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 resident.

The founding 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 has grown to become one of the most comprehensive social service agencies in the area, assisting a diverse population of all ages who live in Trenton as well as neighborhoods throughout all of Mercer County.

What they all have in common is poverty.

Mercer Street Friends’ depth of services, expertise, capability and community trust enables the agency to help thousands of low-income Mercer County residents overcome barriers and improve the quality of their lives.