Jefferson Park Ministries Inc.(JPM) is a qualified support coordination agency by the Division of Developmental Disabilities to coordinate, monitor and design a plan of support services that will help you explore your potential and attain your goals. When you select JPM as your support coordinator, our dedicated professional team will work with you, along with your families and guardians to develop an Individualized Support Plan (ISP) to connect you with the appropriate support services and programs.
All individuals who are eligible for and wish to access Division of Developmental Disabilities services must either choose or be assigned to a Support Coordination Agency(SCA).
The Support Coordination Agency is an organization that will help you get the services you need. JPM Support Coordination will help you discover your interests while you learn new life skills for your present and your future. We are here to answer all of your questions. We operate 7-days a week with a 24-hour emergency hotline to help you whenever you are in need.
JPM Support Coordinators(SC) are experienced professionals who will consult with you to locate programs and services such as:
Any individual who is eligible for and wishes to access DDD services in New Jersey may choose JPM as a Support Coordination Agency. Our Support Coordinators live around New Jersey and are knowledgeable about services available in your community. Majority of these services to individuals with developmental disabilities are delivered at home and in community-based settings.
JPM offers support coordination service to residents of Bergen, Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties and support services for Hudson County residents who are eligible for the Division of Development Disabilities (DDD) services.
Support coordinators help you by:
Foster Grandparents are role models and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.
Jefferson Park Ministries Immigration Services (JPMIS), provides assistance to clients with immigration needs by providing low-cost assistance in all phases of immigration and naturalization proceedings. JPMIS has been approved in 2012 by the board of Immigration and provides immigration services according to the law (8cfr, 1292.2-a). The goal is to reduce immigration scam and facilitate legal immigration so the immigrants can be part of the vibrant American economic system. Clients will be informed about the kind of benefits they are entitled to and JPMIS will ensure that they take an active part in the process so they become more aware about the immigration system and subsequently get the needed benefits.
Walk-ins are welcome and consultation is free.
Jefferson Park Ministries Food Pantry (JPMFP) is committed to improving the quality of life and to promote the health of low income persons and/or their families.
Low income, struggling, and working families can get free food at the Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc. Food Pantry (JPMFP). JPMFP provides free groceries, diapers, as well as hygiene supplies to those who need help. A number of other assistance programs and supports are offered. It also distributes baby food, clothing, diapers, or guidance on applying for SNAP food stamps.
JPM works with the Community Food Bank of NJ (CFBNJ) to reach people in need across the state. CFBNJ helps JPM get healthy food to hungry men, women, and children in the communities through its food pantry.
Furthermore, JPM partners with CFBNJ and is trained to connect its clients to SNAP benefits. The partnership helps to engage clients and assess client’s food needs to reduce barriers to accessing food assistance, facilitate the CFBNJ screening JPM clients over the phone for SNAP, and providing online application assistance for those that are eligible.
“More than 1.2 million people in New Jersey face hunger every day. Nearly 400,000 of them are children. When they don’t have enough food to eat, they can suffer direct and dramatic effects on their physical development and mental well-being”.
Food insecurity exists in every county across the United States, from the poorest neighborhoods to the most affluent. Parents skip meals so they can feed their children, seniors choose between buying medicine and food, and students decide between their education and food. These tough choices are an unfortunate reality for many of our New Jersey neighbors.” Community Food of NJ Period Initiative
We all know plenty of people that have a period. But not everyone knows that one in four people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income. This is called period poverty, and chances are we each know someone who has experienced this need — a neighbor, a coworker, a friend. No student should have to miss school, no adult should have to miss work, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the supplies they need, said Alliance for Period Supplies.
1 in 4 American women do not have consistent access to menstrual products. An allied program of the National Diaper Bank Network’s Alliance for Period Supplies, the Period Initiative, provides free period products every month to women in need, said CFBNJ. JPM partners with CFBNJ to distribute periods pads to all women. Period pad distribution is on every 2nd Thursday of the month.
“Times are hard, and hygiene products are so expensive in the store. The Period Initiative helps me get through the month”. – Frankie Period Program
Low-income families with young children often struggle with diaper need, having to make tough choices between diapers and other necessities. 1 in 3 mothers in the U.S. cannot afford diapers and must make these impossible decisions every day. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, we partner with 50 of our agencies to provide parents with diapers each month to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. JPM partners with Moms Helping Moms to distribute diapers to families. Diaper distribution is every 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-5pm. Parents must bring the child birth certificate and a picture ID.
Bringing a picture identification (ID) is the only condition that needs to be met by clients. The food, period pad and diapers are served on first comes, first serves basis. Food pantry is every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-5pm.
Links for local food pantries:
Summer Camp – The primary purpose of the summer camp is educational and/or cultural development. The environment may allow children to take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment.
Family Success Center is a place where any community resident can go for family support, information and services such as computer classes, ESL classes, financial literacy, and family strengthening program, fatherhood initiative, family games, family picnic and movie night.
Family support services can help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. These family support services may include:
Please contact us for Health Referrals.
Contact us today to start your journey, or visit our resources guide for more information.
Jefferson Park Ministries’ Youth Program strives to help students achieve success in school and become more confident in themselves by promoting a positive educational experience leading to responsible development and positive change. JPM offers an After School Program (ASP) during the academic school year and a Summer Camp (SC) in the summer to the youth.
ASP provides youth, grades K-8th, a chance to interact with peers in order to build their social skills. The program is built around a multitude of recreational activities. Making friends may be easier for some students in this environment as it includes many open and safe opportunities to socialize. Youth help each other, check answers and complement each other’s work as our program fosters peer interaction. During gym, our program implements fun ways to be active and promotes healthy living. Our youth find a supportive staff of teachers that help them feel comfortable to be and express themselves.
There is nothing like Summer Camp at JPM. A six week long JPM camp is where your child can make new friends, learn and discover, get creative and have fun trying new things in a safe and nurturing environment.