Community Center Student Resources

Community Center Student Resources

In order to assist our NJCU community members during this time, we have compiled resources and services for you. If you are a student in need, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Dean of Students Office, we will be happy to help you.

NJCU Dining Halls:  The GSUB dining hall is open for faculty, staff and students.  There will be no seating in the dining areas, all community members will be able to take food to go.  Hours of operation are below:

March 30 – May 18 2020

Monday – Friday | 9:30am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday |10am – 3pm 
(Meal plans are accepted)

Gothic Knight Food Pantry:

The Gothic Knight Food Pantry will remain open while classes are online. There will be pre-made bags available for any student in need. You can find information regarding the Gothic Knight Food Pantry here.

Gothic Food Pantry Backpack program hours

Backpack Program

In response to the unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis, the Gothic Knight Food Pantry will make pre-packaged backpacks containing canned and non-perishable food items for distribution to the NJCU community. Backpacks will be limited to one per week available weekdays during the days and times listed.

Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For Emergency access please visit Residence Life located at GSU Room 111,
call 201-200-3585, or email

Saint Peter’s and Saint Aedan’s Food and Clothes Pantry

Members of the NJCU community are welcome to utilize the services of the St. Peter’s food pantry. On the first and third Saturday of every month, volunteers distribute food, clothes and toiletries to those in need, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the pantry/clothes closet out of the garage of Stewardship Hall in the parking lot of 41 Tuers Ave. All donations are collected year-round. Information for the St. Peter’s pantry can be found here.

PACO: The mission of Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization, Inc. (PACO) is to empower and assist the community to attain its desired successes. PACO accomplishes this mission by providing a variety of social, human, and educational services. PACO also works to provide affordable housing to low-and-moderate income families and participates in educational reform efforts.  More information for services provided by PACO can be found here.

Hudson County/Jersey City energy assistance programs:


Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Click here for more details. 

An FCC Agreement states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open WiFi hot-spots.

Comcast - offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time

Internet Essentials - $9.95 a month with no contract

Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.

Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge

T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge

A list of TV and Streaming Services Available

Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity (Home Page)
The Confidential Victim Advocate provides crisis intervention, resources and support to all survivors of all forms of gender-based violence (sexual violence; domestic violence; stalking).
All services are confidential and free. For assistance, call 201-588-5858 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Hudson SPEAKS Against Sexual Violence (Designated rape crisis center for Hudson County)
Assists survivors of sexual assault in Hudson County; provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual assault; 24-hour crisis hotline; 24-hour escorts to hospitals, courts, and law enforcement agencies; and individual and group counseling for survivors and their significant others. Christ Hospital, 179 Palisade Ave., Jersey City, NJ; 24-hour hotline, 201-795-5757

The Jersey City Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), receive reports of incidents, investigates and makes decisions regarding arrest and prosecution; 911 Emergency

Horizon Health Center
Provides counseling and confidential STI, AIDS, and pregnancy testing.
710 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ; 201-451-6300

Liberty Health Behavioral Health Services
Formerly Jersey City Medical Center
Available 24 hours including Sundays and holidays
355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302; 201-915-2455

S.A.V.A. (Sexual Assault Victim Assistance)
Division of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Call for reporting incidents in Jersey City
Available 24 hours including Sundays and holidays

Women Rising
270 Fairmount Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
Domestic Violence 24/7 Helpline 201-333-5700

Love is Respect - provides information about how you can recognize an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Offers a 24-hour hotline 1.866.331.9474 | TTY: 1.866.331.8453 | Text: loveis to 22522 | Or visit to chat online.

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) - also provides a 24-hour hotline 1-800-601-7200.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network - A free, confidential, national sexual assault hotline 24/7. Call 1-800-656-HOPE. Also offers online chatting with a trained RAINN support specialist, anytime.

Manavi - An organization that supports survivors of violence with a specific focus on the rights and needs of South Asian women. Provides a safe home for women and children displaced by violence. 24-hour hotline: 1-732-435-1414

State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Services for Women - Provides services and advocacy for women, including a statewide Domestic Violence Hotline that provides a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week confidential hotline for domestic violence victims and others seeking crisis intervention, information and/or referral services 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233).

NJCU: Staff are available to provide telemental health services.

The Let's Talk service will resume starting Monday, April 13. This service consists of 25 minute confidential consultations with a counselor. Please note that Gothic ID numbers will need to be confirmed prior to consultation appointments.

The LGBTQIA and Peers Educating Peers Support Groups are continuing to meet through Zoom.

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 7pm, Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: 201-200-3165

Hudson County Services:

New Jersey Mental Health Services Guide

MHANJ Hudson & Union County’s Virtual Support Groups

Due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), the peer support services offered by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Hudson and Union Counties will now be offered virtually. This alternative service method will remain into effect until further notice. Please see below for a schedule of our current groups. Registration is required for each group. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any general questions or are in need of one-on-one, individual support, please call 908-810-1001, ext. 359, to speak with Glen McMillian or email


Nami Family Support Group logo

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60 minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain support from peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes. 

Tuesdays at 12 p.m. & Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60 minute support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

Wednesdays at 12 p.m. & Wednesdays at 7 p.m.



Disaster Distress Helpline:

1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746

A 24/7/365 available for mental health assistance, including distress related to COVID-19

Support for Asian-Asian-American Students

NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

Tips for Self Care among Asian Americans dealing with Racism during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Student's Guide to Managing Stress | BestColleges

988 and The Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

More Information

NJ Vets 2 Vets (run by vets, for vets-just to talk and get resources)

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 or text 838255

Secaucus Vet Center

Although we are hosting our classes remotely, our campus is not closed.  While we strongly encourage social distancing and not being in public spaces for long periods of time, we also know that wifi access and space to study are needed.

Guarini Library:
Students have access to 300,000 volumes and 35,000 periodical titles along with links to reference chat:

Library Services During COVID-19

All overdue books have had their due dates extended to May 15 so there will be NO penalties incurred. Since students are encouraged not to return to campus, would you please hold on to the book, and whenever we re-open, you can bring the book back and not be charged.

The Office of Centralized Tutoring and Academic Support Services:
The Office of Centralized Tutoring and Academic Support Services is available remotely through Zoom. Services include tutoring, academic coaching, embedded tutoring, and workshops.

Additional contact information:
phone: 201-200-3513

Email and voicemail are checked frequently during hours of operation. For immediate assistance, please visit The Hub's Reception Desk via Zoom during hours of operation.


Barnes and Noble Education Inc. will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at BNED campuses that have closed due to COVID-19.
Who is eligible for the VitalSource Helps program?

  • Students meeting the following criteria are eligible to access free ebooks as part of VitalSource Helps
  • Attend a 2-year or 4-year institution on a semester academic calendar.
  • Enrolled in a course(s) that began before March 16, 2020
  • Use an institution-provided email address

How do students access VitalSource Helps content?
To get started, students should visit Before students can begin searching for and reading ebooks, they will need to log in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address.

It is important to note, while students at your institution may use Bookshelf today as part of an Inclusive Access program, they may access content via an LMS integration that does not require an email address, or their account may be linked to their personal email address. To access VitalSource Helps content, students must use their institution-provided email address.

For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time:
Instructions on creating a Bookshelf account that you can share with students and instructors is available here.
Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen.

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address:
Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they log in. This tab provides access to the freely-available ebooks.

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts NOT linked to their institution-provided email address, an article explaining how a student can check the email account associated with their Bookshelf account, and how to change it to an institution-provided email account to access VitalSource Helps ebooks is available here.

How long is the VitalSource Helps program available?
The publishers and we are offering free access to ebooks through May 25, 2020, to ensure affected students are able to use required learning materials through final exams. Once the free access period ends, students will maintain access to their Bookshelf account. However, ebooks provided during the VitalSource Helps program will no longer appear.

How many titles may be accessed for free as part of the VitalSource Helps ebook program?
Users may add up to seven titles to their account for free. There is a “counter” in the lower-left corner of the Bookshelf screen to help users keep track of the number of books accessed.

What type of content is available as part of the VitalSource Helps ebook program?
VitalSource, publishers, and resellers have worked together to make tens of thousands of ebooks available to allow students to find their required learning materials. Students may access up to seven titles.

Custom content, interactive content, and content used for assessment are not included. Commonly assigned materials from publishers often referred to as “courseware” (like Pearson’s MyLab, Cengage MindTap, WileyPlus, etc.) are not included in this program.

Free Support Group for Parents At Home with Children During COVID-19

Sponsored by Summit Psychological Services:
To help you deal with some of the stress caused by online schooling, Summit Psychological Services is offering a support group for parents. Led by Dr.’s Alison Johnson and Mike Donovan, we will be providing this free service for as long as parents need to teach their children at home.   
If you are interested in participating in this support group, please use the link below. We will be available to talk with you in a support group format on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM, starting April 1.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 496 198 915
Password: 042815
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,496198915# US (New York)
+13126266799,,496198915# US (Chicago)


Find your local number
If you have difficulty with the link, please call 908-273 5558 ext. 0. For more information about the support group and our services during the COVID-19 period, please visit our website.

Talking to Children about COVID-19 – A Parent Resource

On Talking to Children about Social Distancing

How to Talk to Teens about the New Coronavirus

Child Mind Institute – Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

NYU Langone Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – School’s Out: A Parents’ Guide for Meeting the Challenge

Mom2Mom Hotline (1-877-914-6662) – Peer support for mothers with children who have special needs
Free courses for kids:


Khan Academy

New York Public Library Online Tools for Kids and Parents

New York Public Library Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center – Help student develop critical-thinking skills

New York Public Library Bookflix

Educational shows on Netflix

30 activities to keep kids busy

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