New Visions Homeless Day Shelter
New Visions is a day service center that provides shelter and warmth to Camden's homeless community. It is the only center in Camden that serves men as well as women and children (during non-school hours). The shelter provides breakfast, lunch, shower facilities, laundry facilities, a food pantry, a clothing closet, mail services, and assistance to guests in their employment search. New Visions is the only day shelter in Camden that provides showers for women.
New Visions has deep roots in the faith-based community, and by serving the needs of people in various life circumstances we can uphold the values of our mission.
YOU CAN HELP! Many volunteer and donation opportunities exist for you, your organization or congregation. Here is a short list of ways you can provide assistance:
Sort and organize donated food in the Food Pantry
Paint the dining hall
Organize a Clothing Drive in your community or congregation
Prepare and serve breakfast or lunch
New Visions Staff:
Support New Visions Homeless Day Shelter. Click here to make a secure online donation with your VISA or MasterCard. Be sure to designate your donation to New Visions.
If you prefer to mail your donation, the address is:
Fund Development Department
Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey
3 Manhattan Drive
Burlington, NJ 08016
Thank you for your continued support!
New Visions Homeless Day Shelter was incorporated in 1995. It brought together three separate programs originally begun by the Camden Lutheran Parish and, taken together, representing more than 35 years of faith-based service delivered to the poor and homeless in Camden. The three projects involved in the merger, which formed New Visions, were:
- The Good Samaritan Center started in 1974 and was located at 325 Market Street in downtown Camden from 1976 until 1995. “Good Sam” as it was affectionately called, developed into an ecumenical food pantry, clothing closet, and emergency services agency supported by more than 100 churches and denominations as well as synagogues.
- Frank’s Place Day Shelter for the homeless, opened in 1989 as a result of a study on homelessness commissioned by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and spearheaded by CPAC (Community Planning and Advocacy Council); the program continues today in essentially the same form but as part of the New Visions’ agency.
- PROJECT J.O.B. is a community-based employment counseling and referral program started in 1986 and originally located at Epiphany Lutheran Church at 7th and Market streets in Camden.
Since the 1995 merger, New Visions has continued these programs at its location in the former Trinity Lutheran Church on Stevens Street.
In January 2009, LSMNJ became the managing agent for New Visions. The day shelter continues to serve between 150 - 200 people per day, Monday through Friday.