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Community & Social Services Brochures

PLEASE NOTE: The brochures on this page may not provide the most recent information available. Please contact the office or agency linked after 'Updates/info' under each brochure to get updated and/or additional information; linked offices may also offer some of these brochures in languages other than English.

Adult Protective Services (NJ)
Adult Protective Services (NJ)
Updates/info: -NJ Division of Aging: Adult Protective Services (APS)
[See also: Elder Abuse links]
Aging & Disabled Services
Aging & Disabled Services
Updates/info: -Aging & Disabled Services Office -NJ Division of Aging Services (DoAS)
[See also: Senior links]
Aging and Disabled Resource Directory
Aging & Disabled Resources
Updates/info: -Aging & Disabled Services Office
[See also: Senior links]
Addiction Recovery Resource Directory
Addiction Recovery Resource Directory UPDATED!
Updates/info: -Addictions & Mental Health
[See also: -Behavioral Health -Mental Health -Addiction links]
Broadband internet for low-income households
Broadband internet for low-income households
-Affordable Connectivity Program
-Lifeline Phone & Emergency Broadband Benefit
[See also: Computers & Technology links]
MCMAP Prescription Assistance
Caregiving: Multi Assistance
Updates/info: -Home Care & Care Management
[See also: Senior caregiving links]
Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving
Caregiving: JACC
Updates/info: -NJ Assistance for Community Caregiving
[See also: Senior caregiving links]
AngelSense Program
Caregiving: AngelSense
Updates/info: -AngelSense Program NEW! -Aging & Disabled Services -Project Lifesaver -Project Lifesaver info
[See also: Senior caregiving links]
NJ Respite Care Program
Caregiving: Respite Care
Updates/info: -NJ Respite Care
[See also: Senior caregiving links]
Middlesex County Emergency Food Network
Emergency Food Assistance UPDATED!
Updates/info: -REPLENISH
[See also: Food Assistance & Additional Resources, below.]
Home Energy Assistance
Home Energy Assistance
Updates/info: -HEAP
-Utility Assistance UPDATED LINK!
[See also: Home Energy links]
Central Jersey Housing Resource Center
Housing: CJHRC Programs
Updates/info: CJHRC
[See also:
NJ State Health Insurance Assistance
Medicare Assistance
Updates/info: -NJ SHIP
-Middlesex County SHIP info NEW!
[See also: Senior health: Medicare links]
Project Medical Card
Medical Card
Updates/info: Aging & Disabled Services
[See also: Senior health links]
George J. Otlowski Sr Center for Mental Health Care
Mental Health Center
Updates/info: Mental Health Care
[See also: Behavioral Health & Mental Health]
Middlesex County Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services UPDATED!
Updates/info: -Addictions & Mental Health
[See also: Behavioral Health & Mental Health]
Behavioral Health Resources
Mental Health: Behavioral Health Resource Guide
Updates/info: -Behavioral Health page
-Addictions & Mental Health Resource Directories
[See also: Mental Health links]
Residental Recycling
Recycling & Solid Waste Guide UPDATED!
Updates/info: -Solid Waste Management
[See also: Recycling links]
Middlesex County ReUse-It Book
Updates/info: - Middlesex County Improvement Authority: Recycling
[See also: Where to Donate Goods]
Middlesex County Senior Meals
Senior Meals
Updates/info: -Middlesex County Nutrition Services
[See also: Emergency Food Assistance]
Middlesex County Area Transit
Transit Services
Updates/info: -Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT)
[See also: Senior Travel links]
Middlesex County Veteran Housing Assistance
Veteran Housing Assistance
Updates/info: -Housing & Social Services
[See also: Military & Veterans links]
Wills & Estates
Wills & Estates Info
Updates/info: -Office of the Surrogate: Your Will
[See also: Senior links]
Living Trusts 2017
Wills & Estates: Living Trusts
Updates/info: -Office of the Surrogate: Forms & Booklets
What is a Living Will? Advance Directives for health care
Wills & Estates: What is a Living Will? (Advance Directive for Health Care)
Updates/info: -Office of the Surrogate
Wills & Estates: Personal Record
Wills & Estates: Personal Record
Updates/info: -Office of the Surrogate
NJ Inheritance & Estate Taxes
Wills & Estates: NJ Inheritance & Estate Taxes
Updates/info: -NJ Inheritance and Estate Taxes
[See also: Tax links]
Youth Support Services
Youth Support Services (2014)
Updates/info: -Children's Services Committees -New Jersey Youth Resource Spot NEW!
[See also: Parenting & Family]
Homeless Children & Youth Parents Guide
Youth: Education for Homeless Children & Youth
See also: Middlesex County Division of Children's Services

Additional Helpful Resources

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department - The Social Services/Welfare Department operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. and is on call through the South Plainfield Police Department 24 hours a day. The function of this Department is to assist the needy with financial help and guidance in their search for employment. In the case of the disabled, assistance is given to access such programs such as food stamps, energy assistance and PAAD. A food pantry operates daily and is accessible to all South Plainfield residents who find themselves in need. Donations are always welcome. PLEASE NOTE: Both the Social Services office and Food Pantry are located INSIDE the South Plainfield Senior Center at 90 Maple Avenue. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Senior Center - The Borough offers a Dial-A-Ride transportation program to our seniors, providing free curb-to-curb transportation for essential services. Other programs include weekly grocery shopping trips, Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and a variety of information and other assistance. Visit the website for details, or call 908-754-1047. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment & unemployment, alcoholism & drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Services Locator - 'It can be difficult to know where to start looking when you, a friend or family member, patient or client needs help. Know that whatever the need - food, substance abuse resources, job training, emergency preparedness, veterans services, housing or caregiving - the Locator can help you find available resources.'

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Community Health Programs NEW! - 'From COVID-19 testing & vaccines to access to affordable healthcare to assistance with paying rent, the County has resources to help you care for yourself and your loved ones.'

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.

Middlesex County seal Middlesex County Consumer Affairs Department - Have a complaint against a business in Middlesex County? You can download a printed form or perform a Business Complaint History Search here. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office offers a printable Fraud Prevention brochure [Link opens a PDF] with brief tips for protecting yourself from frauds & scams (Office of the County Prosecutor: Crime Prevention). If you have a dispute about an online or related transaction with a company LOCATED OUTSIDE THE U.S., you can file a complaint at See also Consumer Info.

South Plainfield Police Department PatchSouth Plainfield Special Needs Registry - The Special Needs Registry is designed to ensure that police & other first responders have all the vital information they will need to assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency. The form can be completed on-line. Applications may also be mailed to or dropped off at South Plainfield Police Headquarters. All forms will be sent to the South Plainfield Police Department and kept on file. Participation is voluntary, and you may opt out at any time. See also Caregiving: AngelSense Program, above.

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

Connecting NJ logo Connecting NJ - Provides mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians free or affordable access to people, organizations, and other sources of information needed to raise healthy children. Health insurance, doula services, home visit assistance, obstetrical & prenatal care referrals, community agencies, early childhood education, and other services for families with young children are now available through Connecting NJ. This new website simplifies the process of accessing services and provides a single point of entry for community members in need.

NJHelps logo NJHelps UPDATED LINK! - This site will help to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

NJ State Library logo Get Help: New Jersey Social Services - Links to various types of assistance for families, seniors, veterans, and ex-offenders, including employment, finances, health care, housing, literacy/ESL. (New Jersey State Library) logo Transferring Benefits Across States NEW! - Moving to a new state? Many federal benefits will go with you when you move to a new state, so you will not have to reapply to keep getting your benefits. However, some programs are managed through state governments, so they can't be transferred from state to state. This article explains the necessary steps to ensure you don't miss out on your benefits. (2022,

See also:

Consumer Resources (consumer protection, privacy, identity theft, etc.)

COVID-19 Info & Resources

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Government & Law

N.J. Legal Information for Non-Lawyers


Information for New Americans

Jobs & Careers

Local Info

Parenting & Family

People with Disabilities

Veterans, Military Service Members & Their Families

Job Resources for Veterans


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