Social Work Services

Union College is committed to assisting students in accessing resources that meet their basic needs.

Any student who has difficulty securing enough food to eat and/or lacks safe and stable housing is urged to contact Union College’s Social Worker for support and guidance in becoming connected to resources.

Contact Us – Campus Social Workers

The Social Workers are here to provide additional support to you. They can make referrals to resources on or off campus based on your needs. Please feel free to walk-in or make an appointment if you ever need assistance. All meetings are confidential.

Contact Information

Chat or Schedule Meeting: View Availability
Phone: 908-709-7139
Cranford Office: McDonald Hall Suite A-135
Elizabeth Office: Lesser Hall Room 307
Plainfield Office: Lagos Building Room LG10


Contact Emma Laffey, MSW
Contact Tiffany Douglas, MSW
Contact Sandra Catinello, MSW

Referral Form

Social Work Services Referral Form

Campus Food Pantry

  • Union College Campus Food Pantry

    Union College Campus Food Pantry

    The campus food pantry is a service that is open to all students and can be accessed via the One-Stop on any of the following campuses: Cranford, Elizabeth or Plainfield during business hours.

    Need help finding Community Food Pantries, try these tools:

Owl’s Boutique

  • Union College Owl’s Boutique

    Union College’s Owl’s Boutique

    The Owls’ Boutique is a walk-in clothing closet, welcome to all students in need of professional attire. Whether it be for an interview, job fair, internship or any other professional setting, the Owl’s Boutique offers a wide range of sizes and styles to help any student look their best. Contact our office for More Information

Community Resources

  • NJ 21

    NJ 21

    NJ 211 has a database of 10,000 Programs and services to assist with basic needs, substance use disorder, mental health, domestic violence, health care, legal matters, and transportation and so much more. (Dial 211 from your mobile device to access this service)

  • Union Action Line

    Union Action Line

    The Action Line is one of the many programs run by the Union Department of Human Services. Bi-lingual (Spanish Speaking) staff is available to explain and make referrals to programs and services that cover things such as basic needs, homeless prevention, mental health, substance abuse, Job training and employment. This service can be used Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm via phone and email:

Mental Health Resources

  • Psychiatric Emergencies

    Psychiatric Emergencies

    • Trinitas Psychiatric Emergency/Mobile Outreach: 908-994-7131
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • LGBT Suicide hotline 1-866-488-7386
  • Mental Health Professionals

    Mental Health Professionals

    Use this link to find a Mental Health Provider:

  • Emotional Support

    Emotional Support

    • Caring Contact: 908-232-2880 or text heart to 741-741
    • Family Helpline: 1-800-TheKids (843-543) (24hours)
    • Veteran Peer Support: 1- 877-500-WARM (12:30pm- 9:00pm, everyday)


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NJ State Benefits: SNAP and Child Care

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