The Apostles’ House was founded in 1982 by a group of five Episcopal Churches in the Newark area who were concerned about the growing number of hungry and homeless people in Essex County. Through the combined efforts of the founding churches, The Apostles’ House acquired and renovated two burned out buildings on Grant Street (16-18) where the Emergency Family Shelter opened in September 1984. Two adjacent buildings on Grant Street (22-24), currently the site of the Men’s Rooming House and the executive offices, were purchased and renovated in 1986. In 1992, the building at 28-30 Grant Street, now the home of the “House Calls” (health services) program, was acquired by The Apostles’ House. Today, The Apostles’ House provides comprehensive social services which respond respectfully and effectively to a culturally and economically diverse population, preparing them for self-sufficiency and sustainable living.
The mission of The Apostles’ House is to provide comprehensive social services to homeless and at risk families and individuals in Newark and Essex County, New Jersey, in an environment that encourages self-sufficiency.
For more than 30 years The Apostles’ House has successfully helped to reduce the number of homeless women and children in Newark by providing a stable, safe, drug-free environment where parents and children receive comprehensive social services to improve their physical, emotional, social and fiscal quality of life.