“PeopleCare is like HomeSharing for not-for-profits. In addition to affordable individual office space, tenants share a cafeteria and auditorium where large meetings and special events can be held, as well as sharing a conference room. Janitorial services and utilities are included as well. If we had to purchase these amenities in another office space, the cost would be prohibitive. We don’t have a very large budget so our funds can go towards serving our clients, rather than overhead and rent.
“There is a cooperative sense among the agencies housed at PeopleCare, so we can borrow equipment or share donations with clients of other programs. The staff of PeopleCare are always accommodating and helpful and support the agencies that call the Center home.”
Meet Our Tenants
The PeopleCare Center is more than just a building. We are proud to work amongst mission-aligned nonprofits and social organizations providing educational and support services benefitting children, families and the environment in the communities of Somerset County and New Jersey. Meet our inspiring tenants.
Melissa Engasser, Clinical Director
The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides behavior analytic services to children from the ages of 2-6 years with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral disorders. Additionally, Bedrock provides a focus on disseminating the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to the community and serves as a training facility for behavior analysis students.
The Center for Great Expectations
The Center for Great Expectations is the premier provider of trauma-informed services delivered to clients throughout New Jersey. Through our Continuum of Care - Residential Treatment, Outpatient treatment, Developmental Day Care, In-Home Treatment, and Supportive Housing - we serve homeless, pregnant, or parenting, adult women, men, and adolescents, and their children in an effort to overcome, and break, the destructive generational cycle of trauma, abuse, homelessness and addiction.
Mission Statement: Grounded in a spirituality that treasures the dignity of all, The Center for Great Expectations seeks to form a partnership with homeless pregnant and/or parenting women & adolescents, men, and their children in creating a safe place, safe presence, and safe path, which enables them to experience, choose and maintain physical, psychological, social and spiritual health for themselves, their children and families.
HomeSharing is a non-profit social service agency that creates affordable housing solutions by matching “seekers”, those seeking housing, with “providers”, those who need additional income or services to maintain their homes. These shared affordable housing arrangements allow both parties to maintain their dignity, financial independence and housing stability.
Aimee Lam, Executive Director
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is to promote literacy throughout the community by providing student-centered tutoring and literacy programs for adults so that they may function more effectively in their daily lives. Our mission is founded on the belief that the ability to read and communicate in English is imperative to leading a productive and functional life, and is essential for the protection of individual freedom and equality of all people. LVSC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which offers the following free services: One-to-One Tutoring, English Conversation Groups, and U.S. Citizenship Preparation Classes.
Eloise Samuels, President
The New Jersey Orators, Inc. is a 32-year-old nonprofit youth organization whose mission is to teach the art of public speaking, an appreciation for literature, reading and media arts literacy, college readiness, and life skills to youth from 7 to 18 years of age in preparation for college. New Jersey Orators has received both local and national recognition for that vision.
Nancy Quinn, Program Director
The Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutritious food, health screening, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion/support and access to health care. Infants, children (up to the 5th birthday) and pregnant/post partum women are eligible to receive services if they meet federal income guidelines. NORWESCAP operates the WIC Program in Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties. Funding for WIC comes from the USDA through the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Michele DelCorsano, CEO
Our House, Inc., founded in 1980, is a private, nonprofit organization that provides residential, innovative day, employment and recreational services to individuals with developmental and other disabilities. The goal and mission of Our House, Inc. is to promote a high quality of life for these individuals and help them to become productive members of the community. Our House strives to provide these opportunities in a supportive, safe environment that stresses "abilities, not disabilities".
Donna Fiumara, Head of School
Raritan Valley Montessori Academy is a school that educates children ages 12 months – 12 years through Montessori methods. The goal of our Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the personal development of self-confidence, social skills, independence and self-discipline.
In 1984, the director of the Somerset County Board of Social Services approached Marguerite Chandler of the WorldWorks Foundation to explore the possibility of applying for a $100,000 grant for three non-profit agencies that needed a permanent home. A meeting among Foundation staff and representatives of the three groups resulted in the shared vision for the PeopleCare Center.
The vacant Finderne Elementary School offered the ideal space to fulfill the dream of a home for non-profit agencies. Utilizing a mortgage loan from the WorldWorks Foundation, the newly constituted PeopleCare Center board was able to submit a bid for the property and PeopleCare was born, serving as home to the Adult Day Center, the Somerset County Day Care Center, and the Arc.
With rates well below market rates, these agencies and those that followed them into PeopleCare enjoyed the shared amenities of a cafeteria and kitchen, multi-purpose room, conference rooms, an auditorium, and a playground for children. These vital agencies were now able to continue to provide service to the community with an opportunity to grow and prosper.
At day’s end, PeopleCare continues to serve the community as a Community Center for groups and agencies from across the county. An immediate success, PeopleCare welcomed approximately 400 visitors every weekday.
Over the years PeopleCare has continued to inspire people. A major capital campaign and a series of excellent fundraising activities have succeeded in paying off over $1 million in the original mortgage and improvement costs. PeopleCare’s signature fundraising event, “A Taste of Somerset,” has become a community institution.