Veterans Haven North
The Rally Point
Main Phone: 908-537-1999
Toll Free: 877-648-0091
Cell Phone: 908-255-2571 (alternate to main number for emergency purposes)
Veterans Haven North
200 Sanatorium Road
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
Veterans Haven North will ensure that homeless veterans are treated and cared for in a dignified, compassionate, and professional manner so as to reach an optimal level of independence and aid them in re-acquiring the life skills and ability to live in the community while maintaining their self-sufficiency, dignity, and honor.
Veterans Haven North is funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and supported by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and a wide variety of service organizations, community agencies, veterans groups and private citizens.
Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans
Our nation and our State, grateful for its hard-won freedom and democracy, owes a special debt to its Veterans. For that reason, the word “Veteran” and the word “homeless” should never appear in the same sentence. Unfortunately, it is a reality. Therefore, it is an imperative that New Jersey works to restore dignity and purpose to those who so unselfishly laid their lives on the line for our country.
Veterans Haven North is comprised of a diverse team of professionals specializing in psychosocial rehabilitation, social services, addictions, vocational rehabilitation, and nursing. All treatment is individualized with the purpose of attaining realistic life goals and instilling hope and wellness to maximize community reintegration.
Our vision is to provide services to the veterans guided by principles of excellence and quality. In addition to our specialized team, there is a Veterans Service Officer on premises to assist Veterans in obtaining entitlements.
VHN Management Team
From left to right: General Edward J. Chrystal, Jr., Superintendent; Corinne Balaskas, Assistant Superintendent; Jennifer Ege, Clinical Supervisor; Al Hanby, Food Service Supervisor; Cheryl Bade, Human Services Supervisor; Anthony Lunghi, Maintenance Supervisor
Veterans Haven North is located on top of a scenic mountain in Glen Gardner, New Jersey. With its tranquil surroundings, state of the art facility, and specialized staff, Veterans Haven North boasts the perfect combination for a highly effective and efficient transitional housing program for homeless Veterans.
Veterans Haven North operates a two-year transitional housing program. The ultimate goal is to support veterans in developing a permanent solution to their homelessness.
- Veteran must be homeless.
- Individual must be a veteran under USDVA guidelines.
- Veteran must be eligible for VA healthcare benefits.
- Applicant must be drug and alcohol free at time of admission.
**For Veterans that do not meet these criteria, a limited number of Veterans may still be eligible for admittance under the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program.**
For admission inquiry please contact:
Celebrating Years of Service
Veteran’s Haven North gathers to celebrate and present certificates to employees celebrating their Years of Service who as of 2020 had worked 5, 10, 20 and/or 30 years as a NJ State employee.
Certificates of Appreciation were also presented to essential workers who continuously provided their services through the midst of Covid-19 keeping our Veteran residents safe and well.
From left to right: Back Row - Jon Davis, Dale Purcell, Candice Ford, David Culley (Interim Sup), Corinne Balaskas (Assistant Sup)
Front Row - Annette Fiorentino, Robbie Bachan, Denise Sawitsch)
From left to right: David Thompson, Candice Ford, Corinne Balaskas, Robbie Bachan, Dale Purcell, Terese Acocella
Fom left to right: Zach Becker, Cathy Cregar, Donna Wisneski, Al Hanby, Corinne Balaskas, David Culley
Operation Veteran Warmth
New Jersey SOS Veteran Stakeholder Group members drop off new winter coats for the residents at Veteran’s Haven North. The donation was part of “Operation Veteran Warmth” which was arranged by David J. Pearson, Assistant Director of Veteran Services and founder of New Jersey SOS Veteran Stakeholder Group, in collaboration with Paul Riftkin, Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, and David Sarlitto, Ocean State Job Lot. The coats were dropped off to Ariel Luna, Director, Veteran Services for Bergen County, and with the assistance of Catholic Charities and New Jersey SOS Veteran Stakeholder Group, deliveries and distributions were made to Veteran’s Haven North and other veterans’ programs.
Veteran Mom Gives Back
Veteran Mom, Mary Bermingham and her husband Scott Bermingham of Glen Gardner, continue to teach their children the importance of supporting Veterans. They accompany four of their six children to Veterans’ Haven North to bring treats of “thanks” to the residents, which always brings a smile to their faces!
New Jersey American Legion State Commander Robert Newell, right, presents a 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD van to Cheryl Bade, left, and Shawn Hopkins, both with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, at Turnersville, N.J., Feb. 13. The van, which is part of Newell’s Department Project, will provide Veterans Haven North resident transportation to appointments, train stations, bus stops, and shopping. The project, which has raised more than $117,000 for the three New Jersey State Veterans Homes, as well as Veterans Haven North and Veterans Haven South; has been a joint effort with the New Jersey American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of The American Legion, and also private donations from individuals and corporations.
Youths Supporting Our Veterans
Catholic Boy Scouts (of local troops 62, 65, 90, 121, 200) assembled holiday gift bags of candy with holiday cards and presented to each veteran at Veterans Haven North. Scouts with their leaders and parents gathered outdoors to sing Christmas carols to express their appreciation and wish the Veterans a Happy Holiday Season!
Col. Lisa J. Hou, D.O., left, Interim Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, presents a gift card to a resident at Veterans Haven North. Hou and retired Col. Walter R. Nall, acting Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, visited with the residents and presented gift cards that were donated for each of the VHN residents in celebration of the holiday season.
My Brother's Keeper Award
Edward J. Chrystal, Jr., right, Superintendent of Veteran’s Haven North, presents the My Brother’s Keeper Award to Liz Thurrott, center, and Fred Spages of the Hackettstown Elks in recognition of their continuous efforts and support of Veterans Haven North, Oct. 28, 2020. The award is presented annually to individuals or groups who support the veterans. (Courtesy photo)
Donation from Elks Lodges
Veterans Haven North residents James Coe, left, and William Bacher, second from left, hold a shepherd hook, a bird house, and a bird feeder donated by Helene Walsh, second from right, Lake Hopatcong Elks #782, and Liz Thurrott from Hackettstown Elks #2331. The bird feeders and bird houses were part of a donation from the two Elks Lodges that included toiletries for veterans. (New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Denise Sawitsch)
Red Cross / Elks Donation
The American Red Cross New Jersey Region (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), along with the assistance of the Hackettstown Elks, donated socks, snacks, chocolate, and popcorn to the veterans of Veteran's Haven North, Glen Gardner, N.J., May 4, 2020. Elk members practicing social distancing and wearing masks filled 72 Red Cross Care and Comfort Bags with the treats. Each bag contained a hand-written note telling the veterans that they were being thought of. The bags were then placed in each of the veterans' mailboxes. (Courtesy photo)
Raritan Township PBA Makes A Donation
The Raritan Township PBA, Local 337 made a $5,200 donation to Veterans Haven North to purchased much needed gym equipment. Brig. Gen Edward Chrystal, Jr., Veterans Haven North Superintendent, center accepted the check.
Pictured left are, Det. Meg Hammond, Raritan PBA; Cheryl Bade, Veterans Haven North; Det. Ryan Barry, Raritan PBA President and Paige Montillo, Raritan Patrol Officer. The money was raised at a "Cigar Night For a Cause" held at Marinelli's Restaurant in Flemington.