Social Services Resources

Safe-4-Seniors — Are you looking for safe, no contact delivery services for groceries and other essential items?




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

Senior Planet: Shop Safely for Groceries


North East Restaurant Direct (produce, dairy, and protein delivery)


Area restaurant round-up: pickup, delivery, wine, spirits and more

Area restaurants


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 — Note schedule change
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
Join a member of our social services team in a virtual Zoom meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Drop-in to chat with new friends. All you need is a computer, an iPad, an iPhone, a smartphone, or even a land line.
Go HERE to register and join the group!
(NOTE: Once registered, the Zoom link remains the same each week)


Neighborhood Buddy Initiative — We have plenty of volunteers who are ready to assist Princeton residents. Register for a Neighborhood Buddy today. More information can be found HERE. To be paired with a Neighborhood Buddy who will offer you assistance, please register HERE.

Princeton Area Nutrition Resources
One of the biggest concerns that the coronavirus outbreak has caused many of our Princeton neighbors is food availability. Princeton Human Services has compiled a list of the food resources in Princeton still available during the outbreak with their updated distribution schedules. READ HERE.
The State Health Insurance Assistance (S.H.I.P.) in Mercer County has a team of certified volunteer S.H.I.P. counselors available to provide free, unbiased information and support about Medicare to Mercer County residents during these uncertain times.  S.H.I.P. can provide assistance by telephone, online, or via video chat. Call S.H.I.P. coordinator Cathy Forbes at 609.273.0588 or email to set up an individual S.H.I.P. counseling session.
Click HERE to see a flyer about accessing these important S.H.I.P. services. Many of the locations where Medicare beneficiaries get their information in person, such as senior centers and libraries, are currently closed, yet many people are unfortunately seeing a change in their circumstances. PSRC remains open but the office buildings are closed.

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.

Virtual Support Groups

Please fill out form to register for any of the groups! Once you are registered you will receive information about how to join the Zoom calls.

Bereavement — usually third Monday of each month
Caregivers — usually second and fourth Monday of each month
Children of Aging Parents  —  usually second Thursday of each month
Fireside Chats — Tuesdays and Thursdays
Global Conversations — Mondays
Grandparenting — third Tuesday of each month
HomeFriends — register for HomeFriends
Knit Wits — usually first Tuesday of each month
Let’s Talk — Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Men in Retirement — usually first Friday of each month
Next Chapter: Widows/Widowers — usually second and fourth Tuesday of each month
TED Talks — Tuesdays
Transition to Retirement — usually third Friday of each month
Women in Retirement — usually third Friday of each month

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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