Mercer Street Friends was founded in 1958 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who were concerned about the decaying Trenton community and its impact on residents.
The founding Quaker volunteers responded by renovating a 100-year old meeting house no longer used for worship, located on Mercer Street in the Mill Hill section of Trenton, and turning the facility onto a community center for neighbors.
Over the ensuing decades, Mercer Street Friends had grown into a multi-faceted human service agency. Today we served more than 20,000 families throughout Mercer County who face the challenges and impacts of poverty.
Our programs target disparities related to: education, food insecurity, parental and family wellness, youth enrichment opportunities and community-building capacity.
Supported by a combination of government, corporate and foundation grants and private donations, Mercer Street Friends has a budget of $5.7 million, a workforce of 70 employees and more than 500 volunteers.