Middlesex County Resources

This page contains a list of all the links pertaining to Middlesex county.

Please see below for a list of cities, towns and communities in Middlesex County:

  • Avenel
  • Carteret
  • Colonia
  • Cranbury
  • Dayton
  • Dunellen
  • East Brunswick
  • East Windsor
  • Edison
  • Fords
  • Green Brook
  • Helmetta
  • Highland Park
  • Iselin
  • Jamesburg
  • Keasbey
  • Kendall Park
  • Laurence Harbor
  • Menlo Park
  • Metuchen
  • Middlesex
  • Milltown
  • Monmouth Junction
  • Monroe
  • Monroe Township
  • Morgan
  • New Brunswick
  • North Brunswick
  • Old Bridge
  • Parlin
  • Perth Amboy
  • Piscataway
  • Plainsboro
  • Port Reading
  • Sayreville
  • Sewaren
  • South Amboy
  • South Brunswick
  • South Plainfield
  • South River
  • Spotswood
  • West Carteret
  • Woodbridge
Life Skills programs can help you prepare to get a job, manage money, get connected with other resources in your community, make plans for your future housing and education, and many other things that can help you live more independently. See below for contact info for the Life Skills program in your area:
Multicultural Community Services
1 Ethel Road, Bldg. A, 108 B, Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 732-650-0330
Fax: 732-650-0752
Aftercare programs provide support services to young people between the ages of 18 and 22. They can help you find employment, housing and educational opportunities, and much more. See below for contact info for the Aftercare program in your area:
Multicultural Community Services
1 Ethel Road, Bldg. A, 108 B, Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 732-650-0330
Fax: 732-650-0752

Housing Program Descriptions
There are 3 basic types of housing programs for young people in New Jersey that are homeless or DCF-involved:

  1. Supervised Transitional Living Program (STLP):
    provides supervised housing and other supports to 16 to 21 year old youth. Young people can stay at these programs for 18 to 24 months. In addition to housing, these programs also help with daily living skills, employment, education, and finding long term stable housing.
  2. Transitional Living Program (TLP):
    provides semi-supervised housing and other supports to 18 to 21 year old youth. The length of time a young person can stay at one of these programs varies. These programs also help with daily living skills, employment, education, and finding long term stable housing.
  3. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH):
    provides housing with voluntary services to 18-21 year old youth. There are no limits on how long young people can stay in one of these programs. Youth in these programs have a lease or sublet, and pay some portion of their income toward rent (less than 30%).
Below is a list of housing programs in Middlesex County. In order to find out if a program has openings and to see if you qualify, you must contact the Adolescent Housing Hub at 1-877-652-7624.
Click here for more information on the Adolescent Housing Hub

Agency
Program Name
Age
Gender
Program Type
Garden State Homes Dewey Heights 18 to 21 M TLP

Contact one of the Lifeskills or Aftercare Programs above for information on how to apply for Wraparound Fund. For more info on how Wraparound Funding works - click here

Middlesex County College
www.middlesexcc.edu
DeVry University
www.nj.devry.edu
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
www.rutgers.edu
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
www.atlantic.edu
Strayer University - Piscataway Campus
www.strayer.edu
Berkeley College
http://berkeleycollege.edu/home.htm

NJ One-Stop Centers
Are you looking for a job or occupational training? The New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers are the place to start, and can help you develop the skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment.
Amongst others, resources provided include the following:

  • Career exploration: help in identifying jobs that are interesting to you
  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Occupational Training for jobs that are highly in demand by employers
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Connections to employers searching for workers
  • Educational Assistance
  • On-site resource rooms (computers, telephones, fax, etc.)

Click Here for more info on the Middlesex County- New Brunswick “One Stop”

Click Here for more info on the Middlesex County- Perth Amboy “One Stop”

New Jersey Youth Corps
New Jersey Youth Corps is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. Youth Corps is a year-round, voluntary program which engages young adults (ages 16-25) in full-time community service, training, and educational activities.

Guided by staff who serve as mentors and role models, teams of youth called "crews" carry out a wide range of service projects. In return for their efforts to restore and strengthen communities, Corps members receive:

  1. education development in basic skills and preparation to obtain a GED or locally issued Adult High School Diploma;
  2. life skills and employability skills instruction;
  3. personal and career counseling to build self-esteem, clarify values, and develop leadership skills while they are developing their career portfolio;
  4. transition services and continuing support services as they transition to college, training, employment or other national and domestic service opportunities;
  5. community service opportunities which develop positive employability skills while addressing unmet community needs. Corps members receive a stipend while enrolled in Youth Corps.
Click HERE to see a list of NJ Youth Corps in your area

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
New Jersey’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. You don’t need health insurance to get care at a center. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. If you’re uninsured, your bill will be based on your ability to pay. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For more information on the FQHC's click here.

Click here for a list of all FQHC's in Middlesex County

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthhod is a health care provider specializing in reproductive and sexual healthcare. Through pregnancy prevention, STD prevention, and sex education, Planned Parenthood empowers teens to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. With 28 offices in New Jersey, there is probably one close to where you live.
Click Here to Learn More and Find a Planned Parenthood Office in Middlesex County.
Click Here to See Special Information for Teenagers.
Mental Healthcare
NJ Children's System of Care has connections with many different types of supports if you or someone you know needs help. You can see all they have to offer by visiting here.

There are also some great hotlines out there if want to talk to someone now:
2NDFLOOR: is a confidential and anonymous statewide helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. You can call at (888) 222-2228 and find information on the website at www.2ndfloor.org.

NJ211: provides information and assistance to all NJ residents in the areas of health, human services, community resources and government assistance programs. You do not have to be in crisis to seek help from NJ211. To access NJ211 dial 211 or visit the website at www.nj211.org.. The alternative telephone number is 1-800-HELP555 (1-800-435-7555).

Treatment Groups
The NJ Division of Addiction Services Treatment Directory lists all kinds of drug and alcohol treatment programs that are open to teenagers and young adults.
Click HERE to access the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services homepage where you will find a link to a directory to access what programs are available in your county

You can also look at programs that are just open to teenagers and young adults by selecting “Detail Search” on the directory webpage and selecting the check-box that says Adolescents

Support Groups
Support groups recovery programs are based on the idea that the best way to stay free of alcohol and drugs is surround yourself with other people who are also not users but who know the challenges of staying clean. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two of the most well-known of these types of support groups. In some areas there are special meetings just for teens and young adults trying to stay drug-free. Meetings often take place church meeting halls and other community centers, but AA and NA are not affiliated with any religion.
Click here to search for Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in your area
Click here to search for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in your area

Central Regional Coordinator
Nishi Sheth
School of Social Work
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
123 Church Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Work: 848-932-8272
Cell: 848-209-5441
nsheth@ssw.rutgers.edu
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
William Salcedo, Executive Director
305 Bond Street, 2nd Floor, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-544-2224
Fax: 732-544-2260
wsalcedo@bbbsmmc.org
www.bbbsmmc.org

Pride Center of New Jersey
85 Raritan Ave, Suite 100, Highland Park, NJ 08904-2430
For more information email: info@pridecenter.org
Phone: 732-846-2232
Click here for more information
A fast-growing community center, The Pride Center provides a “safe space” for the LGBTIQ community: a place to learn about our community from a vast array of resources, a place to socialize and meet new friends, and a place to gain acceptance and understanding of your gender or sexual identity in comfortable setting. The Pride Center offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Whether New Jersey’s LGBTIQ community is new or familiar to you, the Pride Center is a place to call home and return again and again. Our many groups include: Arts Adventures, Bisexual Social Support, Booked for Lunch, ComeOUT and Play (20’s/30’s men and women), Educational Forum, Games Night, Gay Dad’s Support, Gay Men’s Guild, Gay Men’s Living Out, Karaoke Party, Lesbians and Gay Men of New Brunswick, LGBT Activist Forum, Meditation Group, Men’s Coming Out Support, Movie Social, Overeater’s Anonymous, Rock Hero Night, Stitch n’Bitch, Strategy Game, Parents of GLBTIQ Youth/Young Adults Support, Torah Queeries, Trueselves (transgender support), Women Coming Out Support, Writer’s Group, Yoga for Men, Youth Drop In, “Out of the Box” Open Mic Night, and much more…Open Week nights 7-10PM and some weekends.

Bisexual, Bi-curious and Allies Support Group
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place to discuss different aspects of the bi experience: bisexuals in the work place, family, community. Coming out stories can be shared, etc. By ‘allies’ we mean friends of bi folks who show support for the group. The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM. On the 2nd Tuesday in Room 3, on the 4th Tuesday, Room 2.
For more information contact Donald Taylor at dtmadness778@yahoo.com
Click here for more information

The After School HangOUT
Support and Social Group for LGBTIQ youth 17 and younger and their straight allies! Come hang out with us at a safe place to talk, meet new people, and have fun! It’s an extension of our current Youth Drop-In that happens the Second and Forth Saturdays of the month!
Click here for more information

Women Coming Out Support Group
This group provides a supportive environment for women who are at any stage of the coming out process. Women of all ages who consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual, or questioning are welcome. Ages 18 and over. Meets on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month, 7:30PM to 9:00PM.
For more information contact leighpafford@yahoo.com Or
pegs76@gmail.com
Click here for more information

The "Teen Resources Intended to Aid & Nurture Gays, Lesbians & Everyone" (TRIANGLE) guide has lots of great information on programs and services for the LGBTQI community in New Jersey and throughout the country. Click HERE to check out the guide!

The Department of Children and Families' Family and Community Partnership (FCP) network provides many services and programs for children, young adults and families throughout NJ. These include:

Family Success Centers
Offer programs aimed at making families stronger through a variety of locally-based services, and building supportive connections in your community.

School Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP)
Provide mental health and family services; health services; substance abuse counseling; employment services; pregnancy prevention programs; learning support services; referrals to community based services; and recreation. Open to all young people ages 10 -19 enrolled in any school that hosts a SBYSP.

Home Visitation Programs
Provide early support to families with infants and young children across the state. Home visitors provide pregnant women and new parents with health information, parenting education, and links to other resources that support child and family well-being.

The FCP's also provide juvenile delinquency and child abuse prevention programs, domestic violence services, and much more.

Click here for a directory of programs and services to find out what is available in Middlesex County!

Outreach To At-Risk Youth (OTARY): OTARY programs provide all sorts of fun and educational activities to help support young people ages 13 to 18. Contact one of the programs below for more information on how you can get involved:

Jewish Renaissance Foundation
149 Kearny Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: 732-324-2114 x112
Fax: 732-324-1989
Mallelyne Peralta: mallelyne.peralta@jrfnj.org


*The presentation of agencies, programs or services on the NJYRS website do not necessarily reflect endorsement of these resources by the NJ Department of Children and Families.