News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner





For Immediate Release

April 23, 2024

Somerset County to Host Community Resource Events for Residents in Need

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Attend the Community Resource Event to receive free household goods and access to information about a wide variety of support services including mental health, substance use, programs for youth and seniors, and much more. The events will take place on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 300 Union Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876.

There are approximately 17,000 Somerset County residents who live below the poverty level, according to the United States Census Bureau, and the Community Resource events are aimed at this population, although it is open to everyone.

“This is the sixth annual Community Resource Event, which began in response to in-need residents affected by Hurricane Ida, but has continued due to its popularity,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul M. Drake. “Many people are still struggling after being financially impacted by the pandemic, Ida, and inflation. I urge residents in need to attend this event.”

About the Sponsors of the Community Resource Event


Somerset County Human Services Department

The Human Services Department is responsible for the administration and supervision of

Aging and Disability, Community Development, Juvenile Institutional Services, One Stop Career Center, Operations and Planning, Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Veterans Services, Volunteer Services, and Youth Services.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has been a fixture of the Somerville area since its founding in 1952.  It is a place of prayer, peace, and joy, a welcoming group of people with diverse backgrounds and orientations who seek to worship.

Giving Network

The Giving Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling household items and delivering those items to in-need residents of Somerset County. The organization is a volunteer-run, volunteer-driven program that achieves its objectives by working with other organizations, agencies, businesses, and churches.


Princeton Justice Initiative

The Princeton Justice Initiative is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, all-volunteer social impact and legal aid organization created to alleviate, reduce, and eliminate poverty in Central Western New Jersey through non-partisan, all-inclusive and secular outreach.


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