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10/30/23, Asbury Park, NJ – City Council is pleased to announce the City of Asbury Park Social Services Department has recently moved to a new facility located at 801 Springwood Avenue on the south side of Asbury Park’s Transportation Center. The new facility was constructed as part of a $1M renovation of the existing Transportation Center and is partly funded by a $500,000 State of New Jersey grant secured by 11th District Senator Vin Gopal.
All Social Services Department staff, including Social Workers and a Nurse Consultant, are now located in the new 2,800 sq. ft facility which includes space for private assessment, a nurse’s office, conference meeting space, and offices for Asbury Park Police Department’s Community Relations Unit. The office is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
“Asbury Park Social Services continues to address the challenges of behavioral health concerns including substance abuse, the opioid epidemic and mental illness, in addition to homelessness and food insecurity,” said Social Services Director Doug Schultz, “In response to these challenges, we have implemented new staffing initiatives that include a Social Worker to respond to calls along with APPD, and partnerships with behavioral health partners. This new facility is the next step in allowing us to better serve the many individuals that seek assistance on a daily basis.”
“We are incredibly thankful to Senator Vin Gopal and his team who helped secure the funds to complete this much needed project,” said Mayor John Moor, “The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority and relocating our Social Services Department to the Transportation Center is aimed to help increase outreach.”
“Ensuring community access to services and opportunities offers numerous benefits, improving residents' lives in every way,” said NJ State Senator Vin Gopal, “Programs can be difficult to navigate and by having a place for folks to go and talk to them, the process becomes a little bit easier.”
For more information on the City of Asbury Park Department of Social Services, visit www.cityofasburypark.com/socialservices or call 732-502-4528.