Our Mission

CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties, a non-profit, charitable organization, provides trained telephone listeners who respond to human needs 24 hours every day. This volunteer based organization offers free confidential crisis intervention, information on available resources, and referral to community services.

 

Our History

1975 – CONTACT of Ocean County opened its telephone lines to all Ocean County residents on December 1st following 9 months of intensive training involving a dedicated group of people who recognized a need in Ocean County for a 24-hour crisis intervention service.

 

1976 – CONTACT applied for and received full accreditation as a member of Teleministries USA Inc. and Life Line International.  Each year since 1976, CONTACT has been declared a fully accredited center in both of these organizations, having fulfilled all requirements yearly. 

 

1981 – CONTACT was accepted as a United Way Agency and received its first allocation in 1982.  Volunteers were utilized to staff the office until sufficient funds were made available to hire a part-time secretary and, at a later date, a part-time clerk/typist.

 

1984 – CONTACT received its first Bloc Grant funding and this funding was continued each year.

 

1990 – CONTACT became the official county Information and Referral Center in January 1990.

 

2000 – CONTACT of Ocean County logs over 37,000 calls making it the 3rd largest crisis call center in the country.

 

2004 – CONTACT of Ocean County launches it’s 2-1-1 information and referral service in partnership with the United Way.

 

Contact Information

Main Office:   CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties

                      P.O. Box 1121

                      Toms River, NJ 08754-1121

                      Business Office #:  732-240-6104

                      Business Fax #: 732-914-0148

                      e-mail:  info@contactocean.org

                      website: http://www.contactocean.org

 

Crisis Helpline:   732-240-6100  or  609-693-5834

 

Information and Referral Service:   First Call for Help - 732-240-6105