Response To COVID-19

Community in a time of Crisis

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Consistent with NFSB responsiveness to community, we are addressing the unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19. We are dedicated to providing services and creating workable solutions that allow continuity of operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers.

Therefore, in this time of evolving public health situations, NFSB will be making the following modifications to our operations:

THE CENTER:
Continuity of psychotherapy services will be maintained, including individual and group therapy for adults. Children’s Social Skills Groups are suspended until further notice.  Mental Well Being Workshops will be converted to virtual. Remote psychotherapy sessions are being conducted to provide optimal safety for our staff and clients. Go to The Tele-Health Navigational Tool  page.

THE PANTRY:
The NFSB Food Pantry is deemed an essential service according to Gov. Murphy’s executive order and will therefore will continue grocery distribution according to the regularly scheduled dates. In accordance with guidance from state and local Departments of Health to minimize contained crowding, open air food distribution will take place outside the NFSB Annex at 169 Chestnut Street. The Pantry will continue regularly scheduled grocery distribution dates (View Calendar). We are following guidance from state and local Departments of Health to ensure safety for patrons, staff and volunteers.

Please consider a monetary donation to support ongoing programs/services and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our community in this time of crisis. MAKE YOUR DONATION!

Shelf-stable donations are gratefully accepted in the marked bins on the porch at the rear of the NFSB Annex at 169 Chestnut Street. Additionally, grocery gift cards for the purchase of staples are always welcome. Go to The Pantry page.

If you or your family find yourselves in need of emergency support (especially at-risk populations including, vulnerable seniors and those with disabilities and underlying medical conditions) please contact the NFSB Main Office at: 973.667.1884.

THE SHOP:
The Shop is open on a limited basis: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am 7 pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. We continue safety measures by following local and state Dept of Health guidelines: limiting the number of shoppers (adults only) permitted at any given time; masks required; hand sanitizing available; and shoppers’ temperatures are taken. Additionally, we have reorganized our space to allow movement throughout while adhering to social distancing directives. Please note children’s toys & books cannot be accepted at this time, and donations are not accepted through the front door; drop off is located in the rear of the building. Please limit the quantity of donations at a given time. We are accepting only gently used items in order to maintain The Shop’s high standards of offerings. We look forward to getting back to business and offering our shoppers so many terrific items at the best bargains around! Go to The Shop page.

UPDATES:
2020 SCOUTING FOR FOOD DRIVE POSTPONED
The Scouting for Food Drive scheduled for March 21st has been postponed. NFSB provides supplemental nutrition to over 200 local households. The Pantry receives approximately 90% of its shelf stock from the annual March Scouting For Food Drive. As a result of the postponement, we particularly are in extremely low reserves at a time when the need has escalated. HELP NOW!

NUTLEY FAMILY SERVICE BUREAU’s EVENTS SUSPENDED FOR 2020
Due to the uncertainty of COVID risk, and with an abundance of caution, NFSB regrets to announce that our popular fundraisers, A Night At The Races, Rock Hunger and The Garden Party have been cancelled for 2020. For those who have already purchased tickets and/or sponsorships, a full refund may be provided or you may consider converting to a donation to NFSB’s Covid Response. Please email karen@kjwco.com to specify your option. Your funds will be either credited to the credit card OR will be transferred as a donation to support NFSB. NFSB is responsive to community needs in this unprecedented time of crisis. We are dedicated to providing services and creating workable solutions that allow continuity of operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers.

WHY NFSB NEEDS YOUR HELP
NFSB is a not-for-profit organization with three agency components: The (Psychotherapy) Center, The (Food) Pantry, and The (Thrift) Shop. They function independently from each other, but are related. Therefore, the impact of the COVID-19 has a compounding negative effect across agency operations:

  • The (Psychotherapy) Center, which generates revenue through insurance fees, has experienced a flux in psychotherapy session demand. In an effort to provide ongoing service, tele-health sessions have been instituted at an additional cost to the agency.
  • The (Food) Pantry receives approximately 90% of its shelf stock from the annual March Scouting For Food Drive, which has been postponed. As a result, we particularly are in extremely low reserves at a time when need has escalated.
  • The (Thrift) Shop has been closed for the duration of the crisis. It is a crucial revenue stream, as 100% of the funds raised from its operations directly support NFSB services and programs, has been temporarily disrupted.
  • The volunteer force, which is the functional back bone of NFSB has been drastically reduced, with only a skeleton crew to carry out only the most vital Food Pantry and School Meal efforts.

Please consider a monetary donation to support ongoing programs/services and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our community in this time of crisis.
HELP NOW!