Helping Hand Food Panty in Hillsdale
The Helping Hand Food Panrty is a cooperative ministry of the Hillsdale Christian Churches united in the name of Jesus Christ, and supported by other volunteers in the community who join their hearts, hands, time, energy, and resources to provide food for those in need.
We collect food for the pantry on a weekly basis at our Saturday and Sunday worship services, and our parishioners also often volunteer their time working at the pantry.
The address of the Helping Hand Food Panrty is:
349 Hillsdale Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Mentoring Moms is a program that trains and supervises volunteers to serve as mentors to overwhelmed mothers dealing with the challenges of life while raising a family. Mentors provide a caring, supportive outlet for the mothers as they try to make good life decisions for themselves and their families. Each year, Holy Trinity parishioners purchase gifts to donate to families in the Mentoring Moms program to be given out at their Holiday Party.
The first North Porch center was incorporated in 1984 in Newark, New Jersey, by the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Newark. The organization had its roots in a ministry established in 1978 by The Venerable Martha Blacklock of the Newark Episcopal Cooperative for Mission and Ministry.
North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers is a 501C3 non-profit organization that provides emergency aid, in the form of baby supplies, to mothers and infants in northern New Jersey, to help them stabilize and improve the quality of their livesThe first North Porch center was incorporated in 1984 in Newark, New Jersey, by the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Newark. The organization had its roots in a ministry established in 1978 by The Venerable Martha Blacklock of the Newark Episcopal Cooperative for Mission and Ministry.. North Porch has centers in Newark, Paterson and Dover as well as a satellite center in Hackettstown. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Our Centers are staffed by part time Center Coordinators and a part time Program Director. Our clients are referred to us by social service agencies and religious organizations. They are able to visit up to four times a year and at each visit receive one week’s supply of diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and toiletries.
Real Life Stories: Recently, a homeless mother with a newborn arrived at the North Porch Center in Newark. North Porch was able to provide the mother with diapers, formula, wipes, and infant toiletries such as diaper ointment, clothes and blankets. By partnering with the Episcopal Community Development staff, the North Porch Center Coordinator not only helped the mother with baby supplies, but also a place to stay temporarily and assistance with a permanent residence. The mother said it was the first time she felt God was looking out for her.
Another woman was referred to us by her friends. She was distraught and having a hard time functioning as a parent to her new baby. She was alone in the US having arrived on the promise of a job, only to be assaulted by her “employer”. North Porch was able to provide the physical items necessary to care for her resulting newborn while also reaching out to our spiritual community so that this woman was no longer alone.
Holy Trinity’s 2015 collection will start on April 12th and run through Mother’s Day. Place donations in the bassinette in the narthex or container in the breezway
North Porch’s current urgent needs are:
- Enfamil 12.5 oz powdered baby formula and soy formula
- Diapers especially Large size diapers – 5, 6 and Pull-ups of all sizes
- Baby wipes
- Jars of baby food – all ages- fruit, veggie and 1st foods
. Please contact Lorraine Montalbano at 201-925-0957 with any questions.