Response To COVID-19

From Nutley Family Service Bureau

Consistent with Nutley Family Service Bureau’s history of responsiveness to community needs, we provide services and create workable solutions that allow continuity of operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers. NFBS reviews our operations to keep current with evolving public situations. Please see most recent modifications updates:

THE CENTER:
Continuity of psychotherapy services are maintained, including individual and group therapy for adults. Children’s Social Skills Groups and the Mental Well_being Workshops are suspended until further notice. Remote psychotherapy sessions are implemented to provide optimal safety for our staff and clients. For more information about Tele-health please go to The Tele-Health Navigational Tool¬† page.

THE PANTRY:
The NFSB Food Pantry continues 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. Visit Calendar for distribution dates.

Donations are gratefully accepted in the marked bins on the porch at the rear of the NFSB Annex at 169 Chestnut Street. Unexpired shelf staples such as canned tuna, fruits and vegetables, beans, soups, and cereals always are needed. Additionally, grocery gift cards for the purchase of staples are always welcome.

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. For more information please go to The Pantry page.

THE SHOP:
The Shop returns to weekly hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We continue safety measures by following local and state Dept of Health guidelines: limiting the number of shoppers permitted at any given time; masks required; hand sanitizing available; and shoppers’ temperatures taken. Additionally, we have reorganized our space to allow movement throughout while adhering to social distancing directives.

Please note children’s toys & books are not being accepted. 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. For more info For more information go to The Shop page.

ROCK HUNGER IV
NFSB’s live show Rock Hunger IV is back and will take place outside at the Old Canal Inn, starting at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, June 5th, 2021. Limited capacity and masks required to comply with public health guidelines. The Attic, The Adventures of Matte Black, Drunk Uncles, The Sticky Wickets and The Porch Rockers headline the event. Tickets are $25 per person when purchased in advance online. Chances for prizes, cash bar and menu offerings. Sponsorships available. Proceeds benefit NFSB programs including the Food Pantry. For more info go the Rock Hunger page.

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.
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