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 Union College students. They can make referral to resources on or off campus based on your needs. If you would like to share a concern with the Social Workers, either about yourself or another member of the Union College community submit our online referral form. After the form is received, a Social Worker will reach out to the student in need of additional support. All meetings are private.
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Cranford Office: McDonald Hall Suite A-135
Elizabeth Office: Kellogg 109
Plainfield Office: Logos Building Room LG10
Community Support Referrals
- 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)
- 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:
- Action Line Phone: 908-588-2288
- Action Line Email: DHSAction@ucnj.org
NJ State Benefits: SNAP and Child Care
- New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)
New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)
NJ SNAP is a federal program that assist individuals and families with certain income limits to buy groceries. The onset on the pandemic, broaden the eligibility requirements to include college students.
See all requirements on NJ SNAP‘s web page.
Locations that accept NJ SNAP:
- Child Care Services