History

Trenton’s former Mayor Douglas Palmer has called Anchor House one of Trenton’s “greatest success stories.” In 1978, a group of concerned citizens founded Anchor House. They used the analogy of a ship dropping its anchor to keep it safe in the storm to visualize the mission of the agency. The anchor is supported by links of its chain, which in turn keep the anchor tied to the ship. The founders understood that life’s circumstances can cause the links of a family’s chain to break down. They created Anchor House as a stabilizing place for runaway homeless, and abused youth. It is a safe place to rest; wait through the storm while in crisis and a way to move on when the crisis is calmed.

Anchor House provides food, emergency housing, clothing, —and hope—for hundreds of runaway and homeless teens every year—offering a beacon of survival for youth throughout the Mercer County area. Our houses and outreach programs work with youth and families in need to begin the process of mending the broken links and putting the family back together. When reunification is not possible, we provide a safe haven for teenagers until they can be placed in a safe living environment. If an older youth is homeless, we offer a safe place to live and the opportunity to learn the skills needed to start a stable, independent adult life. We reach out to the community to keep kids in school, prevent runaway episodes and homelessness and help youth living on the streets find a better place to live.