FAQs


What is Anchor House?
ANCHOR HOUSE INC. is a multi-service 501(c)3 agency for runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youth and their families.  Anchor House has committed its efforts to providing comprehensive, life-saving assistance to our most vulnerable population.

How does it work?
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 make sure the youth moves to a safe place. We provide a safe haven for babies and children who must be removed from their homes, and encourage volunteers to become foster parents to children who cannot return to their families. 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 prevent runaway episodes and homelessness and to get youth off the streets when they have left home.

What are your hours of operation?
Anchor House, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.To access services you may contact the proper program according to the individual’s needs. (609-396-8329) Shelter 24/7.

Anchorage Transitional Living Program– for young adults who eighteen to twenty-one years of age (609-989-1625).

Anchorage Transitional Living Program– provides residential services to homeless youth ages eighteen to twenty-one to ensure their successful transition to independence. The program’s goal is to help youth develop the skills they need to be employed, to encourage them to enroll in continuing education, and to obtain community resources, appropriate medical care, financial assistance, and behavioral health services.

Anchor Link– This is the agency’s Street Outreach program. Its primary purpose is to reach out to youth on the streets to reduce the incidence of runaways homelessness, and to build relationships with youth to engage them in services that will help them be productive members of society (609-218-5630).

Anchor Line– The Anchor Line Permanent Apartment Program works with homeless young adults ages 18-21. Anchor Line supports these youth by providing subsidized housing, food, case management, and life skills education in order to give them the time and skills they need to successfully live on their own (609-218-5630).

How does an individual apply for a program that Anchor House Provides?
You may contact the proper program according to the individual’s needs.

Anchor House Shelter– Anchor House Shelter is a 24-hour program for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 10-17 in Mercer County, New Jersey. As one of the nation’s federally funded basic centers, runaway and homeless youth have walk-in access to the program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter’s primary purpose is to meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families, and to reunite them as quickly as possible. Anchor House works intensively with youth and their families to stabilize their crises and improve family relationships. Anchor House’s services include crisis intervention, individual and family counseling, temporary shelter, food and clothing, advocacy, outreach, and support groups. The shelter serves more than 150 youth residential and 75 youth on an out-client basis each year. Sixty five percent of the youth we serve are successfully returned to their families within 30 days. When family reunification is not possible, Anchor House works with the youth to find a safe, alternative place to live. Anchor House also reaches out into the community to help youth and families in crisis. A School Outreach Counselor works with the schools throughout Mercer County to provide crisis intervention services whenever needed and acts as a liaison to the schools for youth living at the shelter. To get help and receive service at the Shelter, call us anytime at 609-396-8329, or you can walk in: 482 Centre Street Trenton, NJ 08611

Anchorage– The Anchorage Transitional Living Program provides residential services to homeless youth ages 18-21 to ensure their successful transition to independence.  The program’s goal is to help youth develop the skills they need to be employed, to encourage them to enroll in continuing education, and to obtain community resources, appropriate medical care, financial assistance, and behavioral health services.  The Anchorage also provides services to youth on an out-client basis. All youth served by the program can participate in life skills educational activities, counseling, and job assistance.  The youth are directly involved in design, operation, and evaluation of the Anchorage; and each component of the program is developed on individual needs, strengths, and desires of the youth. The Anchorage also works with youth to ensure that they are taught the skills they need to be the primary decision-makers in their lives. This transitional living program operates a group home as well as a supported housing  apartment program, Anchor Line. In the last year, The Anchorage provided long-term residential services to 12 youth.  100% of those youth attended an educational program with 7 attending college. To apply to the Anchorage, homeless youth call into the program 609- 989-1625. They will have to complete an initial screening. If the youth is eligible, he/she is scheduled for 2 interviews; one is with the Anchor House agency therapist. The new applicant will also complete a substance abuse subtle screening-(SASSI) and a Casey Life Skills Assessment.

Anchor Link– Anchor Link is the agency’s Street Outreach program.  It’s primary purpose is to reach out to youth on the streets to reduce the incidence of runaways homelessness, and to build relationships with youth to engage them in services that will help them be productive members of society.  Anchor Link  provides crisis intervention, counseling, assistance with job searches, linkages for shelter services or assistance locating safe living arrangements, referrals to community programs, advocacy, life skills education, and transportation. To get help and receive service at Outreach, call us anytime at 609-218-5630, or you can walk in: 899 S Broad Street Street Trenton, NJ 08611

Anchor Line– The Anchor Line Permanent Apartment Program works with homeless young adults ages 18-21. Anchor Line supports these youth by providing subsidized housing, food, case management, and life skills education in order to give them the time and skills they need to successfully live on their own. Youth who live in the apartment program are required to find employment that will enable them to support themselves, and are strongly encouraged to enroll in school, participate in counseling, and learn life skills that will help them be independent. Anchor Line serves four youth at a time for as long necessary.

Who are Anchor House’s Affiliates?
• The NJ Alliance for Children, Youth and Families (the Alliance) is a membership organization representing human service agencies from around the state who share the common goal of advocating for New Jersey’s youth.

• Child Welfare League of America is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Our impact is felt worldwide

• The Mercer County Division of Youth Services is responsible for the coordination between and among governmental departments at all levels. The courts, community agencies and consumers benefit from our strategies that maximize the provision of assistance to youth and their families, in the least intrusive manner possible.

• Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
• The work of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is to keep our community focused on the solutions.
• We help set public policy to prevent and end homelessness.
• We advocate for the most effective use of our collective resources.
• We oversee nationally-identified best practices.
• We see the impact of our collaborative actions every day in:
• Homelessness Prevention – avoiding and deterring homelessness
• Outreach – connecting the homeless with essential services
• Permanent Housing – rapidly re-housing the homeless in apartments in our communities

• Continuum of Care, Inc. is a not for profit organization operating licensed group homes, supported living programs, intensive 24–hour supported living programs, community–based crisis and respite services, and residential case management programs for more than 500 individuals annually in various locations throughout Connecticut.

• Project H.O.P.E., Inc. serves the medical and social needs of the homeless population in Camden County, particularly Camden City. The City of Camden is the largest urban center in southern New Jersey, with a population of 78,675 residents, and is ranked as the most economically depressed city in New Jersey and one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States.

• Office of Adolescent Services

• Created in July 2006, we are the first Cabinet-level department devoted exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families of our state. Since that time, the agency has evolved to be more inclusive of the voice of the individuals it was established to serve. Currently, DCF is staffed by approximately 6,600 employees and encompasses:
• Trenton Stakeholders

• Adoption
National Adoption Center
North American Council On Adoptable Children (NACAC)
Adopt Net Support for Adoptive Families
Foster and Adoptive Family Services
NJ Adoption Resource Center
www.connectforkids.com. (FAQS about the National Foster Care Independence Act.)

• Families and Parenting
Administration for Children and Families
Children’s Bureau
Prevent Child Abuse

• Runaway and Homeless Youth Information
www.njacyf.org – New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
www.NRCYS.ou.edu – National Resource Center for Youth Services
www.transitionsforyouth.org – Transitions for Youth – DYFS Aging Out Youth Website

How are donations distributed and used?
The donations that are provided to Anchor House are used to help the children and young adults who enter our different programs of assistance.
Are donations to Anchor House tax deductible?
N/A
Where does Anchor House operate? Does it serve the entire community?
Anchor House Inc. serves children, youth, young adults, and families from primarily the Mercer County and greater Trenton area, although placements are accepted from throughout the state of New Jersey.
How can I become a certified volunteer?

Where can I find the volunteer application to fill out?
Click Here to view the Volunteer Application form.
How or where can one complete the state and federal fingerprinting process?
What services do these programs offer?
Anchor House is for youths ages 10 to 17
• 24 Hour Emergencies
• Shelter, Food, Clothing
• Individual and Family Counseling
• Teen Support Group
• Parent Support Group
• School and Street Outreach
• all services are FREE

Anchorage is for youths ages 18 to 21
• Long Term Shelter
• Life Skills
• Employment & Educational Services

What is the contact information for the crisis hotline? When are they available?
If you’re in crisis and need help, call 609.396.8329
we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where can I find the employment application form?
Click Here to view the Employment Application form.
Where can I find more information concerning your Events
Click Here for information concerning attending an event.
What are the criteria for becoming an employee with Anchor House?
Life Skills Counselor /PT/Substitute (fill-in).- Exp. With young adults. College degree.

For Full Time Support Staff – Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in related field and one year of experience in the field.

Volunteer Coordinator, PT.- B.A. in Social Services or related field, experience organizing volunteer programs and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Access required.

Live-In Counselor, Room and Board.- College degree preferred for a Live-in counselor.

All positions require: Valid driver’s license in good standing & ability to pass a criminal background check.

How do I become an intern with Anchor House?
Click Here for information concerning Internship opportunities.

Where can I find the internship application form?
Click Here to view the Internship Application form.