Helping our neighbors since 1903.

Since 1903, the volunteers of the  Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity have been dedicated to helping our local communities.  Social Service Association's mission is to provide food, emergency rent, utility assistance and support services to our neighbors in need. With the goal of being a community resource and family service agency helping to preserve the dignity and stability of the individual. It makes every effort to restore the confidence of the individual and to provide ongoing support for adults and children who are in need. It is our goal to empower individuals in seeking solutions in order to expand their opportunities.

Who we are

SSA is a not-for-profit, private agency funded primarily through the generous contributions of individuals who live and work in Northern Bergen County.  Additional funding comes from the Unity Way of Bergen County, area businesses, religious and civic organizations as well as local municipalities.

The agency is comprised of 45 volunteer board members who work actively throughout the year.  Approximately 20 associate board members provide additional support.  The Executive Director oversees the administrative functions and provides direct client services to the agency.  The Office Manager provides administrative support and client assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis.

Our History

In 1909, The Relief Society of Ridgewood and Vicinity was organized by a group of church representatives from Ridgewood and neighboring communities. Their intention was to consolidate their efforts in “support of the public good.” In 1913, the name was changed to Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity, Inc. Since then, SSA has served thousands of families and individuals in the area and has continued to meet the needs of a growing client population. In 1988, SSA moved to its' current location in the former baggage quarters of the Ridgewood Railroad Station.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Social Service Association is a 501(c)(3) organization so 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

Does SSA accept fresh or frozen food? 

Yes!  We have refrigerator and freezer space.  Did you get a free turkey or ham from your local grocery store and can’t use it?  Bring it to us!

Does SSA accept clothing? 

No, but we are affiliated with the Community Thrift Shop and receive a percentage of their proceeds.  
Community Thrift Shop
85 Godwin Avenue
Midland Park, NJ  07423

Does SSA accept toys or other household items? 

Please call us at 201-444-2980 before bringing any non food items as we have very limited space.