Coronavirus Service Changes

With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone, it is important we as an organization take precautions. That’s why we’re doing our part to modify services, lower exposure, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note our locations in Princeton and Trenton have modified their services.

See below for information on all our service changes to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff:

Beginning July 13th, Arm In Arm will serve clients through pick-up at our three pantry locations while continuing to deliver to community members who are home-bound or immuno-compromised.

Pantries will serve clients by appointment only; we will not be open for walk-in service. Community members in need of food are asked to register for an appointment day and time to pick up their prepared bags of groceries. Bags include fresh, frozen, and non-perishable food items. To register and schedule your future appointment, please call 609-396-9355 x11; you will be prompted to leave a voicemail with your full name and the best phone number at which to reach you. 

This new system allows us to safely social distance while providing you with the resources you need. Please note that face coverings/masks are required; we are unable to serve anyone not wearing a face covering/mask.

Home-bound or immuno-compromised community members can continue to receive food deliveries at their residence. To receive delivery, you must be a resident of Mercer County.

TRENTON PANTRIES
123 E. Hanover St.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 am – 1 pm

48 Hudson St.
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30 am – 1 pm

PRINCETON PANTRY
61 Nassau St.
Mondays & Wednesdays 11 am – 4 pm
Tuesdays 1 – 7 pm

Arm In Arm staff will be available to intake clients remotely via phone Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please call 609-396-9355 x11. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please provide your full name, complete address (including city), and best number for us to return your call. Staff will contact you for an eligibility pre-screening.

Please note clients will not have the option to meet staff in-person at this time.

PSE&G Service Update

PSE&G has temporarily suspended all service disconnections for non-payment. For payment assistance information, visit pseg.com/helpAdditionally, PSE&G will be closing their walk-in service centers indefinitely beginning March 18.

Clients can continue to view and pay bills as well as manage payments by logging into their accounts at pseg.com/myaccount or by calling 1-800-436-7734.

Evictions Suspended

The State of New Jersey has enacted a moratorium on the removal of individuals from their homes due to eviction or foreclosure. All residential evictions are suspended until 2 months after Governor Murphy has declared an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, or he issues an Executive Order ending the moratorium sooner. 

Additionally, Mercer County courts are closed; court dates for evictions are no longer being scheduled. Residents should be aware that they cannot be lawfully evicted from their home without due process in court.

COVID-19 Court Processes

If you have questions regarding the current court processes for landlords and tenants, we encourage you to register for upcoming informational sessions hosted by Mercer Vicinage’s Civil Division, Special Civil Part. There are two upcoming sessions: August 6 and August 26. To register for the seminar on Thursday, August 6, click here. To register for Wednesday, August 26, click here. For further details, contact the Mercer Vicinage Special Civil Part at 609-571-4200 x76019 or MerSpecCivil.Mailbox@njcourts.gov.

Arm In Arm’s employment services are currently suspended. However, you can find out who is hiring in our community at jobs.covid19.nj.gov. The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has prepared a frequently asked questions document for workers affected by the coronavirus emergency.

Families with children currently attending Robbins Elementary School in Trenton can contact our All Kids Thrive Navigator, Luis Rivera, at luisr@arminarm.org or 609-396-9355 x16. 

We encourage families in need of assistance with food or housing to find more information under the tabs above. 

Current Clients

Representative Payee services are still running for current clients. Please note we are no longer meeting clients in-person. All clients with addresses will receive their checks via USPS mail. All rent and bill payments will be made by Arm In Arm as usual. Any client without a current address or questions can contact Suzanne Gomez at 609-396-9355 x26 or suzanneg@arminarm.org.

New Clients

Individuals interested in our Representative Payee services should contact the program’s coordinator, Suzanne Gomez, at 609-396-9355 x26. All new client intakes will be conducted remotely. 

Our next Financial Fitness Workshop will take place in Fall 2020 and will likely be completely remote. Interested parties can check back here periodically for updates on exact dates and program registration information.

We want to take a moment to thank all of our dedicated and passionate volunteers. It takes a village, and you are a critical part of the AIA village.

Current Volunteers

For all current volunteers, we have launched a new volunteer scheduling system. Our volunteer team will be invited to sign up for shifts each week at our Trenton locations on Hanover and Hudson Sts.*; opportunities will include grocery bag packing as well as mobile delivery. Please note, with needs changing daily and new technology in place, there may be a learning curve; we may need to tweak certain pieces to fix bugs and ensure safety. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Shariq Marshall at 609-396-9355 x21 or shariqm@arminarm.org.

*Our Princeton location is all set with volunteers. We thank you for your support.

New Volunteers

If you are not a current Arm In Arm volunteer but are looking for ways to support our Mercer County community in this time of need, please contact Shariq Marshall at 609-396-9355 x21 or shariqm@arminarm.org. Be sure to include your preferred site location. 

Please note we are not accepting volunteer groups at this time.

Monetary Donations

During this crisis, we are seeing unprecedented and rising need. Many smaller pantries in our area have been forced to close their doors, but Arm In Arm continues serving our neighbors in creative ways to keep everyone safe, healthy, and thriving. At this time, monetary donations are the best way to help us deliver services and meet the need. You can make a real difference.

Make a gift of hope today by clicking the below button. You can also contact Jenn Johnston with questions or concerns; Jenn can be reached at jennj@arminarm.org.

Contributions by check can be sent to the following address:
123 E. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Donating Food and Items In-Kind

Thank you for your interest in donating in-kind food and personal care items to Arm In Arm. We are currently accepting in-kind items on a more limited scale. To arrange drop off at our Trenton locations, please contact pantry@arminarm.org. To arrange drop off at our Princeton site, please call 609-921-2135 or email ceciliaa@arminarm.org. Please note, we cannot accept open or partially used products.

Why is Arm In Arm changing hours?

With New Jersey declaring a state of emergency and Governor Phil Murphy instructing residents to shelter in place, Arm In Arm is being proactive in taking precautions. Our first priority is the health, safety, and livelihood of our clients, staff, and community supporters.

How long will these hours be in effect?

We are instituting modified hours and services until further notice. We advise people to check this web page and social media for real-time updates.

I have questions not answered here. Who can I contact?

If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at 609-396-9355 or info@arminarm.org. A staff member will respond to your inquiry promptly.

If you have questions or need further assistance, call 609-396-9355 or email info@arminarm.org.

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