Providing critical supplies for babies and toddlers in need
The first North Porch center was incorporated in 1984 in Newark, New Jersey, by the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Newark. The organization had its roots in a ministry established in 1978 by The Venerable Martha Blacklock of the Newark Episcopal Cooperative for Mission and Ministry.
North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides emergency aid, in the form of baby supplies, to mothers and infants in northern New Jersey, to help them stabilize and improve the quality of their lives. North Porch has centers in Newark, Paterson and Dover as well as a satellite center in Hackettstown. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Our Centers are staffed by part time Center Coordinators and a part time Program Director. Our clients are referred to us by social service agencies and religious organizations. They are able to visit up to four times a year and at each visit receive one week’s supply of diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and toiletries.
Our ministry began with our first center at Cathedral House in Newark, where the current center is located and serves clients 3 days a week. The Dover Center is open 4 days a week and is housed in St. John’s Episcopal Church. We have a satellite location in Hackettstown at St. James’ Episcopal Church, open 1 day a week by appointment. In Paterson, we operate our center out of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and are open 3 days a week.