The Archdiocese of Newark cut the ribbon on the new Mercy House location in Jersey City yesterday morning, aiming to serve as a resource and referral center to needy populations.
By John Heinis/Hudson County
Auxiliary Bishop Gregory J. Studerus and Mercy House Director Cheryl A. Riley kicked off the event by cutting a ribbon at 20 Greenville Ave. and welcomed guests inside, where Studerus blessed the space and led the dozens gathered in prayer.
He also spoke about the significance of The Mercy House, which will provide nonperishable food, clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and help finding work and housing to all who request assistance.
“When people step forward and lend a hand, that’s when we start to see something that is real. That’s when we start to see what compassion and mercy are all about … what we see [at The Mercy House] is exactly God’s love in action,” he stated.
Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley and other visitors received a tour of The Mercy House, which is stocked with food, clothes, and other donated essentials.
Afterward, Santa Claus arrived on his sleigh to deliver toys and canned food donated by Camacho & Son Float Service.
The Jersey City Mercy House will be open every Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with special events like a Christmas toy giveaway expected throughout the year.
Additionally, The Mercy House staff will continue operating the existing Class C boarding house upstairs, with paying tenants receiving three meals per day. More information on the facility can be found here.