Frequently Asked Questions

North Jersey Friendship House is a day treatment program that works with individuals with disabilities towards achieving their optimal level of functioning and achieving their personal goals.

We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our structured program activities are offered from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

North Jersey Friendship House is located at 125 Atlantic Street (between Railroad and Union Avenues) in Hackensack NJ 07601. Our phone number is (201) 488-2121 and fax number is (201) 488-4157.

Adults (18 years or older) with a psychiatric illness, substance abuse and/or other disabilities who are in need of support and skills training to enhance their future.

The length of stay in our program varies depending on each individual’s need.

We offer individual and group counseling, prevocational and vocational training, 3 tiered placement program including transitional employment, supportive employment and independent placement.

Member: We need a referral letter from a treating psychiatrist, therapist, school, agency, hospital or DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) to start the process.


Family: We have a Family Auxiliary that meets the 2nd Saturday of each month with the exception of July and August. We welcome family members to attend special social events for our members, i.e. Thanksgiving and Holiday parties.


Volunteer/Internships: Contact Andee Barnhard at 201-488-2121 or


Fundraising Events: We hold fundraising events throughout the year. To express interest in volunteering for one of these events, call 201-488-2121 or email

North Jersey Friendship House will work with you to secure sponsorship needed to allow you to participate in our program. Our primary sponsorship sources are the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Medicaid.

We do not provide transportation; however, we will help you to secure transportation that fits your need.

Although North Jersey Friendship House has a medication monitoring program, you do not have to see our Doctor/Nurse Practitioner.

Absolutely! One of our primary goals is to help each member develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Our clinical program works very closely with our Employment Services department. Employment Services can be reached at 201-488-2121. Ask for Karen Reining or Sharon Snook for information.

We will assist you with resumes, applications, and interviewing skills, and conduct an employment search to secure an appropriate match.

Your Job Coach will work with you and the employer to address any issues that may arise.

Yes, our day program trains in various areas and we work with local employers doing work at their site to explore job readiness.

Yes, we will work with you to secure employment as close to your home as possible. We work in all surrounding counties, and the local DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) offices in the various areas.