Since 1903, the volunteers of the Ridgewood Social Services Association have been dedicated to helping our local communities.
We are neighbors helping neighbors.
Our Mission is to provide basic supplemental financial assistance and case management services to individuals and families. 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.
Serving the Local Community
SSA is a not for profit, private agency funded primarily through the generous contributions of individuals who live and work in Northern Bergen County.
In addition to the small grant provided by the United Way of Bergen County, the agency is also widely supported by local businesses, religious and other organizations in the communities served by SSA.
The agency has a 45 member volunteer board of Trustees plus Associate members. They organize several fund raising events during the course of each year. The Executive Director oversees the administrative functions of the agency, as well as providing direct client services. An Office Manager provides administrative assistance in addition to assisting clients. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis.
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 present location of the former baggage quarters of the Ridgewood Railroad Station. The agency is located at the far end of the station. It can be identified by a bright red colored door.
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.
Will the SSA take 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 the SSA take clothing?
No, but we are affiliated with the Community Thrift Shop and get a percentage of their proceeds.
Community Thrift Shop
85 Godwin Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07423
Will the SSA take toys or other household items?
Please call us before bringing any non food items as we have very limited space.