1304 Rt. 47, Unit AH
Rio Grande, NJ 08242

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The Branches Center of Rio Grande

The Beginning

In 2008, St. Mary's, Stone Harbor, and
St. Barnabas, Villas, Episcopal Churches, created a faith-based mission for an underserved but growing 
part of the County. While the intent was to provide study and worship at that site, we began to attract a number of people in need from the surrounding community and so the mission pivoted to address their lack of necessities. 


The Branches Center works with churches and organizations throughout the County to provide daily needs for our guests. Volunteers offer meals, clothing, conversation, aid.

What is The Branches?

The Branches Center of Rio Grande is a multiple activity outreach center providing a safe, positive environment for the elderlydisabled, homeless, and marginalized individuals and families. 

Director, Sandra Lockhart
Administrator, Terri Mascione

Our Goal

 to provide for the daily needs of our guests with dignity and respect.


Our Client Advocates work with a team to assist with doctor and hospital visits, court appearances
and social 
service issues.

Our Veteran's Advocate works with veterans who find 
themselves homeless and in need of medical care. 

Cape Counseling is available as needed.



Computers and knowledgeable volunteers are available for guests to fill out job applications and resumes. Appropriate clothing for interviews can be provided. A hair stylist gives monthly haircuts.

Weekly - Monday: Recovery Group
Tuesday: A chiropractor volunteers
Wednesday: Bible Study

Thursday: A yoga instructor visits 
Friday: Healing Hands
Sun.: Narcotics Anonymous meets.


The Branches is open from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, to provide for our guests.

Local restaurants and churches help stock the kitchen. A full pantry is available for those without food.

During a Code Blue, The Branches opens at 6 am and stays open to 6 pm, or until all guests have shelter.