Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30
908.369.4313
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Asst. Director of Social Services

Cathy Faerber
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The Hillsborough Township Office of Social Services provides a variety of free programs and services to Township residents. 

Department News

Contact Us

908-369-3880

Department Hours

M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

In Need of Assistance?

You’re not alone.  The Hillsborough Community Assistance Network (CAN) is here to lend a helping hand.  Those residents in need of temporary food assistance should complete an application and submit it to the Social Services Department.

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Download an Application

Office Hours & Location

 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Items can be dropped off at the Social Services Office, located in the rear of the Municipal Building by the wooden gazebo.

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How Can I Help?

 

Make a Donation

Donations may be made to the food bank through one of 3 ways:

Food and non-perishable items – purchase items and drop them off. Donations of food items such as boxed pasta, potatoes, and rice, canned goods such as vegetables, fruit, meats and soups, tea and coffee, toiletry items including deodorant and shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning products are greatly appreciated. 

Gift Cards – purchase gift cards to our local grocery stores, ShopRite/Weis/Walmart, and drop them off. (Please do not mail gift cards)

Monetary Donation – checks made out to Hillsborough CAN, and mailed to Hillsborough Township Community Assistance Network, 379 south Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 or make a donation online.

Volunteer

Volunteers are always welcome in the Social Services Department. Community Assistance Network volunteers are needed to check expiration dates, sort groceries, prepare groceries for clients, inventory control, and to rotate the food supply.  All volunteers must have a Municipal Volunteer Form on file. View/print the Municipal Volunteer Form or fill it out online.

Items Needed

Bleach
Lysol
Handi-wipes
Sponges
Dish cloths
Household cleaners

Senior Citizen Programs

Senior Wellness

For those residents who are interested in joining the program,  the program is currently accepting new participants.  Please click on the button below to provide your information, and our staff will contact you. 

In order to provide safe and appropriate levels of exercise, we have partnered with the YMCA to offer an Enhanced Fitness Program for our senior population.  Each class is taught by an experienced instructor who holds a nationally accredited Group Exercise Certification, and is CPR/AED certified, as well.  Classes are all-inclusive and take place in the YMCA facility. (Please register in the Social Services Office).

The classes meet on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  It is recommended that you have your physician’s approval prior to beginning any exercise program.

 

What is Enhanced Fitness?

Enhance Fitness is a physical activity program comprised of three 45-minute classes per week.  The classes are designed to safely increase participants’ fitness levels through aerobic and strength training exercises while building a sense of community and social connectedness among class members. 

Enhance Fitness has been proven to increase participants’ strength, balance, flexibility, mood, general activity level, and independence when they attend on a regular basis. 

The program is beneficial for older adults in general, but has been deemed particularly safe and effective for older adults living with arthritis and is listed as recommended arthritis intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Participants' progress can be followed with fitness checks completed at the time the individual joins Enhance Fitness, again at four months, and then as often as needed.

It is important to stress, that the participant exercises based on their own abilities.  The instructor will help individuals modify their routine based on their fitness ability.

Senior Citizen Clubs

Currently limited activity, please contact each club directly for their events.

Coming together for fun and festivities, the Hillsborough Senior Citizen Clubs conduct meetings once a month to discuss senior issues, socialize, and plan exciting trips!

Come join one of our two Senior Clubs and step into an active senior lifestyle.

Anyone interested in joining should contact the desired club directly at the number below.

 

Chapter A Senior Citizen Club

Meets the first Thursday of each month

President - Gene Reinhardt

Membership - Lucy Nicastro 908-313-7730

 

Chapter B Senior Citizen Club

Meets the second Thursday of each month

President - Tony Fusco

Membership - Debbie Francolini 908-217-7698

Senior Transportation

The Hillsborough Senior Citizen bus provides safe and dependable transportation for individuals 60 and over who do not drive and have no other means of transportation.  This service provides curb to curb service for a variety of essential activities to help keep seniors independent and thriving.  You must be able to get to the bus and to your location independently. If you are not able to, you may bring an aid with you for assistance.

 The bus will provide transportation to local grocery stores, banks, and hair salon’s etc.   We also provide transportation to doctors’ appointments within Hillsborough and, the surrounding area. 

Arrangements for transportation can be made by calling the Department of Social Services at 908-369-3880.  The bus operates Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.  All passengers must first register to ride by providing a completed registration form to the office.  This form can be found through the link below, or by calling our office.

Mr. Fix It 

**CURRENTLY SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME - PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR UPDATES

Through this program, Mr. Fix-It will make minor home repairs and provide the labor at no charge to the senior.  The resident pays only for the cost of the materials.  To participate in the program, you must be 60 and over, own the home in your name, be unable to do the repair yourself, financially unable to hire a contractor or unable to get a contractor to your home    because the project is too small. 

Mr. Fix-It will install grab bars and smoke/CO2 detectors, replace batteries in smoke/CO2 detectors, remove and reinstall screens, repair leaking faucets and running toilets, etc.  He does not paint, spackle, or perform any repair requiring a building permit.  Please call the Social Services Department for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Senior Line Dancing

Currently Suspended at this time - please check back periodically for updates

 

This class provides seniors with an active, creative outlet. Known as the Hillsborough Rockettes and Rockets, this energetic group of men and women works together each week to practice different line dance routines. The emphasis is on enjoyment and laughter. Our instructor is a professional choreographer and dance teacher with many years of experience.

 

The Rockettes and Rockets perform at various locations throughout the year. Many local nursing home residents have been entertained by this vivacious group. They have also performed at many community events such as the Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade and Picnic and the Independence Day Celebration.

 

This class is open to anyone with an interest in learning new dance routines even if they don’t want to participate in the public events. The class meets on Tuesday mornings in the multipurpose room from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Housing Programs

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.  Click here for more information.

Affordable Housing

For information regarding the availability of affordable housing units in Hillsborough, and guidance on how to qualify for or rent an affordable housing unit, please contact the Township’s Administrative Agent – Patricia Gallagher, at CMEAssociates (732) 462-7400  x1030 or pgallagher@cmeusa1.com
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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to help the Community Assistance Network’s Food Bank?

First and foremost, please don’t hoard items.  We all want our families to be protected, and not run out of items that are necessities.   While preparing for disasters, please think of others that may not have the funds or storage area to “stock up” for weeks at a time, and need to make weekly trips to the store to obtain necessities.  You should only need to stock up for 2-3 week period between trips to the store.

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