Social Justice and Concerns

Giving Tree

Jean Baker(732) 446-4395

The St. Thomas More Giving Tree is coordinated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society during the Christmas Season.

The Giving Tree assists nursing homes, the clients of ARC, Freehold Open Door, Social Services Department, the Community YMCA, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A branch of the Giving Tree is the Holiday Collection for Birthright of Freehold, conducted by the Religious Formation classes and Bridges Nursery school. Each year the spirit of giving continues!

Samaritan Center

Anthony Morelli, President(732) 446-1142

A joint ministry of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church & Old Tennent Presbyterian Church.

The Samaritan Center, Inc. is a non profit 501C(3) interfaith agency that provides food to the poor and disadvantaged in our area. Assistance is provided to people in need regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, mental or physical impairment, national origin or military status. Based upon objective criteria, applicants are pre-qualified and are assigned a specific day of the week to pick up food packages. The center is open for food pick up on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The daily tasks of the center are performed by an all volunteer staff, consist mainly of stocking shelves with food, rotating stock and packaging food for pick up by clients. A member of the board is usually on site to assist volunteers and supervise the daily operation.

Monetary and food donations are gratefully accepted to support the operation of the center. Food is also purchased on a regular basis from the Monmouth County Food Bank in Neptune. If you are interested in joining our volunteer staff, or, if you would like to make a donation, please call the center directly at the number listed above.