Connection
Dress for Success of Central New Jersey
Homefront
Isles
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
LALDEF
Mercer Street Friends
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise

Counseling Those Who Need Help

Individuals with physical and mental challenges are overrepresented when it comes to food insecurity and homelessness. Among Mercer County’s homeless disabled, 53% reported mental health issues making it the most prevalent disability, according to the Mercer County Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless from Monarch Housing Associates. Our county-wide support network provides trained staff in the areas of trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, mood disorders and anger management.

Anchor House
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Homefront
Jewish Family and Children Services
Life Ties
Mercer Street Friends
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Womanspace

Building Through Empowerment

Lifting people up through the sharing of crucial knowledge will give all Mercer County residents a true support network. Our county-wide network provides men with mock on-site job interviews and teenage boys with classes about healthy and productive relationships, as well as leadership and life skills. We provide women with support groups for job search and a career center for assistance, ranging from job training to referrals to local boutiques.

Anchor House
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Child Care Connection
Community Health Law Project
Dress for Success of Central New Jersey
Homefront
Isles
Jewish Family and Children Services
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
Life Ties
Mercer Street Friends
Mt. Carmel Guild
People and Stories / Gente Y Cuentos
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise
Womanspace

News & Events

July 14, 2020

CMA Joins Fight Against Hunger, Homelessness

A subset of the Trenton Social Impact Group (TSIG), which is a consortium of 25 Mercer County-based nonprofits, will participate in the digital marketing campaign. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a present and persistent problem where a growing number of neighbors exist without food and shelter.

There’s Still Time! Join the LifeTies 40th Anniversary Wellness Challenge!

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Location: Virtual Announcement of top team winners

More Info: March 29th - Three more days and LifeTies 40th Anniversary Wellness Challenge will begin!. Sign up here to register: https://p2p.onecause.com/lifeties From April 1st - April 29th, you will commit to 40 hours of wellness and self-care activities. You will be able to track all of your activities such as running, walking, dancing, meditating, yoga...join in the fun while contributing to both your wellness and to the wellness of our youth.

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A snapshot from our TSIG meeting today where welcomed the new director of HHS from the City of Trenton, Dr.Adela Ames-Lopez. Join us in April as we share where we are as we move into a different phase of the COVID pandemic, and update our colleagues on our DEI efforts within our agencies!
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A reminder to our members that our next meeting is Monday, March 15th at 10am. Please look for your virtual link via email. We have an exciting guest joining us!
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We thank all our members who came to our February meeting today, and for giving us such great feedback about how we move forward with our group! Please mark your calendars for March 15th when we will welcome a special guest! ... See MoreSee Less

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Reminder to our members that our next meeting is Monday, Feb. 22nd, 10am. Very important meeting, please attend! ... See MoreSee Less

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