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 for the daily needs of our guests.

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. Surrounded by caring volunteers, our guests are offered meals, clothing, counsel, comfort and compassion.

Director, Sandra Lockhart
Administrator, Terri Mascione

Our Goal

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


In addition to our Director and Administrator, four Advocates and 20+ volunteers serve the needs of our guests at The Branches Center. They work with many social services organizations to meet the various needs of our clients.

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: Worship Opportunity

Thursday: A yoga instructor visits 
Friday: Healing Hands

Sun.: 9 -9:45 am Outside Servant Sunday Breakfast by Seashore Community Church


Our doors are open 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, for breakfast and lunch and to provide for our guests.
Showers are available as well as personal care products.

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.