Resources for Newark residents

Newark County Committeeperson Douglas Freeman called in to say, Newark’s South Ward Residents need food, baby food, diapers; warming and charging stations. Residents basically just want something that says, “We care. we’re not just leaving you here and you’re fending for yourselves with no one caring what’s happening to you. I was in the dark along with everyone and we had electrical wires hooked up between houses and all of that – if we could do that, I know the city can do something … Just show people that you care, that’s all.”

I was able to find some resources for South Ward residents. Relief efforts are being coordinated by area churches with resources coming from several sources – see the list below. Resources are being added daily and this list will be updated as they become known.

A Red Cross coordinator urges people to call 973-733-4311 to ask for any help they need: transportation to shelters and food pantries; diapers, baby formula; food, blankets. A higher volume of calls will result in more attention being given. Feel free to ask a neighbor, friend or relative to make the call for you if you are unable to call yourself. If you are able to give a ride to anyone, or if churches can make their vans available to mobilize people, many can be helped.

Shelters & Supplies for South Ward Residents

  • Red Cross Shelter
    • JFK Recreation Center at 211 W. Kinney Avenue, Newark
      Sleep-in shelter
      Meals and many other resources
  • St. John on Bergen Street and Lyons Avenue
    • Food and water
      Is a warming and charging station
      People can sleep over (it’s also a shelter)
  • Pleasant Grove Baptist at 185 Chadwick Avenue
    • Water and rations
  • Clinton Hill Resource/Community Center On Clinton Avenue next to Blessed Sacrament and Osborne Terrace
    • Serving a hot meal at 5:00pm daily
      May have diapers
      Is a warming and charging station
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Clinton Avene and 13th Street
    • Hot meals at 12:00pm and 5:00pm
      May have food pantry

General Resources

  • American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey serving Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex Counties
    209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004, 973-797-3300 or 800-733-2767
  • New Hope Baptist Church
    106 Sussex Avenue, Newark

    This is a FEMA hub and will try to obtain whatever resources the community needs

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