H.E.R.O. (Housing, Employment, Recovery, Opportunity)

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey has been serving the needs of those living in poverty for many years, especially by providing assistance to the large homeless population in Camden.

In 2018, LSMNJ implemented an initiative called H.E.R.O. The ‘H’ symbolizes our assistance with finding emergency shelter/HOUSING and having HOPE; the ‘E’ stands for help with finding EMPLOYMENT options or EDUCATIONAL opportunities; ‘R’ for recovery and resilience, and ‘O’ all of the OPPORTUNITIES we can help people find to suit their unique situations.

Realizing a need to work more closely with the underserved, those who are living in poverty, and many who are homeless in the Camden and South Jersey area, H.E.R.O. was developed to help individuals, families, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. The H.E.R.O. team includes a dedicated full-time social worker and supplemental support from local social work interns to provide case management, and one-on-one, personal assistance in the planning and coordination of options and resources to meet an individual’s specific needs.

It is a comprehensive approach that aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Our focus is with individual and personal problems, but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, addiction, and domestic violence. Our trained social workers serve as community liaisons and partner with numerous state and local organizations to help individuals address issues of hunger, securing proper identification, acquiring job training and employment, identifying educational opportunities, securing affordable housing, improving access to transportation, and guiding those seeking treatment from addiction.

Many of those we assist are current residents within LSMNJ affordable family and senior housing communities, like LSM of Camden and Lutheran Senior Residence at Pennsauken. Our team helps to meet the challenges life presents to them through consistent communication and the coordination of resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. We share the journey with them—throughout the entire process.

Our work through H.E.R.O. is meaningful. Our goal is to help each individual take the necessary steps to move forward, toward self-sufficiency and sustainability, as well as strive to enrich their communities.

Our H.E.R.O. office is located at
539 State Street
Camden, NJ 08102

To speak with a H.E.R.O. staff member, please call (856) 281-4649, or email Craig Roscoe, MSW, LSMNJ Social Services Coordinator at croscoe@lsmnj.org.

Below is a list of resources for those in need. The list is updated often and vetted by our H.E.R.O. staff:

Addiction:
Addiction Hotline – 1-844-276-2777
Star – Addiction and recovery in Camden and Gloucester counties
Pathways to Recovery for Adults
John Brooks Recovery Center
Living Proof Recovery Center

Legal:
Community Health Law Project
Office of the Public Defender – 856-614-3558

Camden County:
Deputy County Administrator – M. Holly Cass – 856-225-5358

Transportation:
LogistiCare