Poverty & Hunger
Crisis Ministry of Princeton & Trenton
food & financial assistance for low-income individuals
- The Crisis Ministry is seeking input on study design, data collection, and analysis for tracking outcomes within its programs. This is a large and long-term project for a class or group and would likely require ongoing faculty participation.
- Aside from basic eligibility criteria (proof of threat of homelessness, ability to afford housing going forward), how are decisions made in the homelessness prevention program? What is the pattern of amount of aid awarded relative to income sources, cash on hand and amount owed in arrears? Based on these findings, how might Crisis Ministry rationalize decision-making?
- What is the impact of Crisis Ministry’s License to Succeed program (providing financial assistance to restore suspended licenses) on employment opportunities and other aspects of their clients’ lives?
- What are industry best practices for nutrition education programs linked with food pantry services? What effective programs exist in other communities that may involve cooking classes, food preparation education, budgeting and shopping for healthy meals?
Crisis Ministry's website
Mount Carmel Guild
food pantry, service referrals, home health services
For more than 90 years, the Mount Carmel Guild has worked with local parishes, families, and children, to provide assistance to people in need. Over time, the “face” of people who need assistance has changed, along with the people helping the Guild to provide that assistance. Some potential areas of interest for working with this organization include: the changing demographics of Trenton overall, the church community at large, and the particular clients that visit the Guild; how information is shared about the organization and how people learn about its services; what types of food are most in need by the pantry (and in turn, by its clients); and how social service organizations like the Guild can continue to develop new relationships in a rapidly-changing community.
Mount Carmel Guild's website