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Anchor House Expands Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiatives with New Trenton Site

(L to R) Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Anchor House Executive Director Kim McNear and Anchor House Board President Kristie Sells
(L to R) Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Anchor House Executive Director Kim McNear and Anchor House Board President Kristie Sells

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Kim McNear
Executive Director
Anchor House, Inc.
609-396-8329, ext. 150
kmcnear@anchorhousenj.org

May 20, 2024

For Immediate Release

Anchor House Expands Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiatives with New Trenton Site

Trenton, NJ – For 46 years, Trenton, NJ-based Anchor House, Inc. has been a champion for thousands of runaway, unhoused, abused, and neglected children and youth as well as vulnerable families.  Anchor House formally opened the doors at its new location at 868 Brunswick Avenue in Trenton on April 25 with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony which will be the centerpiece of the agency’s Youth Homelessness Prevention Plan Expansion Project.

Leaders and youth cut the ribbon at Brunswick Ave facility opening
(L to R) Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director, an Anchor House Youth, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson after cutting the ribbon. 

Providing both residential and community-based services, Anchor House works daily to advance its mission “to provide a safe haven where abused, runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth and their families are empowered to succeed and thrive.” The new site, which is owned by Anchor House, will replace the rented space at 899 South Broad Street in Trenton, and will house Anchor House’s Street Outreach Program and Drop-In Center where youth who have run away from home or are experiencing homelessness can frequent for meals, laundry, and case management services. In addition, it will house the Connect to Home Program and be the new home to four young adults in our Anchor Line Apartment Program who either experienced or been at-risk of becoming homeless.

About 40 attendees were at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony including US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, all who spoke at the celebration. “Since 1978, Anchor House, Inc. has provided crucial support services for at-risk youth in Trenton,” explained Rep. Watson Coleman. “Offering more than just a roof over their heads, warm food to eat and soft beds to sleep in, Anchor House equips young people with the skills and resources necessary for lasting stability in their lives. It was an honor to help them open their fifth location!”

“The new location represents a significant step forward for Anchor House,” said Assemblyman Verrelli.  “It boasts not only an increased capacity but also improved accessibility. Most importantly, the new building provides a comprehensive one-stop shop for these young people. They will have access to a Drop-in Center, transitional apartments, street outreach programming, workshops, and dedicated office space, all conveniently located under one roof. This expansion is a welcome development for Trenton and Mercer County. Anchor House’s vital work is sure to be further enhanced by this new facility, leading to a positive impact on the lives of countless young people in our community!” One of the residents spoke about how excited she was to live there and thanked the staff, donors and construction company for all the details made to the building to make it feel like home.

As Executive Director, Kim McNear, explains, “Due to the growing need for services within our target population and wanting to expand our presence in Trenton, we purchased a building in 2019 to better fit our programs’ needs,” explained Ms. McNear.  “Unfortunately, the project had significant delays due to the pandemic and the major renovations needed to make the building a safe and warm environment for our youth.” Renovations and furnishings were made possible in part from grants from the Rue Foundation, Mithun Foundation and the James Kerney Foundation and support from a generous anonymous donor. “Anchor House is grateful for these transformational investments in the present and future of the young people we serve, and we are so thankful to finally open our doors,” added Ms. McNear.

The move to 868 Brunswick Avenue expands Anchor House’s footprint into a new community in the city. The Brunswick Avenue location is easily accessible by a bus route, provides a more inviting space for clients and staff, and helps Anchor House better strengthen and support existing delivery programs and operations, and a continuum of care for youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Anchor House and its programs, please visit www.anchorhousenj.org or contact Kim McNear, Executive Director, at kmcnear@anchorhousenj.org or 609-396-8329.

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About Anchor House
Anchor House helps to prevent and end youth homelessness and prepares youth to live productive and independent lives. Responding to critical needs in the community, Anchor House provides the only youth shelter, transitional living, and street outreach program targeting youth in Mercer County, and one of two supportive housing programs in the county for young adults. Our mission is to provide a safe haven where abused, runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families are empowered to succeed and thrive. From emergency shelter to transitional and permanent housing, Anchor House works to ensure our young people have a safe home as well as supportive and educational services for a better future. Learn more at www.anchorhousenj.org.

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