The Branches Center of Rio Grande
What is The Branches?
The Branches Center is located in the community of Rio Grande in the Township of Middle, New Jersey.
It is a multiple activity outreach center providing a safe, positive environment for the elderly, disabled, homeless, and marginalized individuals and families. Surrounded by caring volunteers, our guests are offered meals, clothing, counsel, comfort and compassion.
The Branches works with churches and organizations throughout the Cape May County to provide for the daily needs of our guests.
Sandra Lockhart, Director
Terri Mascione, Administrator
to provide for the daily needs of our guests with dignity and respect.
Five Client Advocates, one of whom is a Veterans Advocate, play a very important role at The Branches. They assist our guests with doctor and hospital visits, court dates and appearances, and they help to negotiate the Social Service system.
The Branches works in conjunction with Cape Addiction Recovery Service (CARES), a recovery program assisting the placement of persons addicted to drugs and alcohol in rehab facilities.
Clothing and personal care products are given to anyone in need. Our guests are able to use our shower and change into fresh, clean clothes.
A fully stocked food pantry is available to guests of The Branches and to our neighbors in the community.
Computers are available for completing job applications and resumes.
A chiropractor donates her services to The Branches weekly. A hair stylist provides haircuts for our guests monthly.
Mobile Food Bank
A long standing and very important part of what we do at The Branches is our Mobile Food Bank. Working in conjunction with Our Lady of Angels Church, a truck is loaded once a week with supplies. Food and personal care items are delivered to the local motels where families live.
Over the years, personal relationships have developed and our friends in the motels look forward to our weekly visits.
The Branches Center is open from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM Monday - Saturday. Breakfast and lunch is served to as many as 60 people a day. Brown bag lunches are provided for take out at the end of the day.
During Code Blue, The Branches Center is open
6 AM - 6 PM. Dinner is served before a bus takes our guests to a warming center to spend the night. They are returned to The Branches at 6 AM where they are met with the smell of hot coffee and breakfast.
A worship opportunity is provided weekly for anyone who wants to join.