Project Self-Sufficiency is delighted to have just completed our 26th year of assisting families with achieving family stability and economic self-sufficiency. During the past year, approximately 950 individuals walked through our doors requesting assistance. As we look back on the past year, we take pride in many of our accomplishments.
Project Self-Sufficiency's Sussex Healthy Families Home Visitation Program received national accreditation in June. The Healthy Families program offers expectant and new parents in Sussex and Warren counties support, information about childhood development, parenting skills tips and other topics needed during pregnancy and early childhood. This year, we are delighted to be adding the Nurse-Family Partnership ® (NFP) program to our roster of home visitation services and expanding our coverage area to include Warren and Hunterdon counties. The NFP program provides a licensed nurse to visit expectant mothers and new parents in their home, offering tips on maternal and child health and development, and other subjects. Along with the Healthy Families and the Parents as Teachers home visitation programs, the NFP program provides comprehensive support to new parents in the privacy of their own home and allows participating families to take advantage of all of the other programs and services available at our Newton and Warren county sites.
Project Self-Sufficiency is proud to have partnered with Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey (PCA-NJ) and the Sussex Warren Partnership to Prevent Child Abuse to spearhead the Enough Abuse child sexual assault prevention campaign during the past year. The Enough Abuse campaign has educated hundreds of teens and adults about the warning signs of child sexual assault, and convinced scores of local businesses, schools and organizations to sign on to the campaign to protect our children from predators. We hope that you will join the movement by raising your hand and saying "Enough!"
Education continues to be one of the top priorities for our participants. We are excited that the first year of our Youth Connections program has allowed so many teens and young adults to complete their GED and enter the workforce or start college. These young people have been given the gift of hope and opportunity, and it is our goal that the cycle of intergenerational poverty stops with them.
Project Self-Sufficiency is Sussex County's Work First provider. The Work First NJ program emphasizes work as the first step towards building a new life and a brighter future. Work First participants at Project Self-Sufficiency are taking their first steps towards self-sufficiency, through job training, education and workplace activities.
We are grateful for the groundswell of support that has always existed for Project Self-Sufficiency's mission in our community; whether you have supported us by volunteering or contributed financially, your presence is deeply appreciated. We could not have accomplished our goals without you.
Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has been illuminating possibilities and inspiring hope in our Northwest New Jersey participants. If your family is struggling, know you are welcome here. Whether you seek education, job training, parenting skills guidance, legal assistance, computer training or just a supportive atmosphere to think things through and seek advice, Project Self-Sufficiency offers a variety of programs at our beautiful campus. Check them out on this web site, then call or email to see how we can help you to begin your journey to self-sufficiency!
Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director