Social Services Resources



It is strongly suggested that seniors do not leave their homes and rather use delivery service. For those who will find the need to venture out, here are some area stores offering senior and “elder” hours:

Mercer County area grocery store update: hours, delivery, seniors, more

List of resources to help seniors get groceries and prescriptions

“Elder hours” at N.J. grocery stores


Register for HomeFriends

Sign up to be a HomeFriend volunteer

Princeton Human Services Volunteer Sign Up Form

To connect with one of our social services team for individual support, please email and you will be connected with a member of our team.

Support for Seniors:

Virtual HomeFriends is an extension of our PSRC program that pairs an older adult with a volunteer who will make regular phone calls for connection and support. Sign up HERE to receive support.

PSRC Social Service Team is here to help. If you are struggling, or simply need someone to talk to, please reach out to our social service team at

Virtual Fireside Chat — Join a member of our social services team in a virtual Zoom meeting weekdays at 2:00 p.m. Drop-in to chat with new friends. All you need is a computer — or an iPad — or an iPhone — or a smartphone — or even a land line.

Go HERE to register and join the group!

Neighborhood Buddy Initiative pairs buddies to 1) help educate an older neighbor about best practices to avoid contagion; 2) help out with errands to allow your vulnerable neighbor to avoid unnecessary possible exposure to the virus; and/or 3) provide some virtual companionship to combat social isolation. More information can be found HERE. To be paired with a Neighborhood Buddy, register HERE.

Princeton Extra Assistance Registry — Princeton Prepares is a voluntary community initiative provided by the Municipality of Princeton, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Princeton Health Department, to help emergency responders serve Princeton municipality residents who find it difficult to help themselves in the event of a major disaster or extreme weather conditions. You should register if: 1) You live alone; 2) You have a hearing or visual impairment, or other physical or cognitive limitation; 3) You lack transportation, or require a service animal or other assistance to get around; 4) You rely on supplemental oxygen or refrigerated medication; and/or 5) You have limited English skills. For more information, email Access Princeton at, call 609.924.4141, or go HERE.

Help with Emergency Assistance Funds — For residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak and in need of financial assistance, please visit the Princeton Human Services Department website and submit a CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY EXPENSE REQUEST FORM. The request form is also available HERE. All requests will receive a response within 48 hours and determinations will be made as quickly as funding allows.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors:

Virtual HomeFriends is an extension of our PSRC program that pairs an older adult with a volunteer who will make regular phone calls for connection and support. Anyone wishing to be a HomeFriends volunteer can do so by clicking HERE.

Financial Donations — Emergency Assistance Fund — Princeton Children’s Fund, Inc. in collaboration with Princeton Community Housing, the Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton, is seeking donations to benefit economically disadvantaged Princeton families facing income loss during coronavirus closures to supplement those organizations already set up to provide this support.

We are asking the community to consider donating money to be used to pay day-to-day expenses that will be incurred by families who are unable to work amid shutdowns and curfews. Donations can be made online HERE and are fully tax deductible.

Deliver for Meals-on-Wheels Mercer County — MOW Mercer County is in need of drivers and runners. Daily onboarding meetings at Rider University Daly Dining Hall begin at 10:00 a.m. Families and children are invited to participate together. College Students are welcome! You can just show up at 10:00 a.m. or reach out to Meals-on-Wheels for more information. Please contact the MOW office at 609.695.3483 or email Now is the time for neighbors to join together to support the older adults in our community.

Collect & Distribute Food — In light of the recent Coronavirus concern in Princeton, we are asking the community to consider donating necessities for our vulnerable residents. Please do not donate if you believe you may be sick or have been in contact with someone who may be sick. Read details HERE.

Volunteer to Help your Neighbors (Princeton) — The Princeton community is calling on volunteers who will be available to support our seniors and other vulnerable adults during this time of social distancing. Please click HERE to register to provide assistance through Princeton municipality’s Human Services office or to register as a Neighborhood Buddy.

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