Our Mission Statement:  Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) is a local, faith-based organization dedicated to engaging the Montclair community to provide basic and essential services to Montclair’s most vulnerable homeless adults.

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Mesh Cafe


The MESH Café evening meal program occurs nightly, Monday through Saturday, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All Cafés personalize their delivery of hearty meals, comfort and inspirational conversation but often included with the meals are essential personal items, daily newspapers, live music, and wellness check-ins. From September to June, the Cafés feature an evening meal consisting of an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. During the summer months of July and August, the MESH Café operates three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) featuring a lighter fare of salads, sandwiches, casseroles and fruits. The MESH Cafés close for vacation beginning the fourth Monday of August and re-open on the second Monday in September each year.

The MESH Café program is a safe violence-free facility and strives to maintain an atmosphere of civility at all times. All guests are welcomed and required to sign-in upon admittance to the Café. Last call for dinner and seating is 7:15 pm. Weapons (guns, knifes etc) are not permitted under any circumstances. Persons entering the Café possessing these items will be asked to leave the premise and banned from future admittance. The MESH Café staff includes a professionally trained security person. A collaborative relationship with the Montclair Police department encourages their unannounced non-invasive tours of  the Café program. Every effort is made to provide guests arriving after 7:15pm with a take out meal or restaurant voucher when available. Detailed Café dining rules are displayed at every Café table and reviewed nightly.

All MESH  Cafes will be closed July 3-8th

The MESH Summer Cafe will operate 6pm to 8pm beginning July 10th through 31st.

Mondays @ Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green 147 Broad Street in Bloomfield

Tuesdays @ Bright Hope  Baptist Church on 6 Mission Street in Montclair NJ

Wednesdays @ Park United Methodist Church  12 Park Street in Bloomfield

Thursdays @ 1st Congregation Church - (sponsored by Outpost at the Burbs and located next to the Library) beginning on Thursday July 13  until August 17,  2017
6:00pm to 8:00pm - Live Music - Come join the food and fun

Information on free meals available during MESH SUMMER schedule will be posted on the web and provided to guests when available. This schedule is subject to change. Please check back the MESH website or call (862) 621-9488 for information pertaining to schedules or meal referrals.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Montclair Foundation this bright LED sign sits in the display window of DC Rice Hall of Union Baptist Church at 14 Midland Ave encouraging guest to come in from the cold.


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Overnight Respite

When temperatures drop to 20 degrees or below during the cold weather season or rise above 100 degrees during the warm weather season, MESH provides overnight respite for its neediest neighbors.

Information pertaining to Overnight respite nights can be found on this website, at the MESH Cafes, the Montclair Public Library, the Salvation Army, Toni's Kitchen, Mountainside Hospital and the Montclair Police department. Overnight respite doors open at 9pm. No guests are permitted after 11pm.