Emergency Resources

Resources for Southern New Jersey is a resource book that was created by Rutgers University School of Social Work Graduate Students Alicia Ott and Ashley Neilson in 2013. It has Emergency and Hotline numbers, as well as information avaible in South Jersey for people who wish to receive assistance with:

  • Addictions
  • Child Care
  • Disability Related Services
  • Education Services
  • Food, Clothing, Furniture Assistance
  • Housing Assistance and Shelters
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Insurance Services
  • Mental Health and Counseling
  • Parenting/Pregnancy/Sexual Health Services
  • Referral/Resource Services
  • Senior Citizens Services
  • Summer Camps
  • Support Groups
  • Transportation
  • Utility Assistance
  • Veterans Resources
  • Vocational Training
  • Youth Services

We’ve highlighted a few of the services found in this guide below.

Social Services

Board of Social Services
600 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102
856-225-8800
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
“It is the mission of the Camden County Board of Social Services to provide timely, efficient, cost-effective delivery of social, medical and economic programs in a compassionate and financially responsible manner.”

Day Centers and Shelters

Joseph’s House
555 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
(856) 246-1087
Nightly shelter for both men and women. No residency requirement. Opens nightly at 9:00 PM, best to be on line early!

Path Day Center
816-818 North 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 365-6597
Day shelter for both men and women

Food Pantries 

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Collingswood Food Pantry
832 Park Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
856-854-0860
Food to residents of Collingswood, Westmont, Woodlynne, Oaklyn, Audubon, and Haddon Heights. Must bring proof of income (social security report or last paycheck), photo ID, and proof of address (utility bill, Comcast bill, or recent lease).

TOUCH Food Pantry
520 Liberty Street
Camden, NJ 08104
Every Wednesday: 10 AM – 11 AM Seniors only
11 AM – 1 PM All others.
This site provides bags of groceries to registered clients biweekly. Registration is open to needy residents of Collingswood, Haddon Township, Audubon, Oaklyn, and Woodlynne only; food stocks do not permit extension of that area. Proof of residence and income is required to register.  May only go twice per month.  Must bring ID.

Oaklyn Food Pantry @ Oaklyn Baptist Church
2-9 East Bettlewood Avenue
Oaklyn, NJ 08107
(Next to Post Office)
856-854-8555
Third Monday and Tuesday of every month
Monday: 4 PM – 6 PM
Tuesday: noon – 2 PM
Currently just dry goods, but hoping to add some frozen items and produce later in the spring.  Serves residents of Collingswood, Woodlynne, Oaklyn, and Mt. Ephraim.  Must present ID.

Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church
831 Kaighn Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103
(there is a big electronic scrolling sign on corner of building; go to the back for service)
856-365-4496
Wednesdays: 10 AM
Fresh fruits and vegetables only.  Serves anyone with no residency or income requirements.  No limit on number of times they can come monthly.  First come, first serve.  Must bring ID, though.

Hot Meals

New Visions Homeless Day Shelter
523 Stevens Street
Camden, NJ 08103
(Just a block or so from Cooper Hospital)
(856) 963-0857
Breakfast, lunch, clothing, laundry, and shower facilities for both women and men throughout the day.

Cathedral Kitchen
1514 Federal Street
Camden, NJ 08105
(856) 964-6771
Monday – Friday: 4 PM – 5 PM
Saturday: noon – 1 PM
Wonderful meals!  Be on line early! No residency requirement or Identification requirement.

Medical and Dental Care, and Addictions Counseling

Virtua Camden Dental Center
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
856-246-3545
The uninsured may get emergency dental care at 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM daily.  Be early!

Cathedral Kitchen
1514 Federal Street
Camden, NJ 08105
(856) 964-6771
They hold dental clinics two days during each month. In order to receive this service the patient must be a resident of Camden, Pennsauken, or Gloucester City and must have NO dental insurance. Dentures are available at cost.

Project H.O.P.E.
439 Clinton St.
Camden, NJ
(856) 968-2320

  • Primary Health Care
  • Counseling for mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Referrals
  • Social Work Services
  • Food packages for patients that are diabetic

Ferry Avenue Branch of the Camden County Library System (Addiction Assistance Only)
852 Ferry Ave.
Camden, NJ
(856) 342-9789
Every Friday at noon at the Ferry Avenue Branch of the Camden County Library. Counselor Lucy is a wonderful help to those desiring to beat their addictions. She will help them get into detox and treatment programs.