It takes our whole community to ensure that everyone thrives; when this happens, we all benefit. That is the belief and mission of the organization Arm in Arm located Downtown at 123 East Hanover Street.

Arm in Arm has been serving the community for 38 years providing assistance with food, housing, and job support. Originally operating as “Crisis Ministry” at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton before moving their headquarters to Trenton, the organization changed its name in 2016 to Arm in Arm to reflect the collaborative spirit of partnering with the community to promote stability. The idea that we are all “better together” is at the core of Arm in Arm’s mission.

The organization strives to help individuals with basic needs and to promote a path towards long term stability. A food pantry, which is staffed daily by volunteers, is supported by food banks like Mercer Street Friends as well as donations.

Volunteers Nancy, Brenda, and Delores

Arm in Arm also has an emergency financial assistance program to prevent homelessness by offering assistance with rent and utilities on a one-time basis. They also have a long term program offering small levels of assistance and connecting individuals to programs they can utilize from Arm in Arm’s countless partners.

The organization also helps prepare individuals for jobs by offering job skills training and job searches. Some of their services include resume writing, mock interviews, computer assistance, and more. Another aspect of their job support program is their License to Succeed initiative that helps individuals restore their driver’s license if lost.

Keeping with their spirit of collaboration, Arm in Arm was a recent recipient of an All Kids Thrive grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation. This effort will focus on reducing absenteeism at Robbins Elementary School by connecting parents to services needed to promote sustainability and overcome barriers to education.

Today, the organization is operating in three locations with their headquarters at 123 East Hanover Street, their Chambersburg location on Hudson & Tyler Streets, and their original location at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. If you wish to learn more about Arm in Arm or are considering supporting their efforts, you can visit them online at https://arminarm.org/.